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My B15 build, Also Backup Camera in 3rd member Brake Light???

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New to the forum, not new to Nissan nor new to working on them or vehicles in general.

I've been looking into the possibility of doing some mods to my 2004 Sentra, it's a base model, 1.8L/MT w/240K runs great, very few actual issues, even fewer that I can't personally fix. A bit of cosmetic damage, overall a great little car. Wouldn't mind doing a VQ35DE swap in this thing, but that would be light years away for me. Too many pennies to save at the moment for such a modification, because I would want to go big with northward of 700hp. :ROFLMAO: So let's go towards the real topic of this post instead. (However, I am going to search for some build writeups on here, specifically what has to happen with the Trans to make it work in a B15, Fun reading!)

Something a bit more realistic is the Double Din Dash Conversion. I believe it was a thread that I found on here that discussed the process. I found a dash kit for the radio on Amazon.

https://a.co/d/9FwHIi0
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I just started looking into Android Auto headsets that would fit into this Amazon item. I'm very curious if anyone has heard of a trim piece that would help relocating the climate controls. Or if there are any write ups that show that trim piece being modified to look factory when the controls were relocated. So far all I've found is stuff that would kick me in my OCD head everytime that I got into my car and make my right eye 馃憗 twitch! So if there's a trim piece that would allow this to look stock that would be awesome.

If I do a double din android head unit I would want to add a backup camera to the car as well. I'm curious if it's even possible to 3D print a 3rd Brake light lense and if so if anyone has thought about printing one that would allow a backup camera to be mounted in it? I think it would be a great place to have it mounted. I could be wrong, but the thought has me wondering! 馃 馃挱

Sorry if this post seems like clickbait or something, but the climate control relocation is related to the radio and the radio is related to the camera which is the actual star of this post. My mind just works like this, hopefully this will spur a good discussion and we will all benefit from it.

Thanks, y'all!
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New to the forum, not new to Nissan nor new to working on them or vehicles in general.

I've been looking into the possibility of doing some mods to my 2004 Sentra, it's a base model, 1.8L/MT w/240K runs great, very few actual issues, even fewer that I can't personally fix. A bit of cosmetic damage, overall a great little car. Wouldn't mind doing a VQ35DE swap in this thing, but that would be light years away for me. Too many pennies to save at the moment for such a modification, because I would want to go big with northward of 700hp. :ROFLMAO: So let's go towards the real topic of this post instead. (However, I am going to search for some build writeups on here, specifically what has to happen with the Trans to make it work in a B15, Fun reading!)

Something a bit more realistic is the Double Din Dash Conversion. I believe it was a thread that I found on here that discussed the process. I found a dash kit for the radio on Amazon.

https://a.co/d/9FwHIi0
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I just started looking into Android Auto headsets that would fit into this Amazon item. I'm very curious if anyone has heard of a trim piece that would help relocating the climate controls. Or if there are any write ups that show that trim piece being modified to look factory when the controls were relocated. So far all I've found is stuff that would kick me in my OCD head everytime that I got into my car and make my right eye twitch! So if there's a trim piece that would allow this to look stock that would be awesome.

If I do a double din android head unit I would want to add a backup camera to the car as well. I'm curious if it's even possible to 3D print a 3rd Brake light lense and if so if anyone has thought about printing one that would allow a backup camera to be mounted in it? I think it would be a great place to have it mounted. I could be wrong, but the thought has me wondering!

Sorry if this post seems like clickbait or something, but the climate control relocation is related to the radio and the radio is related to the camera which is the actual star of this post. My mind just works like this, hopefully this will spur a good discussion and we will all benefit from it.

Thanks, y'all!
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Does anyone have any ideas or input about this topic?
I have a 4鈥 monitor on my dash & have the reverse camera linked to that. Sits right next to my volt gauge.
I recently pulled from the junkyard the trim piece from around the cubby, as well as the a/c controls bezel from one of their cars. I'm going to look into marrying the 2 together into 1 piece that will keep my OCD happy and my right eye from twitching every time that I look down at the dash. Once that is accomplished I plan to get the double din trim piece from Amazon I mentioned in an earlier post. I also have pulled from a junkyard car a better carpet with carpet mats. My current carpet has holes in it in the drivers footbox. Since the seats, center console, and most of the lower trim panels all have to come out to allow carpet replacement, I thought I would take this opportunity to do something about all of my road noise. I think I'm going to purchase a 2 gallon kit of Second Skin Spectrum liquid sound deadener that comes with the spray gun, wire tape, and masking plastic for $245 from Amazon. I don't listen to music a whole lot these days, but I definitely drive enough distance that I want a quieter car.

In regards to the backup camera being placed into the 3rd brake light I might get that housing as well as a lens from the junkyard and try to mount a camera in such a way that it will be unnoticeable without looking for it. Hopefully the slope of the glass won't be an issue. If it is, oh well, the camera will be able to be mounted elsewhere such as above the license plate, I'll make certain not to mess it up. Perhaps some epoxy and some elbow grease shaping the epoxy will allow for a nice product once colored to match the interior plastic color.
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So I got to thinking last night about the sound deadening material for my car. I'm not really into the big boom speaker scene, I do occasionally listen to loud music but mostly I drove this car without any music at all. So instead of going with the spray in deadening material I chose to cheap out and get the Amazon choice butyl material. I made this choice based on my true desire is to no longer hear every pebble that my car rolls over.

This stuff is supposed to be 0.1 inches thick and had plenty of great reviews so fingers crossed that this will suffice. Sadly I do not happen to own a roller and I won't receive the one I ordered for about another week or so. Meanwhile to sound insulation will already be here. Oh well, such is the way Amazon Prime works these days ever since Covid 19.
I have received the Amazon Choice sound deadening material, and I was mistaken, the roller arrived first, I ordered some cloth tape to wrap my wires in as this seemed to be a smart move for me personally. When I hear any type of buzzing, humming, or rattling from my vehicle it bugs me to death and I just want it to stop. So, since this is the case for me, I decided to take some time and install some cloth tape in places that this might happen.

Today, I went back to the junkyard and finished disassembling the dash from a B15. I learned in the process that under the dash is a lot of these push style zip ties holding the wiring to the dash frame as well as other components. I would like to be able to remove them without damaging them so that I can reuse them. I plan to pull the dash out so that I can put some of the material on the interior side of the firewall. Hopefully by doing so I will be able to reduce a great deal of the engine and road noise.

Because of this project I'm hoping that someone might know of a handy tool that allows you to pull these out of the holes they get pushed into without damaging them?

I'm attaching a photo of the style of clip I'm referring to, they're a combination of a push style body clip and a zip tie in one component. We've all scratched our arm on the poorly dressed ends of the zip tie parts that the factory left too long with a sharp corner waiting for new flesh to be stuck under the dash by someone wishing to repair or upgrade their vehicle. I'm not wanting to cut the zip ties, nor do I want to use a pick to open them as they will not hold properly afterwards. However, if I can remove them from their holes and leave them attached to the wiring that would be fabulous. I can successfully remove them with multiple picks, or small screwdrivers, but I'm hoping there's a tool specific for this task as this is not the only vehicle that I wish to go through the dash without damage to this style of wire clips.
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So I've relieved my car of its old, dirty, stained, carpet that had extra holes in it. My seats, console, and trim pieces that allow removal of the carpet are out of the car. The car has been thoroughly vacuumed out to get rid of the dirt and other miscellaneous debris that was in the floor pan. Next I will need to scrape out some areas of the factory deadening to inspect for corrosion. Certain areas either did not ever adhere correctly or else has let go of the floor pan and cracked over time. Either way the old factory sound deadening material is rock hard and I'm thinking needs to be removed for inspection of the metal surfaces below it. I'll need to mark all of the important holes such as seat bolt holes, seat belt bolt holes, etc. So that I won't just cover them up and not be able to put things back together without making a mess involving butyl rubber. I believe if I cut the holes in my new material before peeling the backing off then I should be able to avoid having a sticky and messy situation on my hands, clothes, and face. 馃槃 I'm going to remove the few wire hold down clips marking their holes as well so that I can wrap the wire bundles with the cloth tape I purchased. I will also put some of the cloth tape directly on the metal over the wire clip holes. Hopefully once I reinstall the wire clips they will not be able to rattle and cause any road noise. I'm also hoping that this Amazon Basics material works as advertised.

I laid the 2 carpets side by side and meant to take a photo today for posterity and comparison purposes but I forgot to because I began working on the car after working all day.
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I have a 4鈥 monitor on my dash & have the reverse camera linked to that.
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