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W8 Passat Interior Light Installation

Discussion in 'Mk4 Ibiza Guides (6L) 2002-2008' started by EdButler, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. Nath.

    Nath. The Gentlemans Express

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    scotch locks are a fire hazard and are not water tight

    they are renowned for causing high resistance or intermittent connections, also the larger sized ones can get hot as the blade thing inside is only rated at about 15 amps

    BTW they are banned by quality alarm/ice fitters

    solder and heat shrink is safer,smaller and tidier, also if done correctly is water tight


    YOU ASKED :whistle:
     
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  2. Guinness

    Guinness Finally got the BMW

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    can understand the intermitent connections but when you add to any conection you add resistance granted a solder connection is probably lower than a scotch lock. But for a little interior light or glove box light well be ok by a scotch lock. You can understand the alarms and in car entertainment being needed all the time, if a scotch lock fails on a light then its normaly simple to fix. saying this like I will probably solder my joints.
     
  3. lukey

    lukey 4 Ringer

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    this is the light illumnated
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    this is the nice red aura it gives in the car
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    the before pics i took you could only see the red of the CC and the blue of the headunit, it just bounces subtly off every surface it hits, also good for reading CDs under, you dont need to put the light on and mess up your focus till your eyes adjust again
     
  4. Guinness

    Guinness Finally got the BMW

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    Fitted my w8 tonight need to wire in the dimmer wire tomorow as it got dark. But the light rocks. I made an adapter with a male and female connection is rather cool
     
  5. ubiquitous

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    Out of interest, roughly how much are these parts?!
     
  6. Guinness

    Guinness Finally got the BMW

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    bout £30 if I recall
     
  7. bennai

    bennai Active Member

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    What are all the lights on the W8 light,

    i can see the one with the car door opened, but there looks to be about 4 more, are these functional or are they just lit up?
     
  8. RichieRich

    RichieRich Mk4 Golf GT TDi

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    would like to know this to.. as my new lights are crap compared to my Se :( i would like to know more about this.. :)
     
  9. RichieRich

    RichieRich Mk4 Golf GT TDi

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    just seen this light on ebay £1 startin bid and quite a few of them! just dont over bid me! and my ebay name is richie4claire lol
     
  10. GrayT

    GrayT I'm Old

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    Nowhere near my car at the mo' but looking at the pic the three centre illuminated bits are on one switch for 1) Always on 2) On when doors open (stays on for a bit after closing door or until ignition switched on) 3) Always off. The illuminated switches either side of these are for passenger or driver spotlights. If you look at post 1 you will see the buttons they correspond to and in that pic both side spots are on.
     
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  11. RichieRich

    RichieRich Mk4 Golf GT TDi

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    ok i am bidding on a w8 light thingy with £10 max bid lol will just have to see now is it a eay enough job to do? thanks
     
  12. UncleFester

    UncleFester Grumpier by the day!

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    The wiring is easy enough - fitting was easy on the Leon too - think it took an hour at the most and i was taking my time :)
     
  13. RichieRich

    RichieRich Mk4 Golf GT TDi

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    just have to remember which wire goes to which wire i guess... i think it one of these mods that looks harder than what it is.. lol never mind i will be having a go at it shortly
     
  14. UncleFester

    UncleFester Grumpier by the day!

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    It really finishes off the inside of the car at night - just take your time with the wiring, check twice and cut once :)
     
  15. GrayT

    GrayT I'm Old

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    As Fester says, dead easy really. I mean it when I say I had no prior knowledge of such matters. Most fiddly bit for me was guiding the wire for the dimmer over to the A pillar. Some just tuck it between the windscreen and the A pillar but I didn't want to do that. 1st attempt was 45 min job I suppose (mine was a sunroof version too) but could probably do it in 20 on a second go.
     
  16. RichieRich

    RichieRich Mk4 Golf GT TDi

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    yeah that sounds the hardest bit and how the do u get the wire under the carpet and were u want it to go?
     
  17. UncleFester

    UncleFester Grumpier by the day!

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    Wire under the carpet? Assuming the Ibiza is similar to the Leon, the dimmer wire will run from the dimmer switch out the side of the dash and up inside the drivers side A pillar, tuck under the headlining along the top of the windscreen then into the area the W8 light clips into.
     
  18. RichieRich

    RichieRich Mk4 Golf GT TDi

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    yeah i ment the carpet on the roof.. lol does anybody want to fit it for me? lol as you have experience in doing it....
     
  19. GrayT

    GrayT I'm Old

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    There's quite a good pictorial guide here (just ignore the sunroof bit if you haven't got one):

    http://www.11tkp.co.uk/w8-light-install.htm

    Although this was done with ready made connectors which makes the wiring easier. Still have to tap in the dimmer wire though.
     
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  20. Guinness

    Guinness Finally got the BMW

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    Iv done this :D pretty easy getting it accross the headlining as u can pull it a bit with some give saves taking it down. Wiring to the dimmer is the hardest part as there is limited room to solder in
     

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