The PPD unit allows you to fully interface your gauge solution into the DIS of your existing cluster. Moreover, it also allows for you to do logging automatically. It's extremely useful and a great addition to your Audi.
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This article is specifically written for the facelift style (99.5 to 01.5) Audi A4 1.8T Quattro with a manual transmission. All photos are from a 2001 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro with a manual transmission. Granted these instructions can be used for other models as well because the idea is very similar but keep in mind that it is directed specifically at the A4.
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- $399.99 - STE PPD Unit - Source
- $19.99 - Micro Shift LED add on
- PPD Unit & wiring harness
- 4' 1/8" vacuum line
- Something to lay on top of the steering column to protect it like a small rag or a piece of cloth
- Torx T20 socket
- VAG-COM / VCDS / VAD Mobile
- 10mm socket
- 8mm socket
- 1/4" (or 3/8") ratchet
- 1/4" (or 3/8") extension
Step 1 - Download & install PPD Connect software
The PPD Connect software is available after purchase of PPD unit.
- Extract the attached zip file to a folder on your computer
- Connect the provided USB cable to PPD
- The driver file for PPD is located in the Driver folder that you just extracted
- Direct the windows driver installation to the location of this folder and complete the driver installation
- Launch PPD Connect -> connect to the new COM PORT.
- Select your cluster type (my 01 A4 is a D12). If you don't know the cluster type, no big deal. Using a VAG-COM or alike you will be able to see that during the adaptation step.
Step 2 - Run adaptation on the cluster
This will set up your cluster to be able to interface with the PPD
- Connect VAG-COM cable to diagnostic port
- Click Select under Select Control Module
- Click 17-Instruments under the Common tab
- Click Adaptation
- Read channel 062
- Enter "15" into the value (for A4/S4/RS4/A6/RS6) or "7" (for the TT)
- Click Test
- Click Save
Step 3 - Disconnect battery or remove instrument fuse
This will avoid any damage to either the PPD unit or your cluster during installation.
|Battery location (disconnecting the battery is only necessary if you are not removing the fuse for the instrument panel):|
|Fuse panel cover (the fuse is in position 10 in my A4):|
Step 4 - Remove cluster
There isn't much room between the cluster & the dash once you start to pull it out so you will need to disconnect the wires by reaching around it.
- Remove cover on top of steering console
- Pull back flexable plastic to expose two Torx bolts under the cluster
- Remove two torx bolts
- Place rag or alike on the top of the steering column to protect it
- Pull cluster forward and reach behind to unclip the 3 harnesses (you need to flip the latch on them to pull them apart)
Step 5 - Remove lower bolster
- Remove plastic covers that hide 2 bolts
- Unbolt 4 bolts holding the lower bolster up (one is on the left behind the fuse panel cover & another is below the bolster on the right side)
- Lower the bolster enough to see the OBDII & interior light connectors
- Disconnect OBDII connector
- Disconnect lower bolster lamp connector
|Left plastic cover:|
|Right plastic cover:|
|Fuse panel cover covering left bolt:|
Step 6 - Run boost line for MAP sensor
In my car I already had the boost line run for my Podi gauge so what you will want to do is to run the line through either your ECU box or use one of the existing areas to put a hose through. A4Mods.com has a nice write up on it, here.
Step 7 - Hook wires to back of cluster
Hooking the new PPD wires up to the back cluster makes it easier to connect the PPD unit once inside the dash.
|Green & "Gray" connectors:|
|Put connectors into position:|
Step 8 - Position PPD under dash
Hook up any additional inputs (ie. wideband O2, etc.). For the purposes of this installation, I hooked the output of my Zeitronix wideband (white wire) to the WB input of the PPD. I'd recommend you solder it because you will need a solid connection or you will get poor sensor readings. Also ensure that your wideband provides 0-5v or you will damage your PPD.
|Solder up any connections:|
|Hook up the connectors on the top of the PPD:|
|Position PPD under dash:|
|Plus in connectors to PPD from car & to cluster (In = from the car & Out = to the instrument cluster):|
|Finish up with the connectors:|
Step 9 - Test & put it back together
Make sure your connections are all solid and then you can put the fuse back in for the cluster to test. If all is well, put everything back together.
|Check the display metrics:|
Step 10 - Enjoy!
You can use the stalk on the right side to control which display you want to use. It's also how you switch boost profiles if you have the boost controller option.
|Another neat feature of the PPD:|
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