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Replace that unused Exhaust Cam Sensor with this Plug on your new Gen2/Gen3 Engine swap.

This works with the following Engine Swaps (This is if you swapped your 4thgen, 5thgen, 6thgen or Altima SE/SE-R with a newer Engine):

  • 2015-2018 Nissan Altima Engine Swap  (Does not work on earlier 2008-2014 Altima models as they have this sensor blocked out)
  • 2009-2021 Nissan Maxima Engine Swap
  • 2015-2021 Nissan Murano Engine Swap
  • 2015-2020 Nissan Pathfinder Engine Swap

Each Kit comes with:

  • 2- sensor plugs
  • 2- O-Rings
  • 2- Allen Head Stainless Steel Bolts & Washers
  • Only available in BLUE or BLACK colors.

$25 Shipped in the 48

2008-2014 Nissan Altima Reference (Why these won’t work on those)

Additional Member Submitted Photos

Owner: Ronny Parra

Year: 1999
Model: Maxima
Color: Black
Transmission: Built Automatic
Trim: SE

Previous VQ30DE Setup

New Gen2 VQ35DE Setup


Mod List:

  • Gen2 VQ35DE
  • Vortech V2 Supercharger
  • LSD Automatic Transmission Shift Kit
  • Upgraded Torque Converter
  • Audi R8 Coilpacks

Owner: Miguel Arroyo

Year: 1999
Model: Maxima
Color: Custom Candy/Pearl Tangerine Orange
Transmission: Manual 5spd
Trim: SE-L also known as 99.5 or 4.5 Gen

Full Mod List / Specs:

    • Vortech V2 Supercharger with 2.62″ pulley
    • 00VI swap with Power Rod Set to Open at 4900RPM
    • Pathfinder Throttle Body (PFTB) with Block Off Plate (BOP)
    • 928MotorSports Mega Boost Limiter Valve (BLV)
    • Greddy Blow Off Valve (BOV)
    • Greddy eManage Ultimate (EMU) with Plug and Play (PNP) harness
    • Greddy Oil Catch Can
    • Greddy 5″X13″X3″ 3″Front Mount Intercooler (FMIC)
    • Greddy Radiator Cap
    • 2015 GT-R 560cc injectors
    • 255lph Walbro Fuel Pump
    • Aeromotive Air Fuel Pressure Regulator (AFPR)
    • Vortech Fuel Management Unit (FMU)
    • NGK Iridium 1 Step Colder Spark Plugs
    • Z32 TT MAF
    • Z32 Fuel Filter
    • SPEC Stage 3 Clutch
    • SPEC Lightweight Aluminum Flywheel
    • Unorthodox Stock Size Crank Pulley
    • OBX V2 headers-Y pipe Ceramic Coated and Fiberglass Heat Wrapped
    • 3″ 240sx Nismo High Flow Cat
    • 3″ Mandrel Bent Catback
    • 3″ MagnaFlow Resonator
    • 3″ Greddy Revolution RS Muffler
    • K-Sport Pro Coilovers
    • Stillen Oil Cooler Kit
    • Stillen AP Racing Big Brake Kit (BBK) with 330mm Stillen 2 Piece Rotors and SS Brake Lines
    • Stillen Rear Sway Bar (RSB)
    • Stillen Front Strut Tower Bar (FSTB)
    • Stillen Pop Charger
    • Injen Cold Air Intake (CAI)
    • AEM UEGO Wideband Gauge/Sensor
    • Autometer Shift Light
    • Quad Custom Pillar Gauge Pod
    • Steering Wheel Custom Gauge Pod
    • Glow Shift Gauges, Boost, Oil Pressure, Volt Meter, Double Intake Temperature and Nitrous
    • Rockford Fosgate Sound System T2’s 12″Subs 2 1000 Watts Amps/Speakers/Tweeters
    • Flipdown Tv’s
    • Pionner Double Din Radio
    • Fiber Glass Mounting Custom Kick Panel Speakers and Seat Belt Pillar Tweeters (Momo)
    • Optima Yellow Top Battery with Digital Silver Terminals
    • XXR 351 Wheels 18″x10″ Rear 18″x9″ Front 20 offset Custom Candy Electric Blue
    • Nitto 225-40R18″  Rear 215-40R18″ Front
    • 01 Maxima rear folding back seat conversion
    • Infiniti G37 Rear View Mirror Swap
    • Black Interior Swap
    • Stillen Front Lip
    • Sarona Side Skirts
    • Sarona Vented Fenders
    • Ionic Dynamics Rear Corners
    • Ionic Dynamics Rear Roof Spoiler
    • Ionic Dynamics
    • Carbon Fiber Eye Lids
    • Carbon fiber Interior Trim
    • R34 Headlights painted candy blue to match the wheels, Retrofited them with Bi-Xenon orimoto H1 7.0 projectors and Gatlin Gun Shrouds as DRL instead of high beams, J30 Infinity lowbeam projectors with clear lenses/spacers, Morimoto RGB Halos/demon eyes Switchback DRL ED Bars, Morimoto Elite HID’s, customized corner LED boards, Strobe Lights
    • Fog Lights Projectors Retrofit/RGB Halos/Strobe Lights
    • Taillights/bumper lights LED Retrofited/Sequential turn signal lights
    • Morimoto XBT RGB LED Cellphone Controller/Underglow LEDS/Wheel Well/Interiors/Dash Board-Heater Controllers-Window Switches/Map/Cluster
    • C-Mod Grill
    • Hella Electric Horns
    • Short Carbon Fiber/Aluminum Antenna Mast Conversion
    • Aerocatch Flush Hood Pins
    • Aluminum Rear Diffuser
    • Custom Front Splitter
    • Thule Roof Rack
    • RECARO Racing Seats
    • Four Point SPARCO Seat Belts
    • Custom Made Seat Brackets out of stock electric seats
    • Center Line Competition Series Qualifier Polished Wheels 15”x8” 14 lbs weight, Mickey Thompson Pro Bracket Radial Tires 20.0/8.5R15 X5 Compound
    • NX Stage 2 Water Methanol Injection kit
    • NOS Direct Port 120 Wet Shot Nitrous Kit
    • ZEX Machine gun Purge
    • 24lbs Nos Bottle with electric Nos opener
    • Dyno Tune Lean Shutdown Switch
    • Dyno Tune Bottle Heater
    • Custom Steering Wheel Wireless Nos Triggers along with Horns Fully Functional
    • Center Cupholder Custom Nos System Controllers
    • Nardy 350mm Sterring Wheel
    • NRG Quick Release
    • NRG Steering Wheel adapter
    • NRG Harness Bar
    • NRG Gold Wire Ground Kit
    • MOMO E-Brake Handle
    • NISMO Aluminum Pedals
    • NISMO Oil Filler Cap
    • Redlion Steering Column 1 Piece Aluminum Bushing
    • Energy Suspension (ES) Motor Mounts
    • Blue Interior Carpet
    • EGR Delete, No CEL
    • Flip Flop Trunk Lid Conversion
    • I also have a Carbon Fiber Hood, Trunk Lid, Spoiler and Lip Kit, but I haven’t installed them yet. I’m also planning to do a Custom Roll Cage and Painting it same color as my Wheels (Candy Electric Blue)

Gallery of Maxima with VQ35DE Kinetix Intake Manifolds.


Credit: greghome

PartDescriptionPart #PriceUsage

Heat Shield Bolts01121-04871$3.01These bolts are used to hold on the heat shields for the stock catalytic converter and pre-cat.  Why they are so expensive is a mystery.

Catalytic Converter Bolts01125-03251$1.25Bolts to hold Y-Pipe and B-Pipe to the catalytic converter.  May be threaded with OEM exhaust nuts 11258-D0101.

Pre-Cat Bolts081B7-0351A$0.75On CA/NLEV cars like mine, these hold the front pre-cat to the Y-Pipe.  They are very heavy-duty bolts, and I used them in other places due to their length and quality.  May be threaded with OEM exhaust nuts 11258-D0101. .

B-Pipe Underbrace Nuts08911-1081G$0.33Used in various places.  Holds B-Pipe underbrace to car.  Also holds B-Pipe exhaust hanger to B-Pipe.

Exhaust Nuts11258-D0101$1.05These nuts are used all over the Maxima exhaust.  Junctions at B-Pipe/Muffler, Y-Pipe/Cat, and Cat/B-Pipe are all joined with these nuts.

Rear Exhaust Manifold Nuts14094-31U00$0.82Being the fanatic that I am, I replaced the rear manifold nuts when I had my Y-Pipe installed.  These nuts will not fit on the front manifold in CA/NLEV cars.

B-Pipe Extension20031-0L710$31.00The infamous OEM B-Pipe extension.  I had to buy this as an interim step when I had the Courtesy B-Pipe installed.  This abomination was removed after KOOKS modded my B-Pipe.

B-Pipe Hanger20650-52L00$13.92I changed out the hanger when the B-Pipe was installed.  It is actually referred to by Nissan as an “insulator” assembly since it mostly damps exhaust vibrations.

Muffler Hangers20650-9B005$6.81If you are changing out the muffler and your hangers are looking ratty, it might not be a bad idea to replace them.  They aren’t expensive, and all of the hangers are the same.  For the rear two hangers you just pop out the interior metal ring.

Muffler Gasket20691-30P00$2.92This ring gasket is used between the stock B-Pipe and the stock muffler.  I found that with the Courtesy B-Pipe, the Stillen gasket actually worked better at reducing vibrations.

Rear Exhaust Manifold Gasket20691-38U00$5.16Gasket for rear exhaust manifold/Y-Pipe junction.

Front Y-Pipe Gasket20691-51E01$2.76Gasket for front pre-cat/Y-Pipe junction.

Cat Gasket20692-24U00$3.43Gasket for both input and output side of catalytic converter.

Member Credit: 96sleeper

I just wanted to put this info out there. When I first did my 3.5 swap I did the fuel setup the way that others had done with the Tee. It satisfied the VQ35 engine by leaving it returnless, and also satisfied the car with the return line.

Ever since running higher boost, I have been battling a little bit of a lean condition at higher rpms in the higher gears. I have tried just about everything, turning the pressure up, added a boost-a-pump, SAFC adjustments, etc. Nothing would fully fix the problem. I thought I had it narrowed down the the fpr not rising 1:1 with boost, but I fixed that and I still had the problem.

I decided to remove the damper on the end of the fuel rail and make it return style and eliminate the tee from the system. Now the fuel has to pass through the fuel rail to be returned to the tank. This seems to have fixed my problem. I can be as rich as I want now at the upper rpms. I don’t know if it was a volume problem flowing through the tee, or if it was just the setup allowing fuel to be returned to the tank without ever seeing the engine. This could have been a problem if the fpr was acting up.

Here is a simple diagram showing before and after.

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Community Member Credit: shadyonedeath


I collected parts for both 00vi setup options. 4th gen LIM setup and all 5th gen LIM setup. Both of them would have used a 4th gen IACV and adapter. I am going with 5th gen lower because I decided the UIM was designed for the 5th gen lower, and I don’t mind tuning it when using the 5th gen fuel rails.

MY Swap Project:

  • 5th gen Upper intake manifold (w/ mounting hardware, throttle cable bracket and PCV hard lines)
  • 5th gen Lower intake manifold
  • 5th gen fuel rail, injectors, NO adapter. (i used the existing line/barb and didn’t need a adapter)
  • 5th gen Throttle Body
  • 5th gen Rear valve cover
  • 5th gen Rear Coil packs
  • IACV Adapter
  • 4th gen IACV
  • Apexi VAFC2 (for tuning and Activation point)
  • Brass elbows, All threaded 1/4″. Barbs = (2) 3/8″ for Brake booster and EVAP and (1) 1/2″ for IACV)

Prepping the UIM

If you were like me, your junkyard/delivery man wasn’t too friendly with the UIM. As you can see my first UIM has the majority of nipples broken. Good thing we they’re inadequate for our 4th gen vacuum lines and we need to replace them anyway…

Here is what I will be using.

Materials: From top to bottom of the picture

  • 7/16″ drill bit
  • 1/4″ NPT-18 tap (available for sale, apparently my old man stocked up back in the day. They’re new and i have
  • /4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″)
  • Brass elbows All threaded 1/4″
  • Barbs vary from:
    (2) 3/8″ 90 degree elbows for Brake booster and EVAP
    (1) 1/2″ 90 degree elbows for IACV

Note: Ignore the Straight brass fitting in the picture. Didnt use it. 90 degree bent elbows work best. I used two 3/8″ x 1/4″ elbows and one 1/2″ x 1/4 elbow.

The straight 1/2″ barb is for the IACV adapter.

Lets start with the EVAP line located on TOP of the UIM where the Throttle body bolts up. Number (4) on the Diagram.

Damaged tower but still has plenty of meat to work with. First step, drill it out using a smaller 3/8″ drill bit, and move up to a 7/16″ bit to reduce stress. The 1/4 NPT-18 tap requires a 7/16″ hole.

Note: Either this plastic material is super fragile or my tap was razor sharp, but it cut through like butter. Make sure you know how deep your tap has gone so you don’t accidentally ruin your threads by over-turning it.

Result. Make sure you use some tweezers to pluck off excess plastic and prevent it from getting sucked in to your car later. Once its all clean, insert your 3/8″ barb x 1/4″ threaded brass fitting here, and your done. I also used RED permanent loctite (thread lock) to seal it up real good. You will probably want to use some RTV instead of loctite. I didnt, but i will if i encounter any leaks during the install.

Next, the brake booster line. Number (1) in the diagram.. Cut the existing nipple flush with the wall of the manifold and drill using 7/16″ bit. Careful, don’t go too deep, not a lot of meat in there, and you’ll quickly hit a wall inside the manifold. Just drill enough to widen the hole for tapping.

I then pulled out the rubber cap covering a small nipple underneath the brake booster nipple and cut it away enough to allow my brass fitting to screw in. Don’t cut it all the way to the wall like the brake booster nipple above it, leave some nipple there and cover it back up with the rubber cap along with some sealant. This will avoid the hassle of sealing it up with something like JB weld and getting sucked in.

Last, the IACV line, port 5 in the diagram. The brass elbow used is a 90 degree 1/2″ barb x 1/4″ threaded brass fitting that’s required to give enough air flow to the IACV adapter to prevent idle issues. I used a hacksaw to cut the tower behind the existing nipple. I then used my smaller 3/8″ drill bit to enlarge the hole, followed by 7/16″ drill bit. I then used my tap, and ended with the brass fitting and some loctite.

Edit: Don’t use Loctite. When it dries, it gets hard. Hard = cracking if you later want to re-position the nipple in a different angle. You dont want pieces of loctite in your engine. If i were to do it again i’d use High Temp RTV. Its orange and flexible when hard.

Note: These brass fittings are a ***** to get in. Once you’ve twisted beyond the strength of your hand, use a wrench to torque it in there.

Both fittings shown. The reason the top tower for the EVAP is still in tact is because i need to get another 90 degree 3/8 barbed elbow but the hardware store is closed. I WAS going to use the straight one but the hole that supplies that tower with vacuum is too small. I need to cut it off completely and enlarge the hole all the way through the manifold. Also, the process shown in the first drilling of the EVAP line was from my 2nd manifold which i will be selling. I prepped both manifolds for threads but only installed nipples in one.

Update: Top tower fitting installed

Painting 00vi Upper Manifold


  • 400-800 grit sand paper
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Masking/scotch/painters tape
  • High Temp engine paint (gloss black)


Pretty simple: sand smooth, clean with rubbing alcohol, mask important areas with tape and paint.

Here I used some left over graphite colored wheel spray paint and “flaked” it from a distance to give it a diff. look.

00vi Swap : The Removal I recommend getting your models Factory service Manual for reference.

If you’re attempting the 00vi swap you should be fairly familiar with what needs to be removed and how to remove them. I’ll try and go through the basics. Also, before you start, i recommend your protect your fenders with some type of cover between your knees/clothes and the paint. I used some brown wrapping paper and Painters tape to cover both fenders and areas pained near the engine bay. I also recommend you label your hoses and there they go. Use whatever it takes because no matter how good you think your memory is, you WILL lose track of dangling hoses.

A – Battery
B – Air Box
C – Mass Air Flow Sensor MAF (Handle with care…we don’t need more problems when troubleshooting your 00vi install)
D – Throttle Body – 4th Gen TB’s have a) Throttle Cables, b) Coolant lines (I plugged mine with bolts removed in the process to prevent spilling), c) Connectors (Throttle Position sensors, Brown and Black/Gray) that need to be removed.
E – Electrical log/Harness – This connects to: a) Coil Packs, b) EVAP valve c) EGR temp sensor, d) EGR unit itself, e) Throttle Position sensor. Remove these and the log can be bent out of the way towards passenger side of engine bay.

F – Upper Intake Manifold – Mine had 4 bolts up front towards bumper and 4(?) in the rear attached to mounting brackets. Stick your hand back there and familiarize yourself with the brackets and the number of bolts. Not 100% sure how many there are back there. UIM also has the throttle cables mounted to the bracket, loosen the cables and they slip off the bracket. If your 00vi didnt come with a bracket, avoid removing the cables and just remove the bracket itself and push/tape out of the way. The EVAP valve is also on top of the UIM, remove it and get it out of the way. Your PVC line will also be attached to the UIM, remove the vacuum hose. Behind the UIM, your EGR tube is attached, there are 2 bolts holding it. Under the EGR tube are 2 short coolant lines that run through the UIM. I didnt bother removing mine properly due to the tight space, i just took a knife to the hoses since I replaced the two EGR coolant lines and make a “UIM/Throttle Body coolant bypass”. Remember to note which one Runs coolant and which one Returns it, they lead back to the coolant log near the front Valve cover/ Knock sensor connector cable.

G – EVAP valve
H- Not visible in picture but this is where you Idle Air Control Valve is. (IACV)

(ignore the “stand alone” label)

Here is your EGR tube removal since you need to use the 5th gen EGR tube with the 5th gen Upper Intake Manifold. I used a Dremel and a cutting wheel to cut the stud tip off. This is necessary to remove the nut holding the EGR tube itself, since that brass looking tube is in the way. I’ve read you can also cut it using a hacksaw blade…without the handle. Might take a while though. Make sure you plug/cover your fuel lines before grinding away here to avoid any unwanted ignitions.

Rear valve cover and Lower Intake manifold

Pretty straight forward, unbolt and replace. Use new crush gaskets for the LIM and if your Valve cover gasket is still good, use some Ultra Black RTV. I failed to do so and had a oil leak, had to remove everything, clean the oil off the gasket/valve cover, and RTV the gasket into the valve cover grove, then RTV on the gasket to the head. For the LIM, i took my time torquing the bolts, little by little, starting from the middle, outward. Search for the torquing procedure on the org or in your Factory service manual. Same with Rear valve cover. Also, inspect your new rear valve cover’s rubber grommets. There’s four, 1- PCV, and 3 for spark plug tubes.

Fuel Lines:

Ignore the tags. (VAFC2 Vafc 2 VAFCII VAFC II )

I bought my Apexi VAFC2 used and it was missing the 20 gauge extension harness. The wires on the main unit itself are VERY fine, above 22 gauge, and would not be easy to work with when splicing into the ECU.

What I did was take a old Computer Power supply and use the 20 gauge wires as an extension/adapter for my splice connectors.


-Splice connectors. Can be found at radio shack.

-Soldering iron / solder
-electrical tape
-Wire stripper
-Wire cutters
-Sacrificial Computer Power Supply Unit wires
-VAFC2 harness (the VAFC2 is inside the glove to protect it… )
-wet sponge (cleaning iron tip)

Note: If i could do it again, instead of cutting wires off the Power supply unit, i would have cut off an entire Power supply unit harness with connectors attached and used that as a removable connection to my VAFC2. The PSU clips would have been useful.

First, i started stripping ends of the PSU wire. If your lucky, you’ll find matching colors to your VAFC2 harness. I found all of them except for brown and pink. For brown i used Black, as it is a ground, and Orange for Pink.

To strip the super thin wires from the VAFC2 harness itself, i used a new razor blade and gently twisted it around the wire. I then bent the wire to expose the cut and pulled off the insulation with my finger nails. Use common sense on applying pressure on the blade.

My method of soldering is pretty amateurish but i don’t care. As long as you make a solid connection, any method works. I just twisted both ends of the wires and bent the tip back with pliers.

Followed by solder.

I then used electrical tape to seal the connections. Others will suggest heat shrink wrap but i couldn’t find any @ Home Depot, radio shack, or auto zone. The result.

Note: Maxima’s DO NOT use VAFC2 wires: ORANGE, LIGHT BLUE, and PURPLE. I covered each tip with electrical tape and then taped them all together and stuffed them back in the main insulation on the VAFC. See diagram in next post for wiring.

Before you do ANY of this, make sure you disconnect your Negative battery terminal before you work on splicing into the ECU.

Here we have the wiring. There are two power wires (red) and two ground wires (one black and one brown) required to function the VAFC2. Each set is spliced into the same Power or Ground in on the ECU harness and spaced apart 1cm or more. The MAF wire on the ECU harness must be CUT, not spliced. Once cut, the end still attached to the ECU CONNECTOR/CLIP is connected to the YELLOW wire on the VAFC2 harness. The other end of the MAF wire we cut is attached to the WHITE wire of the VAFC2 harness.

Refer to YOUR Maxima model’s Factory Service Manual for correct wire colors on the ECU harness. Wire listings can be found in section EC under ECM Terminals and Reference Value.

Note: I haven’t messed with the MAF wire yet because i need to get some plugs for the wiring. These plugs will allow the MAF wire to be reconnected to its original form easily should you choose to remove the VAFC2. Also it helps make a cleaner and secure install. I also avoided splicing into the Knock Sensor wire, apparently this caused some issues with the car starting and previous installers have avoided this part of the install. Please correct me if im wrong on this.

Edit: DO NOT use knock sensor wire. We dont need it. – per gtr_rider. Its not designed for our cars

Go to the Passenger side and remove the cover concealing the rear of the ECU/ECM. You will see a white plastic cover over the wire harness. Use a 10mm socket wrench to remove the bolt and then proceed to remove the harness/clip from the ECU. Once off, give the harness a bit of a tug to expose more working space. Nothing to drastic, just enough to get an extra inch or two. Remove the white/clear plastic cover from the harness clip using a flat head screw driver. Now we can begin searching for our desired wires.

Splice connectors are pretty self explanatory.

Don’t ask me how im going to get the plastic cover from the ECU harness back on, i probably wont.

Plug ECU harness back in, bolt it on, and reconnect your negative battery terminal. Turn key to ON position and if all connections are correct, enjoy your working VAFC2. I did it on my first try.

Note: The Yellowand white wire above are for the MAF wire. I didn’t get to this yet as i need some plug connectors. The Blue wire i believe is for a Wideband 02 sensor for tuning. Don’t have this yet, so also not used. The Orange wire you see is actually routed to the PINK wire on the VAFC2. PINK wire is used to send the 12v signal to the VIAS to activate the 00vi.

All systems go. At first my RPM signal wasnt working. I went back and made sure the tachmeter connecter was fully spliced using a pair of pliers. It did the trick and everything functions correctly.

I finally got some more brass fittings from ebay. My local source ran out of them and they were getting a bit pricey. (5$ a elbow). I got (6) 3/8 x 1/4 elbow fittings for about 10$.

Why six? Well, i need two for the 2nd 00vi im going to sell, 2 for my oil catch can, and 1 for my current 00vi, which i painted in above posts.

-5th gen Upper intake manifold
-5th gen Lower intake manifold
-5th gen fuel rail w/Damper and FPR, No adapter.
-5th gen FBJC100 290cc injectors
-5th gen Throttle Body
-5th gen Rear valve cover
-5th gen Rear Coil packs
-5th gen Snorkel & Air box modified to fit 4th gen MAF
-IACV Adapter
-4th gen Idle Air Control Valve
-Apexi VAFC2
-Husky (Home Depot) Oil Catch Can