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Hi,

I'll try to do this as logilcally as I can.

First off, will do this in two parts. The first being the centre removing which is done often for stereo work, bulb changes etc.

The second part is full on dash removal, not a job for the light hearted.

Tools Needed:

Phillips Screwdrivers (Good to have one short, one long)
Trim removal tool or flat head screw driver
Socket wrench with extender bar
10mm Socket and 14mm Socket

And so we begin:
All intact


Using either a trim removal tool or a flat edged screwdriver, prize off the heater vents.


Disconnect the Hazard warning switch from behind the vents


Unscrew the screws for both the guage pods and the cage below


Next thing, pop out the ashtryay, undo the screw behind there


If you have a Tiptronic, press down the red button and shift the stick into Neutral. This will help remove the surround. Once in place, gently prize up the surround from near the armrest. Gently!


Underneath you will find two plugs for the lighter and one for the steering wheel release (Tiptronic).


Now the surround is off you should see the two screws at the bottom of the stereo cage



And now the cage can be pulled out, disconnect what you need, new stereo etc and reverse all of the above :D
 

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Phase two, "Disassemble Johnny 5"

I started from left to right:

ECU Cover


To get this out you might have to remove door sill trim.

Remove this screw


Glove box remove top 3 screws



WIll continue in the morning :D


This sneaky sod is hidden down the right side of the glove box


Pop it out and disconnect light


Uptop we go
Not got a scooby what this is, but, it seems to be a light sensor??? Wipers???



Once thats out, simply pop out the vents


Hidden inside is this bolt


If your lucky your extension bar will be long enough!


Whilst your upright, and your back is relaxing, take off the pod, few simple connectors inside



A few screws and bolts from the middle console


Next we have to tackle the steering wheel surround/speedo cluster.

Look up under the steering wheel and remove these screws



Now take of the surround as per here:


There are some screws on the top of this arch, remove and pull out the surround



Don't forget to undo pipe and connector on the left




Undo the screws above and below the perspex screen



Unpop perspex screen, be very careful, do not scratch the screen


Depending on how thin you arms are, you can leave the cluster intact, I found it easier stripping.
Remove the black tags seperating the black from the white parts



Very awkard to get to, but undo these connectors


and



Now remove the cluster, disconnect any wiring and point to note, behing the cluster a few wires are cable tied to the dash interior, undo these.
 

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Either side of the main console are two bolts


To the right of the steering wheel you have the bonnet release, undo the retaing bolts as per here:







Here is were I was stuck, you need a torx bit sprecifically for this job, (listed in first paragraph)


Under the passenger side this time remove bolts as per following

WARNING, DISCONNECT BATTERY!! Pump brake lights a few times then leave for 5 mins.
Disconnect the yellow connector under passenger side, airbag wiring.


Now with the bit it took me 10 mins to finish the whole job
Undo the 5 torx bolts, 3 each side of the air bag


Remove the last bolt as pictured in the photo stating I was stuck.

These tags either side hold on the dash still so wriggle free


Bobs your uncle and fannies your aunt, it should now come out, warning heavy and might be best getting someone to lend you a hand.
 

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I know this is probably a stupid question but i'm a newbie with cars so i hope you can bare with me.

I have the Skyline R34 GT-T 1999 model. It's all stock and I have a factory CD/TV Unit with a Radio tuner underneath it. I want to get rid of both because, for one, the CD/TV/SAT player doesn't work (apparently they get disconnected when imported to Australia because the Sat network is Jap??), also the words on the cd player are in Japanese too, and obviously don't need the factory Tuner.

Therefore my question arises, what do I put in replace of one of the units if my new deck fits in the space of only one of them?

Is there other things I can by aftermarket specifically for these types of situations?

Any help would be much appreciated because I want to try and do this install all myself and make it proper.

Thanks ;)
 

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You can put a double din unit as I've done or get a universal pocket if single din.
 

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You can put a double din unit as I've done or get a universal pocket if single din.
Hey,

Thanks heaps for ur time and help. Yes I saw that in your photos. I really like the single din deck I have in mind from pioneer's latest 2012 range with the MIXTRACK features!

If I went for a single din unit, what is a universal pocket? Is that like a tray for stuff to hold in there, like ciggies, wallet etc? Also standard size fits all? Where can you get these from?

Also I know this is a bit full on, but I was thinking of getting a custom insert with a little ball on the insert to pop an iPad on it (I've seen a iPad case with this feature) so it can swivel, and right next to it I could have a plug for power from the accessories. It could then connect to the deck via Bluetooth. Could this be possible you reckon? Know any places that make custom din inserts for something like an iPad? I've seen something like this before. Or maybe there's other cool stuff you could put there for Skylines?

Thanks for your help Hugh
 

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what is a universal pocket? Is that like a tray for stuff to hold in there, like ciggies, wallet etc? Also standard size fits all? Where can you get these from?

Also I know this is a bit full on, but I was thinking of getting a custom insert with a little ball on the insert to pop an iPad on it (I've seen a iPad case with this feature) so it can swivel, and right next to it I could have a plug for power from the accessories. It could then connect to the deck via Bluetooth. Could this be possible you reckon? Know any places that make custom din inserts for something like an iPad? I've seen something like this before. Or maybe there's other cool stuff you could put there for Skylines?
Hey mate...
Do NOT get a universal pocket.... get a specific Nissan DIN pocket. Universal pockets don't always fit.... and if they do, it's usually a poor fitment. Simply because you can not design 1 thing to fit Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, Subaru etc. All of those manufacturers have slightly different design/shape/fitment to their DIN pocket so universal pockets fit everything, poorly. (I've fitted literally hundreds of car stereos and seen it all - I cringed when customers supplied their own generic pocket)
Your local car audio shop should stock Nissan pockets, or places like Super Cheap Auto should too. Obviously, Nissan will stock them! Expect to pay around $20-$30 for one.
This will get you a basic Nissan pocket... exactly like this



However, Nissan made 2 other styles... with that ^^^ one being the most common. There is one that came out with a flip down lid which looks a little tidier than the generic Nissan pocket.
The other one is a drawer which slides out (all done with a spring/clip mechanism) and also has an inbuilt cupholder (2 cups). I have one and can post pics of it if you want. To my understanding, this only came out in the A31 Cefiro.
Both of those you'll need to hunt for at car wreckers/ebay etc as they aren't an "off the shelf" item you can buy new.

I haven't seen any aftermarket pocket options like you mention... but I'm sure you could make something up with a bit of "know how" and "can do", maybe using a Nissan pocket as the framework :)
 
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