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Old 01-22-2005, 01:29 PM   #1
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Some History:

Ok, so my wonderful girlfriend gets me the sportster for Xmas from BB. The only gift she's ever gotten me that she knew I would love. I am a bit of a picky/anal freak bout my stuff. Immediately we take it back because I know BB & CC are always overpriced. So I search a bit find a deal for the Sportster and 1 year subs. for $50 (the unit) and like $140 for the subs. We order from Sirius direct on December 29. I get a conf email stating within 48 hrs should ship. One week later I call, well it takes 1-2 weeks sir....ok. Gives me time to search for install ideas etc...here and elsewhere. Flash forward 2 weeks from order....Nothing in site. Call back, please give me straight answer. They tell me it's gonna be another 1-2 weeks as they are now back ordered. OK. One week later I call again, nothing and the guy tells me he'll take off $20. OK! Soooo this past week nothing and I call and they have a UPS tracking #!? No shipping email but it went out and I rec'd it yesterday! Woohoo!

Possible Problem:
The box says Sportster PRO model number SP-CK1. My heart drops. What the hell! After four weeks! I open it and the unit and cradle seem the same. Fabulous. The mount though is a LARGE suction mount. I guess this model is for TRUCKERS specifically for their vertical windshields. Great. Luckily I bought an aftermarket mount from Bracketron. www.bracketron.com. Search for the car manufacturer in the upper right hand corner of the front page. This was they only after market VSM for the 2004 Maxima that I found that mounts to the console. ProClip has "clip" type mounts that actually looked ok too. This was metal, proclip is hardened plastic. http://www.proclipusa.com/home/home.aspx

Temp install:
1. MOUNT: VSM mount from Bracketron as stated above. This involves removing the center console. Time required, 10-15 minutes. Depending on how much TLC you use. See the following link to maxima.org for a good picture on how to do this: http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=365438. For the mount you need not take out the LCD information center. Only the first console panel. Follow the directions that come with the bracket. ONE MAJOR ISSUE: If you order the bracket alone w/o the swivel mount, you will run into a problem. The locking mechanism from the sportster cradle is too big and will prevent you from mounting the cradle to the VSM mount. Huh? nice eh? Two options. Get the VSM mount with the swivel option. $36.99 shipped from GSX. One of the online Etailers for bracketron. You're in the clear. OR two, use a dremmel(sp?) tool to trim the locking switch down a good 1/4-3/8". Still leaving a little nub to switch the lock. I chose option #1, swivel mount.

2. INPUT: I am using the oem FM modulator for now until i install the PAC AAI-NIS auxiliary audio input. I tucked it back in between the console trim and the dash to hide it. Sound quality: 5/10. Like terrestrial radio I would say. Not good. I did buy a direct hardwire SATSWB from CC at first and was planning on using it until I found the PAC product. Again look to here for the PAC install: http://forums.maxima.org/showthread.php?t=365438. Cost for the PAC AAI-NIS was $76.49 shipped from X-10. They have em in stock. Some places are out.

3. POWER: For now again I am using the power cord as provided. But I did snake it through the same trim point I stuck the FM cord. It's pretty obvious once you start where to stick it. Then drop the power cord down and out the bottom of the panel just below the socket and plug it in. Put on the panel and hide it away. I will repost when I install the hardwire option. You can search and you will find many options.

4. ANTENNA: So this is where it gets really sloppy. Basically again I snaked the wire in the same point and ran it in the center console that has the shifter and cup holder and brought it out on the passenger side and then just laid the wire on the back seat and tossed the antenna on the back deck by the third brake light. This is totally temp I swear. I hate the look, but the antenna gets great reception. Three bars at all times for now. And yesterday when i installed it as well as today we are in the middle of a blizzard in Chicago. 12" snow by the end of it. So the sky is not clear. I will most likely do a roof mount under all the trim and out through the trunk like a typical set up.

5. WRAP UP: In the end it looks very clean, except for the antenna wire. Sound is fine for now. PAC install will solve that. Bracket keeps the unit away from the passengers knees and the position of the mount is basically like looking at the regular radio. When I get time I will post pics of the install for others to ponder. Hope this help all that have a Maxima and missed out on the factory SAT radio as I stupidly said no to as well!

UPDATE 1/29/05:
1. MOUNT: No changes here. Note though that the mount I purchased is only attached via one screw. Not sure if this is the cause but during driving the cradle shakes quite a bit. I guess I can live with it.

2. INPUT: Holy crap what a difference the PAC AAI-NIS made. Sounds like a CD. Seriously 9.5/10. Love it love it love it. Took some time and TLC getting the factory radio out but it was worth it! Used a Rat shack cable, needed a right angle output, see the pics and here's the link to the cable: http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...t%5Fid=42-2483

3. POWER: No hardline power but i did the additional female 12V socket behind the dash. Rat shack: http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...%5Fid=270-1556. Make sure you tap the correct wire off the existing cigarette adapter. I thought i goofed, but i didn't. The Maxima wire is pinkish in color. Well, mine was. See the pics below for the mount location. Make sure to ground it, I ran it over to a screw near the fuse block.

4. ANTENNA: See the pics. Mounted on the dash hidden by the pillar. Snaked it down through the trim, took a bit but i got it down and over. I get three bars and why bother mounting it outside when it works inside!

5. WRAPUP: I love the install and the sound now. Truthfully the wireless FM modulator sounded like crap I should have given it a 2/10.
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That is one heck of a write up, and much appreciated. Sounds like you have a very clean install, can't wait for the pictures (hint hint).

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OK so still being a bit of a newbie I did not know that you could not upload pics to the site. I do not have my own site nor a host. Soooooooooo, if you want em, send me a PM and I will get them to ya asap. I took a good number so you can view the install from a few angles. SORRY!

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OK so still being a bit of a newbie I did not know that you could not upload pics to the site. I do not have my own site nor a host. Soooooooooo, if you want em, send me a PM and I will get them to ya asap. I took a good number so you can view the install from a few angles. SORRY!

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See if you have some web space available to you from your ISP. If you have
comcast or someone like that you will. They will have directions to help you figure it out.

Let me know and I'll help. I got help from Top Dog SISO and now I feel like I know what I'm doing.
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yeah at work today i thought about that. i have RCN. The company out of the east coast that can't pay it's bills but expects us to keep paying ours! I will check! thx for the tip though!
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yeah at work today i thought about that. i have RCN. The company out of the east coast that can't pay it's bills but expects us to keep paying ours! I will check! thx for the tip though!
I checked RCN.com for you (No work, too much snow and I have the time) and if you have high speed it looks like you have web space available.

After you check it out let me know if you need help.
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Great job! Just a couple of things:

1. Try to set the size of pics on your camera so they are smaller (less kB) Probably need 640x480 resolution.
2. Yes they are big pics.
3. It looks like the wire you have plugged into the FM out is not in all the way (don't know if it matters).
4. What is the piece between the cradle and bracket?
5. Where did you get it? Did it come with the bracket?

Great job!!!
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Great job! Just a couple of things:

1. Try to set the size of pics on your camera so they are smaller (less kB) Probably need 640x480 resolution.
2. Yes they are big pics.
3. It looks like the wire you have plugged into the FM out is not in all the way (don't know if it matters).
4. What is the piece between the cradle and bracket?
5. Where did you get it? Did it come with the bracket?

Great job!!!
1. Yeah I figured that out after i posted. Girlfriends camera. Not used to uploading pics and sizing. Sorry!
2. Yes big.
3. I saw that too, I think it is in. It clicked in, I will check it though.
4. It "comes with" the bracketron VSM mount for the low price of $36.99. It's the swivel mount. Wasn't sure I needed it. But it actually pulls the cradle away a bit more from the console.
5. See #4. www.bracketron.com. Actually "bought it" from www.gsxdirect.com. Etailer of bracketron. Also there is pro-fit.com.

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The reason I asked about the ultra swivel is because today I just installed my Sportster using the PH-Mini 4 mount from Bracketron. I saw it at Circuit City last week and bought it, not knowing if it would even work. I had to cut it and drill a hole in it but it's great. I have the cradle attached directly to the mount with a small rubber gasket from the swivel mount that came with the Sportster. It looks better than before I had it just sitting in my console.

Do you know if you can buy that stuff locally and not online? I am a need now person.
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not sure on the now place if any. check their website. They are in Minnesota, gsxdirect. Ordered mine 1/16 shipped next day, 1/17 and came via USPS priority by the 19th. Maybe it came the 18th but my "valet" service at my building that rec's the packages is only open till 6:30 and I work late occasionally. So GSX it pretty much now as online etailing goes......
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