Exodus1818 wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:45 pm
Tried searching far and wide for info, but can't find anything for the 17-18 models of Rogue. Has anyone successfully swapped in an aftermarket head unit? Having Carplay and Android in my vehicles are a must for me. I'm wondering how much of a difference in wiring and plugs there are in between a 2016 and 2017.
My main worries are if there are adapters to retain the factory USB and Aux plugs, and having all steering controls (volume, tracks selection, Call answer/Siri, Call hang up). Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Funny that you should mention that. I am in the middle of a work-in-progress car stereo upgrade which consists of:
- Replace Front door speakers and dash corner tweeters
- Replace Rear door speakers
- Add powered subwoofer in the trunk
- Replace Factory Radio Unit (CD with SiriusXM, 4.3 inch screen) with aftermarket Carplay/Android Auto Unit
So far, I am about 90% completed. As you mentioned, it's been a challenge to find quality information to aid in installation and removal. However, based on some detective work, reading, and online access to service information, it has not been as impossible as I originally had thought.
To your worries, I have been able to complete the following so far:
1. Retain Steering Wheel controls using Axxess AWSC-1 (Volume up/Down, Track Forward/Back are working, I have not checked the Siri and Call hang Up yet)
2. Retain Factory Backup camera using the Axxess AX-NIS32SWC-6V
3. Retain Factory USB port. When I removed and dissembled the panel that contained the USB/AUX pot and 12-Volt accessory port, I was surprised to see that the receptacle on the back
of the USB port was a standard USB mini port. I simply connected a USB mini to standard USB-A cable (Think Blackberry charging cable) from the receptacle to the back of the car stereo. I
have not addressed the AUX port yet, as I may just tap into the existing cable located where the connector mated with the old head unit
There were other technical challenges that I encountered but resolved (e.g. location of the Speed Sensor wire on the factory harness, Using a Brake bypass kit specific to my head unit to avoid cutting into the parking brake wire.) Another point is that you will lose the use of the factory integrated microphone located in the "Map Light" area overhead. Nobody seems to offer a phantom power supply for it to supply the voltage to drive it from an aftermarket radio. The factory radio provides this (It's a three-wire electret condenser microphone).
I still have to work out where on the firewall that I can run the power wire from the battery to the trunk where the self-powered subwoofer. There aren't many well documented summaries on google or bing regarding anyone who has tried this on a 2017/2018 Rogue or Rogue sport. I don't like the idea of running a 10 gauge power wire through a fender wheel well, as I see some have posted. I will keep looking for a suitable entry point.
Going by what others have mentioned in this thread so far, I had a specific sound aesthetic in mind when choosing my components. My tastes in music range mainly in Jazz and Classical, so I was looking to for something warm sounding with smooth but defined bass response.
More to come hopefully.