No Modification To The Vehicle
Frequently asked questions
I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and useful information regarding the installation kit. It is advised that you read these in full to better your understanding of what this it offers. If you have any other questions after reading, please get in touch.
First-generation Audi R8 2006 - 2015
Right-hand drive only
Compatible with basic and B&O audio systems
All the necessary wiring for this installation is provided in the 'wiring harness kit', apart from the reverse camera retention wiring, but this can be purchased additionally. The wiring harness provided will need to be connected to the wiring loom that is provided with your stereo. This will usually be the handbrake cable, reverse camera output. You may also have to connect your remote cable and speed pulse if required. These connections can be made by either soldering or bullet connectors.
The patch lead will need to be pinned in a configuration depending on what brand your stereo is. This is very simple to do, requires no special tools and instructions are provided.
Yes, with the reversing camera retention wiring, the factory fitted reversing camera will remain functional. The resolution of the camera's image will remain the same as it was originally unless you upgrade the camera to an aftermarket one. If you intend to upgrade the camera as well then the reversing camera retention wiring kit isn't required, as the necessary wiring will come provided with your camera. Just make sure that you check the compatibility between your camera choice and your stereo choice.
The original guidelines will not move in relation to the steering wheel position. The guides can be set on the aftermarket stereo for positioning, but the guidelines will remain static.
Yes, the steering wheel controls will remain functional. The operation may differ depending on the stereo choice, but the options and configuration that the stereo provides will be functional.
No, I haven't experienced any rattles of any kind from the fascia whilst carrying out road tests, or had reports when following up with customers that they've experienced any rattling either.
No, the CD changer will no longer be connected to the system and will not talk directly to the aftermarket stereo. There may be additional wiring available to allow the CD changer to remain functional, however, it isn't something we're offering at this time.
The wiring provided doesn't include retention of the AUX port, however, I do make a custom USB port that replaces the entire AUX port housing. This will need to be plugged into the USB cable that is provided with your aftermarket stereo. This will enable you to plug your device into the port for charging and data transfer.
This port can be purchased here - https://rtacaraudio.co.uk/products/audi-r8-usb-port-replaces-aux-port
No, there is absolutely zero modification required to the vehicle when fitting this kit. All the wiring provided plug directly into the plugs found in the vehicle. The fascia fitting kit has been designed to ensure that no modification is required and that it is 100% reversible.
Your stereo will come with a packet of screws which are used to mount the stereo to the stereo tabs. Your stereo is likely to come with a stereo cage as well, this is not needed for this install, neither is the black trim ring that affixes to the front of the stereo.
As standard, the installation kit is compatible with stereos with a full depth double din body and will not work with double din stereos that feature a single din body. If a shallow depth stereo is being installed, please select the "shallow stereo bracket" from the drop down list of optional accessories. Please get in touch before purchasing if you are not sure if your stereo is compatible.
It is common that cheaper non-branded stereos or Chinese stereos do not follow industry-standard sizing for the screen size or 'nose' size. I always recommend using a reputable brand such as Pioneer, Alpine, Sony etc, as they do follow the standard sizing. The opening on the fascia does follow industry standard sizing.
It is advised to avoid using a stereo that has a mechanical face that folds down to reveal a CD/ DVD slot. Depending on the model of stereo, it is possible that when the face folds down it may foul the inside of the fascia's opening. The throw of the mechanism differs between different stereos so there is this possibility. You do have adjustment in the stereo tabs to account for this, but you will likely have to leave a gap at the top of the stereo to allow clearance of the stereo's face.
Some stereo manufactures offer a range of stereos where the body of the stereo is not as deep as a standard double din stereo. To accommodate the shallower depth, a bracket is installed between the stereo tabs to account for the body being shallower. This is required to ensure the stereo seats securely into the dashboard.