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Ok, so, one of the best things about the R IMO is it's ability to fill several different roles. When you want luxury, you pop it into Comfort and cruise around. When you want performance, throw it into Advanced. In keeping with that concept, I have an ambitious (for me <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">) plan ahead. <p>Plan to install:<br>-iPd pod and boost gauge. <br>-CFW door pods (yes, one on each side!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">)<br>-BluePower HU (when gen 2.0 comes out)<br>-juve021 gauge awesome-ness <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=115633" TARGET="_blank">linky</A><br>-DP with electric cut-out a-la <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=102021&page=1" TARGET="_blank">ElakR</A><p>Goal:<br>-Replace cupholder center console with a panel. This panel will have the remote amp controller from Rockford Fosgate and the switch for my cut-out mounted to it. <p>Now the tricky part!!<br>-I would like to install some form of remote switchable relay into the "remote power" line into the amp; i.e. to be able to turn off the subwoofer from the cockpit. (Again, when one wants to be subtle, relaxed, refined... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">). Nooo idea what type/where to source such a part!<br>-I would like to be able to turn off the lighting for / turn off completely the extra gauges! I know, I know, I = <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0"> + <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> . But hear me out... I think it would be sliiick to pull back the slide-y cover and flip some switches, resulting in the DP cut-out opening and gauges turning on.... ooooooo. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Again, NOOOO idea where to source these either!!<p><br>Lastly, any ideas on what to use for the plate itself? If it helps, I can take a bunch of pictures and use my RIDICULOUSLY 1337 MS-Paint skillz tonight when I get home to aid in SS understanding of my goals. <p>Thanks for any and all help!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Cheers!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"><p>-Steve
 

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The Gauges have a dimmer wire, You can use it with a small toggle switch for on / off.<p>Same with the subwoofer. If its an external amp, just switch off the remote turn on wire for that amp.<p>If its the factory sub, you could just cut the signals to the speakers with a relay and a small switch.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>chinaonnitrous1</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The Gauges have a dimmer wire, You can use it with a small toggle switch for on / off.<p>Same with the subwoofer. If its an external amp, just switch off the remote turn on wire for that amp.<p>If its the factory sub, you could just cut the signals to the speakers with a relay and a small switch.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yep, that's exactly what I'm going for. However, I have no idea where to source such a switch... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> (Aftermarket subwoofer/amp setup).<p>-Steve
 

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The remote wire for the aftermarket amplifier, and even the gauge illumination draw very little power, it is 12v, but about 1 amp of current... or so.<p>So you can go to radio shack, and just look at thier "toggle switches"<p>
 

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<A HREF="http://www.radioshack.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=toggle%20switch&origkw=toggle%20switch&sr=1" TARGET="_blank">http://www.radioshack.com/sear...&sr=1</A>
 

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I've also been looking for some basic on/off switches that are plain and won't attract attention while looking decent in the cockpit. Haven't come up with too many options so far though. My best options I got from PC modification sites
 

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I'd take a quick look over at either:<p><A HREF="http://www.digikey.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.digikey.com</A>/ (Has everything you could want)<br> or <br><A HREF="http://www.active123.com/store.cfm?CKEY=CA〈=eng" TARGET="_blank">http://www.active123.com/store...g=eng</A><p>They are both very good places which higher quality and lower prices then anything at Radio Shack.<p>Edit: I read the original post again and saw the need for a relay, if you go to an auto parts store and ask for a standard 12v Bosch relay they should be able to help you out.<BR><BR>
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This is just an idea (question) Last night I did my iMiv install (went perfect) When I pried the trip off the cigarette lighter area, I noticed the plugins for maybe 4 more switches.<p>I currently have two (Park assist, and Child locks) and one fake one. Is there any way to source THOSE type of pushbutton switches and make them usable for a very stock looking install? I'm sure I could Dremmel out the hole to the right shape, or maybe find a panel with more cutouts than the 3 I already have.<br>I doubt I would be able to use the actual connections, or maybe its possible if I knew what they were inteded to be? What other options put pushbuttons on that row??<p>
 

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The OEM switches are available, but they all appear to be screened with a label or graphic for a particular function, e.g. mirrors, traction control, blis, etc. They list for about $19. You could try painting one over. Or, just pick a "non-strategically" labeled oem switch and run with it.<p>There is also a cap whose function is presumably to plug an open slot, you might be able to source a non-oem switch and mount it on a drilled out cap. Three are part #'s, one for '01-'03, '04, '05+ or probably something like that.<p>There are two cover plates for the switch panel, one with 3 slots and the other has 7; each has 12v plug.
 

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AWESOME.. I knew someone would know... I have the 3 slot variety.. My '07 came with wood trim (reducing my chances of finding a 7slot panel I bet) I thought about using the spacer and either drilling it out, or using it to cap an aftermarket pushbutton.<p>Where would one order a 7 slot panel (woodgrain?) and a bunch of blanks?
 

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Re: Oodles of questions!! Custom switches/electronic gizmo help needed!! (FORD420diesel)

Your subwoofer switch is actually very simple to make. <br>I would buy a simple switch like this <IMG SRC="http://img.directindustry.com/images_di/photo-p/rocker-switch-141805.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Assuming the switch has 2 prongs... cut your remote wire near the dashboard (you may need to lengthen it). Then put your remote wire to one prong. You hook up the other end of the remote wire to the other prong. When your switch is on, there will be a constant signal to the remote wire, and it'll operate the same as it does now. With the switch off, the amp will turn off.<br>This is a must have for any driver with a system. Whether getting harassed by the cops, or just for a drive in movie.... <p><br>p.s. what is your "Wicked cool setup?"
 

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Re: Oodles of questions!! Custom switches/electronic gizmo help needed!! (FORD420diesel)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>FORD420diesel</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>-BluePower HU (when gen 2.0 comes out)<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>anyone know when this is supposed to be released? I almost bought the old one, luckily I read some reviews...<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>idlemind</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">AWESOME.. I knew someone would know... I have the 3 slot variety.. My '07 came with wood trim (reducing my chances of finding a 7slot panel I bet) I thought about using the spacer and either drilling it out, or using it to cap an aftermarket pushbutton.<p>Where would one order a 7 slot panel (woodgrain?) and a bunch of blanks?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The oem panels/blanks can be ordered from any dealer. I think the woodgrain is an aftermarket applique--and there must be a 7 slot one for the respective oem panel.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MrTippy</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br> I think the woodgrain is an aftermarket applique--and there must be a 7 slot one for the respective oem panel.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>CORRECT...<p>a decent one... but not good enough to keep... I tossed it. So its just the normal black trim like the rest of the bezel.<br>
 

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Re: Oodles of questions!! Custom switches/electronic gizmo help needed!! (Tiny)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Tiny</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Your subwoofer switch is actually very simple to make. <br>I would buy a simple switch like this <IMG SRC="http://img.directindustry.com/images_di/photo-p/rocker-switch-141805.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Assuming the switch has 2 prongs... cut your remote wire near the dashboard (you may need to lengthen it). Then put your remote wire to one prong. You hook up the other end of the remote wire to the other prong. When your switch is on, there will be a constant signal to the remote wire, and it'll operate the same as it does now. With the switch off, the amp will turn off.<br>This is a must have for any driver with a system. Whether getting harassed by the cops, or just for a drive in movie.... <p><br>p.s. what is your "Wicked cool setup?"</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Outstanding!! BTW, thank you all for your assistance!! I now have an idea of what switches to get (I like Tiny's the best... that came out wrong... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> ) Where did you find those? <p>Also, where would you all suggest sourcing a blanking plate for the soon to be vacant cupholder spot? <p>And my wicked cool sub box is exactly that... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> It is a fiberglassed box that is made to lay flush along the driver side of the trunk. Net result: ZERO loss of trunk space, with one 10" shallow sub in the trunk!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Well, zero if you don't count the amp screwed to the side of it hehe. I will take some pictures of it tomorrow if you'd like!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Cheers!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"><p>-Steve
 

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Re: Oodles of questions!! Custom switches/electronic gizmo help needed!! (FORD420diesel)

Sorry for not getting back sooner. You can find those switches at Wal Mart, Advanced Auto, Pep Boys, Auto Zone...<br>They are just generic switches. Some light up, some don't. I like to hide it under the seat. IF you get pulled over by a cop, hit the switch, and say your amp is fried.
 

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Re: Oodles of questions!! Custom switches/electronic gizmo help needed!! (Tiny)

On the topic of adding switches to the console...I found these switches that actually fit nicely in the "blanks" of the console (by the cigarette/12v outlet) provided you cut out a rectangle to snap them in.<p><A HREF="http://www.ck-components.com/d/rocker,10507,en.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.ck-components.com/d....html</A><p>They look good, IMO and are small. Granted you do have to do some finagling about the wires but nothing a dremel can't handle! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Oh and you can get them from places like digikey, mouser etc.
 
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