I swapped my Premium7 for a Premium8/RCD510 today. The RCD510 is the touchscreen non-Nav 6CD+Sat radio that comes in the MKV. I didnt find a good guide anywhere online (only found a lot of RNS510 guides...), so I decided to make one.
The process was very simple. Swapping everything probably only took me about an hour, and I think anyone with a bit of do-it-yourself inclination could swap radios with no problem. The entire thing is plug and play - no VAGCOM necessary (unless your radio comes with weird coding...).
This would also be a good time to install an AUX-in. See my other DIY.
The cables and adapters cost about 50-70 dollars, depending on whether you get a sat radio extension with the FAKRA connectors or not. Considering the street price of an RCD510 is 450-500, the total upgrade will run you somewhere around 525 dollars. To be fair, you can sell the old radio equipment you remove to help lessen the blow.
You need the following parts:
-RCD510 radio (P/N 3C8 035 195 AC)
-A CAN module of revision 'L' or newer.
-One-piece AM/FM antenna adapter: P/N 7L6 051 551
If you have an older version, the radio will not enter 'sleep' mode, and your car will need a jump every morning. I believe MY2008+ already have this module or better, but you should double check just in case. You can check by using VAGCOM or by finding the module itself and reading the part number. The latest version of the module is 1K0907530AD and will add around 240 dollars to the total cost of the upgrade. Though the install of the CAN module itself is very easy, you need a VAGCOM to code it.
According to Sebastian@RossTech, you may only need to have your CAN module software updated rather than completely replace the module. It looks like you should just be able to ask your dealer to update your can gateway software. The issue is described in TPI 2017949. Find more information here
-Sirius/XM antenna extension. If you are upgrading from a Premium 7 and want to keep your sat radio.
You can find a basic one here
, or you can find one with the proper FAKRA connector on the end at oemplus
I bought mine from MFD3 because oemplus was out of stock at the time. Any, even without the FAKRA connector, will do.
You can also buy the OEM 2.5m F-F extension, and the .3m M-M adapter.
The part numbers are 000098653 (2.5m extension) and 000098692 (.3m adapter).
Total cost should be ~35 dollars plus shipping. This length only works for the Rabbit/GTI. If you have a Jetta/GLI, you need a longer extension!
You can get the parts from any dealership or VW parts retailer (I use genuinevwaudiparts.com)
-Soft plastic trim removal tool (1000x better than a screwdriver)
-magnet rod (not really necessary but useful)
-[torque] wrench and 10mm triple square for removing the seat
-T15 torx screwdriver
-ye olde abortion stick (unraveled hanger)
-small pliers/scissors (makes things easier)
okay! lets do this!
First, make sure to remove all of the CD's from your existing player.
Next, put your cooling system on defrost, which will close the vent going to the dash and help prevent you from dropping stuff into it while working.
At the top center of the dash, use the trim tools to pop out the plastic sensor cover. If you have a climatronic, this will have a cable connected to it which you must disconnect. There is a screw in the bottom once the cover is removed. Remove it.
Use the trim tool to pop out the vent assembly.
This will reveal yet another plastic tray underneath.
Pry this tray up by the back end
Surprise! More plastic bits. Remove the two screws indicated by the arrows.
Use the trim tool to pry the vent assembly straight up. I found it easiest to use two tools and put them underneath each of the front vents. Note that you need to make sure you are prying up on top of the thin plastic strip shown in the arrows.
After you have pried the vent assembly up enough, it will pop out around 1/4". Lift the vent assembly straight up until it is free, then place it off to the side.
Undo the two screws holding the lower trim piece in.
Pry the trim piece towards the back of the car. It was easiest to pry around the entire piece in a circular fashion.
Undo the 4 screws holding the radio in.
At this point, the radio will slide straight out. There is a fair amount of slack in the cabling, so dont worry too much about pulling it all the way out. Then, remove the big honkin connector ("quadlock"). push down on the tab on the bottom, then push the tab to the back, releasing it. Pull the plug out. If you want to install Aux-in, see my other DIY for how to swap the pins around.
Next, remove the AM/FM cables by pushing back on the little plastic tab and pulling out.
Both radios together.
The next part of the DIY involves running the satellite extension cable. If your car didnt come with sat radio, you'll have to buy a separate antenna (pretty cheap) and install it wherever you want. If you dont care about sat radio, skip these steps.
Remove the passenger side kick plate by unscrewing the single T15 screw and pulling straight down.
Once the panel is removed, it will reveal access to the space behind the radio.
Take the end of your extension that goes to the satellite antenna. It looks like this if you got the FAKRA version.
Drop it down into the hole behind the radio in the general direction of the removed panel.
Fish out the cable at in the footwell
And pull the slack through.
Leave enough slack at the top that you can still plug it in. I taped the sat extension to the AM/FM cables to make sure it didnt fall into the dash on accident.
Remove the front passenger seat by undoing the 4 bolts on the seat rails. You dont need to take it out of the car, just lean it back when it is unscrewed so that the space under the seat can be easily accessed. I had previously removed my sat radio, so there arent any pictures. In short, pull the plastic fairing forward off the radio unit, and undo the screws holding the radio bracket on. Remove the entire assembly and cry as you sell it in the classifieds for pennies on the dollar. If you ever want to install bluetooth in the future, save the bracket and fairing though, because the bluetooth adapter installs there.
Having moved the seat out of the way, tape the end of the cable to the clothes hanger.
Plumb the cable behind the carpet and insulation, pushing it towards the opening under the seat. You can gently pull the carpet and insulation away from the center console to help.
Eventually, you'll be able to pull the cable out.
Then, I pulled all of the slack through, and routed it under the carpet (though not under the insulation, to the other side of the seat where the existing satellite antenna cable was poking through.
I then coiled up all of the slack, taped it together, and connected the sat antennas.
NOTE: IF YOU ARE REPLACING AN XM RADIO OR OLDER SIRIUS RADIO, THERE MAY BE TWO ANTENNA PLUGS. Just plug the extension into either, no adapter is necessary.
I pushed all of the cabling very sloppily underneath the carpet.
And reinstalled the seat. The torque for the seat bolts is 29.5 ft-lbs/40 N-m
Have a beer.