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Helix Soundbox Upgrade Information Post!

zech912

Ready to race!
Location
Phoenix AZ
I also upgraded my front door woofers to Dayton Audio 6.5" last week, and have a video series on that install. What this gained for me is much better lows up front. No sign of problems with my Helix amp so far..
Is the video series available for view? Link?
 

5fry5

New member
Location
NY/PA
Has anyone done the Helix upgrade with the headunit behind the infotainment screen? I have a 2018 GTI S where it's located in the center as opposed to in the glove box. How would you run the wiring instead? Thanks.
 

flipflp

Drag Race Newbie
Location
Los Angeles, CA
Ride
'16 Golf R DSG
Has anyone done the Helix upgrade with the headunit behind the infotainment screen? I have a 2018 GTI S where it's located in the center as opposed to in the glove box. How would you run the wiring instead? Thanks.
Same method, you just need to get the harness behind your head unit like in MK6 installs. The harness is long enough, you'll just end up with less slack in the rear of the car when it's all wrapped up.
 

5fry5

New member
Location
NY/PA
Same method, you just need to get the harness behind your head unit like in MK6 installs. The harness is long enough, you'll just end up with less slack in the rear of the car when it's all wrapped up.
When the headunit is in the glove box, you put the wiring under the panels adjacent the two passengers door and then run the wire directly behind the glove box. Do you go through the glove box to get to the center head unit(behind the screen)?
 

Cuzoe

Ready to race!
Location
Los Angeles
I just wish it were possible for an a/b test to be performed...
If the un-programmed Helix is just passing audio through without processing then it is sort of possible. Bought this for myself as a Christmas present. If the out of the box Helix is programmed for a vehicle (just not the 4 door Golf) then this would be an imperfect comparison, but probably as close as you can get without a programmer.
 

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flipflp

Drag Race Newbie
Location
Los Angeles, CA
Ride
'16 Golf R DSG
If the un-programmed Helix is just passing audio through without processing then it is sort of possible. Bought this for myself as a Christmas present. If the out of the box Helix is programmed for a vehicle (just not the 4 door Golf) then this would be an imperfect comparison, but probably as close as you can get without a programmer.
Unprogrammed is definitely not a pass through, it's affecting sound and moving stuff around for sure.

Edit: the demo switch will create a pass through with the Helix connected, as an A/B but that is not the same as unprogrammed and programmed without that switch.
 
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Strange Mud

Drag Race Newbie
Location
Small Town CT
Ride
2017 GTI Sport
there is a jumper cable but not exactly as easy as A/B switching.

I believe this does eliminate the helix altogether.
 

Cuzoe

Ready to race!
Location
Los Angeles
Funniest part of about that jumper is this in the description... "A dealer visit is required to properly install the unit." Interesting, lol. I think I paid about $35 shipped for the dealer demo kit with the switch.
 
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