2012 Frontier

2012 Frontier Modifications

Nissan GPS Dock

Nuvi 750

WHY?  I'm too cheap to buy an in-dash navigation system and I don't like having to dig my portable Garmin GPS out of the console and suction-cup it to the windshield, so this handy little gadget from Nissan looked like a nice addition.  Designed to work with the Garmin Nuvi 750/760 series, this dock replaces the change tray atop the radio and is color-coded to match the adjoining radio bezel.  When placed in the dock, the GPS is hard-wired so there is no need to plug into a 12V power socket.  When not in use, the GPS is folded neatly into the closed dock.  Since this item is an OEM Nissan accessory, I located the part number (999Q5-KV001) and went shopping.  I found a good price from eBay seller jimmillsnissan (they have a brick-and-mortar store in Virginia) and bought it by Paypal.  The price was $107, with free shipping. 

SERVICE.  EXCELLENT.  I received a confirmation email immediately after purchase.  A tracking number arrived just a day later, and the box arrived on the front porch via Fedex just five days after ordering.  The dock arrived undamaged, in the factory packaging; all parts and instructions were included:

GPS dock parts

INSTALLATION.  Not too difficult, and one that could be done by the average home mechanic with a few basic tools.  Working carefully and stopping frequently to document the process with photos, the job took me about 45 minutes.  Here's how it went:

1.  Disconnect the negative battery terminal.  Could you get away without this step?  Yes, but it's not a bad idea, and it just takes a second:

disconnect battery

2.  Apply a piece of masking tape along the rear of the change tray atop the radio.  Please don't skip this step, as it protects the dash from scratches and pry marks.

masking tape

3.  Use some sort of thin pry bar to lift up the rear of the change tray.  You can use a screwdriver, but be careful not to scratch either surface.  I used a plastic wedge:

platic wedge

4.  Lift up the change tray and pop it out.  Store it somewhere else, as it will be replaced by the new GPS docking unit.

5.  You will now be able to see the three screws that secure the radio cluster bezel.  Remove all three, being careful not to drop them behind the cluster:


6.  Working from the top, gently pull on the cluster bezel until it pops loose.  Let it hang down by the wiring, but don't disconnect any wires yet.  Here's how it looks:


7.  Now you'll have to determine which type of radio connector you have; the instructions are pretty clear.  My radio had a 10-pin connector:


8.  Disconnect the proper connector and locate the power wire.  On my unit, it was green with a black stripe:

power wire

9.  Attach the supplied tap to the power wire.  (At this point I took the time to re-connect the battery and used a 12V tester to determine that the tap was good and there was power coming to the other side of the tap).  Then secure the red wire from the docking unit harness to the other end of the tap:


10. Working CAREFULLY, align the cluster bezel back into its original place and press gently until the clips snap into the proper slots.  Replace the left and right retaining screws, securing the black ground wire from the docking unit harness  under the right screw.  Use the center screw to secure the rubber retaining strap on the docking unit.

11.  Install the docking assembly by aligning the tab on the center with the slot in the bezel.  Align the four corner clips with their corresponding slots, then gently snap the unit into place.  It looks great!


12.  Fit the bottom of the GPS into the cradle by aligning the pins.  Snap the GPS into place, and you're ready to navigate! 

RESULTS.  GREAT!  This little unit is really nice--it blends perfectly with the truck's interior, eliminates the need for suction cups/mounts and power cords, and positions the GPS in an easily-viewed spot.  One of the nicest additions I've made! 

WORTH THE MONEY? Absolutely.  It's functional and nice-looking too!