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As some of you know many a Rabbit don't have footwell lights installed from the factory. Why they deleted this I have no idea. Anyhoo...i'm doing this DIY as I work, so bear with me here! When you are done you will have fully FACTORY and functional footwell lights that turn on with doors open. They DO NOT turn on with the switch. That would NOT be factory ;)

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VAG-COM needed...find someone who will lend you theirs or purchase your own!

Two footwell lights P/N 7L0 947 415
4 wire ends with short leads P/N 000 979 131 A (A just means gold plated, you don't need it to be)
1 wire P/N 000 979 025 A (again, A not needed)
2 wire connectors for each light 1J0 971 972
1 Circle grommet for ground wire (found at local auto store)
2 wire connectors (Pink from dealer)
1 lighter (heats the shrik part of the Pink connectors for waterproof connections
Wire strippers
wire crimpers
Large roll of 0,5mm3 (20-18 gauge wire)
Small trim stick or screwdriver
T20 torx driver
This thread.

Here is a picture of all items needed:


More soon to follow!!!

I just found that the pin on the CECM needs a special wire and I had to order it. It should be here on thursday or friday. I'll keep ya posted.

Here are a few more pictures. We will be using Connector "B" on the cecm (central electrics module, located above the brake pedal) and Pin # 7 on the connector will house the new wire that we will be installing!

Remove the two T20 screws holding the cover on the driver side in.

Look up and you will see this image..this is your CECM!!! Read the picture and unlock the connectors by pushing that tab toward the driver side until it clicks.

Unlock the pin lock on the connector by prying at the bottom of the pink lock lever. This will let you push the new wire into the connector.

Some basic prefab work before going in the car. Wiring not done of course.

To maintain factory wiring diagrams, Pin 2 on the footwell light connector is power and pin 1 is ground...though it doesnt matter which way you have it.


So now what you do is take the prefab harness you just saw and lay it in the car. The grounds are going to be grounded into a screw holding the dash in on either side of the car where you will see a cap. The driver cap houses the fusebox and the passenger side houses an empty space. Make sure the ground wires are at least 12 inches long. You will be running each lite to its own ground source for a total of TWO grounds. Make sure the wire going from pin B7 is about a foot long or SLIGHTLY less. Splice a wire that is long enough to span the car and give power to the passenger side...look at the picture for details. The other wire in this splice goes into the driver footwell light.










the last two images are in a different post....


That that is the end of wiring up footwell lights designed to operate like factory! The bad part is you cannot have the wires in the same areas as the factory does it because the harness routes behind the whole dash and the grounds are welded connections. The best you can do is route the wires away from everything nad use zip ties to secure them out of the way.

The LAST and most important step is a Vag-Com. You need to go into 09 Central Electrics and click coding. Then go into long coding helper and view byte 0. Byte 0 shows up by default. The little checkbox that says "footwell lights installed" needs to be checked off and then you click "Do it!" Once you do that, remove all extra parts and VAG from the car. Shut all the doors and open them....you have working footwell lights! They come on when you take the key out of the ignition and they also come on when you open a door....just like factory.

Good luck!
 

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very nice nitro!! how about the glove box light?
 

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The aux port is in the spot where the light should be. Ill look into it for those interested, but I like my aux port.
 

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I'm thinking to relocate the aux port into a fake switch cover next to the ASR switch. ;)
 

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Nitro -

SWEET tip - I want those! How did it turn out? What would you estimate on labor time, parts cost, and PITA factor? (I know... iI'm not asking much, huh? ;) ) If restored convenience factor outweighs headache factor, I hope to add this mod to my '08 2door soon. Thanks for sharing! :Ciao:
 

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I'm not done with it yet. The one wire that goes into the cecm had to be ordered and will be here tomorrow OR friday. The pictures show a different wire for photo purposes.
 

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Parts came in today! This weekend I should be able to get this stuff done. Damn wire is like 2 bux...ripoff.
 

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And DIY is done!! Enjoy.
 

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i was worried when i read the title, i thought you were talking about neons or something, which didn't seem like you.

i are relieved.
 

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very nice diy nitro!!! keep up the good work. some future plans?
now how it can be done the ghetto way? (for who like me, that doesn't have access to a vag-com) how can I get a signal from the door when it's open?
 

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You can get power from the overhead lights. That way they go on with door open AND you can turn them on and off manualy. Ill dig up the wiring of it off the module and PM you.
 

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So far no problems with the lights! They work perfectly without flaw and 100% factory. Bump for a (what I think) is a decent writeup.
 

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Not up to me to get a sticky. If it's stickied, it will be by popular demand.

Never asked for one btw lol.
 

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Nice write up, once winter is over, iam all over this! Good stuff!
 

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Hey Nitro you mentioned "They come on when you take the key out of the ignition and they also come on when you open a door....just like factory. " I was just wondering if the foot well lights also come on when you turn on the interior lights using that switch on the overhead console, or is the functions you mentioned above the only times the foot well lights turn on?
 

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Nice write up Nitro. I always thought something was lacking down there...oh damn said it out loud....I mean the footwell area. And for that I think I have a good suggestion for our forum....[off to the correct post].
 

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Hey Nitro you mentioned "They come on when you take the key out of the ignition and they also come on when you open a door....just like factory. " I was just wondering if the foot well lights also come on when you turn on the interior lights using that switch on the overhead console, or is the functions you mentioned above the only times the foot well lights turn on?

That switch works independently of the foot well lights. That's just how the factory has it on ALL vw's. I guess they figured if you turn on the reading lights/all lights, you are already sitting down and don't need to stare at your feet. Now ifyou dropped something, chances are you need to open the door to get at it and THEN the lights come on.
 
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