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[aprssig] D700 vs Prius

TGatje at aol.com TGatje at aol.com
Wed Mar 28 20:59:25 UTC 2007


Greetings,
 
I am relatively new to this list but have seen some discussion of  
installation of Kenwood TM-D700As in various vehicles. 
 
For a new wrinkle (for me) I want to install the radio in a Toyota Prius.  
It, of course, has some issues. 
 
First, it has a relatively small capacity 12VDC battery. This battery  
basically runs the control system and computers. All the heavy lifting is done  by 
the 200VDC battery. Therefore I believe I won't be able to let the  system run 
continuously when the vehicle is parked. 
 
Second, the Prius is basically a "drive by wire" vehicle, heavy on  computers 
and such. I'm worried that the presence of a transmitter in the car  may 
cause some malfunction. The last comment of the Experience center was that  
unapproved modifications may void the warranty! Contact with the dealer and the  
"Toyota Customer Experience Center" have not been any help. I believe someone on  
this list mentioned seeing a bulletin saying transmitters in Priuses are okay 
up  to about 100 watts but I've not been able to find anyone at Toyota to 
verify  that. 
 
Third, suggestions on wire routing, power tap locations, etc would be  
appreciated.
 
Does anyone have any experience installing a D700 in a Prius? Or have any  
advice on how to minimize problems? If you've seen their bulletin on installed  
transmitters, please let me know where to find it.
 
I receive this list in the digest mode so answers from me may be slow. You  
can also contact me direct at:
_TGatje at aol.com_ (mailto:TGatje at aol.com) 
 
Thanks for any assistance
 
Tam
AA0LY



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