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Owner: Shawn “Syko” Gordon

Year: 2005
Model: Altima
Color: Black
Engine: Gen2 VQ35DE
Transmission: Manual 6-Speed HLSD
Trim: SE-R

Video Credit: AdminTuning

 

Full Mod List / Specs:

  • 2017 Gen2 VQ35DE Motor w/ 16K Miles
  • Stock 6-Speed HLSD Tranmission
  • R.I.P.P Custom Supercharger Kit with 2.70″ Pulley
  • Vortech V2 Supercharger
  • 2009 Maxima Idler Pulley for Supercharger
  • Full 3″ Intercooler & Charge Piping
  • Stock Exhaust & Muffler
  • eBay Headers and Y-Pipe
  • Gates Green Belt
  • 2015 370z Akebono brakes
  • Battery Relocated
  • Glowshift gauges

If you are reading this article, you are very likely trying to resolve P0420/P0430 without having to spend a lot of money on the issue. Most of the time, the codes are due to a bad clogged catalytic converter or bad O2 sensors. Before replacing the O2 sensor, be sure to do the spacer fix modification first because O2 sensors are not cheap.

There aren’t usually any drivability issues associated with these codes. For most people, the first sign that anything is wrong at all is the check engine light. Below are the typical check engine lights you would normally get:

  • P0420 NISSAN – Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 1
  • P0430 NISSAN – Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 2

The Fix

You can eliminate the codes by using a spark plug non-fouler which tricks your engine computer to think that everything is working fine. This simple trick will pull the O2 sensor away from the exhaust flow and the computer will think the Catalytic converter is working properly. This will work if you remove the catalytic converter or have a bad cat. It’s very simple and cheap to do. Below is a video on how to perform the fix:

You can also buy them pre-made on eBay if you do not want to drill.

 

Make Your Own Spacers/Foulers

You can buy these non-fouler spacers at your local parts store. You can get them from Advanced Auto or Autozone for about $7-8 bucks.

You now need to drill out 1 of the non-foulers using a 1/2″ drill bit. When finished this is what it will look like.

O2 Sensor inserted in the modified non-fouler

Second, unmodified non-fouler now installed on modified non-fouler, then threaded into the pipe

Reference Photos

Below are photos of the spacers installed and 100% working on Nissan Maximas by generation. After installing the spacers, the CEL codes went away.

5thgen Nissan Maxima

6thgen Nissan Maxima

7thgen Nissan Maxima

If you are DIY person and love working on your Nissan Maxima, then this tool is a MUST HAVE! When you go to the Nissan dealer, the person working on your car typically uses a tool called a Nissan Consult. The Nissan Consult that the dealer uses costs thousand of dollars and is only available to dealers. By using the Nissan DataScan software, a laptop and a generic VAG COM OBDII adapter you can achieve just about the same level of on-board diagnosis that $5,000 Nissan Consult provides. This software allows you to:

  • Check CEL codes
  • Check/Reset ABS and SRS-Airbag Faults
  • Check/Reset TCM Codes
  • Adjust timing
  • Perform Idle Air Relearn
  • Reset ECU learned settings
  • Data-log
  • Program keys
  • Check Emissions Readiness Monitors
  • Active Test temporary modify some of the engine parameters for testing purposes
  • And Much much more….

The software itself costs $55.00 and generic cable costs around $7.00-$8.00. 

Software License Purchase Link: Nissan DataScan II

Software Download Links:

OBD2 Cable eBay Link: KKL 409 VAG COM OBD2 Cable

You can find the cables on eBay between $6.00-$8.00 shipped. Search for the following keywords on eBay and you will find it: “KKL 409.1 VAG-COM OBD2 USB Cable

Below are all the functions it provides:

ECU Part Number

This is the main window of the NDSII software which shows the ECM Nissan Identification part number. Basic and Advance Functions can be selected by clicking on the buttons, using the shortcut keys (F1 – F11) or using the Menu bar. Most functions except Data Replay and Log Analyser are disabled until communication with the ECU is successfully established.

Progress bar at the bottom indicates communication between the ECU and PC. If the bar is not moving there is no data being received from the ECU.

Data Display Settings

This window is used to assign parameters to be displayed by the Data Display function. Only parameters that are supported by the currently connected ECU are available for selection. Gauges are counted from left to right, top to bottom. Multiple gauges can monitor the same parameter.

Data Logging ECM

Selected parameters can be logged to a file. This function can also be accessed from the Data Display window. The data log file can be analysed using the Data Replay or Log Analyser functions.

Self Diagnostics ECM

Self Diagnostics function allows users to read and reset engine ECU error codes.

Idle Adjustment

Idle Adjustment function allows users to adjust the base idle RPM. The setting is saved to the ECU and it does not reset with engine restart.

Timing Adjustment

Timing Adjustment function allows users to adjust the base ignition timing. The setting is saved to the ECU and it does not reset with engine restart.

Active Test ECM

Active Test allows users to temporary modify some of the engine parameters for testing purposes. They return to their original values when a function is stopped, PC disconnected or engine restarted.

Note: It is possible to damage the engine if the A/F Base % functions is used to excessively modify fuel delivery. Likewise the engine may overheat if the Engine Temperature is set to low for a long period of time. Do not use those functions if you are not sure how they will effect your engine.

Work Support

Work Support functions allow users to perform some of the advance service procedures. Those procedures may need to be performed after replacement parts are installed.

Clear Self Learn – clears the A/F Base SL map learned by the ECU.

Idle Air Volume Learn – is an operation to learn the fully closed position of the throttle valve.

Program Immobiliser Key – allows to register the Nissan transponder keys with the Immobiliser Note: The immobiliser security PIN CODE needs to be known. Initially all registered keys will be erased and all keys will need to be reregistered.

Cylinder Power Test

Cylinder Power Test function can be used to identify cylinder that is under performing. This function allows shutting down individual cylinders. If all of the cylinders are producing the same amount of power the engine RPMs will drop exactly the same amount on each cylinder that is cancelled.

Log Analyser is used to review log files previously generated by with Data Logging function. Graphs are drawn by selecting boxes next to parameter value. Graph colours match the parameter value colours.

Speed Test

Speed Test is a unique function for measuring car’s acceleration performance. Predefined or user specific tests can be used. Due to the low resolution of Nissan speed sensors, measurements should only be used as a guide and not a true reflection of car’s performance.

Note: This function should not be used while driving on public roads.

Address Watch

Address Watch function is used for monitor specific ECU memory addresses. By monitoring a memory address extra information can be retrieved that is not normally available using Consult II protocol. A knock sensor reading can be obtain using this method if knock sensor memory address is known.

Wideband O2 sensor

Nissan DataScan II also supports wideband Air/Fuel ratio meters from Innovate Motorsports. A second serial port is used to connect to the controller and collect data.

The data from the wideband meter can be displayed or logged in conjunction with other engine parameters using the Data Logging function.

ECU Part Number BCM

The BCM tab shows the BCM Nissan Identification part number. Basic Functions can be selected by clicking on the buttons or using the Menu bar. All functions are disabled until communication with the ECU is successfully established.

Progress bar at the bottom indicates data being send between the ECU and PC. If the bar is not moving there is no data being received from the ECU.

Note: Some vehicles may use K line for diagnostics of engine ECU (ECM) but still use DDL1 line for diagnostics of other control modules. This software does not support diagnostics over the DDL1 line. Some of those models are: X-trail, Maxima, Patrol.

Self Diagnostics BCM

Self Diagnostics function allows users to read and reset BCM error codes.

Active Test BCM

Active Test allows users to temporally activate some of the functions of the BCM. This is usually used to manually test the functionality of the systems controlled by the BCM.

Note: Functions not supported by the BCM are disabled (grayed out).

ECU Part Number TCM

The TCM tab shows the TCM Nissan Identification part number. Basic Functions can be selected by clicking on the buttons or using the Menu bar. Most functions except Data Replay and Log Analyser are disabled until communication with the ECU is successfully established.

Progress bar at the bottom indicates data being send between the ECU and PC. If the bar is not moving there is no data being received from the ECU.

Note: Some vehicles may use K line for diagnostics of engine ECU (ECM) but still use DDL1 line for diagnostics of other control modules. This software does not support diagnostics over the DDL1 line. Some of those models are: X-trail, Maxima, Patrol.

Data Logging TCM

Selected parameters can be logged to a file. This function can also be accessed from the Data Display window so the data can be logged while it is displayed. The data log file can be analysed using the Data Replay or Data Analyser functions.

Self Diagnostics TCM

Self Diagnostics function allows users to read and reset TCM error codes.

ECU Part Number ABS

The ABS tab shows the ABS Nissan Identification part number. Basic Functions can be selected by clicking on the buttons or using the Menu bar. Most functions except Data Replay and Log Analyser are disabled until communication with the ECU is successfully established.

Progress bar at the bottom indicates data being send between the ECU and PC. If the bar is not moving there is no data being received from the ECU.

Note: Some vehicles may use K line for diagnostics of engine ECU (ECM) but still use DDL1 line for diagnostics of other control modules. This software does not support diagnostics over the DDL1 line. Some of those models are: X-trail, Maxima, Patrol.

Data Logging ABS

Selected parameters can be logged to a file. This function can also be accessed from the Data Display window so the data can be logged while it is displayed. The data log file can be analysed using the Data Replay or Data Analyser functions.

Self Diagnostics ABS

Self Diagnostics function allows users to read and reset ABS error codes.

Work Support ABS

Work Support functions allow users to perform advance service procedures. Those procedures may need to be performed after replacing parts.

Steering Angle Sensor Reset – After removing/installing or replacing VDC/TCS/ABS control unit, steering angle sensor, steering components, suspension components, and tires, or after adjusting wheel alignment, make sure to adjust neutral position of steering angle sensor before running vehicle.

ECU Part Number SRS

The SRS tab shows the SRS Nissan Identification part number. Basic Functions can be selected by clicking on the buttons or using the Menu bar. All functions are disabled until communication with the ECU is successfully established.

Progress bar at the bottom indicates data being send between the ECU and PC. If the bar is not moving there is no data being received from the ECU.

Note: Some vehicles may use K line for diagnostics of engine ECU (ECM) but still use DDL1 line for diagnostics of other control modules. This software does not support diagnostics over the DDL1 line. Some of those models are: X-trail, Maxima, Patrol.

Self Diagnostics SRS

Self Diagnostics function allows users to read and reset SRS error codes.

Note: Recorded faults are historical and can not be cleared.

Work Support

Work Support functions allow users to perform the advance service procedures. Those procedures may need to be performed after replacement parts are installed.

Program Immobiliser Key – allows to register the Nissan transponder keys with the Immobiliser Note: The immobiliser security PIN CODE needs to be known. Initially all registered keys will be erased and all keys will need to be reregistered.

OBDII Self Diagnostics

OBDII Self Diagnostics function allows users to read and reset ECU error codes.

OBDII Monitor Status

OBDII Monitor Status shows the current status of various monitoring systems used by the car’s engine management system.

OBDII Log Analyser

Log Analyser is used to review log files previously generated by with Data Logging function. Graphs are drawn by selecting boxes next to parameter value. Graph colours match the parameter value colours.

OBDII Fuel System Satus

OBDII Fuel System Status can be used to check if the car’s fuel system is running in Closed Loop mode.

Fuel systems do not normally refer to injector banks. They are intended to represent completely different fuel systems that can independently enter and exit closed loop fuel. Banks of injectors on a V-engine are generally not independent and share the same closed-loop enablement criteria.

OBDII Data Logging

Selected OBDII parameters can be logged to a file. The data log file can then be analysed using the Log Analyser function.

Due to the slow nature of OBDII protocol it’s recommended to log only the required parameters.

Owner: Caleb Anderson

Year: 2005
Model: Altima
Color: Silver
Engine: Gen2 VQ35DE (FWD HR Swap)
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Trim: SE-R

Mod List:

  • 2013 Maxima Gen2 VQ35DE Engine (HR Swap)
  • Tuned on UpRev
  • on3 performance 61mm GT3582R Turbo 
  • Custom Turbo Kit w/ Manzo Headers
  • 44mm on3 Wastegate
  • 50mm on3 BOV
  • Full 3 Inch Intercooler Piping until the Main 3.5″ Charge Pipe
  • CXJ Vias Block-Off Plates
  • GTR Injectors and Spark Plugs
  • Full 3 Inch Exhaust Y into 2.5″ Magnaflow Mufflers
  • Oil Warmer Delete
  • External Oil Cooler
  • OPL Aluminum Radiator
  • Unorthodox Underdrive Pulley
  • Maxima 78mm Intake with Maxima 75mm Throttle Body
  • Grounding Kit
  • Nisformance Gen 1 HR Swap Kit
  • Nisformance 1 Piece Clutch Line
  • AEM 320 Fuel Pump
  • Throttle Body Spacer with Nitrous Port (Will Be Used on the Built Motor with Bigger Turbo)
  • Throttle Body Coolant Delete
  • EGR Delete
  • Stillen (Aasco) 13lb Flywheel W/ Xtd Stage 3 Clutch
  • Brace Welded Clutch Pedal
  • DE Coolant Log
  • Custom Electronic 1st Gear Switch for Magnus Electronic Clutch Slip Device
  • Tein Lowering Springs
  • Racingline Traction Rods
  • B&M Short Throw with Axxtion Short Throw
  • Redlion Racing Solid Shifter Bushings
  • Racingline Strut Bar
  • Custom Rear Brace Bars
  • PLX Devices AFR Gauge and Boost Gauge
  • Drilled and Slotted Rotors
  • Racingline Front and Rear Adjustable Swaybar Endlinks

Member Credit: xlack

This is from a G37 but the procedure pretty much identical to Nissan Maximas.

OEM Oil Pan completely stripped of silicon residue:

JWT Oil Pan Spacer:

New silicon applied:

Brush used to remove silicon remains:

This bolt has to be bended in order for the oil pan spacer to fit. (guy from 370z forum had it cut off, but is not necessary):

Bolt is knocked back into position:

Owner: Al-jay German

Year: 2005
Model: Altima
Current Color:  White
Transmission: 6-Speed
Trim: SE-R
Highlights: Has a 2009 Nissan Maxima Motor

Mod List:

  • 2009 Maxima Engine Swap
  • 4″ CGR Intake/Velocity Stack
  • eBay Throttle Body Spacer
  • Light Weight Crank Pulley
  • JWT Light Weight Flywheel
  • JWT Clutch
  • Manzo Headers/ Y-Pipe
  • Full 3″ Exhaust to Single Exit HKS Muffler
  • Tuned by AdminTuning on e85
  • Fully Gutted

Member Credit: EddyMaxx

I was shopping around for quality fans for my Nissan Maxima’s (6thgen and 4thgen). The dual Mishimoto fans were not cutting it anymore. And honestly, the Mishimoto fans were really no different than the 14″ generic ones on eBay. I did some research and found a company called SPAL. A fellow member (Javon B.) vouched for these fans confirmed they work very well. All 12-volt puller models, these Extreme Performance Electric Fans offer the most flow and fan area.

My car would overheat at times when going on long cruises with the AC on. I no longer have any cooling issues at all. This fan is very powerful with 2,024 CFM and does the job with just single 16″ Fan. I’m not even using a shroud.

Make sure you use a good relay (at least 40 AMP) before connecting directly to your OEM harness. More info below:

Fan Part Number: 30102049

Fan Price: Between $100.00 -$130.00

Relay Price: It’s about $33 bucks. The part number for it is SPAL-FRH. It’s a 40-amp relay kit. Highly recommended. You can use your own relay brand as well.

Specs:

  • Type: High Performance – 12V Puller – Curved Blade
  • CFM: 2024 cfm
  • Height:16.22″ (412mm)
  • Width: 16.22″ (412mm)
  • Depth: 3.45″   (87.6mm)
  • Model: VA18-AP71/LL-59A
  • Made in Italy

Old 14″ Mishimoto Fans. These were 1300 CFM but certainly didn’t feel like it. 

Comparison of my 16″ SPAL Fan to Mishimoto 14″ Fan

Mounted on `Mishimoto Radiator. It’s literally a perfect fit.

Dimensions

Photo of the SPAL-FRH Relay (40AMP):

If you don’t use a good relay like the one above, this will happen (Photo Courtesy of Javon Bennet)

 

Owner:  Aaron Curtner aka 05SickSer

Year: 2005
Model: Altima
Color: Code Red to White Wrap
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Trim: SE-R

Dyno Sheet – 528WHP / 443TQ

Car was having fuel issues during the 1/4 run. These were the best numbers for the day. It was fixed but never got to do another run.

Mod List:

  • Built 8.8:1 CR Short Block
  • Billet Main Girdle
  • ARP Main, Rod, L19 Head Studs
  • Revup Oil Pump
  • JWT S1 Cams and Valve Springs
  • ID1050x CC Injectors
  •  Walbro 485 Fuel Pump
  • AAM Stage 1 350z Fuel Return Kit
  • AAM Oil Pan Spacer
  • Uprev GT MAF
  • SSIM Manifold
  • 75mm BBTB Kit
  • NWP Spacer Kit
  • NWP Block-off Plate
  • GT3582R w/ Tial 1.03 A/R V Band Housing
  • Dual Tial 38mm MVS Wastegates
  • HKS SSQV BOV

Member Credit: steeds

Here is the P.Side all tucked with the fuse box still in the engine bay.

Just for info on how to remove the Anti Skid Control Actuator clip. Pull the handle out like a drawer and it will release the clip.


After tucking the wires on the P.Side there wasn’t enough length for the driver side to stay as is. This is where all the fun began!

Battery, Battery Tray, Fuse Boxes Removed


Here are all the wire that run out from the internal fuse box. The fire retardant caulk was a b to get off..


The wires that go to the engine fuse boxes will now run inside the white plastic boxes along the side of the car to the trunk where the fuse boxes will now reside.

New home for the battery and engine fuse boxes. Deciding where to put the battery. Will most likely keep it in the spare tire bay, build a riser to hide everything, and lay the oem carpet back over the top.


Here are the only wires that will run out to the driver side from the internal fuse box. D.Side Head light, Fog Light, Airbag, and Horn.

Current state now is where I started on the engine harness. Laid the heads and a few other parts in to just help give me an idea of the room I will have to work with and where the wires will need to go. I will pull the wires through the fire wall that need to go to the trunk. Whatever has to stay in the engine bay will stay untaped and out of the way for now until the engine is put back together. This way I can tuck, hide, and run everything in it’s new permanent spot.

Pulled apart the fire retardant caulk on the wire that go through the fire wall to the ECU.

The wiper motor wires now run through the frame instead of over the strut. That screw is where the ground wire goes to now.

The wires pop out through the frame here and meet up with the other wires that will go back to the trunk.

Here is an idea of how everything will be sealed off. Using the stock gasket. Just gotta tape it up.

Here is everything taped up. Not taping the gasket yet because I may be running the master cylinder and left front abs through here.

This is behind the headlight. You can see in the upper right of the pic there are welded nuts. They are where the grounds used to go on this side. I had a clip and screw laying around and it fit perfectly here to mount the grounds a little farther back. All grounds were cut to size and soldered together.

This what the old battery location looks like now.

I also did some work on the passenger side but nothing worthy of taking pics yet. Should be finishing that side this week.

I need some help on this. This clip has always just free floated since I bought the car. It’s right by the driver fog lamp. Anyone know what this and where does it clip to. I want to put it where it belongs lol.

Talked to Altima02Dub and the EGR wires can be removed but the injector wires need to stay. Anyway, here are some small update photos.

Wires fit perfectly under the plastic protector. Removed the rear seats and now I have easy access to the trunk to start soldering some wires back together.

Started the weekend with removing the EGR, Secondary O2’s, and Vacuum clips/wires.


Did a little work under the dash

Random shot of the interior but you can see under the dash is cleaned up a little

Need to get some larger gauge wire to extend these last few on the driver side

Engine bay with a mess of cut and labeled wires

Engine bay cleaned up with most of the clips back on and somewhat organized.

Here is one of the many things I did today. Stupid ABS wires are in clear eye site. No way to really hide them perfectly. Here is the driver side. I ran it up and around the back of the strut tower along with the brake fluid wires Best I could do without completely deleting the ABS (which I seriously thought of doing).

Starting wiring up the IPDM

Here is a shot from the other day. Completely finished the brake actuator clip. Instead of the wires running along the frame they will make a u-turn up through the fire wall.

Last night I extended some more wires to the IPDM. Also, took apart the fuse box by the battery and started wiring that up too.

Battery Box and Wires came in this weekend!!

Had some time before work this morning and put a few clips in place. When I was clipping some trans wires in I noticed a hole in the trans I can run some wires through. I ran two of the trans clips and the starter wire through here.

Close up shot.

From a small distance. You can barely see them

Ran a few more wires today in the small block of free time I had before work. One cool part was the ALT power wire.

I bent the small tabs the other way

Now the wire runs down instead of up. I was pretty stoked how I worked out.

Spent all day on the engine bay. Here a few shots of the semi final product.

Shot of the engine bay with almost all parts installed

Close up of the coil pack wires. Notice how I hide the solenoid wire 

Injectors zip tied in a u-turn to hide them a little better.

Side shot of the engine where all the wires will meet. Wish I could hide it better but this car has so many clips. It’s the best I can do right now.

All the wires in the engine bay meet up here behind the rear valve cover and go into the firewall. I basically eliminated the three engine wire harnesses and made one harness. Although, for now I will still use the oem rear injector and rear coil pack harness as is. It’s under the intake manifold anyway and you won’t see them.

Finished. A few brackets to cut off and shave down and a little cleanup to do but the wires are done.