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Old 08-21-2001, 10:07 PM
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Figured it was a prime time to make a sticky here.. we're only a few months behind all the other forums.

Thanks to whoever posted this one earlier:

it's got tons of basic info in it. I didn't get into the detailed portions of it, but it answers about 99% of the BASIC car audio questions. (i.e. where, why, how should I mount this?).

It also includes some wiring diagrams for our cars, and looks to have info about the bose systems "under construction"... maybe we'll see something there soon.

Also, alarm and radio wiring colors and info for 89-2000 Maximas are located on my website FAQ:

That should cover many of the questions asked on this forum, so kinda cut down on some of the BS- not that there's much of a problem here, but let's keep it that way!

I'm going to leave this thread open, so if you guys know of any more good FAQ sites, feel free to post them.
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Here is a good webpage with pictures regarding aftermarket speakers and headunit on the 3rd Generation Max.
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Here is my own page detailing how to install an after market system on a 3rd Generation Maxima equipped with the Bose system.
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I saw a lot of people had this question and I couldn't find this site until now when someone in the 5th gen forum posted, so I though I'd post it here.

This is the site with speaker colors and polarities for the 2001 Maxima.
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edit function is weird.. you can delete an attachment, but once it's gone, you can't edit a post and put one back in... oh well. here's the attachment again..

courtesy of Dixit, this is 2000 and 2001 Bose wiring information and pin-outs. Thanks!
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Using steering wheel controls on a 2k2/3 with an aftermarket headunit.

This question has been asked quite a few times, so I am posting the answer here:

"How do I make the steering wheel controls work with an aftermarket headunit?"

This is a two step process. First you have to obtain the PAC-SWI adapter from Crutchfield or some other mobile audio dealer. This will allow you to utilize the radio functions on the steering wheel.
Secondly, to regain use of the trip computer (the one with temp, DTE, MPG, etc.) you have to first locate the small wiring harness you removed from the stock deck, but diudn't use in the install of your aftermarket deck. This is a small harness with 4-5 wires in it. One of these wires is brown with a white stripe/marking. This wire must be cut from the harness, the stripped and grounded. I recommend grounding it to the large metal peice below the vents (you can use a small screw or electrical tape), or any other grounding site. This will now give you full use of all steering wheel controls.
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Old 10-20-2002, 05:29 PM
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A link to every car audio/performance website or there info on how to contact them.

Just hit the drop down box on the right side of the page.
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One of the best, if not the best, general FAQ's I have ever found:
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General info is a bit hard to locate

It seems to me this is the appropriate place for wiring diagrams, installation instructions for the various generations, etc

I want to thank whomever posted the pictorials for a 5th generation head-unit removal. It took quite awhile to find that post but it helped immensely. Also thanks to those who advised using an impact driver to remove the 5th generation head-unit. Thanks!!!!

Overall I think general instructions are a bit too hard to locate in the audio section and really belong here.

My two cents regarding general advice in a 5th generation install:

The Scosche NN03B adaptor worked perfectly to switch my 2000 (5th generation) Non Bose factory radio over to an aftermarket (JVC) unit. Also you'll need a Scosche diversity antenna adaptor to switch the stock diversity antenna over to aftermarket antenna input. The antenna adaptor is a Scosche NDA. I got both from for $13.85 shipped. Those adaptors combined with the installation instructions allowed me to save $80 off of a unit Crutchfield wanted $240.00 for.
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For Stock Bose Replacement Parts

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They also have some of the diagrams that are in this thread.

They also have pinout diagrams for the Bose wiring harness and CD changer wiring harness. Good if you are electronically inclined and want to add a CD changer through the Head Unit instead of RF modulation.
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stock stereo removal 2000 -2003

Here's a link to a good pictorial of removing the stock stereo in the 5th generation While it shows a Bose unit - it covered everything I needed for removing my Non-Bose Unit-
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Common Bose Questions:

Want to add a sub (or additional speakers) to your Bose amp?

Want to replace your Bose amp/speakers, but keep your Bose HU?

Want to replace your Bose HU, but keep the Bose amp/speakers?

Want to replace the Bose system completely?

Want to add an aux input to the Bose system?

Want to add a Bose system to your non-Bose equipped car?

What size speakers does my Bose system have?

My 2002-2003 Bose CD Player skips/cuts-out from time to time

Need to have your Bose repaired?
Check out They specialize in Bose system repairs and are an authorized repair center.

Need to buy a replacement Bose speaker/amp/head unit?
Check out They specialize in Bose system repairs and can sell you a repaired part for a significant savings over the dealership cost.

Any other Bose replacement questions?
Search the audio forum for "Bose" and put "studman" in the user name. I've written quite a good deal about the Bose systems in the later models of the Max. If you have an earlier Max, you can use the seach feature in the Audio forum, or PM me if you can't find an answer.

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Adding RCA outputs / Amplifiers / Subs to 95-2003 Bose

Want to add RCA outputs (with optimal sound quality) to the BOSE HU (95-2003)?

Use the PAC AOEM-NIS2. It is completely plug and play and provides a remote wire lead, a pair of front channel RCA outputs, and a pair of rear channel RCA outputs. Eliminates several of the issues involved with using a Line Output Converter.

Currently the best price is $59.95 shipped, available here:
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Adding Aftermarket CD Player to Bose 95-2003

There is another adapter, made by PAC, which will allow you to use an Aftermarket Head Unit with the Bose Speakers/Amp(s).

It should apply to 95-2003 models with the Bose system. It is called the ROEM-NIS2.

Currently the best price is $59.95 shipped, available here:
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Here's a listing of almost all manufacturers of CA related gear:

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Here's my buddy's site, DIY Audio. He has some great FAQs, tutorials, calculators, and links for both car and home audio. It's been years since he updated it, but lots of great info regardless. He put a lot of time into it.
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Headrest Monitor Install:

great site for instructions on installing a headrest monitor....
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Just my little extra's: lotsa nice bits o' info there has the wiring color codes for alarms/remote start/ keyless entry
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PAC SWI Install How To

This is for 02-03 Max. Check manufacturer instructions for correct wires for other models.

PAC SWI Install Original Thread

If you need more help PM me. I check the forum daily.
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I have been asked to post a link to the pics of my rear deacklid rattle fix in my 5.5 gen. So here they are: Clicky. It's not a "how-to" per say, but I offer some input with pictures.
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How to remove a 1998 Max factory head unit.

I just took out my factory head unit in a 1998 Max and took some pics and added some notes for anyone whos interested.
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Old 08-02-2004, 05:09 AM
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Anything you need an answer to is here

I found more info on this website than you could possibly ask for. There are specific detailed explanations of everything related to car audio including with graphic examples, sounds and calculators. There isn't any brand/manufacturer specific info here, but if you want to know anything about installing sound correctly in your vehicle this is the place. I promise even you experts will learn something you didn't know.

I'ts called Basic Car Audio Electronics located here:
specifically for installs:
(navigate thru scrollbar on the right on home page)
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Putting an aftermarket radio on stock bose speakers: This applies to any generation maxima, and #4 applies to 4th gen and up.

Your factory Bose head unit sends an unamplified audio signal to the Bose amps. So you want to replicate this as close as possible for the best sq, in theory. There are a few options:
1) You can wire it up as a normal head unit without any Bose adapters, and have a small risk of burning up the Bose amp(s).
2) You can buy the $50 PAC or Scosche adapter, such as the one here
4th gen and up:
3rd gen:
3) You can wire the deck's preouts to the wiring harness in the dash, which will send an unamplified signal to the Bose amps. You have front and rear preouts. Each of those has a left (white) and right (red). So youd plug in RCA ends to the front and rear preouts, leaving a few inches of wire for you to play with. For the front left RCA, there will be 2 single wires inside it. Wire those to white and white/black. The front right, wire those to gray and gray/black. Do the same for the rears, Rear left will be the green and green/black, and Rear right will be purple and purple/black.
4) You can buy the Metra 70-7551 for 4th gen and up, or 70-1764 for 3rd gen (which is usually hard to find locally) which will already have all of Step #3 above done for you, so you can just plug stuff in.
Page 25 of 36 is a pic of both the Metra 70-7551 and 70-1764.

If you need your radio installed asap, the most cost effective way is Step #3. But if you can find the 70-7551 harness, or have time to order it online, it will probably save you some headache. Those are the easiest, most cost effective methods of this installation.

Caution: If the voltage of your preouts isnt a decent amount, you might want to avoid steps 3 or 4 and go with step 2. Low voltage preouts combined with step 3 or 4 will equate to your Bose speakers not getting loud once installed.

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i was jw, does anyone know the specs of the 2k1 bose system? like how many watts and junk? thanks
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