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Just thought I would share my experience with the VW Helix Plug & Play Sound Upgrade I have just fitted to my MK7 GTI (it seems that the R would be the same).

I did much research before going for this, and found only really positive reviews about this kit. Helix is apparently a very well respected German audio company, and those that know their music have concluded that this is a great setup! The processor and amp also power the existing speakers, which is very noticeable - much more crisp. Installation took about 2 hours.

The difference is nothing short of remarkable. I don't have much to compare it to except for the standard setup, and the Bose system I recently had in an Audi A1, but to say that I am pleased would be a significant understatement! A switch can be purchased (under £20 from VW), which enables a selection between standard and Helix.

The only downside was the need to purchase a programming dongle from VW to set select the correct vehicle, as it has pre-set settings. In the States a forum member purchased on and then rents it out for a small fee, but I couldn't find anyone in the UK offering this. It is only required for about 30 seconds to set! If anyone needs this I am happy to do the same.

Anyway, any questions please let me know. As you can guess, I highly recommend this kit!

http://www.volkswagen-accessories.com/en/product-ranges/infotainment/plug-and-play-soundsystem.html
 

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The subwoofer and amp assembly is as the photo on the link. I purchased a £12 extension bolt for the spare wheel, so it fits on top. However, I hear that as the R has a rear diff etc, the space saver needs to be removed.

 

I purchased my full kit from eBay, but VW still sell. I cannot recall how much RRP is, but lots of threads on the web with part number information and compatibility details.

 

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I've not seen this before so I'm quite interested in it.

 

How difficult is it to fit? Just having a look around and on some other forums it's not been as plug and play as VW allude to?

 

 

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Right, I thought it might be useful to give a bit more detail! As I mentioned, I am not any great audio specialist, nor do I listen to my music particularly loud, but I am picky and appreciate good clear quality sound that I have previously experienced with a Bose setup in my previous Audi. The stock VW speakers really needed some help with lows.

 

Spare wheel:
Being that I have a poor mans Golf and not an R, one benefit is that I was able to fit the subwoofer on top on the space saver, after buying a longer plastic securing bolt.Here is a link that I referred to:


http://www.golfmk7.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31070

 

Parts:
Terminal removal tool: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003AN1NPK


VW radio keys for unit in glovebox: I improvised and used nail files, but proper keys are on Amazon. 


Helix kit:
I know someone who purchased from this German seller, being the cheapest source at the time. I think the letter at the end of the part number denotes whether compatible with MIB1 or the later MIB2 systems, but worth checking first either online or at your VW dealer. 
http://shop.ahw-shop.de/plug-und-pla...al-verstaerker

 

Instruction:
The guide that comes with the subwoofer covers a lot with only a few vague points. One of which is the wiring loom. You need to unclip some power connectors from the factory harness and click them into the Helix adapter. Below is a link to some YouTube videos which are equally hilarious and very helpful! Make sure you either disconnect battery or remove fuse, as the guy in the video blew one installing. All of the install happens on the left (passenger) side of the car. You'll need to drop the glovebox and pull the plastic door trim but that's pretty much all the ugly stuff. Fiddliest part for me was getting the wire loom through the glovebox. Took 2 hours all in. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsS...view=0&sort=dd

 

Dongle:
You only need the dongle once and it doesn't need to be kept plugged in. Some say the kits come with set to 57 (see link below to the PDF codes), but that on programming to 57 a significant improvement is experienced. This was certainly my experience. I originally tried to loan one, but only found this being offered on forums in the States. In the end I stumped up and purchased from VW, but am happy to loan out to members at £30 inc postage, and with a refundable £30 deposit (hope this does not break any forum rules).

 

http://www.volkswagen-accessories.com/en/product-ranges/infotainment/soundsystem.html

 

 

 

Tweaks:

The subwoofer amplifier has a hidden, tiny gain adjuster that's in a hole. You also have the original sound settings on the radio. 

 

I hope this helps, as I am amazed by the transformation; just what I was personally looking to achieve, and all with VW approved accessories, being an OEM type of chap!

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Wow. This makes me want the Helix now. 

I just bought the OEM dynaudio subwoofer ti be retrofitted and coded. Really do not want to loose my spare wheel in the boot. 

I wonder if it is possible to just buy the Helix loom an amp and then just reuse the OEM subwoofer? 

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I have a Helix double 8" sub on the top of the boot floor powered by Helix amp next to the spare wheel.
Sourced the parts on eBay but the wiring was already installed in the car.
Sub just unplugs if I need it out.

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I've had a quick look and must admit I can't seem to find the sub that sits on the boot 'shelf'.

 

I'd more interested in that rather than possibly losing my spare. 

Me too, although I do like the idea of the discrete wheel mounted sub - after all, I'm not a spotty faced 18 year old anymore.

 

 

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