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This install was pretty straight forward, and the instructions are really pretty good. I suggest having them in hand and taking a good look under the dash to orient yourself to where the different brackets are situated before your start as this will help as you work your way through the instructions.

The install itself took about an hour, but it should have. I think I spent as much time trying to figure out how to get the upper glove box off the truck! I never did get it off and not wanting to force it and break something, I finally just gave up and put the iPod in the lower glove box. Which still works quite well!

The only other tip I have is to remove the mirror adjuster and cargo lamp switches from the lower dash section on the driver’s side to get that piece out of your way.

Wiring it up was a simple plug and play operation. They supplied plenty of cable to go from the SAT pre-wire connector behind the hood release to the interface, and it needed to be wrapped back and forth under the dash a couple time to use up cable. This tells me that the more adventuresome installer could probably find other places to put the interface so that the iPod could be connected and stored elsewhere, like the center console, for example. Nissan supplied plenty of self adhesive foam pads to protect the cables as they are wrapped around the brackets under the dash. While we’re on the topic of protecting things from those brackets, I’m here to tell you, one would think there were razor blades under the dash after looking at my bloody right hand after then install! Word of caution, wear gloves if you can, my hand looks like it’s been drug through a brier patch! They also supplied plenty of tie straps as well, so don’t be afraid to use them.

As I mentioned earlier, I put my iPod in the lower glove box. Anyone wanting to do the same need not remove a single screw on the passenger side of the truck! I fed the iPod cable through, connected it to the interface and then secured it to a couple plastic tabs you see along the black plastic piece behind the glove box. You will have to squeeze the sides of the lower glove box drawer to fully extend it out of the way. The little spring loaded string can be removed as well for more clearance. I looped the end over the little tab sticking up on the white plastic guide just so it wouldn’t disappear on me. I also used a couple self adhesive cable tie mounts I had laying around and attached them to the back of the glove box drawer (see pics below) to keep the cable out of harms way as you open and close the glove box. Nissan even supplies a small black cloth bag to put your iPod in while it attached to protect it in the glove box! It probably also helps keep it from rattling against the hard plastic glove box as well.

After everything was connected, I connected the iPod and switched on the truck. You have to press the “Radio” button a couple times to cycle through till the HU display shows XM. This is the iPod option, and it started to play! I thought it sounded better than the Radio and the MP3 player on this HU. The CDs sound good, but the sound from the Radio is somewhat flat, and the MP3’s tend to have clicks, pops and static between tracks. This sounds just like it would if you had your headphone on listening to your iPod! The Owner’s Manual that comes with the kit does a pretty good job of explaining all the functions and how to use them from the head unit, so I won’t go into a lot of detail there. The steering wheel controls, however, are somewhat confusing, and the manual does not give much of an explanation of how they work. From what I have discovered by playing with it is: The Volume control works just like with any other mode, it adjust the volume! The mode will switch between FM, AM, CD and iPod (except is says XM on the display). The bottom toggle is the tricky one. To change to the next song you have to press it down and hold it for a couple seconds! A quick flick of that toggle will give you the next preset radio station! Quirky, but if you know to press and hold it for the next song, you’ll be okay. Overall, I’m happy with the sound quality and the convenience of having an iPod connection that I can control from the head unit (and somewhat control from the steering wheel), it keeps the iPod hidden and out of sight, and charges the iPod while it’s connected! Here are a couple picture of my iPod Mini connected to the interface, and how I routed the iPod cable. The rest of the installation is just as described in the instructions, and I was racing against an approaching storm and darkness last night, so I didn’t take pics during the installation.
 

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Thanks Brian! I'm very happy with it, the sound is awesome! It's pretty much made my CD Palyer obsolete! Used to be people would use the term CD Quality to mean the High End Standard in HiFi sound quality, I think this has surpassed that standard! It's amazing, I pick my genre, select random, and just let it play. Thanks again for the great deal and the outstanding customer service which has become your trademark! Keep the new goodies coming!
 

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Which radio do you need for this? My truck in a SE and has the signal disc CD. What is the part number interface? How much was it? Thanks

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It has to be the 6 Disc rockford unit with sat radio capability, I think... as it plugs into the satellite radio interface.
 

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I take it then that this cable had an iPod connector and not a USB on the end? Any way to get the cable with a 5 pin USB on the end of it?
 

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I have a crew cab with the 6disc in dash, I installed it from a king cab. I was thinking of getting the PAC AAI-NIS2 but have been reading bad reviews posted over the last few weeks about it. Can this device plug right into the back of the stereo, where the sat. harness would plug into?

also, is there anyway to use the IPOD and not the stereo controls to control the ipod? I dont really like that part of the device and why i was going to get the pac. Not to mention its cheaper.
 

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The trucks that came factory equiped with the 6 disc CD it had a cable pre-wired to the driver's side dash area. As long as the end connector of that cable is the same (and I don't see why it wouldn't be) as the connector on the back of the stereo, it should work. I didn't have to pull my stereo to install the iPod adapter, so I have no knowledge one way or the other. If not, is there any chance of getting that cable from the person you bought the stereo from? They certainly won't be needing it with an aftermarket stereo!

As for controlling the iPod from the iPod, it won't work. Nissan designed the system that way because they intended the iPod to be placed in the glove box, and it would be a distraction and safety issue to be messing with the iPod while driving. If you set all your EQ settings prior to connecting the iPod, they are retained. You can set random and other functions using the radio controls, and scroll through songs, playlists, etc using the radio controls of the sterring wheel mounted controls if you have them.
 

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I just installed my iPod interface this past weekend. Had I know it was this good, I wouldn't have waited this long to install it. Overall installation took about 1 hour. No real hickups during the install. The installation manual is OK. The manual does have some pictures (which help), but they are in black and white which makes it a little harder to understand. Even so, it only took one hour to install. The use of the iPod is straightforward. It's nice that the interface provides you with the title and artist on the radio display. You can change the set up so that the Title OR Artist is always on display (rather than the track number). One drawback that I have encountered thus far. Every time you turn the ignition off, the playback defalt resets to repeat the playlist and shuffle off. (Those of you who already have this installed know what I mean.) DOes anyone know how to change the default so that it will stay on suffle list?
 

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So this will only work for iPods and nothing else. Like I can't get a cable with a 5-pin USB for my MP3 player, or a cable with a 1/4" a/v jack to plug my DVD player into?
 

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Not with the interface installed in this review, it's just for the iPod. I understand that other companies have interfaces with a 1/4" jack as the input, these would accept inputs from any audio device that has a line-out or headphone jack, but you wouldn't be able to control the device from the radio or steering wheel controls. I don't recall the name of the other interface, but have seen them mentioned in the stereo sections of these forums.
 

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The Pac AAI-NIS2 allows you to connect anything that has a headphone jack or similar into the stereo. I was planning to get this, its 1/2 the price of the nissan adapter but have been reading bad reviews about it all of a sudden. Guess I should be glad I got jerked over by the company i boguht it from and got a refund before they shipped it.

Does anyone know for sure (have done it themselves maybe) if I can connect the Nissan Adapter right into the back of the stereo (6disc in-dash)?
 

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Paul, did those self adhesive ties come with the package? I'd really like to get some of those for my stereo install and I wouldn't be sure where to find them.
 

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No, I had them laying around the garage! I'm really surprised they still stuck because they're pretty old! You should be able to get them at Home Depot, check in the electrical section where they sell the tie straps. They definately help keep the wires where you want them, and with the way I installed the iPod adapted in my truck, I didn't want the cable flopping loose or getting pinched! :wink:
 

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Not with this interface. You need the stereo that is Satilite ready, which is either the Rockford Fosgate or the 6 disc CD/MP3 player that's part of the Audio Upgrade package on the KC. There have been a few folks who have swapped out their standard radio for the 6 disc unit from a KC that they bought from e-bay. Other than that, you'd have to go with an aftermarket interface to ues it with your stock stereo, or get a new head unit that incorporates an iPod interface.
 

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Well.. I own a Nissan... but...its a Pathfinder...

I'm searching high and low for the device listed in this message (great review BTW). I haven't found a comparable Pathfinder club with this discussion, so, what the heck... I'll ask here at the risk of being shot. :)

My 05 Pathy has the bose-badged, clarion 6-disc in-dash changer. I goto "yournissanparts.com" and it looks like its in the list. Is the installation picture here going to be similiar to what I'll find on the Pathfinder? Is there any type of discount for mentioning this site? :)
 

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Yes... I know of another Pathy owner who installed this interface on his SUV and from what he told me, the instructions here worked for him also. In fact, he has the NAV system and said the song title and artist display quite nicely on the NAV screen! As long as the Bose system is SAT ready it will work. If you already have the SAT redio installed, they have a kit for that too, it just comes with an extra cable. When you order from www.yournissanparts.com, use discount code "clbttn" and you'll get 10% off!
 

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What parts did you use to do this install? Just got my 06 nissmo, and need my Ipod jamz asap. Also I would like to do the XM radio as well. What will I need to make this work. Where did you order your parts from and what was the price.
 
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