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:laugh::laugh:*** Warning -- LOTS OF PICTURES *** :laugh::laugh:

So, I bought myself some interior LEDs from deAutoKey.com. Arrived quick, then sat there for over a month. Life was in the way. Got an extra day off so I decided “why not” I’ll have a me day. Or, at least a ‘me hour’. It took about that long mainly because I took a lot of pictures as well as wanted to not break anything.

I wanted to do a DIY because all the ones on here seem to.. well.. suck.


Overall it was a great morning project. I plan on getting some night shots tonight or tomorrow of the new interior. Next little thing on my list is license plate LEDs. I’ll do that when I feel like shelling out way too much money for them.

This install was done on my 2013 Jetta Sportwagen with Panoramic Sunroof


Notes:
• Some Bulbs MUST be sitting in the housing in a certain position. Reattach the wiring harness BEFORE you close everything back up to test the bulb and make sure it works!
• This was how I did it, I decided to use a screwdriver for some of the work, you use the plastic tools if you want
• Some of the housings (footwell mainly) had little metal housings around the plastic housing. I found it very easy to slightly bend the metal to allow it to slide right off the plastic housing. This IS pictured below.
• Some housings had little wiring harnesses that come off with each. Similar to a lanyard clip. It’s pictured below.





Here is what I used/had:
1x Flathead Screwdriver
1x Needlenose Pliers
1x Hex bit (T20 size, to be exact) -- Needed for Map/Dome and Driver Footwell
1x Old Gift Card/Rewards Card




1x deAutoKey.com LED Interior Set
http://deautokey.com/product/10pc-complete-interior-led-kit-fits-jetta-sportswagen-2011
(1) Trunk
(2) Reading/Map Lights or (3) Center dome for no sunroof option
(1) Glove Box
(2) Footwells – I did blue for mine
(2) Sun Visor
(2) Front Dome



Footwells:
Driver Side -- Remove the hex bolt to make the assembly easy to mess around with. Remove the wiring harness then remove housings accordingly. Change the bulb. TEST BEFORE YOU REASSEMBLE! I figured out the 6 little LEDs that to me looked like just circuitry, were the LEDs. So double check!

I found the passenger side easy to put my hand between the hard plastic and soft felt and push down from the top to get the housing out. Came out very easily.












Here the LEDs are the CORRECT way




Here the LEDs are the WRONG way






I found using my hand to just push down made this one VERY easy. It was just soft felt, easily moved!











Glovebox: Only the one picture, but it’s exactly like the footwells. Very easy to do. Little metal housing needs to be removed first.







Map/Front Dome:
I had the Pano option so I only have the 2 bulbs. I had to remove the little mesh grill in order to get to the hex screws holding everything in place. Same T20 bit from the driver footwell. The bulbs are “twist-in” similar to headlights. They lock in place. I used the needlenose pliers to twist them loose as the area to do it is kind of cramped. Was very easy. When you test these, twist the housing ALL THE WAY “locked” then plug the wiring harness back in. If it doesn’t illuminate, you have to reverse the bulb.













Be sure to test them before you close it up!!







Rear Dome/Courtesy Light:
There is a longer plastic ‘leg’ that controls the interior of the housing (pictured below) and once I found where that was, it was easy to pry off the PLASTIC rocker housing. This is when I used the used gift card to pry. I pulled TOWARDS the inside of the housing (from the outside of the little leg) to get the teeth around the metal harness to free it. You’ll see pictures below of what I’m referring to. Came off no problem.












Giving it a little test with the Needlenose pliers!







Visor: Also almost no effort involved. Just undo the harness, change, and replace.





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Trunk: Literally had to apply almost zero force at all. Easiest one to do, period.







 

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Great write-up. Came in very handy today while I installed my set. Appreciate it!!!


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Great write-up. Came in very handy today while I installed my set. Appreciate it!!!


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No problem! Glad it helped. I had a hard time finding any good threads with decent pics so I decided screw it. Hope more people get use out of it, showing it wasn't difficult at all!
 

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Thank you very much for the detailed write up and pics. This will inspire me to get the kit and put it in finally. :)
Go for it. Yeah mine sat next to my computer for about a month to a month and a half... just waiting... I said screw it. By far one of the easiest, but most noticeable changes I've made to the car. They are SO BRIGHT at night!
 

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Good write up....did mine months ago but the rear door bulb pics would have been a huge help for me
 

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I would certainly support the advise of removing the map light assembly as I screwed mine up with the little socket trying to do it in place. Now I have to find a replacement assembly at the tune of over $100.... :banghead:
 

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Awesome DIY! Thank you so much for the write up! Made the install very simple. Much appreciated. :thumbup:
 

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OP: You sir, did a great job. This is the type of quality post that makes this site worthwhile of visiting & contributing to regularly. Thx!

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Awesome DIY! Thank you so much for the write up! Made the install very simple. Much appreciated. :thumbup:
OP: You sir, did a great job. This is the type of quality post that makes this site worthwhile of visiting & contributing to regularly. Thx!

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Well said.
 

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Love the blue foot well lights.. I may have to do this LED swap soon.
 

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I haven't really been on this site since this post. Haha... nice to see people getting use out of it!

It DOES have almost 2,000 views at this point.
Thanks again.

Love the blue foot well lights.. I may have to do this LED swap soon.
Yes, blue is our favorite[recent customer photo]:
 

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Actually had this downloaded onto my phone while I did the install. Very helpful. The metal enclosures are actually more trouble than you would expect, at least if you're nervous about bending them like I am.
 

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Thanks for the write up. Couldn't have installed mine without it.:beer:
Actually had this downloaded onto my phone while I did the install. Very helpful. The metal enclosures are actually more trouble than you would expect, at least if you're nervous about bending them like I am.
:thumbup: Nice, this thread should be a sticky in the forum.
 

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Very informative thread. Just a few things i experienced that someone else might benefit:

1. Disconnect the battery (just to be safe)
2. Let the lights cool off ( I didnt, and got my finger burned a bit, those suckers get HOT)
3. The dome lights (read left and right) i just used a pocket knife to pry one side at a time and it pop right out, instead of the credit card trick
4. The glove compartment, i simply used a sharp edged tool and wedged it in there, as to avoid having to remove the entire glove compartment. Nothing broke and i was very happy about that.

A few pics:

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/agb13/15569530942" title="IMG_4641 by A G, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3935/15569530942_2b3e42d44f.jpg" width="333" height="500" alt="IMG_4641"></a>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/agb13/15544994066" title="IMG_4643 by A G, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3940/15544994066_db2f3f4736.jpg" width="333" height="500" alt="IMG_4643"></a>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/agb13/15383077530" title="IMG_4651 by A G, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5610/15383077530_b05052edd9.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="IMG_4651"></a>
 

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