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Most of the information contained in here is scattered among the other Vortex threads and DIY's. I'll refer to pages where this info is previously covered, so that I can save time.
Please Note: I take no responsibility for your actions, thoughts, or beliefs. This is a walk through of how I did it. I'm happy with my install, and that's all that matters. If you mess up your car attempting to follow my directions, you probably shouldn't have tried in the first place, as I have almost no electrical expertise at all.
The pictures are sized in two different ways to conserve bandwidth, High Res (from a 5.0 MP camera are linked below the smaller picture)
The parts, as labelled in the Pictures:
A. Alpine CDA-9856
B. Metra Wiring Harness Adapter
C. power cable to Fuse Box
D. Alpine Wiring Harness
E. new Antenna Adapter
F. Din Cage
G. OEM wiring Harness
H. Digital Cable Remote (not necessary, but nice)

A-G came from Crutchfield last week with a total price tag of $210.

All of the components gathered. Parts A-F all in one place. Parts unlabelled include the faceplate case, the din pocket, the Alpine Full Speed iPod Cable, and the radio trim ring.

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First I pulled the stereo Fuse in the engine fuse box, and removed the negative terminal from the battery (wrapped it in a towel and placed it carefully to the side where it couldn't reconnect in any way).
I began disassembling the dash as listed in the DIYs for OEM iPod integration:
http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2480895
I want to note the little tab on the vent control, and moreover, how it is rigged to come out. Removing this top part and ultimately the upper dash section was annoying. But after some polite work and nothing to severe, it all popped out. I recommend taking your time so you don't break anything.

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As you can see, I decided not to undo and of the wiring to the top part of the dash. I didn't feel like I needed to, and I was right (this may not apply to Climatronic cars).

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Pull off the lower trim piece and remove some screws...
The stereo is out! Disconnect all of the wiring.

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As you can see, I disconnected everything I could. I also carefully snaked the red wire underneath the steering column and to the fuse box, connected to the box with the "Add-A-Circuit" from this thread:
http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2369016
And we now see G for the first time. The Wire Harness is big, but only has two parts in my case, the Satellite radio connector and the Speaker/Power connector. If you so desire, you can ditch the Sat. Radio connector now. I did remove it in order to sell it with the Sat Receiver. That white connector under the word "Power" is the antenna connection for FM, it comes into play later.
After verifying the contents of the stereo, I went back to wire the Metra adapter and the Alpine harness together. This was pretty simple. On the Metra Adapter (B) Every cable was used except the slate blue "Power Ant" cable. As you may see from the picture, the Alpine harness by-passes it, going straight to the Antenna Adapter (E) which plugs into that White connector mentioned above, and the other end into the Antenna In on the back of the headunit. (poor way to describe it, it's really simple though)

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The Alpine harness was entirely different. There were several wires that I didn't use at all. The three shielded adapters on the right. I'm sure they have a purpose, but I haven't figured it out and don't plan to. I coiled these three wires and used a cable tie to get them out of the way. (the stereo works FINE)
As you can see in the picture, I've used crimp connectors. Thing is, the wires are of such a small gauge, they can easily disconnect. After 3 days of driving, I could tell that one of the speaker related wires had come loose. I ended up pulling the entire harness back out through the empty din pocket, and soldered them together, then used heat shrink tubing to cover them. I wish I had done this in the first place. It took a little longer than the crimp connector for sure, but the connection is superior.
All done (prior to the second go with solder) Oh, as you can see, the red wire doesn't connect to anything, because it connects to the Add-A-Circuit wire already installed in the car. Again, piece of advice, solder that bad boy together before you run it over to the fuse box.

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Simple stuff. Antenna adapter into the OEM connector. G and B come together.

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At this point, I had my moment of truth. With the Radio out, I plugged in the Alpine harness, made sure the fuses were proper, plugged the battery back in, and tried it out. SUCCESS!
Reassembly issues...
This is the new Din Cage that Crutchfield provided. It has the same feel and finish as the stock surface, but... the OEM Outer Trim Piece has this little tab...

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The Din Cage has a lip, which, as you can see, the stock radio didn't have...

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This creates quite a problem. The tab cannot move back, and this makes the trim piece stick out.
So I took this trim piece off and filed/sanded off the tabs. See the slightly out of focus shot. (I only sanded off the top tab on both sides. I don't remember if there is another tab on there, but if there was, I didn't remove it.

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Anyway, I was careful to reassemble everything properly, not to rush. And the final product.

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Things to note:
The mating of the wiring harness and the Alpine Harness can be done prior to doing anything in the car. Do it the day before and you'll be happy.
Before filing off the trim make sure that your Din Cage Trim piece does have the lip on it. (Measure twice, cut once mentality).
I did install the iPod adapter, but it was so uninteresting I took no pictures. It plugs into a plug on the back of the headunit. I routed the cable to the glove box.
The glove box is very accessible, if you go UP instead of AROUND. I tried getting the cable around the back of the glove box through the dash area, and that was silly. If you go over the cage itself, you'll get right into the glovebox, right by the manual pocket/shelf!
If you move the Add-A-Circuit (AAC) to a different fuse, you can elicit a different response from the stereo. With the AAC in fuse A41, it will go off when you turn the car off/remove the key. But in other fuse locations, it will stay on permanently, allowing you to play the radio when not driving, which could be nice in certain situations.
With the AAc in A41, the iPod only charges when the car is on.
Good Luck
 

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Re: (the.ronin)

Yes, no doubt, an excellent write up!!! That's just what I needed! Just to clarify, you ran the "add a circuit" to the fuse box inside the car, drivers side? How did you determine which fuse to run the radio off of?

Thanks again!!!

Oh yeah, how's that bad boy sound?


Modified by davela72 at 10:47 PM 8-1-2006
 

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Quote, originally posted by davela72 »
Yes, no doubt, an excellent write up!!! That's just what I needed! Just to clarify, you ran the "add a circuit" to the fuse box inside the car, drivers side? How did you determine which fuse to run the radio off of?
Oh yeah, how's that bad boy sound?

It's the rear wiper blade fuse, IIRC. Basically, just followed the instructions from the 12V DIY.
Sound is excellent.
 

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Re: (Modern Angel)

from what I have seen the sat radio antenna is the same as an aftermarket antenna so it could be plugged into and aftermarket satellite receiver. However, the factory tuner cannot be plugged in to an aftermarket radio. I imagine some sort of adaptor for this is on its way.
 

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Re: A Complete Idiots Guide To Installing a Headunit (user name unknown)

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Excellent write up!
I was going to do one when I did my install but it was 23 degree outside.

That's Canada-talk eh?
It's been 100+ here. I backed the car into the garage, so the hatch was right by the door. Opened the hatch, opened the door, put a box fan shooting straight into the back, put the back seats down, and still had an ancillary small fan in there...
But, the point of all that was, with proper planning, I could have been in and out of there in about an hour. Even if you're dumb as hell about electrical engineering. (like me)
 

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Re: A Complete Idiots Guide To Installing a Headunit (PDong)

That is just AWESOME
thanks for the write up! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: A Complete Idiots Guide To Installing a Headunit (scottab36)

Well done. I installed the same head unit and I also got mine from Crutchfield. I too had to cut off the tabs on the trim piece to make it fit.
 

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Re: A Complete Idiots Guide To Installing a Headunit (PDong)

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That's Canada-talk eh?
It's been 100+ here. I backed the car into the garage, so the hatch was right by the door. Opened the hatch, opened the door, put a box fan shooting straight into the back, put the back seats down, and still had an ancillary small fan in there...
But, the point of all that was, with proper planning, I could have been in and out of there in about an hour. Even if you're dumb as hell about electrical engineering. (like me)

No, I did my install in January. I am from Michigan.
 

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Re: A Complete Idiots Guide To Installing a Headunit (user name unknown)

Aye.. 23 F, not 23 C...
And, 23 C is actually a super-reasonable 74... My math sucks.
 

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Re: A Complete Idiots Guide To Installing a Headunit (PDong)

Oh my god... I did the exact same headunit and the exact same install including the filing of the tabs... it made a world of difference in the sound quality...
My next step is an 8" sub in the back, left area of the hatch and a mono amp for the sub... I already cut the piece of mdf to fit the area, mounted the sub and the amp, just need to run a power cable to the battery, remote turn-on from the headunit, and the signal lead from the headunit subwoofer out...
 

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Re: A Complete Idiots Guide To Installing a Headunit (erick.s)

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Well done. I installed the same head unit and I also got mine from Crutchfield. I too had to cut off the tabs on the trim piece to make it fit.

i must have missed these tabs you speak of. Could they be causing the top of the dash kit to bow a bit?
 
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