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Installs and mods done to my 2004 Nissan Frontier XE KC KA24DE

Tint - 3M Color Stable -
Front 35%, Rear 5%
Windshield tint -
3M Crystalline 70%

Audio -
  • Headunit - Kenwood DNX892
  • Speakers - Infinity Reference REF-6520cx components
  • Sub - JL Audio 8" powered subwoofer ACP108LG-W3v3
  • 4 ch amp - Kicker Key 180.4
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Radar Detector - Uniden R3 hardwired and modified w/ extended power and alert leds and extended to armrest cruise control switch mute button
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Bed lights - Installed with photocell switch on dash & reed switch on tailgate for prevention of accidental battery drainage
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Autoloc one touch window modules w/ PAC-TR7 universal triggers to operate windows with keyfob/remote
Code Alarm CA1553 w/ 5 sirens (originally had wired in a dual zone proximity sensor to roll up windows when triggered. It worked but I had to ditch that feature)

NEVER LOCKED OUT MOD-
Installed a reed switch inline between SECU unlock wire and ground under my cowl vent (unlocks w/ magnet)

Autometer Spek Pro Temp Gauges - engine coolant temp and trans temp
Electric Fan System -
  • BMW dual temp fan switch
  • Volvo dual relay 2 speed fan controller
  • Volvo 2 speed fan
  • Taurus fan shroud
This is similar to my setup.
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125 Amp Alternator -
Motorcraft GL-421 modified and installed

-Tailgate lock cylinder & camera swap
-Tailgate actuator install
- Side mirror led blinker install
-Xterra map light installed w/ diodes and override power switch
-Redline Tuning Xterra Hood Strut install
-Under hood light and retractable light from mid 90s Chevy Truck install
 

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I like all this, giving me great ideas. We think the same way on the tint, that’s another on my to do list, I go to work with the sun in my eyes and come home with it in my eyes - time to fix this.
 

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Dynamat and Dynaliner install on doors, floor, roof and rear wall
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Footsie gas pedal and 4-toed parking brake pedal (actually a dimmer switch pedal)
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The 3M Crystalline series is a mostly clear tint that has better heat and uv rejection than darker tints. It does reduce glare but for direct in your face sun a pair of high quality sunglasses with polarized lenses may be a better investment.
 

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How is the hood light connected? Is it a manual switch or hood-open switch?
 

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There's a tilt bearing type switch in the bulb mounting base of the under hood light and the retractable light that's mounted to the fender well has a on/off lever. Power and ground from the Blue Sea fuse block that's mounted on top of the oem under hood fuse block.

I changed it up and broke off the glass of the hood bulb and soldered the positive wire of a led strip to the contact of the broken bulb which contacts the tilt switch.
 

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YEG, I've only done my doors so far and even that was a very noticeable difference. Closing the doors now makes a very satisfying, solid thunk like a Mercedes Benz S-Class closing.
In the Spring, I'm going to do rear cab floor and the rear cab bulkhead below the window, Raine noted that that made a significant difference, as well.

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YEG, I've only done my doors so far and even that was a very noticeable difference. Closing the doors now makes a very satisfying, solid thunk like a Mercedes Benz S-Class closing.
In the Spring, I'm going to do rear cab floor and the rear cab bulkhead below the window, Raine noted that that made a significant difference, as well.

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I don't know what the Mercedes Benz door closing sounds like. The only comparison I can make is the difference between the closing of a hollow core and a solid core door in a home.
 

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Would love to hear your thoughts on the dynamat install. Was the reason to reduce road noise, and if so, did you find it made a significant difference?
To insulate and reduce road noise. Significant difference especially in the temperature of floor and tunnel. I'll install it on every vehicle I own from here on out.
There was nothing but air between the roof and headliner and the padding under the carpet is so very thin.
For the record, I only have Dynamat on the doors...no Dynaliner. Everything else has both the Dynamat and Dynaliner.
 

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maybe it's just me, I rather enjoy some noise in the cockpit when I'm on the road. Let's me feel more connected to the road and the vehicle.
 

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wait...bed lights??
Yessir. And I wired them up, in the best way that I could think of, to be worry free. Worry free in regards to accidental battery drainage.
A few things have to happen in order for them to turn on.
1. Rocker switch has to be on.
2. It has to be dark out or the photocell switch has to be blocked.
3. Tailgate must be open.

If I was parked or driving during the daytime with my tailgate open and I didn't notice that the rocker switch was in the on position...no worries because the photocell switch will keep the lights off.
 

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I don't know what the Mercedes Benz door closing sounds like. The only comparison I can make is the difference between the closing of a hollow core and a solid core door in a home.
Okay, think difference closing a Geo Metro door and a Cadillac XTS door. One rattles, and sounds tinny and hollow. The other sounds more like a bank vault closing ka-thunk. That's how I'd attempt to describe it.
 

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Yessir. And I wired them up, in the best way that I could think of, to be worry free. Worry free in regards to accidental battery drainage.
A few things have to happen in order for them to turn on.
1. Rocker switch has to be on.
2. It has to be dark out or the photocell switch has to be blocked.
3. Tailgate must be open.

If I was parked or driving during the daytime with my tailgate open and I didn't notice that the rocker switch was in the on position...no worries because the photocell switch will keep the lights off.
Are you talking about the Cargo Light above the bed, or lights inside the bed itself?
 

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Okay, think difference closing a Geo Metro door and a Cadillac XTS door. One rattles, and sounds tinny and hollow. The other sounds more like a bank vault closing ka-thunk. That's how I'd attempt to describe it.
Never been in one of those vehicles either.
 

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There's a tilt bearing type switch in the bulb mounting base of the under hood light and the retractable light that's mounted to the fender well has a on/off lever. Power and ground from the Blue Sea fuse block that's mounted on top of the oem under hood fuse block.

I changed it up and broke off the glass of the hood bulb and soldered the positive wire of a led strip to the contact of the broken bulb which contacts the tilt switch.
thats so simple its scary, i really dig it:D
 
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