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Re: Swapping 2016 Radio into 2012

Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:21 am

leafgak wrote:Well folks, I am about to attempt this project as well. However, the 2016 Radio I found//Bought on eBay, looks nothing like the one in my LEAF. (Appears to be the same size, but it has knobs)

Any ideas?

I should have it in my hot little hands by next week. Looking at the pictures, the wiring harness looks a bit different, but the radio does have the "Pig Tails" still plugged in.

The reasons I'm doing this is 'cause (1) The Radio is Cheaper than the 3G upgrade, and (2) I really miss the Android Radio I had in my last car.

Time will tell.


Me thinks you don't know what you're doing:
1) Sounds like you bought an "S" trim head unit (with knobs) to put in an "SV/SL" trim (touchscreen)
2) The "radio" (head unit?) has nothing to do with the TCU/modem 3G upgrade (other than providing wireless access); CarWings/NissanConnect still will not work!
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Re: Swapping 2016 Radio into 2012

Thu Jan 26, 2017 4:33 pm

Of course, I don't know what I am doing, however, the 2016 Radio will also have the HEATER/AC Control Bezel as well. SO, I would ask if you know so much, please tell me how to do this, or if it's even possible. - I have to admit, someone telling me how would be a lot better than reverse engineering this set up on my own, WITH no wiring diagrams. (I can't seem to find a source)

Are you saying the NISSAN CONNECT, that was working in the 2016 won't work with the 2012, or what exactly are you trying to tell me by saying I know not what I am doing? - Some constructive help would be greatly appreciated, if you can supply it. - Thanks in advance.

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Re: Swapping 2016 Radio into 2012

Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:52 pm

leafgak wrote:Are you saying the NISSAN CONNECT, that was working in the 2016 won't work with the 2012, or what exactly are you trying to tell me by saying I know not what I am doing? - Some constructive help would be greatly appreciated, if you can supply it. - Thanks in advance.


That's basically what I'm saying: don't do it.
2011 Blue Ocean SV w/floor mats & window tint
12v LiFePO4 battery & FIAMM 74100 horns
Wet Okole seat covers (front)
Tor's low-power heater mod
2013 sun visor
3G modem upgrade
L2 EVSE Upgrade
Battery Pack replaced (Rev E) @51 months and 41k miles

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Re: Swapping 2016 Radio into 2012

Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:33 pm

Well, I will be doing it.

But here's the deal:

Right now, with the 2012 (2G) Radio I no longer have NISSAN CONNECT.

If, when I get done with the install of the 2016, I still don't have it, then I have lost NOTHING! (But the time involved.)

AND, If, when I get done I have the ability to access IHEART & Pandora, I will consider that I am coming out ahead.

I prefer those apps over NISSAN CONNECT.

Now, when I get done, if I have no Radio (and/or) No Climate Control, the 2012 Radio will be re-installed and the 2016 will go back on eBay.

But a quick test showed that the Radio DOES FIRE UP. (I gotta "fit" the AM/FM Antenna Adapter)

As I said, Time will tell.

Presently it's TOO DARN COLD here in CO to be playing with this thing.

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Re: Swapping 2016 Radio into 2012

Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:11 pm

UPDATE to this little Project

I installed (Stuck it into the area) and connected as many wiring harnesses I had that would fit between the two. (Needless to say, I had some wiring harnesses "left over".

Right "out of the box", the XM Satellite worked, but the AM/FM did not. (More Later) I was able to pair the Bluetooth, but it was difficult AND - no audio from it.

The AM/FM part came to life after I made a MINOR alteration to the Antennae Socket on the 2016 Stereo. (The 2012 antennae connector had 1 "key", and the 2016 had 2. I "modified" the 2016 Socket to accommodate the older antennae wire plug. (If the 2016 radio ever gets put back into a 2016 vehicle, it will connect just fine.)

So, after realizing that I needed more info (PIN OUTS) to finish the Reverse Engineering I need to do, I put the Old Stereo back in, and scheduled the conversion for a later date.

I have had absolutely no luck in finding the PIN OUTS for the 2016, does anyone have that info?

I'd love to finish this up.

One more thing, If I used the 2016 Heater Control, would it work. It connected and definitely controlled the FAN and looked like it was doing everything else, but I had it in the car for such a short period of time, I just couldn't tell if it worked or not. I really like the layout of that model unit.

I will post more when I know more......

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Re: Swapping 2016 Radio into 2012

Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:54 am

The S climate controler (Nissan calls it "AC Auto Amp") won't work with the 2011/2012 SV/SL PTC heater. There's a PWM circuit for the water pump for the heater that is not present in the S models (since they use an air PTC heater instead of water).

The 2013+ SV/SL AC Auto Amp is also incompatible with the 2011-2012 systems.
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