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Ariel Fin, Without Satnav

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by r3stu, Aug 5, 2010.

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    Anyone fitted a shark fin that hasnt got Satnav in the car?

    Seen a few copys on ebay... anyone bought 1 on there?
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    If they did it would be just a dummy, you not happy with your radio reception then?
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    I just meant for looks, wondering if the ebay copys are a match for the genuine ones?
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    The ebay ones tend to look more like the modern BMW ones, more sharky! If you get what i mean?
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    Mine has the factory bluetooth & has a sharkfin (which I 've just started to untilise now that i have the RSAP adapter fitted). Are the sharkfin's multipurpose in so much as they perform as a GPS antennae as well?
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    A far as i know the shark fin is GPS only. The radio still gets reception from the rear screen whether you have RNS-e or not.
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    The FM and AM radio always gets signal from the hatch glass, NEVER from the sharkfin no matter what, so that bit is correct.

    -However, the sharkfin isn't GPS only. Satellite radio uses it also.

    All US A3's come fitted with sharkfins, but petty car crime isn't such an issue in most places over here. -In the UK -specially in the northwest- I'd think twice about sticking a fin on the car, in case it 'marked it out' as potentially having something worth snatching inside it, for just the effort of a broken window.

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    Sorry, think I've perhaps phrased my initial post poorly (and do not mean to take thread off topic!!)

    My car doesn't have nav - but has the factory bluetooth prep low - and has come with the sharkfin as factory. I'm assuming the sharkfin is the aerial for the phone kit, which as mentioned will only be activated through the use of a RSAP kit or a tailored phone cradle. By having the sharkfin in place, does this assist the retrofit of an RNS-E?
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    The BT antenna plugs right into the bluetooth module, under one of the front seats... so far as I know.

    But yes, the RNS-E can either use a 'puck' antenna which can be hidden under the dash, or you can run a long extension to the back of the car and use the sharkfin on the roof.

    -The above is true for all US A3's certainly, but we don't get the 3-door version, so I can't speak for them, but I'd assume its' the same.

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    The sharkfin is fitted for either phone prep or nav (or both obviously) but I believe they only run the necessary cables. If you have the sharkfin but no nav then you'd need to run a cable all the way through the roof to the fin to make use of it.
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    Have you noticed any difference with the RSAP? My phone reception has always been good enough in the car really.
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    Sorry for delay!

    Main reason for the RSAP for me was the suspend mode that the kit puts the handset in - really saves battery drain. Also I managed to acquire 2 units - one for my A5 (where a spend most of my time) and one for the A3. On each the RSAP adpater gave a different benefit. On the A5 - the phone had a habit of losing connection to the phone book - this is now totally remidied with he adapter - plus reception is seldom below 4 or 5 bars, which means much less dropped calls. On the A3 - the boon for me was to also then have controls on the RSAP unit to scroll through the phone book and have some way of making a hands free call wehn the engine was off and the controls on the MFSW were not enabled
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    Thanks for the reply. I don't think I'm really going to get any benefits personally so I'll give it a miss.
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