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bk T
24-01-2010, 01:28 PM
Just got a Jap import car and found that the FM radio band is different from NZ's. Did some research that a FM Band Expander can resolve this issue.

What brand is recommended and is it easy to install or needs to be done by a professional?

Approximately, how much will it cost to get one installed?


24-01-2010, 02:28 PM
There are a range of band expanders. Depends on your proximity to stations you want whether band expanders are ok. If you are any distance out look at a new radio for NZ conditions .Have done two cars in the last month. One new radio, one band expander. Radio a Pioneer but others are good too.

Best band expanders: I got "Domino Electronics NZ 2000 Limited--- is manufacturing the next generation of FM Band Expander" about $26 courier delivered and install price should be under $50. Make sure the connections are soldered not just twisted together.

See website http://www.dominoelectronics.com/ in Christchurch

24-01-2010, 02:34 PM
Avoid ones that are cheap. They are knock-offs from Asia. The Domino Electronic ones are made in NZ. The office team there seem to know their stuff and gave me good advice hence they made the sale

24-01-2010, 02:41 PM
I got one from Repco, which claimed to be NZ made. I can't remember the name of the manufacturer, but it came in a plastic ziplock bag stapled to a piece of cardboard. I think it was around $15 or so.

Installing it on the other hand took me many frustrating days, mainly because I had no idea what I was doing. After talking to a few people, I was able to locate where the aerial cable had a join (on the far right hand side near the accelerator pedal, it's a matter of unplugging one end of the cable, and putting the band expander inline), and track down a power source to tap into. The moral of the story is that yes, you could do it yourself, but if (like me) you don't know what you're doing, it'll be easier to get a professional to do it.

bk T
24-01-2010, 03:02 PM
Thank you guys for the usefull info.:thanks

24-01-2010, 04:11 PM
I recently bought a second hand Jap import from the Mitsi dealers in Nelson. When I mentioned the lack of access to the Concert programme - my wife is a fan - they had the car taken down the road to a nearby radio specialist and had the expander installed at no cost to me, even though they had just traded the car in. Suggests that the purchase and installation cannot be too costly.