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beta
V4 Fanatic

Ireland
278 Posts

Posted - 22 Sep 2008 :  19:42:41 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I just wanted to start this off to see where people are fitting their car radios (if they have them).
Has anyone successfully fitted a console off another car? I know there is a Saab console available for the V4, I'd say they're as rare as hens teeth though.

Paul

Kooda
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
250 Posts

Posted - 22 Sep 2008 :  20:36:17 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I got a generic plastic under dash console that bolts up to the bottom of the dash panel from Halfords but they also pop up on ebay.
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Woody
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2562 Posts

Posted - 22 Sep 2008 :  21:39:59 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I had a Motorola fitted under the dash on the driver's side in my 1st V4. Fitting a radio/cassette in the Troll in the same position. Have seen a radio fitted under the fresh air vent on dark dash cars.
The V4 console has been seen on Tradera but I have not seen on ebay yet.
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UK_Sub
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2352 Posts

Posted - 22 Sep 2008 :  22:42:13 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I wired in my ipod (using RCA leads with a headphone jack) to the audio input on an amp. Then all I had to do was connect the speakers. No radio, but you do get to play thousands of your favourite tunes. Its also discreet and you don't have to mount a head unit anywhere.
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Derek
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2051 Posts

Posted - 23 Sep 2008 :  00:12:04 Show Profile Reply with Quote
A pod fits neatly under the RH side of the dash

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James Ayres
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
652 Posts

Posted - 23 Sep 2008 :  10:04:05 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hey Derek, that's where my radio is too! Neat and unobtrusive.

Keep on thrumming
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beta
V4 Fanatic

Ireland
278 Posts

Posted - 23 Sep 2008 :  15:00:30 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi Derek
That Pod looks great, where did you pick that up?
Cheers
Paul
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UK_Sub
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2352 Posts

Posted - 23 Sep 2008 :  16:35:47 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Where have you mounted your speakers?
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john-saab
Administrator

United Kingdom
2679 Posts

Posted - 23 Sep 2008 :  19:07:42 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Here's the set up in the anniversary

The mono speaker is surprisingly clear.
I have another similar set up as the one shown by Woody...infact it may be a genuine
I also have this which came from the same area as Dereks...

I have 2 or 3 of the surrounds that Derek used..somewhere.

Edited by - john-saab on 23 Sep 2008 19:08:58
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Derek
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2051 Posts

Posted - 23 Sep 2008 :  20:39:16 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I have a pair of pod/box speakers under the front seats facing forward. They are Velcro'd to the mats. The mat replaces the smooth side of the Velcro pair. Just looking for some slow speed sounds, not competing in sound offs with the ricers or motorway cruising speeds for that matter.
The radio mounting box was also from "stock". I used to buy the odd one or two when I saw them at 50p-1. Magpies collect a lot of junk..........
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PDickens
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
519 Posts

Posted - 23 Apr 2011 :  15:48:57 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Viewed this old thread as I am keen to fit some audio. The speakers were installed on the rear shelf when I refurbed it, and I have a roof mounted aerial and some under-dash wiring that looks like it used to belong to a radio taken out before I got the car.

Does anyone have any pictures of wiring etc for a modern audio unit? I have looked at various ones and I can't work out how to wire a modern audio to an old SAAB wiring! Plus ALDI have a radio/cd/mp3/ipod unit on sale for 39.95 just now!

Glad SAAB 96 krning fr alla
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beta
V4 Fanatic

Ireland
278 Posts

Posted - 23 Apr 2011 :  16:49:55 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I think I can give you some of the basics.

If you buy a radio off the shelf the multi connector loom that it comes with generally have 8 wires for speakers (4 speakers) 2 wires each. You might just use the 2 front or rear speakers though,you can cut the wires you need and use block connectors to wire to your speakers.

The next thing is the power, there will be 2 12V connections required(usually a red and a yellow on the radio loom.
One connection must always be live, this keeps the radio memory active so you don't loose any presets stations etc when radio is switched off. The next one is the switched 12V which actually switches the radio on, this usually comes from the ignition switch via a fuse. This means that you can't leave the radio ON once the key is removed.
The last connection is the negative(ground) connection. You can join this to an earthing point somewhere.

The manuals that you get with the radios are usually good in terms of wiring.

If you just want to wire it simply you could use one always live feed (must be fused) to both of the 12V inputs. The disadvantage is that you might leave the radio ON accidentally and drain the battery. The advantage is that you can sit in car and listen to the radio without needing ignition on (handy if you have an electronic ignition kit as they don't like being left ON).

Hope this helps !



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PDickens
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
519 Posts

Posted - 23 Apr 2011 :  17:48:16 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Excellent - thanks very much! Now off to ALDI!

"Glad SAAB 96 krning fr alla"
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apmanning
V4 Beginner

United Kingdom
61 Posts

Posted - 27 Apr 2011 :  16:51:09 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I remember following this thread, getting some amazing early 70s parcel shelf speakers, running all the wires, etc - only to be stopped in my tracks by not finding a "pod" that the radio would fit into. All the wires still there... now have no idea where the radio is (lovely 1970s PYE with orange push buttons). Ho hum
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James Ranaldi
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1472 Posts

Posted - 28 Apr 2011 :  17:39:59 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Following this with interest.
Does anyone know if the very neat, radio size cut-out in the glove box cover of my 1968 (LHD) car is original ? Old style grey dash.
The radio is a Blaupunkt with U,M and L wavebands and it has a gasket (now hardened and somewhat out of shape) which fits into the cut-out.

This arrangement is not very good and I am considering a Pod as shown in previous responses.

The aeriel is inside the front windscreen above the rear view mirror.

I am considering fitting an electric aeriel which I recovered from a 1992 Classic 900 .. . any thoughts?

Cheers
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Derek
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2051 Posts

Posted - 28 Apr 2011 :  17:47:15 Show Profile Reply with Quote
The cut out is typical of the USA cars but I don't know if it was standard. Maybe that's what you got if you specified a radio at delivery. Problem is, you lose half your glove box. I'd keep it if it were mine and add the iPod via the rear Din socket. It's probably a mono Frankfurt?
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