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    Upgrade to double din?

    Hi guys,

    Just bought my 8P yesterday, it came with the standard concert 2 sterio. Wondering how easy would it be to replace that dash with a double din - to install something like this



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    Do a quick search my brother, it has been covered 1 million times over

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    Got the same unit waiting to go in, if your doing it, i recommend going the whole way and gettin the new facelift buttons MY09+ .. You'l need..

    - Double din cage
    - Facelift buttons, esp, blanks, passenger airbag, and card tray, or MY11 come as one peoce
    - Button trim, not needed with MY11
    - Doubledin climate, has to be ECON version if the cars under 57 plate

    .. Ive got everything at home waiting, really is the best upgrade to interior, goodluck mate
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    Thanks for the reply guys..

    Cheers ill continue searching the forum for how to's...

    Dannyhall,

    How much did that set up cost you mate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dannyhall View Post
    Got the same unit waiting to go in, if your doing it, i recommend going the whole way and gettin the new facelift buttons MY09+ .. You'l need..

    - Double din cage
    - Facelift buttons, esp, blanks, passenger airbag, and card tray, or MY11 come as one peoce
    - Button trim, not needed with MY11
    - Doubledin climate, has to be ECON version if the cars under 57 plate

    .. Ive got everything at home waiting, really is the best upgrade to interior, goodluck mate
    Is the doubledin climate required? I have a 2005 Sportback 8p2 with single din and the climate unit looks pretty much identical to the double din version. I presumed it was just a case of getting the double din cage and my existing unit would simply be mounted lower and back a bit?

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    The double din climate is bout 10mm smaller in width either side, if cost is an issur you can dremmel it down either side to fit, a climate on ebay will set you back anywhere between 50-150, the facelift climate will only fit 57+ .. On regards to cost on my part, i got a good deal on the cage and buttons, which i got a climate unit free with for £60, don't expect to pay this, i'm gloating ha! .. Doubledin cages and facelift buttons are gold dust on ebay, just get them from ebay, you're looking at 100-130 for cage and buttons depending on MY11 or MY09 but it's worth it, PM if you need part numbers, i'm happy to help
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    To clarify. I need the double din climate, but I need to get an earlier one not the facelift?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPK View Post
    To clarify. I need the double din climate, but I need to get an earlier one not the facelift?
    Very correct

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    Yeah like he said, correct! The aircon system changes throughout the two, although the facelift buttons are intervhangable on the pre facelift console to make it look more often, search on the searchbar for 'itwasntme' 's thread
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    you can cut down your old one to fit if you want
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    also all the double din parts that are needed to be changed will cost about £170. then just need to install it after. if you need i can install it for you.
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    Or you can trim your current one

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    Quote Originally Posted by itwasntme187 View Post
    you can cut down your old one to fit if you want
    You beat me to it

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    Also if you're debating on which RNS-e to get, if cost commits, i'd recommend the RNSE mk2 with the glossy screen, i picked one up for £400 posted which is only around 50-100£ more than mk1
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    Two more questions:

    1. Does the new RNS-E have a problem with battery draining when fitted to a pre facelift 8P2 or is it just plug and play?
    I know MK5 golfs have this problem when fitted with MK6 navs or RCD310/RCD510s. Need to update the 'canbus gateway'? as well.

    2. Did a quick search but cant seem to find any in depth info on trimming down my existing unit. Obviously it needs to be done a certain way. Is there any threads on this?

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    Lets make that 3..

    Is this the right unit? If not, what is the correct part number for the pre facelift double din climate?
    Audi A3 / S3 Double DIN Climate Control Air Con HVAC 8P0 820 043 USED | eBay

    Thank you.

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    The climate unit you have there is the face lifted one which prob won't work on your car as it only works on 2008+ cars. The unit is however the correct size
    as for the trimming down after you have the double din cage fitted just measure out the space left for the climate Unit and use a piece of card board to make a Template and use that on your old unit. Do a google search on the double din install instructions and you will find loads of guides on the matter and you may even find a template you can download
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    Quote Originally Posted by JPK View Post
    Lets make that 3..

    Is this the right unit? If not, what is the correct part number for the pre facelift double din climate?
    Audi A3 / S3 Double DIN Climate Control Air Con HVAC 8P0 820 043 USED | eBay

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    Have you got heated seats ? If not then that is not the right unit.

    Edit : why not buy this and try cutting it down. Then if it looks ok just swap the faceplates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPK View Post
    Two more questions:

    1. Does the new RNS-E have a problem with battery draining when fitted to a pre facelift 8P2 or is it just plug and play?
    I know MK5 golfs have this problem when fitted with MK6 navs or RCD310/RCD510s. Need to update the 'canbus gateway'? as well.

    2. Did a quick search but cant seem to find any in depth info on trimming down my existing unit. Obviously it needs to be done a certain way. Is there any threads on this?
    1: No, but needs coding
    2: Just make up a cardboard template to fit inside the gap lower down, its about 6-8mm trimmed each side with a slight curve in middle

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    Quote Originally Posted by NHN View Post
    1: No, but needs coding
    2: Just make up a cardboard template to fit inside the gap lower down, its about 6-8mm trimmed each side with a slight curve in middle
    Sent you a pm NHN

 

 

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