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    I have a '15 Nissan Versa S. Already upgraded from the 2 crappy stock speakers to 4 JBL coaxials and a 400 watt Kenwood mini-amp hidden between the passenger air bag and the glove box. Batting around adding a subwoofer, but that's a later project.

    Now, what I am considering is replacing the factory head unit. I have a question before I jump into this.

    It looks like a double-din opening. How do I tell if it is a true double-din or is it 1-1/2 din? I ask this because there are double-din kits. My thought would be that wouldn't be necessary if this were a true double-din opening.

    My end goal was to get more tonal control. I don't care about touch screens, app radios, etc. I was thinking about a nice single-din radio (with the biggest internal equalizer I can find) and then an external equalizer, as well. All I can find, however, are 1/2-din equalizer.

    This is where I'm stuck, any thoughts or tips would be wonderful.
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    I'm not familiar with the dash of that car, as it has been quite some time since I worked in the industry. But in general, a double-DIN opening is approximately 7 inches wide and 4 inches tall. It used to be that most Nissans could accommodate a double-DIN, but things have changed in the world of car stereo.

    I would check with a car stereo aftermarket supply company like Metra to see if they have a kit for that car and, if so, if it can accommodate a double-DIN. Also, check to see if any other electronic modules would be required to install a new car stereo in that car. Unfortunately, in many cases today, there are other parts of the car's electronics that run through the factory stereo, making it impossible to simply remove and replace the factory stereo without conversion electronic modules or circuitry. Also, even if no electronic modules are required, you'll want to get a proper harness plug adapter so that you don't have to cut the factory wiring. And finally, back when I was an installer, most Nissans required an antenna plug adapter to allow the car's antenna to hook up to an aftermarket stereo.
    Last edited by Excelsior; 04-02-2016, 12:48 PM.
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    • #3
      Understood.

      Since posting this, I figured out that this is a true double-din opening. I am really just wondering at this point what I would need to do to convert it to fit a single-din head unit and a 1/2-din equalizer? Is that even possible?
      current: 2009 & 2010 Chicago Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon, 2009 & 2010 Daytona Beach 1/2 Marathon, 2010 Tampa Bay Gasparilla 1/2 Marathon, 2010 & 2012 Women's Running Magazine St. Petersburg 1/2 Marathon, 2012 Women's Running Magazine Bloomington 1/2 Marathon
      upcoming: 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon
      My Walthers: P99 40S&W, PPK 32ACP, P1 9mm, P5 9mm

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      • #4
        It should be. Many of the dash mounting kits that I saw in the past that were for double-DIN factory stereo openings also provided parts for just that purpose -- a single-DIN radio and a half-DIN equalizer slot. As I mentioned, check with companies like Metra to see what is required and available.
        And when I came to, I had a VISION! A REVELATION! A PICTURE IN MY HEAD! A picture of THIS! The FLUX CAPACITOR!

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        • #5
          ^^^
          I just took a look at Metra and Scosche sites and did not find such a kit, after all. Of course, that doesn't mean that it doesn't exist -- I just did a quick search. You might have to custom fabricate something. In the past, most true factory double-DIN radios in many Japanese cars were held in place with brackets bolted on the side of the radio. You were then able to remove those brackets from the factory radio, and then bolt them to the new aftermarket radio. The single-DIN radio would usually go on the top part of the brackets (corresponding to the top part of the double-DIN opening), and then a universal storage pocket would mount below to fill in the lower part of the double-DIN opening. WhenIn your case, if the EQ has mounting screw holes on the side, then you may be able to mount it to those same brackets, in the area under the single-DIN radio. Then, since the EQ would be only a half-DIN, you'd then have to make something to fill in the small gaps above and below the EQ. We would usually use pieces of black ABS plastic.

          Of course, you'd have to check and see if your factory radio mounts using removable side brackets in this fashion.
          Last edited by Excelsior; 04-03-2016, 05:24 AM.
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          • #6
            ^^^
            By the way, it should go without saying that if you do bolt any brackets or anything else to the side of your radio or equalizer, you'll need to make sure that the screws that you use are not too long. Obviously, using screws that are too long could damage your components.
            And when I came to, I had a VISION! A REVELATION! A PICTURE IN MY HEAD! A picture of THIS! The FLUX CAPACITOR!

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