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  • 2005 Nissan Xterra GT 2.0 Install

    Hey everyone, I'm new here and this will be my first ever build/modification of any car system.
    This will be on my 2005 Nissan Xterra.

    A little about myself and how I've come about deciding on this project. I'm 29, a IT System Administrator, complete geek, and love new technology. For the last 2 years I've been wanting to put a double din nav system in place of my factory stereo. I've waited patiently for prices to come down and also for something to truly be compatible with my Android cell phone. Alas nothing is hitting the market that makes me want to spend my hard earned money.

    Some how I found these forums and saw what people were doing with Galaxy Tablet installs, and I got hooked immediately. I've read several of the threads on this site pertaining to GT installs and I'm ready to make this happen. I see many pros and cons, but before I can even move forward I need help from the community here to make the biggest decision on which GT model to select for my build; that decision being WIFI only model vs. a model with a cell contract.

    I'm wanting to have the following functionality in making this transition.
    1) GPS with google maps.
    2) Pandora app
    3) Video playback (watch movies for long car rides) Some of the place I travel have very large cell phone dead spots.
    4) Iheartradio app, I listen to a lot of sports talk.
    5) Bluetooth connected hands free cellphone calling. This is a big one and I haven't been able to find if this is even possible with the GTs.

    All of the above functions bring up the following questions.

    1) What are the biggest differences between the WIFI only models and the contract versions? I ask this because I wonder how well the WIFI only works with tethering from an Android phone. I realize of course that the tethering only will be as good as the network which the phone is on (which may mean I switch cell networks). This brings me to my next questions.

    2) Is it better to tether for applications like pandora, iheartradio; or is bluetooth connectivity better?

    3) If I go with the wifi model Google maps will only work with tethering from my cell phone correct?

    4) Can I use BT to connect my cell phone to GT and make that play over my speakers through the tablet?

    If I can get some help from anyone knowledgable about these areas I'll then make my choice and move on to my next problems in my build and get some help there too.

    I look forward to seeing this take shape over the next 5-10weeks, should be fun.


  • #2
    Ok, so moving forward past which model I want to pick (although I still want input on that). The xterra dashboard is much more different than most dashes.

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    ***Editing this whole section***
    So after actually taking out the stereo last night I've come to learn that the whole dashboard in the middle is one huge piece. The air vents, AC knobs, stereo hole, emergency lights, air bag light, it's all one large piece. Photos to come later tonight. This might really complicate the project as I don't want to have to hack up my main dashboard piece to much.

    Think I'll go out and buy a dremel though soon to help. Will take a lot of adjustments to get something to fit.

    I'm worried that this might pose some problems when it comes to having to get my dash board to fit ANY model of the GT's. And I really want to put in the 10.1 inch.

    Tonight I'm going to measure the space between the two air vents on the backside to see about the width. Once I start hacking up the dash there's no turning back.

    At least removing the stock radio was a piece of cake.
    Last edited by larue05; 06-19-2012, 09:40 AM.


    • #3
      anyone have any input on the questions in my OP?


      • #4
        Putting a listing of steps here, so others can see my thought process. If anyone sees something important I'm leaving out please feel free to give me ideas.

        Step 1: Uninstall old stereo - complete
        Step 2: Take measurements on dashboard bezel to find proper GT model.
        Step 3: Creating fiber glass extended docking station with charger.
        Step 4: Re-fabrication of dashboard to fit GT.
        Step 5: Bench test of audio/video/power.
        Step 6: Making in car audio/power connections.
        Step 7: Installing new amplifier, speakers
        Step 8: Installing the dock with magnet eject switch.
        Step 9: Software setup
        Step 10: On road functionality testing.


        • #5
          You might be better off just buying a DoubleDin prebuilt unit that should just slide into that radio opening, some of the newer models have the tablet removable as well. Something like this as an example only Just a thought SNO


          • #6
            Interesting... depending on what I find out tonight about sizing I may look into this. But then again... what fun is a worklog project if I'm not going to DIY. :P


            • #7
              So I've decided to go big or go home, with the Samsung GT 2.0 10.1" Here's some photos of my dash panel, I've left the drivers side mid air vent in, and taken the passenger side mid air vent out to give you all some perspective.

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              Side shot, here you can see the AC vent tunnel that connects further into the dash when it's set in place.
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              Top down shot. A lot of the mid bars will be removed in order to set the tablet INTO the dash.
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              Here is a cardboard cut out of the WxH of the tablet. It does fit, but you'll notice that I'm losing an air vent in this conversion. That doesn't bother me much as the AC will now be cooling the tablet, dock from behind; plus it's on the passenger side.
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              Here is a side shot showing the current angle if I was to just set it flush against the flatest part. Again because the dash is curved I'll have to cut into the dash to set it back into place. I'll have to be real careful when I start using the dremel so that I don't saw off any of the screw holes or dash clips. I really only get one shot at this, unless I want to go buy another dash panel from a junk yard.
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              Tomorrow I order my Tablet... I'll be here by Friday, (high five Amazon Prime)


              • #8
                Errr... yeah so I've hit a snag. Turns out the 10.1" Multimedia Dock is only compatible with the Galaxy Tab version 1... and not the GT2. Currently there is no company that makes a multimedia dock for any of the GT 2's. I even just called Samsung directly to verify that information.

                This would mean that I have no way to send out audio, or charge the tablet while it's in the fiberglass cradle.

                Hrrmmm... looks like I need to re-evaluate which tablet I'm getting.


                • #9
                  before you jump on a tablet, just remember that google i/o is next week and the big rumor is that google is going to release their own tablet. might be worth waiting a week to see what google does.


                  • #10
                    Ok, so thanks to TxAxZxZ, I've gone ahead and ordered my media dock/charger from amazon. HERE.

                    I plan on taking off the dock part then taking the charger section into Best Buy and seeing in store if it will charge the new GT2 10.1" If so then I'll be a happy man. I know the guy that works at my local BB in the tablet department so he'll let me test out my idea before spending $400


                    • #11
                      So last week I took the media dock into Best Buy. Great news!! It charged the new GT2 10.1" Tablet!! So I went ahead and ordered min on It will be here tomorrow. Pictures to come this weekend for sure.


                      • #12
                        Yeah my digital camera crapped out on me over the weekend, my new one will be here sometime Tuesday, I'll get some photos up then.


                        • #13
                          I am assuming that you are planning on having the tablet be removable? Is there a security issue due to the fact that nothing is locking it in place? My concern is that if someone were to break into the car, it would be a simple grab-n-go effort and no tools or time would be required. Of course this may be an invalid concern if you just planned on taking the tablet with you every time you leave the car. But, nonetheless, it would be interesting to see some sort of theft prevention implemented here. Even something as simple as a cover plate to hide it could do the trick I suppose.
                          "It's not worth having if you can't customize it"


                          • #14
                            Yes I'm thinking of doing a cover plate of some sort, but not sure. 95% of the my car is either at work (in a secure lot) or at home in my garage. The other 5% would be when I'm out and about to dinners, entertainment, etc. If I don't have a cover plate I'll probably disconnect it and hide it under my seat.

                            Now then, I'm looking at amplifiers and I've been stumped. The tablet will have one 3.5mm RCA cable running to an amplifier. How do I send signal to 4 channels, if I only have a single RCA cable? Is there some sort of splitter I can use to send the signal to all 4 cables?

                            All of the diagrams I'm looking at show 4 RCA cables going from the head unit to the amp. The tablet being the head unit in this case doesn't have that ability.

                            I <3 monoprice customer chat support. They pointed me to exactly what I need:

                            This will allow me to send the signal from the tablet to all 4 channels on the amp now!!
                            Last edited by larue05; 07-10-2012, 05:50 PM.


                            • #15
                              yeah its pretty simple to plug it into an amp with a splitter. What you will need is:
                              - 1 x 3.5mm Male to Male Cable
                              - 1 x 3.5mm Female to 2 RCA Male Cable
                              - 2 x RCA Female to 2 RCA Female Splitter
                              - 2 x 2 RCA Male to Male Cable

                              The 3.5mm cable will plug into the tablet, be converted to RCA, split to two cables, and then plugged into the 4-channel amp. You will get left and right for both the front and back (of course since its only 2 channels you will have no fade though). Should you want to add a volume knob, there are RCA inline controllers that work well for that task. My suggestion is to buy all of the cables at

                              Also, make sure to get the right lengths needed for your setup. Too much wire is not only a mess, but also increases the risk of getting noise added to the system. I suggest getting a 15ft length of 3.5mm cable and keep everything else under 3ft.
                              Last edited by duncanator24; 07-10-2012, 06:25 PM.
                              "It's not worth having if you can't customize it"