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Finally finished getting my R32 tail lights working in my 2006 GTI. Very easy to install the light assemblies in the body and the hatch. Since I am not using a rear fog light I removed the left inner lens light socket assembly from the R32 tail light which is held in by 3 screws and removed the red lens from the R32 left inner tail light and and exchanged it with the clear lens from the old GTI tail light. The red lens just snaps out and just snap in the clear one. The most tedious task is rewiring the outer light assembly's multiplug connectors. In order to get the tail lights functioning properly you need either a VAG 5052/5051 or a VAG-COM to alter the Long Coding of the Central Electrics Controller. I will display the Long Coding I used by it may differ from the coding for individual cars. I am using the front foglights as my DRLs instead of the HID bulbs as the DRLs. Below is the coding I am using. Make sure you record your original Long Coding before attempting to make any changes to the Central Electrics Controller.
Here is the Long Coding I'm using:
07 8F 8F 06 40 04 18 00 00 14 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 77 0B 5C 00 00

You will need 2 wire terminals to insert into the multiplug terminal housings for the outboard rear light assemblies. The terminals you can get at the VW dealer and the terminals will have a short piece of wire crimped onto them that you can splice onto the original harness.
The part number for the wiring terminal is:
000 979 141
What is important is the wiring colors for the right and left side of the car are different. As long as you concentrate on which cavity in the multiplug connector that the correct designated wire is inserted into as shown in my photos you won't have any problems.
Here are the DIY steps to do this mod.........I hope it isn't too vague.

The inner tail lights are the easiest to do. Open the hatch and on each side of the hatch there are small trim panels that you can pry off to access the nuts and wiring connectors. Remove the connectors and the nuts, detach lens from hatch and reinstall R32 inner tail lights in the reverse order. Fairly straightforward procedure.


Now for the real work.................




Once the plastic nuts are removed you can just pull the outer tail light away from the body, then install the new R32 outer tail light in the reverse order.








The wiring modification for the left outer tail light is exactly the same as the right side outer tail light. Just focus on the terminal designations in the connector housings.


I hope this helps.
 

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On the Jetta, we only have to swap the positions of a couple wires in each harness. There's no way to avoid cutting and splicing here?
 

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Re: MKV GTI R32 tail light DIY (4string)

That's a great DIY!! Many thanks for the time and effort http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif I've been waiting to see the wiring fix, and you made it look pretty straight forward. Again, many thanks!!!

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Re: (4string)

So when you change lanes the turnsignals are YELLOW? If so im doing this mod.. Wonder if you can make the stock ones light up yellow?
 

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The R32 tail lights have an amber center lens in the tail lights. This is why the turn signal flashes amber. In the US tail light the outer portion of the tail light lens is used for the turn signal which has a red lens. If you want amber rear turn signals you need the R32 tail lights. ( I just happen to have a spare brand new set for sale if anyone is interested. Just send an IM)
 

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The extra set of tail lights I have are conventional bulbs just like the ones in my above post. I think it will be awhile before the LED tail lights for the GTI are available in the US in the dark red like the R32.
 

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Re: MKV GTI R32 tail light DIY (4string)

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You DON'T have to remove the clip completely. Actually, you will break it, if you remove it completely. Slide it by 1-2 milimeters. There are two tiny bars on the side of the clip, that work as restraints.
I was replacing my tails. I have inspected the whole clip very closely.
As far as inspected other connectors (at central electronics controller) they work the same way - you DO NOT have to remove the clips completely.
 

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Re: MKV GTI R32 tail light DIY (maloosheck)

I need to add to this, since the DIY initially did not work for me.
First of, the numbering system on the switches is different from side to side, so just make sure that white/black is moved on one side and green/black on the other.
Also, byte 13 needs to be recoded to 00 for this to work. Mine was initially coded as 14.
 

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Re: MKV GTI R32 tail light DIY (Hartge330Ci)

Can you take pictures of the stock outer tail lamps. We want to see if there is an opening for a light bulb to add the yellow turn signal feature.
 

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Re: MKV GTI R32 tail light DIY (sweatyworker)

If you want the rear fog you need to look in the DIY section. There is a writeup for the Jetta LED tails with rear fog. The steps are the same, and you need to buy a wire from VW to triger the icon on the dash. Its not that hard to do, oh yeah.. and you need a vag com.
 

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Re: MKV GTI R32 tail light DIY (OEMpl.us)

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"thread" did a rear fog writeup on his GLI. I think it's the same for the Golf/GTI cars...

The long coding is the same too for the Jettas and the Golfs (which also means the G*I cars)
I tested it on a GTI that someone brought to me to do the remote windows mod.
 

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Re: MKV GTI R32 tail light DIY (sweatyworker)

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Do you have dual reverse lights now?

The rear fog modification renders the rear fog location useless as a reverse light. In other words, no- a car modified to have a rear fog lamp will not have two functional reverse lamps.
 
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