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Date Registered: 02-2004
Location: Panania, Sydney
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our latest accessory - GME TX3200 UHF Radio - with installation instructions
http://www.prestigecom.net.au has the best price after doing the run-around a few months ago... Ended up getting their package deal:
TX3200 + 6db GI Antenna Pack
GME TX3200 UHF CB
6db Pretuned Black 830mm Ground Independant Antenna
4.5m RG58 coax cable
PL259 (UHF) coaxialconnector.
(Free express courier delivery)
PRICE: $349.00 (Including GST)
Also got the DIN mounting kit to suit:
MBD001 DIN KIT
DIN mounting adaptor for the TX3200 & 3600 transceiver.
It allows the CB to be fitted into the DIN aperture of a vehicle dash. (Same size hole as a car radio cassette).
The front escutcheon has an aperture to allow the sound from the internal speaker to project forward and in many vehicles an extension speaker will not be necessary.
PRICE: $25.00 (Including GST)
Ok, enough plugging their website and pricing... On with the installation details... (brief for now, but with some useful tips for first-timers) Would you believe I forgot to take my camera with me (I did it @ in-law's place). Don't worry, I've still got to feed excess coax cable back into the cabin, so all the glovebox and shroud will come out again, so I'll take some photos then. (Part of this installation process explains how to install the "microfilter" for the A/C / fan system). Note that this was done on a Series 2 ST model X-Trail. The Ti models come with a DVD player which is in the location I am using to install the CB radio. If you already have a DVD, you'll need to use one of the spare DIN slots near the radio in the centre of the dash. I am not explaining how to do that here as I have not (yet) removed my original radio. I am not sure if the Series 1 have a spare DIN slot on passenger's side dash (someone may want to reply with that info).
10 bonus points goes to Nissan for making a cable-hole right next to the existing big cable-hole for the main car wiring loom in the firewall... The hole is big enough to fit the coax cable with the big connector on the end of it through. -2 points because the grommet disappeared down behind the back of the fire-wall insulation and it would be an absolute pain to remove a massive section of insulation to retrieve the grommet (tip: push it through into the engine bay from inside the cabin, instead of the other way around like I did!)
Removal of the glovebox is easy - pull two clips which are inside the bottom of the glovebox towards the middle of the glovebox. A flat screwdriver comes in handy here if the car is still new like ours, and they're abit tight to budge. Next there is a plastic strip about 10cm tall that runs along the underside of the glovebox. This is held on by three clips and is fairly easy to remove by pulling towards yourself. There are 6 screws located around the shroud at the back of the glovebox. There are also a couple of clips - two on the left hand side (and I think there was one on the right hand side near the top?) - again, pull towards yourself to remove. Once it comes away, you'll see there is a little hinged plastic door holding a cable connector. I have a feeling this is for the airbag, so I wouldn't pull the connector apart, just in case (airbags are very expensive to replace!). Long-nose pliers can be used to squeeze the two clips together to disconnect the connector from the glovebox shroud.
Now you'll see the "microfilter" compartment (white box behind shroud). This is fairly straight-forward to replace. Follow above steps in reverse to get all the panels back together.
Back onto the CB installation: The empty DIN pocket can be unscrewed (4 screws) and then the CB radio can be mounted (brackets & screws supplied, but use some of the empty DIN pocket's screws to mount it as well). Power was taken from the existing wiring loom (for the non-existent DVD player - all cabling for top-of-the-line accessories is already built-in). The two plugs for the DVD player are taped to the large (approx 32mm diameter) black corrugated conduit up inside the dash. One plug is yellow, the other is blue. Before you go any further, it's worth warning you not to remove the caps from the plugs, because strange things happen - The caps are bridging conductors for some of the cables. If you remove the yellow one, the boot light flashes on and off (I didn't bother trying to work out why) and the blue cap contains the radio's memory supply, so if you remove it, make sure you have your radio's PIN CODE handy for when you plug the blue cap back in again (I found that out the hard way, obviously!). The cable you need to provide +12v for the CB radio is on the blue plug, and is light blue with grey stripe. There is more than one cable with this colour-code on the plug, so if you've got a multimeter, it's best to use it. This cable turns off when ignition is off, so it's a good one to use in case you forget to turn the CB off, and your battery wont go flat! The cable is in the middle of the plug, and is the last cable next to the spare holes in the plug (I'll take a photo later to indicate exactly which cable it is). To avoid losing radio memories, it's probably best to strip back a little bit of the insulation on the cable itself, and connect the CB Radio +ve supply wire to it there (then solder and tape/heat-shrink). I got my -ve from using a lug and self-drilling screw into a bracket under the dash.
If you haven't already run the coax cable through the spare hole Nissan kindly provided (slightly to the right and below the main wiring loom hole when looking from inside car, passenger's footwell), then do so. Connect up coax & power, replace all panels (in reverse order to above), and you're ready to go!
I'm not sure what fuse the CB radio is protected by (and thus, the DVD if it was installed in a Ti model X-Trail), but the CB is supplied with it's own in-line 2A fuse, which isn't enough current-draw to worry about blowing any factory fuses...
Mounting of the antenna is up to personal choice - I'd prefer in the middle of my nudge bar, off a custom bracket, but I've yet to make one up, and convince Clare to let me have the antenna there. I'll convince her that the antenna wont be plugged in most of the time (as it would be a distraction for her, and a theft/vandalism risk as well) and I'll only screw it in when I'm actually using it. Another option is sticking out the side of the bonnet like alot of other vehicles have. I've left all the excess cable in the engine bay (tied up safely, of course!) until I decide where to put the antenna. CB Radio is pretty useless without the antenna connected.
I'll hopefully take some photos tomorrow if I get time...
The good things about the Series 2 passenger's side top glovebox (where I installed the CB Radio) is that it's got another ledge above it, which is a perfect spot to keep the coily-cord microphone. Shut the door and it's all out of thieve's eyes and no-one even knows it's there (especially if I have the antenna bracket mounted between my spotties on the nudge-bar, and only screw the antenna in when I need it).
Total install time - a few hours, because I took my time, but if I had to do it again, I could easily knock it over in less than an hour (not including mounting antenna, as I haven't done that yet).
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