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It has taken way more time than I ever expected to have the two following mods done to my Titan but, voila, the following mods are now finished.: New leather with frontseat heaters and a Navigation Receiver.

Leather skins on my seats is a mod that I've wanted since late in 2005 when I was trying to get a group buy on leather seats done through Welcome to LeatherSeats.com. Since only about 2-3 people showed any interest in the leather group buy at the time, it was cancelled due to lack of interest. Still, it was always my intent to buy new leather skins for my T.

The primary holdup up of my leather seat purchase was that I wanted also to install carbon fiber seat heaters at the same time as the leather install. Instead of using the common round seat heater switches that come with the carbon fiber seat heaters, I wanted to incorporate the use of the Nissan OEM seat heater switch assemblies, 25500-AX600 and 25500-AX601, mounted into their position just below AC/heater control knobs and use these switches instead of the switches that come with the carbon fiber seat heaters.

I was hoping that someone would do a write up, a how-to wiki, of using the Nissan OEM seat switches with my intended application but none ever materialized and my lack of knowledge of electricity and reading of schematics did not permit me do the seat-heater mod on my own. A couple of people wrote here on Titantalk.com that they did the Nissan heater switch mod but when contacted on the forum by PM, neither ever gave a response. Thusly, time and my continued delay in replacing my seats with leather skins was a can that I kept kicking down the road.

My 2nd mod, the installation of a touch screen navigation receiver, was delayed for the same reason as the first as I wanted to have both of them done at the same time. Back years ago I first considered the Pioneer AVIC Z1 model. Year by year, the Pioneer touch screen navigation receiver models changed as newer updated models were introduced, ZI, Z2, Z3, then Z110BT, Z120BT and now Z130BT. I kept thinking, soon, very soon, but time kept marching on.







Instead of buying the Pioneer navigation receiver, in the end I decided to go with the newly marketed flagship Kenwood DNX9980HD navigation receiver. Neither the Pioneer nor the Kenwood receivers are perfect and both have their strong and weak points but the Garmin navigation software and better Bluetooth telephone sound performance were the deciding factors for my going with Kenwood receiver. HD AM/FM radio is a nice feature too. The image below show the placement of the bluetooth microphone. The GPS antenna is below the mirror under the dash just behind the windshield base in the same position as the OEM Nissan Navigation Antenna.



By buying the Garmin EcoRouteHD bluetooth accessory dongle that connects to the OBD2 port, any engine error codes are report to the receiver unit. This also tracks for speed and driving habits and reports your driving costs and carbon emissions.



The really irksome things about my Nissan OEM Radio/6-CD Changer was the inability to play mp3 audio. The AUX input plug would have largely solved the mp3 problem except the 2004 Titan input Plug, although it is functional, is useless and a joke and I wonder if it was ever tested before it was released.

Years ago I made the decision on my leather seat skin color options, Bronze (095), as the primary color with a lighter contrasting color as the insert color. I would have probably preferred that the whole seat be the dark color Bronze, but with all of the inside door panels being the same dark bronze color, I thought a lighter 2nd color, Ash (087), would give a pleasant and brighter contrast that might temper the dark, cave-like mood given off by a solid dark interior. The color Ash very closely approximates the lighter interior trim colors of the 2004 Titan A pillar for example and I thought it would make a nice color complement to the Bronze.









Since the color Bronze makes a perfect color match with the vinyl covering of the fold-down console compartment top, I decided to keep the OEM console lid covering. However, I kept the new console cover material in case at a later time I want to replace it with the new covering. In the image below I have positioned the new Classic Soft Trim lid cover beside the Nissan OEM lid cover and I believe you will agree the color between the two is virtually identical. Just yesterday when my son-in-law saw my leather for the first time, he commented, "they did a great job on the lid cover," and I had to tell him lid cover material was the factory lid cover that came with the truck.

If/when the Nissan front bench seat lid cover material degrades, I will replace it with the new Classic Soft Trim "pleather" lid cover that is sitting to the side in the image below.



My leather brand is Classic Soft Trim ( Classic Soft Trim), also known as Roadwire (Welcome to Roadwire Automotive Innovation) and the sole reason I chose this brand is because they were the only brand to offer the color Bronze. Quality wise, I believe Katzkin and Classic Soft Trim to be on par.

I chose in both mods, the navigation receiver and leather, to have the installation done professionally. I currently have way too much on my plate to fiddle with my own installations.

Pricewise, and I'm sure many will want to know, the Kenwood navigation receiver was $1799 with a $300 rebate that nets out at $1499. Other accessories, Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control, Ipod/IPhone/USB cables, rearview camera, double din faceplate, was about an additional $350. Installation cost for navigation receiver, with telephone bluetooth, USB/IPod/IPhone cables was $215 plus an additional $125 for rear view camera. The cost for the leather covers was $999 and included installation. In round figures, the complete cost for both leather covers, two front seat heaters ($400 seat heaters including installation) and Kenwood navigation receiver was about $4K. One might question the wisdom of throwing $4K at a 7 year old vehicle but I plan on keeping this truck for a very long time (26,300 current miles).
 

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Looks good. I'm really digging the OBDII integration!

Did you get the OEM seat heater switches working? I installed heated leather seats from a 2004 Infiniti in my 97 Maxima and the OEM seat heater switches were pretty easy to integrate into the old Maxima.
 
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Looks good. I'm really digging the OBDII integration!

Did you get the OEM seat heater switches working? I installed heated leather seats from a 2004 Infiniti in my 97 Maxima and the OEM seat heater switches were pretty easy to integrate into the old Maxima.
No, I didn't, I gave up on the idea. I concluded that I would never get my leather installed if incorporating the OEM seat heater switches was a prerequisite and it was time to either **** or get off the pot with the idea.

Now I have some Nissan seat heater switches that I should probably sell to someone with the ability to carry out that project: http://www.titantalk.com/forums/tit...607-aftermarket-heated-seats.html#post1608980
 

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If you don't mind me asking you how much were the seat covers.
Since I knew that this question would come to reader's minds, I included the information in the next to last sentence in my post, "The cost for the leather covers was $999 and included installation." :poke: :) The installed cost for carbon fiber seat heaters in both front seats was an additional $400.
 

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Wow! Both installs look great. Very good choice on the head unit and the leather looks awesome. I can tell from your pics that you take really good care of your truck. Enjoy the "new" ride!
 

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Your truck looks great! 26,000 miles in 7 years, that's crazy! What dash kit did you use for the Kenwood?
I used the Nissan OEM XE Double Din Bezel, part no. 68260-7S001, formerly 68260-7S000, that I bought several years ago for about $78 if my memory serves me well. Crutchfield provided for free the Metra faceplate (99-7406) that I chose not to use since the Nissan OEM faceplate offers superior color and fitment properties when compared to aftermarket faceplates.

The OEM Nissan Double Din faceplate is recognizable by the the two "dimples" on the lower right hand side.
 

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Nice write up and mods! Yeah the '04 aux jack is a joke. I need to at least get an in-line preamp for mine. That Kenwood really looks perfect.
 

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Dude wiring the stock nissan switch is so simple as long as your aftermarket heaters have a high and a low setting. I have the heated seat switch pigtails if you wanna send me your address they're yours. I would try and use those switches to make a cleaner more factory install. The deck is pretty sweet with that obd2 built in!
 

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Dude wiring the stock nissan switch is so simple as long as your aftermarket heaters have a high and a low setting. I have the heated seat switch pigtails if you wanna send me your address they're yours. I would try and use those switches to make a cleaner more factory install. The deck is pretty sweet with that obd2 built in!
Thanks 04BlackTitanLE for your kind offer of the heater switch pigtails. My seat heaters indeed have a high and low setting and had I known about this a month or so ago, I probably would have taken you up on your offer. Now that my seat heaters are all wired up and with holes already drilled into the plastic surround of my seat frame to accommodate the round heater switches, I'm going to leave everything in its current state.
 

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Nice writeup and thanks for the useful info on the leather places. I've too been wanting leather since purchasing my truck. I've been looking at katzkin for a while now, still don't have the dough set aside for it yet though. I can understand letting someone else handle the installs, it's truly a big time commitment. When I finally get around to the seats, I'll let someone do the work, I'll still work the stereo install myself though, I prefer to know how things are wired so if there is ever an issue I can trace it and figure it out. I can't believe your mileage though! I've got an 08.5 and i'm sitting at a little over 36k. Enjoy the ride!
 
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