This will be mine first DIY. First thanks to Kg810 and Stylist07 for the info. this is base on the thread http://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/in...c,16607.0.html and some pic reuse from that also.
5mm Clear Red LED 40 pcs
100 ohm resistor 1/4 watt 10 pcs
18 gauge wire
One pair Valeo LED inner tail light
Hot glue gun
flat head screw driver
Drill and 13/64 drill bit and a smaller drill bit.
Before you start the mod make sure this is you want to do because you might kill $400 tail light sets
Here we goes....
Use flat head screwdriver, SLOWLY pry open between the lens cover and the back housing. Start with one area, gently pry the lens cover until you hear the soft cracking then work on the next. if you start to see the crack start go toward the surface STOP, work from the reverse side.
Once you take out the lens cover. turn it over. you will see the 8 points you will need to use the nose pliers to remove the melted plastic that holds the inner housing. In the picture, the circle in green are what it looks like before remove the plastic and in blue is what will look like once you remove the plastic
After you remove the 8 the melted plastics, you can take out the silver housing that holds the fog/reverse light
then the red/clear cover and the clear lens
full disassemble of inner light
VERY VERY important DO NOT touch the chrome part of inner housing it will get your prints and if you try to clean it... the paint will come off.... wear a glove or you will repaint them....
Use the small drill bit to pre drill the housing then use the 13/64 drill bit.. again do it slow and and use the low rpm setting on the drill. you will drill 20 holes.
Temporary reassemble the chrome part of housing, you will notice part of inner housing has no room on the back side because is sitting against the outer housing.
Here is where the dremel comes in.. use the dremel to sand down surrounding holes on some of back side to make some room for the LED and at same time fix of base of pointed long legs where next to the hole so the led will sit correctly.. (sorry don't have picture..)
Assemble the LED:
the longer leg is + and the short leg is the ground
Now set the LEDs in the holes you just drilled and solider with 5 leds at the time. you will solider them negative leg to positive leg alternating then solider one resistor at the positive leg
You are going to make 4 sets of 5 led lights to a string with one resistor on each string. By the time you done should look like this
Use one wire to connect the resistor then other wire to connect all the negative. In the picture, I use green wire for ground and red wire for the positive
After that is done, its a good time to test out the LEDs by use the 12v battery from your drill tool
after test out the light, use hot glue to hold the leds and insulate the wires
Drill the a small hold on the side of outer house to let the new wires out. again do it slowly..
reassemble the light and the housing. use hot glue on the 8 points where you removed the melded plastic
put back the lens cover then hot glue the edge. then you are done.. just have to work other side..
You might want to add one more resistor on the new wire coming out the housing if the light is too bright. (I have to because the led i use is 15000mcd otherwise people behind me won't see anything)
When comes to wiring the car I took out the truck panels then ran the wire down the black tube into the side wall.
Just have to open up the airbag panel
If you wire base on this this thread http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...LED-Taillights all you have to is to connect the to the park light wire and ground wire. The new light will do driving light and brake light..
If you want to disable the center light of outer tail light, use VAGCOM in the Central Electronics Module long coding, bits 9 through 13 to 00 00 00 0F 00 http://golfmkv.com/forums/showthread...ight=led+tails
installed on the car
If you are intersted doing the mod and have questions. I will be more than welcome to answer you.
Last edited by foreverblue; 08-31-2011 at 07:08 AM.
Jon Sibal did a writeup on his blog a few years ago as well.
you don't want to drill any holes on the red part of housing (not the cover)
if there is one more piece sit between the red housing and the outside housing, you could use couple clear led mount it on it... If not, you might have sit the leds on the back side of outside housing..
Last edited by foreverblue; 08-31-2011 at 07:03 AM.
Nicely done! The manual is very good but doing it is not that easy.
I had these lights in my R32, made by a former forummember. Unfortunately the quality was not good. Nobody else could make them (lights, turnsignal and brake) because of the small space inside. I have a new version from somebody else in my R36 (lights, turnsignal, brake, reverse and foglights).
Seeing your job makes me greedy.
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"Use one wire to connect the resistor then other wire to connect all the negative. In the picture, I use green wire for ground and red wire for the positive"
Could you exlpain this one again. for some reason i feel like you did more than what the picture showed.
Im going to try this out on a pair of stock headlights i have sitting in my basement.
follow the green wire, you will see I use the single wire start with the top and went counterclock around the leds connect the 4 grounds. same with the red wire, start at top went counterclock (under the electric tape is the resistor) connect the 4 resistors.
ordered some LEDs a few days ago. going to figure out how to do this with the oem gti inner tails. The inner red lens is different and clearance might be a problem but i figured i could cut away from it and make it work..the LEDs only cost like 10 bucks lol so who cares if if i **** it up.