Thursday, 18 October 2018

Comfort Line Passat B8 Upgrade Active Information Display

AID Upgrade for Passat Comfort Line

Mr. Ho have seen my work in the web and have earmarked his Comfortline Passat B8 upgrades.  For his first project when his car's odometer is only 368 km old, he embarked on the Advanced Information Display AID and an emblem reverse camera. 

Removed the surrounding bezel of the original cluster

Installed the AID cluster for the first time on the Comfortline B8

Switch on before pairing

After online pairing of the AID

After 2 hours....all is working and original mileage programmed.

Added the radio icons for Mr. Ho

Enabled LowLine Reverse Camera

Completed Job ! A happy customer !
Next project ! Dynaudio for his B8 Passat under review. 

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Optical Parking System OPS on New Touran : V4

New Touran Retrofitting OPS V4 Optical Parking System ; Self Parking

The new Touran High Line does not come with VW Self Parking OPS aka Optical Parking System V4. This latest version is found on all the High Line models such as Tiguan Rline, Passat Exclusive, etc. Strangely, this option is not on the Passat Highline or RLine but only on the Exclusive. 

After the installation, the customer is able to do the self parking of the Touran. A feature that the wife loves 101% . 

This customer indented his Touran special from VW and have it equipped with the Lane Change Assist aka Side Assist.  This option automatically compliment the OPS V4 with Blind Spot Assist. 

The Lane Change/Side Assist radar behind the rear bumper

Arrangement was done by his sales person not to install the ugly two sensor reversing warning alert fitted at VW PDI center in Tuas. That save the bumper from having extra two holes which are the wrong size. The 12 sensors of the V4 OPS was fitted on the front and rear bumpers in their original positions. 

The new control switch panel which includes the electric tailgate button (next project for the customer)

New function on HU : Parking & Maneuvering

Control of volume and pitch for the front & rear buzzer

New feature Maneuver Braking and Rear Traffic Alert aka Blind Spot Monitoring.
The new features for the V4 OPS includes the Maneuver Braking which automatically applies the brake for the vehicle should it encounter an object during low speed moving of the vehicle. This works for front and rear sensors. 

Point to note. This feature would not work during normal driving at speed or at car park speed. It is only meant for parking manuever at low speed. 

The Blind Sport or Rear Traffic Alert is explained here on my blog 

Here is a video to give better visual and audio experience 

Monday, 8 October 2018

Dynaudio Excite Retrofit on Golf 7

Retrofitting MIB2 Dynaudio Excite MIB2 Discovery Pro : Golf 7 VII 

The original 8 speaker sound quality of the typical Golf 7 is pretty decent when it is equipped with the Discovery Pro head unit. The built in amp produces reasonably good quality sound thru it's 4 channel system aka 8 speakers system. 

To enhance the sound quality, Volkswagen have the specially tuned Dynaudio sound system for their cars.  The highlights of the Dynaudio system extracted from the Dynaudio website is as follow :

Features & Highlights

  • Dual voice coil subwoofer offers optimized in-car bass performance
  • Authentic replication of the Dynaudio sound experience from the home or studio into your car
  • Solid bass performance no matter which seat one is sitting in
  • Mid/bass and subwoofer integration offers a cohesive and balanced bass experience in the car
  • MOST150 digital optical connection minimizes noise on the sound signal, maintaining a clear signal from the radio or media centre to the amplifier to allow for a pure listening experience
  • Shark DSP enables impeccable timing, placing the music in the perfect position in front of the listener while maintaining all spectra of the sound
  • Automatic sound adjustment to compensate for noise sources relative to the vehicle’s speed while maintaining the sound volume; the Dynaudio sound system functions in such a manner that the volume is automatically adjusted according to the cabin conditions to remain at the same level
  • Dynaudio fine tuning optimizes the sound tuning for each specific car model, as the different Golf variants are not completely identical; Dynaudio fine sound tuning ensures an uncompromised sound tailored to each specific vehicle
  • High performance 6.5 inch diameter MSP mid/bass drivers
  • Focus features: All, driver, co-driver or rear.
Here is the link to their write up 

Retrofitting the MIB2 Excite Dynaudio10 speakers on my special edition Golf 7.3 is a tedious job. It can only be fitted to the Discover Media or Discovery Pro Head Units because of the fibre optics requirement.  The communication between the DP HU and amplifier is via the fibre optic cables. There are no hard wires between the amp and the car's gateway unlike the earlier Dynaudio systems. 

Necessary removal for running of fibre optic cable
A specially fabricated harness connects up all the speakers to the amplifier and link to the Discover Pro via a pair of fibre optics cable.  My Golf have the Advanced Info Display cluster which has the fibre optics cable already as such, we needed to modify the cable to a 3 way split configuration combing the original AID and the Dynaudio cable set. 

Specially modified 3 way split Fibre Optic harness for AID/Dynaudio/DiscoveryPro

The Excite system comprises of a 400 watts digital amplifier/sound processor, 4 base/mid door speakers, 4 treble tweeters and a 2-speaker woofer box which fits over the spare wheel cavity. ( The Passat have a 12 speakers 650 watts system ! )

The amplifier is located under the left passenger seat

Amplifier installed 

With Protective Cover

Original speakers
Dynaudio Bass/Mid Speakers 

Change the Front Tweet
Comes with the A-pillar trim assembly

Original spare wheel well before

After installing the woofer box.....spare wheel deleted.
Need the tire repair kit plus 12v air pump 

2 additional options available for Sound function 

Dynaudio Character for Soft

Dynaudio Character for Authentic

Dynaudio Character for Dynamic ( my favourite ! )

Dynaudio Character for Speech
Easy Radio News listening but not necessary
Sound Focusing Profile options

Sound Focusing Individual option

Conclusion :

The installation and online coding was a tedious process but the effort paid off with the tremendous improvement in sound quality. Music pieces that I have never sounded better and clearer before. 

A definite worthy upgrade to the sound system which is worth the work and money spent. Highly recommended !  

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Passat B8 Active Info Display Upgrade : Highline

Upgrading the Highline Passat B8 : Digital Instrument Cluster / Active Info Display

The customer purchased the Highline B8 recently. The analogue cluster did not go down well with him after he has seen them on the 2.0 Rline and Exclusive models.  We have the solution for him ! 

Ordered all the necessary parts from Germany and in 2 weeks, all the parts were here.  Online coding of the cluster is necessary to make everything work properly. 

Removed the original analogue cluster and installed the AID cluster

First time switching on, the cluster is full of errors ! The car would not start naturally since the cluster have not been paired. 

After all is done, input the original mileage in the AID. 

Fitting the connection between the HU and AID is required
Fit the new AID Trim Panel

AID would display the driver's view perspective of map view

Map view as selected by driver on HU Display

Friday, 7 September 2018

Passat B7 Head Unit Upgrade : MIB2 PQ Radio

Upgrading Head Unit from RNS510 to MIB2 Discover Media PQ 

The RNS510 have been discontinued since 2014 and support/parts for this radio is getting harder to acquire. The navigation map is also no longer supported. 

Koh's B7 Passat had issues with his RNS510. We suspect it is the motherboard that is acting up.  Changing the motherboard would be costly.  He wanted an upgrade to his radio and map plus App Connect etc. 

We fitted the MIB2 Discover Media set into his car.  He had to give up his DVD player from his RNS510 which is no longer supported on the Discover Media PQ.  The Highline Camera with Trajectory Parking have also to be downgraded to the Lowline Camera with fixed lines. His old Bluetooth Module have also been removed as the new Discover Media has a built in BT telephone feature. 

Totally different Radio display with colourful icons.
Navigation Map is the latest 2018 version 

Bluetooth Music is available via Phone or other BT devices 

Telephone do not require a separate module anymore. 

Car Features including App Connect is available now.

Voice Function is also activated.

Optical Parking V4 is standard

Reverse Camera is downgraded to LowLine
Option of Android Auto or MirrorLink or Carplay

AppConnect with Google Map plus Terrain

AppConnect with Waze Map

The new Aux and USB connection for AppConnect
is fitted over the ashtray area