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Re: HOW TO: Make the VSP (noisemaker) button default to off

Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:15 pm

Seriously -- a significant portion of the time cars are coasting or engines only under light load and you don't hear the engine at all. You hear the tire noise. Leafs have tire noise same as any other car. People are already surprised by idling cars in parking lot, which are essentially silent in an average daytime parking lot. The VSP doesn't even have an idle noise. It's largely pointless. As gshepherd points out, even the backup beeper is often too quiet to be heard, and other times ridiculously noisy. Yet somehow essentially silent ICE cars don't need backup beepers. There's a reason we have backup cameras now -- because we have to look behind us before backing up, as children or peds can be run over, regardless of whether there's a backup beeper. If we want to make up potential threats, the backup beeper could well potentially lead to more injuries as people are more callous about checking before they back up.

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Re: HOW TO: Make the VSP (noisemaker) button default to off

Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:50 pm

For what it's worth, I drive 95% of the time now with VSP off -- it's a habit to turn it off when backing out (I hate that dinger!) but 95% of my driving is also on the freeway -- when it's off, anyway. Any time I'm around pedestrians - in shopping center parking lots or downtown where pedestrian-vs-vehicle is all too commonplace, I almost subconsciously turn it back on.

My mod is much less elegant -- just a red pushbutton installed into a blank button plate with a hole drilled in it for mounting. I dubbed (and labeled) it the "STFU button". :lol: Behind the dash, it's a single wire running behind the panels to the VSP box, where I soldered it to the pin and passed it over the connection housing, since I had no idea where to get the connector. :( On the switch end, I have the second lead running to the frame nearby, a good ground connection.

Really makes me think that $120 mod option earlier is worth it - it looks perfectly stock, and functions as if it may as well be!
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Re: HOW TO: Make the VSP (noisemaker) button default to off

Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:02 am

Is the $120 mod still being sold? Super interested

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Re: HOW TO: Make the VSP (noisemaker) button default to off

Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:05 pm

I did ours last week.
Opened the flap below the LHS fog light, dodged the Red Backs, pulled the speaker connector off. Fastened all back up.
LEAF sounds like other cars now. No grinding disk brake/worn diff noise now.
I figured that if I shocked someone by the car being on a road....

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Re: HOW TO: Make the VSP (noisemaker) button default to off

Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:34 am

I have a 2013 SV and I'm looking for the DIY version (or a plug & play version). What is available?
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Re: HOW TO: Make the VSP (noisemaker) button default to off

Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:15 pm

4wdthinking wrote:I did ours last week.
Opened the flap below the LHS fog light, dodged the Red Backs, pulled the speaker connector off. Fastened all back up.
LEAF sounds like other cars now. No grinding disk brake/worn diff noise now.
I figured that if I shocked someone by the car being on a road....


Does disconnecting the speaker result in any warning lights etc?

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Re: HOW TO: Make the VSP (noisemaker) button default to off

Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:40 pm

I plugged my VSP box back in after 3 years as the lease is up. Forgot how annoying it all was.

Not only does unplugging it remove the backup beeper but I noticed when I plugged it back in, the "koto" chime started back up. Man I didn't miss that thing. Funny I wasn't aware they were related. Maybe there was some other coincidence.
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Change the VSP noise

Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:12 am

Re hacking the VSP:
I want to change the VSP sound to something people would really notice, instead of the obnoxious and unidentifiable electronic whistley noise. I find that pedestrians don't pay any attention to the VSP at all. Many posters here seem to want a "Jetsons" noise, but that still falls into the category of ignorable, obnoxious electronic. Please, I want a sound that means something is coming, something unusual, so that even people with normal senses will look around for it. Therefore, please give me hoof-clops! Or even the coconuts from "The Holy Grail"!

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