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Pickle Slice's 2018 Frontier SV CC build thread.




Build threads are a lot of fun, so I thought I'd create one as well.

I was a mechanic for almost 10 years back in the 2000's, and I've always loved messing around with my vehicles brand new or not. Audio is typically the first thing I do, followed by lighting and then whatever else I decide to spend money on. The first truck I ever bought was a 1998 GMC Sonoma extended cab that I competed in car audio with, and also had airbag suspension. That was such a fun truck.

Anywho, on to the new Frontier that I am so far very happy with.

I really like the way that @raine formats their build thread, so I'm going to take a page from their book and keep the OP as the introduction and to post updates, and use new individual posts for the projects.

I've already done a lot to it, so I'll start posting up what I've done so far.

Also, there's a Google Photos link in my signature that has all the pictures from past and current projects if anyone is interested.


Katana LED headlight bulb install

Cargo and reverse LED lighting

Headunit and Front Door Speakers install

1st stage of front door sound deadening. Posts 23 & 24.

Final stage of front door sound deadening.

Dash cam

Sundown Audio E10 V3 10" - (Ended up sending it back, see post)

Sundown Audio E8 v5 D2 8" subwoofer (x2)

Working OEM backup camera.

New Headunit - JVC KW-M740BT

Front amp install - Sound Ordnance M75-4 (And the beginning of an annoying alternator whine, continued through the next 24 posts.)

Front amp install v2 - 1" spacers and better wire management.

Going active with the front stage and a (somewhat) solution to the alternator whine.

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Just finished this install yesterday evening. It's the Katana LED headlamps that everyone has started using. I like them, they are mad bright and definitely are an upgrade at $50. They are not without fault though. They amplify the scatter that the halogens already have, I'll post pictures showing this. Pictures below with descriptions.

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Build quality seems good, I have no complaints.

Here are so pics of them on and compared to my halogens. Keep in mind that pictures never does lighting justice.

Here's left side Katana, right side OEM halogen. You'll notice that even the factory bulb on the right has a large amount of scattering. These light housings could probably benefit from an upgrade from Nissan. Due to the brightness of the LED's, this scattering is the same, just much more noticeable. Fortunately, driving down the road it's not really a big deal. Low beams are a bit spotty, but nothing terrible. The high beams are beautiful and awesome.



Here are some shots going down the road, and a few against a local business's back wall at about 15 to 20 feet.


Low Beams -

High Beams -






I do recommend them for $50. If you're looking for a 100% cutoff, you'll have to go with an HID conversion I think, since these are at the mercy of the OEM housings.
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Interested in seeing your results with the LEDs because I have casually been researching these as well.
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Figured it out, please delete

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Interested in seeing your results with the LEDs because I have casually been researching these as well.
The Katana LEDs? There's a whole thread on them here and more photo comparisons here

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Cargo and Backup Lights

This is a simple enough project with good results. I purchased these 168's for the backup lights, and these 921's for the cargo lights from Advance Auto Parts. The 921's for the cargos work amazing, crazy bright. The 168's for the backup lights, were pretty much worse than the halogens. So, I instead ordered these guys from Amazon, and they are so bright, it's hard to look at the truck.



As long as they last, I'll be very happy with them.

This entire project cost around $50. The cargos are so bright, I could use them as backups by themselves if both reverse lights went out for some reason. They light up the entire bed great.

Picture of the Amazon 168's


Sylvania 168 on the left side. Pictures don't usually do lighting justice, but these things were basically useless.



Here are the Amazon ones I bought. So much brighter, hopefully, the pictures do it justice.


Picture of the cargos and how well they light up the bed -



All lit up showing the light coverage behind the truck

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Head Unit and Door Speakers upgrade

Headunit - Kenwood Excelon DDX393
Front Door speakers - Alpine S-S69C






Comparison of the OEM 6x9 to the Alpine













Pictures of the OEM "tweeter" although it's not really a tweeter...more of a mid IMO.























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Headunit - Kenwood Excelon DDX393
Front Door speakers - Alpine S-S69C
Photos look great! Nice job with the install.

On the amp to the speakers, are you running that as 2 channels bridged or 4 separate channels? I'm used to using a mini DSP so 4 channels is easy but I'm curious to hear what you did with the Alpines.

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Photos look great! Nice job with the install.

On the amp to the speakers, are you running that as 2 channels bridged or 4 separate channels? I'm used to using a mini DSP so 4 channels is easy but I'm curious to hear what you did with the Alpines.
You must have gone to my photo album haha. I actually haven't got the amp installed yet, haven't had the time to remove the front seat and carpet. I do plan on running it bridged to overdrive the Alpines. I have no experience with Sound Ordinance so if it sucks, I'll be switching to an NVX amp.

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Nice job on the wiring.

RE: Head unit, you can probably get that trim ring more flush with the rest of the dash if you position all the rear head unit wires down and behind the metal crossmember... Takes a little effort to move the wires back there just before you snap the center dash manual back in, but if you can get it just right the head unit will have more room behind it so that the dash trim will sit flush and look more OEM

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