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    Modernizing the Up! for the 2020s (non-performance related)

    This is a thread about updates you can do to an Up! to drag it into the 2020s from a car technology perspective.

    The Aussie Up!s, whilst having a 5 star safety rating and auto braking was missing out on technology we now consider mandatory. As part of my Up! project, I am delving into some of those tech areas.

    List of updates that I consider necessary ....

    1. Upgraded lights to LED spec
    2. Auto lock/unlock
    3. Auto headlights (sadly auto wipers looks very hard to do so its out)
    4. Smart radio unit incorporating Apple CarPlay/Android Auto (the single most important modernization modification IMO)
    5. RVC
    6. Cruise control (yes, some came with this, but it can be retrofitted to those without)
    7. Rear parking sensors (yes, some came with this, but it can be retrofitted to those without)
    8. Better wheels and tyres (yes, technically a performance mod, but the stock wheels are tiny and really outdated looking)
    Last edited by Sharkie; 20-04-2021 at 08:41 AM.
    Current: 2018 MY19 Golf R manual Lapiz Blue + DAP (mods are underway ) 2018 MY18 Golf 110TSI Trendline manual White (with mods now 150TSI) 2014 Amarok TSI Red (tuned over 200kw + lots of extras) 2013 Up! manual Red 2017 Mustang GT manual Race Red with mods now making 370kw
    10 Previous VWs and some others ...

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    Upgrading the lights

    The stock headlights in the Up! are not particularly good and the yellow running lights are an eyesore ...

    LED Running light upgrade

    This LED fits perfectly without any errors and is nice crisp and brilliant white T20 7443 W21/5W Wedge LED Light Dual Filament Parker

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    Front Indicator upgrade

    Technically the indicators are OK, but an LED upgrade makes them stand out. Use these without any errors AUXITO 7507 LED Bulbs 2800LM for Turn Signal Lights PY21W BAU15S with note these are also on Ebay.

    Stock vs LED
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    Main beam (H4)

    The main beam is not great and there are a few H4 LED bulbs that do fit and works well. Ebay is your friend
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    Last edited by Sharkie; 20-04-2021 at 11:09 AM.
    Current: 2018 MY19 Golf R manual Lapiz Blue + DAP (mods are underway ) 2018 MY18 Golf 110TSI Trendline manual White (with mods now 150TSI) 2014 Amarok TSI Red (tuned over 200kw + lots of extras) 2013 Up! manual Red 2017 Mustang GT manual Race Red with mods now making 370kw
    10 Previous VWs and some others ...

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    Auto lock/unlock

    There is an auto lock (and unlock feature) that is not enabled by default on Aussie delivered Up!s.

    Using VCDS you can enable this easily.

    Go to 09-Central Electrics.

    Pre-change the necessary bits in 09-Central Electrics are unchecked.
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    Change bits 3 and 4 which needs to be checked.
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    Auto locks over 15km/h and unlocks when you turn the car off and remove the key from the ignition.
    Last edited by Sharkie; 20-04-2021 at 09:04 AM.
    Current: 2018 MY19 Golf R manual Lapiz Blue + DAP (mods are underway ) 2018 MY18 Golf 110TSI Trendline manual White (with mods now 150TSI) 2014 Amarok TSI Red (tuned over 200kw + lots of extras) 2013 Up! manual Red 2017 Mustang GT manual Race Red with mods now making 370kw
    10 Previous VWs and some others ...

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    Auto headlights
    Current: 2018 MY19 Golf R manual Lapiz Blue + DAP (mods are underway ) 2018 MY18 Golf 110TSI Trendline manual White (with mods now 150TSI) 2014 Amarok TSI Red (tuned over 200kw + lots of extras) 2013 Up! manual Red 2017 Mustang GT manual Race Red with mods now making 370kw
    10 Previous VWs and some others ...

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    Upgraded radio with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

    The problem with the radio in the Up! (although perfectly functional) is that it has very limited features. It is also integrated into the dash and cannot simply be replaced by a different OEM VW radio (such as a RCD330+ for instance). The integrated radio surround contains the HVAC controls as well.

    OEM
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    There are really only 2 upgrade type kits available for the Up!, a 1DIN kit and a 2DIN kit, each with their pros and cons

    1DIN
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    The 1DIN kit allows the retention of the HVAC controls as is, but limits the choices of radios to pick from.

    2DIN
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    The 2DIN kit requires the movement of the HVAC controls, cost twice as much AND also requires cutting of the dash. NOTE this kit does not allow the direct fitment of any modern VW OEM 2DIN units as the radio surrounds are not rectangular.
    Last edited by Sharkie; 23-04-2021 at 08:48 AM.
    Current: 2018 MY19 Golf R manual Lapiz Blue + DAP (mods are underway ) 2018 MY18 Golf 110TSI Trendline manual White (with mods now 150TSI) 2014 Amarok TSI Red (tuned over 200kw + lots of extras) 2013 Up! manual Red 2017 Mustang GT manual Race Red with mods now making 370kw
    10 Previous VWs and some others ...

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    RVC - Rear camera addition

    For this you need to upgrade the radio to a smart unit 1st.
    Current: 2018 MY19 Golf R manual Lapiz Blue + DAP (mods are underway ) 2018 MY18 Golf 110TSI Trendline manual White (with mods now 150TSI) 2014 Amarok TSI Red (tuned over 200kw + lots of extras) 2013 Up! manual Red 2017 Mustang GT manual Race Red with mods now making 370kw
    10 Previous VWs and some others ...

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    Cruise Control
    Current: 2018 MY19 Golf R manual Lapiz Blue + DAP (mods are underway ) 2018 MY18 Golf 110TSI Trendline manual White (with mods now 150TSI) 2014 Amarok TSI Red (tuned over 200kw + lots of extras) 2013 Up! manual Red 2017 Mustang GT manual Race Red with mods now making 370kw
    10 Previous VWs and some others ...

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    Rear Parking Sensors

    Car-Systems.eu sells a complete retrofit kit for the Up!. VW UP ! - PDC Park Pilot Rear - OPS on Miles&More Navigon
    Last edited by Sharkie; 20-04-2021 at 08:50 AM.
    Current: 2018 MY19 Golf R manual Lapiz Blue + DAP (mods are underway ) 2018 MY18 Golf 110TSI Trendline manual White (with mods now 150TSI) 2014 Amarok TSI Red (tuned over 200kw + lots of extras) 2013 Up! manual Red 2017 Mustang GT manual Race Red with mods now making 370kw
    10 Previous VWs and some others ...

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    Wheel upgrades

    Stock Up! wheel specs
    PCD.......................4 x 100
    Centre Bore............57.1mm
    Standard rim 14".....5Jx14 ET35
    Standard tire size....175/65R14

    Options

    The stock wheels while functional are nothing to look at and scream Povvo pack and base model. Aesthetically pleasing it is not.

    Whilst 4x100 is getting harder to cater for, a number of options exist. 205 width tires are the widest without camber adjustments or wheel arch modifications.

    15", 16" and 17" wheels are possible and there are a number of manufacturers out there.

    15" Tire sizes of 185/55R15 (0% difference in diameter) and 195/50R15 (1.3% difference in diameter) allow better grip without affecting the speedo calibrations. 15" also allows more sidewall to preserve the comfort of the ride.

    16" Tire sizes of 195/45R16 (-0.4%difference in diameter) and 205/40R16 (-2.2%) allow better grip without affecting the speedo calibrations significantly. 16" is a less comfortable ride.

    17" Tire sizes of 205/35R17 (-1.7%) allow better grip without affecting the speedo calibrations significantly. 17" is a lot less comfortable ride.

    This is what 15" (195/15R15) looks like on standard ride height (not lowered).
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    Last edited by Sharkie; 20-04-2021 at 11:09 AM.
    Current: 2018 MY19 Golf R manual Lapiz Blue + DAP (mods are underway ) 2018 MY18 Golf 110TSI Trendline manual White (with mods now 150TSI) 2014 Amarok TSI Red (tuned over 200kw + lots of extras) 2013 Up! manual Red 2017 Mustang GT manual Race Red with mods now making 370kw
    10 Previous VWs and some others ...

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