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      04-20-2012 07:08 AM #36
      Great, thanks much!

      Footwell lighting is next since the SE's do not have this, or at least mine does not.

      I would love to see where your footwell lights are located so I can see if mine is prewired just lacking the bulb or connector that holds the bulb.

      Anyone care to share some pics of thier SEL footwell lighting locations and wiring? Thanks!!
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      04-20-2012 09:38 AM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by domano 68 View Post
      Great, thanks much!

      Anyone care to share some pics of thier SEL footwell lighting locations and wiring? Thanks!!
      Here they are the requested pics from the front footwell on a TDI SEL PREMIUM
      Passenger side..




      Driver side..


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      04-20-2012 09:50 AM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by Kchorro View Post
      Here they are the requested pics from the front footwell on a TDI SEL PREMIUM
      Passenger side..




      Driver side..



      Thank you! Now to see what is missing in the SE.

      Like the pedal covers.
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      04-20-2012 10:31 AM #39
      The pedal cover is an option. You can install anytime you want.

      Quote Originally Posted by domano 68 View Post
      Thank you! Now to see what is missing in the SE.

      Like the pedal covers.

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      04-20-2012 12:14 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by cnnpress View Post
      The pedal cover is an option. You can install anytime you want.
      Sorry, but I meant that I like his pedal covers. Not that they are missing.
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      04-20-2012 12:16 PM #41
      So, the SE has a plastic tab where the lights go on the SEL model. When I have time, I will pull these tabs off and see whats underneath. I would assume the wiring for the lighting is there, just no connector and bulb.
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      04-20-2012 01:09 PM #42
      Dead pedal ordered to match sport brake and accelerator pedals
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      04-20-2012 05:19 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by Kchorro View Post
      Dead pedal ordered to match sport brake and accelerator pedals
      Which dead pedal matches, and fits? Been offered the R line one but don't want to mix and match (I have the sports pedals and like that look better than the R32 look).

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      04-20-2012 06:11 PM #44
      I ordered R-line dead pedal, but it could not fit. Let me know if you have any luck.

      Quote Originally Posted by pbafire View Post
      Which dead pedal matches, and fits? Been offered the R line one but don't want to mix and match (I have the sports pedals and like that look better than the R32 look).

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      04-20-2012 06:34 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by pbafire View Post
      Which dead pedal matches, and fits? Been offered the R line one but don't want to mix and match (I have the sports pedals and like that look better than the R32 look).
      Reckneckracing (a Member of VWVortex) offered me to order one from Europe. That's where he got his. As I have been told..
      However, few months ago I got from Bud the "R line" dead pedal but it did not work so hopefully this one from redneckracing will do...
      I will keep you all posted.
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      04-20-2012 08:49 PM #46
      Let us know on fit!! Have dealt with him for the full sized trunk hinge covers.... And he is looking into a few other things (trunk chrome strip)

    12. 04-21-2012 05:52 AM #47
      I did this mod, and for under $15 totally worth it. I hid the wires much better I will post up photos later
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      04-21-2012 06:45 AM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by Kchorro View Post


      For the LED bulb for trunk light I used this bulb. Also same ones for 4 in the doors, 2 in the footwell, 1 in the glove compartment..

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI...#ht_3714wt_946
      Listing ended.... Tried months ago to contact him regarding the white. No answer. All he ever has is the blue now. Ugh. Any other links or way to get in touch with seller regarding getting more white in?

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      04-21-2012 12:27 PM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by pbafire View Post
      Listing ended.... Tried months ago to contact him regarding the white. No answer. All he ever has is the blue now. Ugh. Any other links or way to get in touch with seller regarding getting more white in?
      I just did a search on eBay for "T10 LED white" ... got 17,243 hits.

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      04-21-2012 01:20 PM #50
      Yeah, some round, some was two on one side two on the flush and two on the flip. That's a lot of hits to filter through to find the 194-501 wedge ones. The only 10.2mm wedge I could find was the blue ones (footwell, glove and trunk.... Not these single add on.). I tried contacting him again. We shall see.

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      04-21-2012 01:21 PM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by coffeemade View Post
      I did this mod, and for under $15 totally worth it. I hid the wires much better I will post up photos later
      Yeah, pics.... Or it didn't happen!!!

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      04-21-2012 02:09 PM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by pbafire View Post
      Yeah, pics.... Or it didn't happen!!!
      yes, pics or it didn't happen.

      btw, can you show us as well how you connected it to the light in the trunk?

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      04-21-2012 09:03 PM #53
      I originally tested the led's by inserting the two led wires to their respective counterparts through the oem trunk lamp on passenger rear. Once contact was made the led lit up. That's where the success ends.

      So I thought I could crimp off the plastic wire cover exposing the wire and simply touch the two wires as I did before and see the led's light up?? No dice. I then thought touched a piece of metal incase it needed to be grounded and still not lighting up.

      Check out the pics below. They show how I was connecting and where that was in the trunk.
      Any help is appreciated.

      ps apologize for lousy uploads I just learned how to do for 1st time.

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      04-21-2012 09:42 PM #54
      [QUOTE=Daddydiesel;77020626]I originally tested the led's by inserting the two led wires to their respective counterparts through the oem trunk lamp on passenger rear. Once contact was made the led lit up. That's where the success ends.

      So I thought I could crimp off the plastic wire cover exposing the wire and simply touch the two wires as I did before and see the led's light up?? No dice. I then thought touched a piece of metal incase it needed to be grounded and still not lighting up.

      Check out the pics below. They show how I was connecting and where that was in the trunk.
      Any help is appreciated.

      ps apologize for lousy uploads I just learned how to do for 1st time.

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      04-22-2012 08:13 AM #55
      Added another pic describing the type of splice I was trying to do.

      Please help!

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      04-22-2012 02:21 PM #56
      [QUOTE=Daddydiesel;77024451]Added another pic describing the type of splice I was trying to do. Please help!

      OMG ! Buddy from that I've seen you are taking the power from the 3rd stop tail light wires !
      Your pictures showing that, also I've confirmed on my car that solid brown cable belong to the 3rd stop.
      You need to take the power from the OEM trunk lightbulb wires no from the 3rd stop wires.
      I think if you press your brake pedal you will get power on those wires and will be able to light up the LED but only will work when pressing the brake pedal...

      Make the connection again taking the power from the OEM trunk light wires as shown in my pics
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      04-22-2012 06:26 PM #57
      Kchorro....thank you......I already wrapped em back up with electrical tape.

      Now I'm off to try the splice build light wires.

      Thanks again:thumb up:!

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      05-02-2012 08:50 AM #58
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      05-02-2012 02:53 PM #59
      SE trim cars have knock outs for where the footwell lights go... should be an easy mod
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      05-02-2012 05:08 PM #60
      So,

      coffeemade - did you ever plan on posting pics?

      Daddydiesel - did you ever get the issue completely sorted or what?

      Kchorro - if I can get away from the family for a few hours, going to try this mod this weekend.
      Thanks for all the help!

      I can't find any of those exact T10 LED trunk light replacements on Ebay. That seller is only selling the blue ones as you've mentioned. Additional searches on Ebay yielded one potential seller, interestingly enough, his 194-501 T10 LEDs have this cool little plug adapters, but the actual led plate is too big :-/

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      05-04-2012 09:54 AM #61
      Kchorro, others completing this mod

      Silly question

      Did you unplug the battery when doing this mod, just keep the trunk switch closed, or what? I keep hearing horror stories periodically about errors if you completely unplug the battery. I read a good chunk of the user manual last night and after reading up on how to initialize various features (auto close, pinch protection, key fobs for KESSY, push button start, and so on) I'm slightly paranoid about killing the battery connection completely for this relatively minor work. Thoughts on how you did it appreciated! Thanks.

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      05-04-2012 08:52 PM #62
      No.......Im just driving around with them loose in my trunk hoping they get the urge to mate with the trunk light

      So far that hasn't worked as I drove around the past 2 weeks.

      There still there where I left them.
      They just lie there.
      Staring at me when I open the trunk.
      I think I even heard them mocking me.

      Maybe someday Ill finish. I even left all the tools, wire cutter, electrical tape, crimper.

      I just felt so defeated after Kchorro pointed out my "minor" error that I haven't got the courage, or initiative...... kindda like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh...

    28. 05-04-2012 08:55 PM #63
      I did this mod and it was totally worth it :-) Thanks for showing us all but my wiring is much better.

      My build with pictures





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      05-05-2012 12:15 PM #64
      Good for you...
      Post some pics with your wiring...
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      05-05-2012 07:56 PM #65
      Did you disconnect the battery when doing this mod, mechanically keep the switch closed via some other method, or something else?

      Thanks.

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      05-05-2012 08:02 PM #66
      I did nothing to the battery.
      Switch was off..
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    32. 05-05-2012 08:03 PM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by writeb View Post
      Did you disconnect the battery when doing this mod, mechanically keep the switch closed via some other method, or something else?

      Thanks.
      I wired up all the LEDs and then I connected the wires to the leads of the trunk light. No issue at all and so easy.
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      05-05-2012 08:59 PM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by coffeemade View Post
      I wired up all the LEDs and then I connected the wires to the leads of the trunk light. No issue at all and so easy.
      You didn't do a DIY?!!!!! I still want to see how you guys connect to the lead wire in the trunk.

    34. 05-05-2012 11:46 PM #69
      Quote Originally Posted by cheapa55TDI View Post
      You didn't do a DIY?!!!!! I still want to see how you guys connect to the lead wire in the trunk.
      Ok yeah we didn't do a DIY, but dude this is as simple as plugging in power to wall. Obtain some extra wire and connect all red together and all black together and then in the use a multimetter to determine which is the power wire from the trunk light. I shaved a little of the plastic from the wire and I twisted the cables on the respective side. I then used some electric tape to hold it in place.

      I will take some photos , just for you
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      05-06-2012 12:24 AM #70
      Quote Originally Posted by coffeemade View Post
      Ok yeah we didn't do a DIY, but dude this is as simple as plugging in power to wall. Obtain some extra wire and connect all red together and all black together and then in the use a multimetter to determine which is the power wire from the trunk light. I shaved a little of the plastic from the wire and I twisted the cables on the respective side. I then used some electric tape to hold it in place.

      I will take some photos , just for you
      haha, ok, that sounds easier now. I thought soldering was involved. I can do electric tape.

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