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Kind of a caveat off of the "lacking" theme of the X. The other day I was at the pick your part with a friend and spied the ONLY X in all of the yards in SoCal. Needless to say it was stripped pretty barren already. I did however manage to get the rearview that has the built in compass/direction indicator and autodimmer (mine is simply a mirror, go figure SE trim).

Anyone every change these out? Is there wiring already in the X for it? I'm about to tear into it, but if anyone has done it before it'd be nice to have some pointers.

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I used a fuse tap and ran the wires up the A pillar and on top of the headliner, pretty easy.
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Kind of a caveat off of the "lacking" theme of the X. The other day I was at the pick your part with a friend and spied the ONLY X in all of the yards in SoCal. Needless to say it was stripped pretty barren already. I did however manage to get the rearview that has the built in compass/direction indicator and autodimmer (mine is simply a mirror, go figure SE trim).

Anyone every change these out? Is there wiring already in the X for it? I'm about to tear into it, but if anyone has done it before it'd be nice to have some pointers.

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start here.

https://www.thenewx.org/forum/13-int...p-compass.html
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What is the purpose of that small panel near the sun glasses cubby on of the overhead map light console. This small panel looks like it is also removable.
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That's the bluetooth mic. AFAIK there were never any additional features utilized there. But, it's a great place to add things like aftermarket switches for lights and other accessories.
Pops right out and there is a lot of room up there. If you leave the BT mic there, you can cut your OEM cover and add 3, maybe 4 switches. Relocating the BT mic should let you fit up to 6 switches with an insert, possibly 7 with careful cutting. I made a new cover that fits 7 switches and can be 3D printed for a more rigid switch mounting option than cutting 7 holes in the stock one.

I would really recommend relocating the BT mic as that location was an awful choice by Nissan.

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Link doesn't work for me, but I copied and pasted and found it! Thanks! I'll be splicing it into the dome lights, since they have an auto shut off as well. I tore apart the A pillar passenger side and didn't find a single wire.

I did however jerryrig it to a cigarette lighter adapter I have and it indeed does do temp AND direction! As well as autodimming. Neat!

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Link doesn't work for me, but I copied and pasted and found it! Thanks! I'll be splicing it into the dome lights, since they have an auto shut off as well. I tore apart the A pillar passenger side and didn't find a single wire.

I did however jerryrig it to a cigarette lighter adapter I have and it indeed does do temp AND direction! As well as autodimming. Neat!

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Not sure if it needs constant power or not. The one I had in my Altima had to be coordinated for offset from magnetic North based on my longitude, and I had to reset it ever time I pulled battery power. Just a consideration before you wire it into the dome lights that turn themselves off...
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post #1016 of 1289 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 04:14 PM
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I find the lack of the lack of thermometer really bugs me. I just like knowing.


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I agree , one of the first mods i did to my X was install an in/out thermometer.
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post #1017 of 1289 (permalink) Old 03-15-2019, 10:08 AM
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I had a 2002 GC and it was unibody, but also had solid axle in front and was just as capable, maybe more so, in stock form as my 2008 S model X. It was a great vehicle to drive. Unfortunately it was falling apart around itself by 180K miles. My X, driven and maintained the same way, is at 330K miles and still in much better shape than the GC when I sold it. I do miss the GC v8 however.

Yes, the new GC's are glorified mini vans like everything else for sale these days.
The wheel base of the 2005 to 2010 JGC was I believe just as short if not shorter than the Xterra with great approach and departure geometry right from the factory. The traction control system was pretty impressive from my experience, too. With some wheel spacers, 275/70/16 M/T's and 2.5 inch lift - even the base model 3.7 Laredo was pretty capable off road.

With all the above I'm still positive the Xterra with the same lift would vastly outperform it. I do think GC's get a rap sheet of being weak or soccer mom haulers though since that's what they were marketed for. Since their price is starting to drop you're starting to see them get heavily modified. I was one of the first doing that back in '07/'08...pretty far ahead of the curve.

Don't get me wrong. The Xterra is a step up; several really. I mean I even have Navigation, bluetooth, xm radio, locking rear diff. and a back up camera...come on now! Much of what it lacks in one area versus my JGC, it outperforms in many others. It's really rather lopsided overall towards the Xterra.

I think the only feature the Xterra lacks that I wish it had was a 6 way adjustable seat. I can overlook everything else. I'm 6'1 and love sitting high up with the seat all the way back with my seat reclined pretty far back when commuting, long legs. I guess I became pretty accustomed to that particular position having been there for 12 years haha.

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I think the only feature the Xterra lacks that I wish it had was a 6 way adjustable seat. I can overlook everything else. I'm 6'1 and love sitting high up with the seat all the way back with my seat reclined pretty far back when commuting, long legs. I guess I became pretty accustomed to that particular position having been there for 12 years haha.
Agree with you 100% on that. I wish Nissan had made the driving position more like the Land Rover style with the gauges up high in front of you and the steering wheel further out. It's been 12 years and I still can't get used to it, probably too much part sharing across models by Nissan. The most comfortable position I can find is with the seat down low like a sedan but of course then I can't see out very well so instead I just sit up high and just deal with it.


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If replacing symmetrical parts (meaning mirror part on opposite site - LCA/UCA/etc.) how important is it to use the same aftermarket (OE replacement, not upgrade) brand?
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