I’ve been running led down lighters in my corrado and love the effect, so I made the choice to fit the passat W8 interior light into my T5.
What you need:
- VW Passat W8 interior light – VW or Ebay your choice
- Wiring plug – 893-971-993
- 2x Repair wires – 000-979-103
- 1 way superseal connector, male and female
- Soldering Iron and solder
How to do it:
Power everything off and disconnect the battery, remove the light lens off the old light and remove the 2 cross head screws, there are 2 plastic tags one each side that need to be flicked in and remove the old light unit.
In the hole the light has just come from there might be a little adaptor plate that needs to be removed.
Test fit the new light and you might find it hits against the cubby hole, a lot of guides show you chopping the corner out of the cubby hole.
I went for a different approach, With a sharp blade trim all the plastic off where the wiring plug should go (you should have the original terminals sticking out) now carefully bend the terminals up over 90 degs.
Now we solder the repair wires directly to the terminals off the interior light, cut the repair wires in half and solder 3 off them to terminals 3-4-5, once complete solder a length of wire to terminal 1 (I soldered a short length of wire the this pin and used the 1 way superseal connector so the light can be removed if needed) Heat-shrink all the terminals on the passat light.
Once all soldered onto the Passat light you then you need to put the pins in the correct position on the adaptor plug,
- Passat W8 light –
- Pin 1 – Connect to pin 17 on the back of the light switch
- Pin 3 – Pin 1 on adaptor plug
- Pin 4 – Pin 3 on adaptor plug
- Pin 5 – Pin 2 on adaptor plug
Once finished it should look something like this:
Now you fit the light by hooking the back edge in and pressing the front edge up into place. Connect the wire to the light switch up, re-connect the battery and enjoy all your hard work 🙂