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    Thread: How To: Amber Turn Signals for Sportwagen/Alltrack

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      03-31-2017 10:13 PM #1
      This info is scattered around the forum but I figure I would do a quick write up and review for those who are interested in this modification like I was.

      This is how your turn signal will look after this mod with the stock incandescent bulbs installed:



      Stock incandescent:



      These are the outer tail light assemblies that you need to order, they are the correct color to match your stock inner tails:

      https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...gm945095d~oee/

      https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...gm945096d~oee/

      Here is the coding that you will need to complete:



      Here are the upgraded Amber LED bulbs from DeAutoKey. Notice the projector lens for the outer facing led's, this makes a huge difference in the output of light:

      http://deautokey.com/product/amber-o...turn-lens-only




      This is a photo of the DeAutoKey Amber LED bulb installed:



      DeAutoKey Amber Leds:



      A few thoughts:

      The stock incandescent ambers are perfectly adequate and functional. As an incandescent bulb they exhibit the normal delay in the warm up (on) and cool down (off) states. Not necessarily a bad feature but also not consistent with some of the other bulbs on the car.

      The DeAutoKey are quality and you can tell as soon as you open the package. The bulbs are significantly brighter than the stock incandescents, this is obvious when you look at the built in projector housing. The On/Off state is very consistent and instantaneous. They match in color and behavior with the other turn signals on the car. Overall they are worth the investment for the safety and aesthetics of the vehicle.

      Hope you enjoyed the write up and review, let me know if you have questions!
      Last edited by jaypoto; 07-27-2017 at 04:33 PM.

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      03-31-2017 10:29 PM #2
      This is great, thank you! There is no wiring that needs to be done?

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      03-31-2017 11:05 PM #3
      Correct, the tail Lights are completely plug and play and there is no wiring required.

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      04-01-2017 08:22 AM #4
      Basically fitting VW euro spec tail lights....

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      04-01-2017 08:50 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by golfdave View Post
      Basically fitting VW euro spec tail lights....
      You got it, unfortunately for us in the NAR market we are stuck with the red brake light/turn signal combo. This is becoming a terrible trend here and it's due to our outdated regulations.

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      04-03-2017 10:06 AM #6
      If these light are P&P, then what does the coding do?

      Did I miss something

      Thanks.
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      04-03-2017 10:11 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by zpwilliams View Post
      This is great, thank you! There is no wiring that needs to be done?
      For the Sportwagen and Alltrack, no wiring harness adapters are required. For the regular US Golfs I think they do need them.

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      04-03-2017 10:19 AM #8
      The coding separates the turn signal lower section to be independent from the brake light upper section. Normally they light up together in the NAR market. This is only for the sportwagen/Alltrack. This doesn't work for the golf/gti/r btw.


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      04-03-2017 11:57 AM #9
      What type of bulb did you install for the turn signal?

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      04-03-2017 12:05 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by zpwilliams View Post
      What type of bulb did you install for the turn signal?
      Bulb type is 7440 just like the rest of the brake lights. The euro tails come with an incandescent amber already installed so that's what I have in there for now until I get around to ordering an led bulb.

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      04-03-2017 02:22 PM #11
      Just an update. I will be reviewing the DeAutoKey amber turn signal bulb in the next few days, stay tuned .

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      04-04-2017 09:30 AM #12
      Is it possible to just do the coding and not replace the taillight units, and have red indicators that act separately from the taillights like the amber ones shown?

    14. 04-04-2017 12:41 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by jaypoto View Post
      Just an update. I will be reviewing the DeAutoKey amber turn signal bulb in the next few days, stay tuned .
      thank you! We appreciate the write-up, many people ask us about this so we will add it to our website also.

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      04-04-2017 01:20 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by sportwagentry View Post
      Is it possible to just do the coding and not replace the taillight units, and have red indicators that act separately from the taillights like the amber ones shown?
      Yes, you can start with the coding. This is what I did for a month before I finally received my lights.


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      04-04-2017 05:34 PM #15
      I wonder what it would look like if you did the coding and replaced the bulb with an amber one? On my stock lights, that part looks less red to me than the rest of the housing.

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      04-04-2017 09:11 PM #16
      great DIY, thanks for posting! I have these on my list of things to do and you just made it that much easier to get it done.

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      04-04-2017 09:20 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Sherifftruman View Post
      I wonder what it would look like if you did the coding and replaced the bulb with an amber one? On my stock lights, that part looks less red to me than the rest of the housing.
      Not good unfortunately. The rear of the stock lens is red so when you add an amber bulb it creates a weird dark orangish/red that doesn't look right at all, ask me how I know . After applying the coding you're better off leaving whatever bulb you have in there, it will be the same turn signal effect except in red.

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      04-05-2017 11:27 PM #18
      First post updated with DeAutoKey Amber led review with video!

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      04-07-2017 06:51 PM #19
      Just got my OBDEleven yesterday and this was the first mod I did. And it worked! Now just waiting for the new lights...

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      04-08-2017 02:17 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Datic View Post
      Just got my OBDEleven yesterday and this was the first mod I did. And it worked! Now just waiting for the new lights...
      Nice! Yes, the hardest part was waiting for the lights to arrive.

    22. 04-08-2017 02:44 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by jaypoto View Post
      Nice! Yes, the hardest part was waiting for the lights to arrive.
      Ordered all the parts today! The right tail light is in stock but the left doesn't ship until May 23rd!

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      04-09-2017 06:18 PM #22
      its weird that the ECS website says that it doesn't fit for the Alltracks but it'll fit for the Golf Sportwagen. I'm so glad though that this exists because I really like the amber tail lights on my mk6 Golf tdi.

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      04-10-2017 10:53 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by jaypoto View Post
      You got it, unfortunately for us in the NAR market we are stuck with the red brake light/turn signal combo. This is becoming a terrible trend here and it's due to our outdated regulations.
      Quick question: So besides the rear fog light, with the coding your tail lights now operate like the EU spec car or are there still some differences?

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      04-10-2017 11:03 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by NYCSuits View Post
      Quick question: So besides the rear fog light, with the coding your tail lights now operate like the EU spec car or are there still some differences?
      Your statement is correct in that the coding only changes the turn signal function to exactly what your see in the video and photos. If you don't have the tail lights and you decided to do the coding only your turn signals will function exactly the same except they will be red.

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      04-10-2017 11:06 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Autofahrer View Post
      its weird that the ECS website says that it doesn't fit for the Alltracks but it'll fit for the Golf Sportwagen. I'm so glad though that this exists because I really like the amber tail lights on my mk6 Golf tdi.
      I couldn't agree with you more regarding the amber on the mk6. I think ECS just hasn't updated their website yet to include these parts but it was pretty obvious to me that these would fit the Alltrack as soon as I found them.

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