Carputa Install v2
* EBay "Vw Gti 2006 Car Radio Dash Kit & Install Stereo Harness' kit" - $32
I realised after a few near misses on the road that I had to move my screen up higher so I could see the road while looking at the GPS. So Carputa v2 began.
Initially I thought this process would involve taking out my current stereo, moulding the Lilliput touch screen into the dash kit I got from eBay, making some sort of sun shield to reduce the terrible glair on the Lilliput screen, install a 4 channel AMP, and then install crossovers for the doors as the stock stereo couldn't be used.
A local car audio shop showed me the Infill G4 after having a look at my current setup. He did say it would be $4000 but would be a kick arse system.
After a lot of careful consideration I finally took the plunge and got myself the Infill G4 from Maxice.
When I took it out of the box the first thing I noticed was the screen was small. It is amazing how much 0.5 of an inch makes.
I got a face plate, wiring harness, and antenna cable from good ol eBay specific for my car. The Infill fit right in without a problem.
Here is the G4 and my stock stereo side by side. I was originally concerned about
the depth of the unit raised by a post I was on the web.
Here is the wiring plug from the G4 all soldered to the VW stereo harness. I am a bit concerned when I saw the size of the power cable. However the fuse is 15 amp so it shouldn’t be a problem connecting it to the adapters power cable which is about half its size.
Notice that I have put a extra power plug on the end. This is if i need to take out the unit from my car and plug it into mains power. It wouldn’t power up from a 230w computer ATX power supply but my 300w worked fine.
There was a slight problem with the eBay harness. The labelled accessories wire was in fact always constant. This was no big issue as I already have a ACC wire from my Sub installation.
Here is the cable from my cigarette lighter again. I'm using the brown one for ACC and the little grey one for ILL (12v when my head lights are on. This will dull the screen a little for night time driving)
There was another problem which I came across earlier in my travels. My stock amplifier in my car does not have an accessory wire. There is no way to turn it on or off.
I came to the conclusion that it must turn on via the CAN bus that runs though my car and is connected to the AMP OR via supplying a 6v current though the speaker wire to activate the amp. That is what you had to do in previous models (Connecting your soundcard to a Volkswagen Monsoon Amp) however this did not seem to work for my 2006 GTI.
I finally came to the conclusion that I would have to remove the AMP and wire in 4 crossovers for the 10 speakers.
I plugged in the G4 for the first time for a quick check; I was ecstatic when I heard sound from my speakers. I just couldn’t believe it was that easy all along. The amp must if BOTH the left and right side has signal before turning on.
Here is the unit installed. Doesn’t look to shabby. Not keen on the eBay bracket but it doesn’t bother me for now. I may choose to sand, paint and putty up but not in the near future.
Here are some screens with it running. They are bad pictures, the light reflection is from the camera flash.. The screen is beautiful and clear in the day light. (Wish I could have said that for my Lilliput touch screen) In the night it is way too bright.. I end up driving with sunnies on at 1am. Time for a dark skin in Centrafuse I think.
I have installed Centrafuse from Flux Media because I was not keen on the default software that came with it.
Ratings (out of 10)
* Radio reception - 9/10
These units have come down in price.. A LOT.