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    Question Retrofit: Soundaktor into non R or GTI (NAR) models?

    Looking for information on potentially retrofitting a 2016 Golf Sportwagen TSI with the Soundaktor. Not sure if this is even a possibility as I suspect the Soundaktor runs in conjunction with the ECU?

    If you don't know what the Soundaktor is see this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soundaktor






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    Wouldn't something like this be easier and better in every way?



    Really though, the J869 Control unit for structure-borne sound is a separate diagnostic-capable control unit that's connected to the powertrain CAN. It looks to have terminals 15 (switched power) and 31 (ground) as well as CAN-Hi and CAN-Lo. Then it has two wires going out to the speaker itself (R214).
    Last edited by Andy; 08-23-2016 at 04:16 PM.

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    On older models the issue was that ECU didn't supply needed data to Can-BUS so the actuator didn't work. Only way you could check is to retrofit i guess.
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    I guess the question is whether the car has the messages that the Soundsktor listens for on the CAN bus.

    My guess is it would probably work if it were installed and wired correctly, and the corresponding bit in the Gateway Installation List were turned on. But I can't be sure.

    Personally, I despise the sounds these things make because to me, they sound so artificial.

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    bronken retrofited these, it seems they are vin tied to GTD & GTI, he has a modul but a lot of people disconnect them, me included, don't like fake sound

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    Quote Originally Posted by m87a View Post
    a lot of people disconnect them, me included, don't like fake sound
    Far easier than physically disconnecting: Hit the adaptation channel in them and crank it down from 100 to 0.

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    for mk7 yes, but for mk6 there is no adaptation channel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by m87a View Post
    for mk7 yes, but for mk6 there is no adaptation channel?
    Not sure...

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    If someone would like to donate their unplugged unit I would be more than happy to be a guinea pig.

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    probably simpler and better to put a louder exhaust on it, that way you get both sound and performance, instead of just fake sound and no performance.

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