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Traktor 04-01-2014 02:03 AM

Traktor's Tidbits
some of the info is blatantly inspired through your posts, other things I have done and verified (good and bad).
The summary is here to share

Wk2 2014 Laredo with QL & ORII

2,200 klms to date

Improving Stereo, bang for buck (sound is subjective)

Goal: was going to add my existing speakers (Alpine Type R + Sub + Alpine PDX 4-100), sub and amp and use a LC-7i to sum the output

How far I got: The good news = all six channels are full range. The tweeters in fact use a resistor inline. Ended up with Kicker DS693 in the front doors, tweeter from the Alpine type R in the fronts, and Type R 6" in the back.

Result: High - tweeters (after I moved the resistor from the original onto the replacement) are much sharper and clearer
Mid - is nice and clear, no muddyness at all
Low (base) - so nice and clear that there is no need to use a sub.

Volume: even below 10 is clear, crisp and totally acceptable. Over 15 I cannot hear the engine noise or road noise at 100km/h

Traktor 04-01-2014 02:08 AM

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Hill Start Control is the equivalent of sticking the sponge you was your car with on your right foot! It kills the driving experience.

It makes it feel like there is epic turbo lag, when really, if you turn it off, the driving response is crisp.

For example, on even ground, you let go of the brake and do not touch the accelerator

with HSC it just sits there
without the vehicle crawls forward, like a normal car should

For example, reversing up a driveway with a slight incline

with HSC need to rev to 1500 RPM to start moving
without 900 RPM and the crawls

I think credit goes to Snuke who suggested this burried in a very long thread.

Do yourself a favour and turn this feature off :)

Traktor 04-01-2014 02:14 AM

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Trigger for Driving Lights

There are a couple posts that state:
remove passenger side plastic in engine bay
remove air filter
passenger side light, look for white and green wire

TRAKTOR's advice

There are two wires that are white and green
Wire one is white and an olive green. THIS IS NOT THE ONE YOU NEED.
Wire two is white and green (sort of darker). YOU WANT THIS ONE.

Works like a charm.

You can get power from the fuse box in the engine. There are lots of solid earth points beneath various screws.
Will post some pics later.

You also do not have to remove the plastic. You can unclip the rubber around the air filter.

Other tips

Air filter has three clips
The base of the housings is on three rubber grommets
Jiggle, wiggle and gently manipulate the rubber nipples and it will come off.
The plug easily disconnects from the passenger side light
Using a sharp knife, make a gently cut around the wire
Use a little bit of force with pliers to then slide back and expose wire
Wrap your trigger wire around the expose portion, solder and presto

About and hour all up.

ENFORCER 04-01-2014 02:21 AM

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Great suggestions.
As for tapping into the wire, use a scotch lock

Matty470 04-01-2014 02:27 AM

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Surely you can't be serious, they're rubbish....:joke:

Traktor 04-01-2014 03:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Matty470 (Post 1001618)

Surely you can't be serious, they're rubbish....:joke:

Scotch locks and reliability . . . . yes :) bumps, corrugations = fail

yes, I know they are used, but the amount of times I have had to climb into bonnets of friends cars when important stuff like LPG has stopped . . .

ENFORCER 04-01-2014 03:40 AM

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I would never use them for anything that could cause reliability problems, but stripping back the sheidling I feel is more unreliable, as it is very easy to cut the wire or not insulate it correctly and cause bigger problems.

The best way is to cut, solder and shrink wrap it. I am not really into the 4x4 scene, so did not think of the offroading reliability requirement for the scotch locks.

SNUKE 04-01-2014 04:30 AM

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What is this trigger for driving lights you talk about?

Traktor 04-01-2014 09:45 PM

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Originally Posted by SNUKE (Post 1001640)
What is this trigger for driving lights you talk about?

Trigger wire is the high beam activating (triggering the driving light relay in turn)

Benn0 04-01-2014 10:18 PM

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And you want this for fitting spot lights?

SNUKE 04-02-2014 03:20 AM

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Yeah, more better explanation please. Otherwise I simply wonder why you just don't turn the dial to turn the lights on including high beam.

ENFORCER 04-02-2014 04:34 PM

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The wire he is referring to, will allow you to tap into the high beam circuit to trigger spotlights/lightbars/ETC.
Because these cars are CANBus, it is much more difficult to add items like spotlights.

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