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slapshot0017

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Hi everyone,
New to this part of the forum, but I am wondering if anyone has ever done an install on a Jetta before and could give me a few tips.

First where is a good spot to house 2 mobile rigs? (Kenwood TM V71A and Kenwood NX 700)

Where is a good place to mount the remote heads, preferably on the dash for good view or maybe above the mirror.

What is a good way to mount the antenna, preferably through either mag mount or trunk mount. Also which antenna should be were for best reception.

What is a good way to hide the wires to the radios.

Lastly I am going to lease the car so what are good practices to mount things without creating holes in anything.

Any help would be very appreciated! Thank you!!!
 

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I have a 2014 Passat TDI. I think they are similar to your Jetta. The only thing I can see mounting is something like a Spectra or Kenwood with a hand held control head (HHCH). There isn't much room. I'm going to drill a hole in the trunk for a permant mount antenna. I actually called VW and asked about RF limits. They refered me to my dealer which told me to call VW.... sigh...
Somewhere I read that VW doesn't suggest any RF over 15 watts. I have run 50 with a temporary radio thrown between the console and seat. It didn't cause any problems.
 

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No, I don't have one, but here are some thoughts:

Hi everyone,
New to this part of the forum, but I am wondering if anyone has ever done an install on a Jetta before and could give me a few tips.

First where is a good spot to house 2 mobile rigs? (Kenwood TM V71A and Kenwood NX 700)
Trunk. Get them out of the way, run a good power feed. This keeps coaxial runs short as possible.

Where is a good place to mount the remote heads, preferably on the dash for good view or maybe above the mirror.
"They fits where they fits". Keep them out of the path of any air bag deployment. Getting a radio head shoved into your skull at lighting speed might leave a pretty interesting indentation on your face. Seriously.

What is a good way to mount the antenna, preferably through either mag mount or trunk mount. Also which antenna should be were for best reception.
What ever works for you. Both types risk damage to the paint, and damage to the coax. Drilling the hole is my preference. Lower profile, works better, looks more professional. When you go to sell the car, put the rain caps on them, and tell them they are GPS antennas. Seriously, permanent mounts really save a lot of headaches. We've turned in a lot of leased vehicles with NMO mounts, and not once have we had an issue. The dealers just don't care because most of the lease turn ins go to auction, or are bought by brokers. There are a few steps along the way, and the people you'll turn the car into won't care.

What is a good way to hide the wires to the radios.
Split loom tubing. Most auto parts stores will carry the stuff. Removing trim panels makes it easy to route/hide wires. Just make sure they don't get damaged.

Lastly I am going to lease the car so what are good practices to mount things without creating holes in anything.
Well, here's the way I see it. Using things like double sided tape, velcro, bailing wire, or jamming radios into "friction fit" locations might seem like the easy way to go, but in the long term it's going to be a hassle and might do more damage. If you instead drill small carefully located holes, you'll prevent a lot of issues. When you go to turn in the lease, pull the radios out and use small hole plugs sold in the hardware stores to cover them up. I've done this on many leased vehicles, and it really works well.

Any help would be very appreciated! Thank you!!!
I'm a firm believer of doing it right the first time. That prevents surprises, and surprises are expensive.
 
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