Installing a 2din system in a Shogun/Pajero NM – Step By Step guide

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If you ever wondered how to install a double din navigation system in a Pajero, here is the solution 🙂

When I first drove the Pajero I thought, OMG it is HUGE! kids can stand behind it and I won’t even see them.

So, when I bought the first Pajero, I knew I should install a rear camera. That is how it started.

Then, I thought, if I have a camera, why won’t I have a navigation system with it? and if I have a navigation system, why won’t it be free and Android based?

Long story short, I bought a Chinese Android based system, to be honest, it is not the best item I owned, but it works… (I will add a review on it later, stay tuned 🙂 )

Anyway, this guide will show you how to make room for the double din audio system in a Pajero NM (2001-2006, also known as a Mitsubishi Shogun or Montero).

The idea is to move the A/C controls down, instead of the original CD changer/empty cell – depends on your model.

Tools:

1. Philips screwdriver

2. Flat wide screwdriver/ dashboard remover plastic tool (I got mine with my audio system)

In order to install the new audio system you may need a soldering iron and a  insulating tape

If your device didn’t arrive with adapters, you may need to create ones, so a 6″x 4″ metal plate (thickness ~1.5mm) and a driller, 4.5″ grinder and a hammer.

It will take you about 2 hours if the wires are all there, it might take you more if you need to add the reverse camera.

Let’s start:

1. Remove the upper 2 Philips bolts and cover the flat screwdriver with a fabric (or use the plastic tool) to remove the plastic cover.

Notice the hazard lights connector that should be disconnected before the cover is being removed completely:

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2. Remove the A/C controls unit. Unscrew the Philips bolts around it, notice that there is a hose at the back of it, release it as well (just pull it carefully)

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Now, we will work on removing the CD changer, first, we have to move the console.

3. Using the flat screwdriver (still with a fabric on it) or the plastic tool (as in the picture below), take the cup holder out:

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4. Remove the 2 Philips bolts and turn the 4×4 selector anticlockwise till the head of it will be in your hand:

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5. Push the lower plastic cover of the gear shifter down, you will hear a “click” and then you will see a small bolt on each side of the shifter. Remove those bolts and keep them in a safe place.

Remove the shifter head.

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6. Remove the 2 philips bolts and move the console away:

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7. Remove the bolts that hold the changer (or your empty cell) in place and pull it carefully. Make sure you didn’t pull any other wiring on the way 🙂

Disconnect the wiring behind the A/C control unit and the hose.

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8. Connect the A/C wiring harness and the hose at the back of the A/C controls, this time, move the wiring through the lower place – where it should be install.

Install it in place using the same Philips bolts.

Install the console in reverse order. Notice not to tighten the shifter bolts too much – verify that you can shift gears!

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Now, it is the time to setup your wiring harness. if you still have a original connector and an adapter, then, you are lucky. In my case, I had to solder the harness.

Here is the audio system wiring scheme of Pajero NM, it might help you use the original wiring:

wiring

9. It is time to put everything back together. You may need to create an adapter for your system. Mine looked like that:

adaptor

(Yours might look a little bit different, depends on you mounting points of the device you are installing)

Eventually, it should look something like that:

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10. Make sure everything works as it should, the radio stations are being kept in memory, the hazard lights work etc…

and then, install the plastic cover back.

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Enjoy…

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