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    VW Owners (Monsoon specific)

    It seems there are quite a few of us. Anyone have anyluck adding tapping into the Monsoon amp? ID rather not get a new amp, and FM Modulator / tape adapters are doing my sound system no justice

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    A couple of questions:

    1. Is your monsoon the single din or double din setup? Some 2001's came wit the Double Din setup

    2. Do you have a CD changer installed?

    There are a couple of ways to do this:

    (Recommended if you have the Double DIN setup)
    Ditch the Monsoon Headunit and get the wiring harness that is made to tap into the monsoon amp and an aftermarket Headunit (this is what i did because the Monsoon deck sounds HORRIBLE), but believe it or not the amp and the speakers hold their own!.

    Some of the Double DIN units starting in late 2001/ early 2002 had the incorrect wiring placement in the wiring harness from the factory but i dont think this will be a problem for you, but just in case it is there is a very simple fix for it without cutting any wiring..here is the link:
    VW Vortex Forums : Monsoon Wiring Fix

    The other alternative
    You can add RCA inputs to your VWs monsoon system through the pre wired CD changer input in the trunk...if the trunk wiring is not present i believe you can still do it at the head unit.....this is the cleanest setup you can get without manually wiring in a couple of AUX inputs.



    This is made specifically for our cars with Monsoon systems but its a little on the pricy side at around $69.99 but a workable solution if you are willing to pay that much for it.....and its cheaper than a new headunit
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    Im not sure if i have a double DIN or not (i have never removed the faceplate, and would prefer not to)

    I do have a VW cd changer in the trunk, and that adapter seems to be the best route for me. If id be able to attach it to my setup, id be happy to pay 70 bucks for it.

    There are no wires exposed on my cd changer, and im not sure if this extension is to be plugged into the CD changer or the amp? (Where would i find the cables?)

    Also, this extension replaces the CD changer? -- meaning when this is plugged in i wont be able to use the cd changer, only the AUX input device i hook up? (this is not a problem, just curious)

    Thank you very much for your response, as i was already thinking about getting a new amp (something id rather not do)

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    correct...if you have this device the changer cannot be used, but you will have all of your mp3s!

    do you have a little pocket in your dash above or below your radio? Or does your radio take up the whole slot?
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    good stuff superlfly
    yeah I have an aftermarket HU with the stock monsoon amp and speakers.
    I use a cd changer input plug (aux) and that works beautifully.
    Mine needs to be updated.

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    I have the same stereo (single din) on my 98 golf. The connector looks ideal but the price is too much. It does not seem to have too much other than a couple of rca connectors and ...
    I know nothing about electronics but I have the pin out for the 12 pin molex connector (just 8 pins are used). I am sure somebody can help us figure out how to trick the stereo to think that there is a cd changer connected. I hope we can make a connector for more cheaper than $70.

    1. CD changer (data in)
    2. CD changer (data out)
    3. CD changer (clock)
    4. CD changer, power supply (+), terminal 30
    5. CD chnager, control signal
    6. CD changer, left and right port, ground (GND)
    7. CD changer, left port (CD/L)
    8. CD changer, right port (CD/R)

    6, 7 and 8 are the sound (RCA), looks like we need to send a signal to the stereo using #5 maybe?

    please help

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    http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=206984

    seems as if the blitzsafe also has a micro controller built in that emulates a "track 1" pulse to the headunit and makes it think there is a cd changer attatched allowing the input.

    Now im sure that someone cad devise a device that would accomplish the same thing, but FWIW...i would drop the cash on the blitzsafe....save yourself a headace and some time....just my $.02
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    Originally posted by Superfly
    correct...if you have this device the changer cannot be used, but you will have all of your mp3s!

    do you have a little pocket in your dash above or below your radio? Or does your radio take up the whole slot?
    Yes i have an empty slot above my radio. Perfect spot to store my wallet and cellphone

    Does this mean i should run this adapter out of the head unit?

    (P.S. any documentation on how in pop on this little adapter?)

    thanks again!

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    Na, I was just trying to determine if you had the Double Din Monsoon or not (you dont).

    If you want to run the wires behind the HU then this is what you will need to get....it just plugs into the back of the HU where the cd changer plug is supposed to go. Either solution would accomplish the same goal

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    Cool, thanks again.
    Ill be purchasing the adapter that plugs into the cd changer / amp very shortly

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