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    Thread: Has anyone installed a Nav system into their Tig later?

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      11-18-2011 07:22 PM #1
      Has anyone installed any type of integrated nav system into their Tiguan?
      I have read that it is expensive to do this, but I wonder if anyone has done it successfully and if so, which system did they install?

      *by 'nav system' i mean either an OEM version OR a 3rd party system

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      11-18-2011 07:27 PM #2
      It's very easy to install. It's plug and play with an oem nav. You just need to add a gps antenna which goes up inside the dash. It takes about 20 minutes to install it all in a Tiguan. Unplug the stock compass and have someone with a vagcom to code it all the way you want it. I have an oem unit out of a 2011 Tiguan for sale right now.

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      11-18-2011 08:05 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by BarryT82 View Post
      It's very easy to install. It's plug and play with an oem nav. You just need to add a gps antenna which goes up inside the dash. It takes about 20 minutes to install it all in a Tiguan. Unplug the stock compass and have someone with a vagcom to code it all the way you want it. I have an oem unit out of a 2011 Tiguan for sale right now.
      Just to be clear. If, for example, I were to buy an SE model without Nav you're saying I could just plop it in + a gps antennae? I thought I read that one has to replace the window as well?

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      11-18-2011 08:21 PM #4
      Replace the window? Why? You just put the radio and antenna in. It's that simple. I've installed a bunch of them in VW's. You can sell your RCD-510 for around $400-450 to contribute towards the RNS-510.

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      11-18-2011 08:24 PM #5
      I installed an RNS-510 into my SE about a year after buying it. Was reasonably straight forward. In my case there was a little re-wiring to do because of the generation difference between my radio (from 09) and the RNS-510 which was the next generation of radio ( '10). But really, just plug and play for the most part.
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      11-18-2011 08:25 PM #6
      This is an install guide for an '09 model that had the premium 7 radio. Don't pay any attention to the radio adapter, tv free, or any wire swapping. For a new SE you just swap it out, but it comes apart the same way.
      http://www.mfd3.com/wp-content/uploa...ide_Tiguan.pdf

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      11-18-2011 09:07 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by BarryT82 View Post
      This is an install guide for an '09 model that had the premium 7 radio. Don't pay any attention to the radio adapter, tv free, or any wire swapping. For a new SE you just swap it out, but it comes apart the same way.
      http://www.mfd3.com/wp-content/uploa...ide_Tiguan.pdf
      Well this definitely opens up the options now. I can now include a non Nav SE in my search knowing that I can add it later. Is it easy to find people capable of installing it? Easy to find someone with vagcom?

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      11-18-2011 09:12 PM #8
      Install it yourself. It's simple and you only need a few basic tools.
      Vagcom locator:
      http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en...ee2eac43#bmb=1

    9. 11-21-2011 09:45 AM #9
      D-Caf: Could you elaborate on the what you needed to change interms of wiring? (moving wire locations in the connector?) I have a 2009 SEL, but it had the Premium 7 w/ D-Audio. I also have Sat Radio (Sirius). My center console only has the single jack.

      I don't know if my Sat Radio is in the unit itself or separate, under the pass seat? I thought the new RNS-510's have the Sat unit built into it.

      Will be looking into this install too.

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      11-21-2011 09:53 AM #10
      You need to remove 6 wires from the harness and plug three back in.
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...1#post68582109

    11. 11-21-2011 10:06 AM #11
      Thanks Barry!

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      11-22-2011 02:24 PM #12
      Correct those wires need to be swapped, here are some more details:

      http://www.my-gti.com/1328

      Basically fixes AUX input. You will also need to run an extension cable for the sat radio from your new head unit to wear the sat tuner is located under the passenger seat (at least that's where it was located in my 2009 SE with Premium 7 radio). The RNS has a built in sat tuner where the premium seven had an external one mounted under the passenger seat.
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    13. 11-22-2011 03:28 PM #13
      Many thanks D-Caf. Always appreciate the help. I was searching just the Tiguan forum for awhile.

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      11-22-2011 06:22 PM #14
      I installed an RNS-315 into my 2011 Tiguan S. Added a GPS antenna and a Sirius radio antenna under the dash. Had the dealer do the VCDS.

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      11-23-2011 12:22 AM #15
      For someone like me who couldn't dream of installing such a thing by himself, what would you recommend? If I were to buy a NAV unit, how do I look for a person who can install it?

      What do I google? I'm in the NYC area.

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      11-23-2011 09:27 AM #16
      Alright, alight. I studied the various references (I needed images in order to realize I can actually do this). A couple of questions still exist:

      - can i complete the install and THEN have someone reprogram with vagcom? Or do I need to do this while the unit's wires are still accessible? In other words, is the reprogramming done via wires (in the back of unit) OR is it something that can be done when the unit is all nice and tidy back in the dash?

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      11-23-2011 10:05 AM #17
      You program it after it's all in. You use the OBD2 port under the dash to connect the vag com and program it.

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      11-26-2011 03:24 PM #18
      BarryT82,
      Do you know if...
      1) a 315 to 510 swap is a plug and play project?
      2) is a RVC retrofit onto a 315 the same as a 510 with RVC feature wise?
      Thanks

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      11-26-2011 06:43 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by AsianDude View Post
      BarryT82,
      Do you know if...
      1) a 315 to 510 swap is a plug and play project?
      2) is a RVC retrofit onto a 315 the same as a 510 with RVC feature wise?
      Thanks
      1. Yes, it should just swap right out. The wiring it the same, the antenna is already there, and you have a sat antenna in place. Some of the RNS-315's have the built-in bluetooth activated and don't have the module under the passenger seat.
      2. I have no idea, but I don't see why it would be any different. They should use the same camera and wiring.

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      11-26-2011 11:08 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by BarryT82 View Post
      1. Yes, it should just swap right out. The wiring it the same, the antenna is already there, and you have a sat antenna in place. Some of the RNS-315's have the built-in bluetooth activated and don't have the module under the passenger seat.
      2. I have no idea, but I don't see why it would be any different. They should use the same camera and wiring.
      If the Bluetooth is built into the 315, then o I need a Bluetooth module or does hr 510 have Bluetooth built in as well?
      Thanks

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      11-26-2011 11:20 PM #21
      The 510 doesn't have it built-in. Just look under the seat for a foam cover and module.

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      11-27-2011 11:11 PM #22
      Does anybody know if the wiring is there for the RVC since the Jpanese quake created a temporary shortage of cameras. It sure would be nice if we could retrofit and enable via vagcom without having to run wires to the RNS510.

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      12-01-2011 04:29 PM #23
      can anyone comment on any potential risks or damage that could occur by swapping the factory unit out with a replacement?

      My dealer is trying to freak me out by asking where I got it and asking if it has original coding, etc.

      What's the worst that could happen by upgrading my unit?

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      12-01-2011 05:04 PM #24
      Ignore them. They will not honor a warranty for it, but if it is an OEM unit, there is nothing to be concerned about. Honestly this swap is pretty easy to do.
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    25. 10-06-2012 06:36 PM #25
      1. Has anyone done a Nav upgrade? What happens to the already existing bluetooth?
      2. RVC?
      3. Sensors?
      4. Homelink solutions?

      VIN is WVGBV7AX0CW589XXX (in case its needed).

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      10-06-2012 08:24 PM #26
      If all your sensors worked with your stock VW radio, and you upgrade to a same or newer generation RNS-510, all your old stuff should work with the new radio (assuming everything is stock VW).

      You might have to code some things via VAG-COM, but all stock items should work with the new NAV radio.
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