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Hard Wire Road Angel 2 (RA2)

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Shaq12, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. Shaq12
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    [Oct 29, 2008]
    Hello people,

    Has anyone hard wired the RA2 into their A3??

    I have heard that finding a switched live is slightly harder than in the Golf. Heard of 2 options in the A3, the reversing light loom in the fusebox or there is the live feed from the HU.

    Any suggestions from those that have fitted it??

    Many Thanks
    C
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    [Oct 29, 2008]
    I used the reverse light fuse as its only powered when the ignition is on.
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    Cigarette Lighter mate. Simple. My last A3 was hard wired to this. Run down the side trim / bottom door sill trim / under driver seat.

    David
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    Cig lighter is permanent live though isnt it? Its easier to wire into the fusebox I reckon, as my detector sits rights above the fusebox you only need 12 inches of wire to do the job.
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    you'll find several switched live fuses in the fusebox. This is what I use for switched live for my Nokia 610 phone kit, two nokia chargers, my Digital TV tuner and several other bits. As Isaac Hunt said cigarette lighter is a permanent feed. The only feed you will get from the head unit is permanent too. By taking a feed from the fusebox you can also use the bolt above it as an earth which saves running wires all over the place.
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    I would always advocate taking it from the fuse box. You can buy a repair wire with the terminal crimped on and insert that into the fuse panel to create a more professional looking job.
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    Marc is correct - always use the fuse box. My road angel 2 is hard wired in - took a feed from the fuse box. Open drivers doors look at dash by hinge area thats where the fuse box is .
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    I used some maplin push in connectors http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=42727 (filed down to fit as I has some spare) and added these to the end of the orig road angel wire (and added an inline fuse - just to be extra safe) and pushed into the fuse box.

    Hardest thing (nerve racking) is removing the A pilar trim to get a nice easy route for the wire

    I've also got a pdf instruction set with more pic on - its written by someone on here for a TT but its pretty much the same - send me an email and will send it on if you like

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    [Mar 23, 2009]
    i wonder if you could just confirm which number sockets you have plugged into?

    Thanks

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