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Quick question, do I need an adaptor to wire in an aftermarket radio. I just called a local shop and the guy says its 150 bucks for this adaptor that gives me accessory power with the key on, I was like WTF are you kidding me. I just want a harness to plug into the car so I wont have to cut the factory harness.
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i went to my local music store, bought a sony xplod headunit and had them install it for 120

the headunit was on sale but still.. lol

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You can now not pull codes from your OBD2 port i presume. test this out.


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Go to crutchfield.com It will tell you the adapter you need and it may be cheaper..


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You talkin to me psst? Cauz I still get codes fine. When I had my misfire it too me i had it read at advanced and it said a cyl 3 misfire

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Yes you, how in the h*ll did they install a radio in an MKIV without a $150 worth of harnesses to not cut the K wire?

Did you not have the DD monsoon unit?


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Lol I have no clue and ya I'm pretty sure I do have the monsoon system... I have a 99 golf gls but everything works and my stock system hits like a boss as far as stock systems go

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Are the speakers separately amplified, is that why its 150bucks, Im pretty sure that I could hard wire an aftermarket radio direct and trigger the amps and as far as accessory power(radio to trun on and off with the key) You can get the wire from the steering column.
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The issue is that the radio is part of the entire wiring system for the car, meaning that it can impede through the "K" wire to be able to pull OBDII codes and IMMO issues.

also, the factory monsoon amp powering speakers at less than 4 ohms, so the problems multiply and the harness to run this all properly is $100-150, this is why i am both surprised and concerned with how Shep got a HU and install for 120, I think they must have hacked up the factory quad plug and did some interesting routing. It seems to be working for him which is good to hear, so I digress.


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Ah that makes sense, back in the 90s I worked as an Car audio installer and VWs were always trouble for us especially when it came to remote starts and keyless entries so I know first hand how things can get all screwed up, I think I will keep it factory but may add a amp and sub, do you happen to know if I can use a line out adapter off the rear speakers.
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yeah I am having the same dilemma. i have a 02 golf gls withe DD monsoon sound system. and after doing some research crutchfield.com will sell you the adapter for $60.00 if you buy a stereo but without the stereo i think its $130. so still a pretty good deal, but itd be even better if you didnt need the adapter in the first place...

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I wanna see the hack job on Shepwood's radio harness. lol.

Mine was hacked too, so you're not the only one..

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Ah that makes sense, back in the 90s I worked as an Car audio installer and VWs were always trouble for us especially when it came to remote starts and keyless entries so I know first hand how things can get all screwed up, I think I will keep it factory but may add a amp and sub, do you happen to know if I can use a line out adapter off the rear speakers.
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Me too, i used to work on A LOT of cars in my HS. building boxes, installs, etc. European cars were scary to me in the 90s.

Yes, i currently run a line out to my amplifier. I used the Vortex DIY here mostly:

VWVortex.com - Car Audio & Electronics FAQ...


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oh boy....you guys are makin me nervous. lol i had them install it because i didnt want to have to deal with the whole "k" wire bullshit and now they probably f'ed my wiring lol

maybe ill have to pull off the headunit and take a pic....

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they sell the good stuff. i had DD monsoon, bought a kit from there and it retained all the factory functions that my oem unit did. no k-wire issues.

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