After market audio

alancordeiro at alancordeiro at
Sat Feb 16 04:33:47 PST 2008

This is in effect the same idea as Bernie's......

Another possible solution is to tap into the RAP (retained accessory power) 
line that feeds the
windows and sunroof, it remains on after the engine is turned off, until the 
either of the front driver
or passenger doors are opened.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Lagnese" <jlagnese at>
To: "Nathan Winters" <natewin at>; "200q" <200q20v at>
Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2008 7:03 AM
Subject: RE: After market audio

>I have, in the past, in VW/Audi products used a relay with the trigger 
> the key in ignition wire. When the key comes out the stereo goes off.
> John
> -----Original Message-----
> From: 200q20v-bounces at
> [mailto:200q20v-bounces at]On Behalf Of Nathan Winters
> Sent: Friday, February 15, 2008 2:13 PM
> To: 200q
> Subject: After market audio
> I've been playing around with different after-market radios I have and
> wanted to see if anyone has some input that can help me out.
> Antenna:  The 200 Avant antenna is different than the dual diversity of 
> the
> sedan models.  Does anyone know the run of the antenna wire?  I assume it
> goes to the stubby antenna on the roof and I'd like to make sure the wire 
> is
> in good shape, as my reception seems really poor.  There is no antenna in
> the rear window, there is one in the windshield but it is not connected to
> anything like in the saloon models.
> Switched Power:  Does the factory radio switch on/off with ignition or can
> you turn it on/off when the key is out?  There is no switched ignition 
> power
> going to (or near) the radio.
> Speakers:  I'm running a separate amp so I have that all figured out. 
> There
> is a harness that runs the front speakers directly and I could go right 
> into
> that harness to drive the in-dash stuff.  The rears were driven by a small
> factory amp under the rear seat and I took that out entirely.  Since the
> amplifier I installed was already in the back I just ran wires from the 
> amp
>> under the seat > spliced into the wires going to the rear-door speakers.
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