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Old 10-22-2021, 07:01 PM   #1
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As of Now I have NOTHING in the way of stereo system. Most of the connectors have been cut. I have a newer style ('97 MY) stereo harness that I plan on splicing back into my '87. My question is: Does anybody know what 'other' head units, from possibly other Nissans, that will just plug right into this harness?
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Any aftermarket head unit with the proper harness will just plug right in. Certain brands tend to use the same plugs through generations.



Never cut the harness on the truck. Ever. On pain of being married to Hillary Clinton.





For any head unit just get the harness pigtail and solder it to the pigtail that comes with the head unit and clip it all together. Only other piece is the universal dash kit that only needs to be removed when going back to stock.





The 97 head unit is a different shape than 87. I would not gurantee it will bolt in.
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I'd offer to look up the wiring diagrams on Alldata, but honestly from what I've seen in recent days of trying to look shit up for my 91, its a pretty bare bones list. try to find a PDF of a haynes or chilton manual online. if you look hard enough you'll probably find one for free. and just search all of the forums (this one, obviously, but also other nissan forums. I've been on NICO since before i even had my license, and it was full of great info, course back then it was for S13's, which i think is (or at least was) it's bread and butter, but still. Theyre good people. or at least were. like i said, its been years. and the new generation are mostly shitheads, so who knows.
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Old 10-23-2021, 01:54 PM   #4
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I'm not worried about fitting in the dash. I was wanting to know if all Nissans had the same plug as a D21. Like will an Altima CD player from 1997 have the same plug as a 97 D21. I get that it may not fit. I plan on doing a full custom dash and center console. Cutting and welding to get things placed where I need them. I have no AC controls and can move or remove whatever I need to.
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The color code is the same for the 87 and the 97,but the plug is different. I wonder what other factory Nissan head units will plug into the 97 harness I have.
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IMHO, if you will be going through the effort of a full center is just put the head unit I really want in it and do a proper adapter harness instead of trying to stay with a stock one.
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From time to time, my Pnp will have a sale - All radios $15. I plan on snagging the best cd player I can find out of something that is compatible with what I have. I've seen some real nice units go for $15. Even the newer style where the radio/Bluetooth unit takes up the whole center of the dash - $15. I respect your opinion, but I'm going to keep looking. The last thing I want in here is an expensive stereo system. If I can get it cheap and customize my truck at the same time, win, win.
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I have been cross referencing part numbers ( Metra #mpn1521248 ) and it seems that the D21 and the Maxima,240SX, and quite a few Nissan models take the same universal adapter, so units should be interchangeable. Even as far up as the 2007 Infinite FX35 use the same adapter as the 97 D21. As far as I can tell, 2007 is the cut off year for this particular plug. So next trip to the JY will involve me comparing stereo plugs. LOL

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Old 10-26-2021, 12:24 PM   #10
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i feel like none of the factory radios are worth the effort. buy aftermarket, you will get bluetooth and hands free calling for minimal amount of cash
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