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Posted 15 July 2012 - 02:41 PM

okay guys i plan to add and led in the rear of the car that useless cubby hole behind the armrest just looks sad so i plan on putting a 3 l.e.d just like in the door handles however i want to have it so its either on permenant with the ignition or just when the headlights are on and i wont need to fit the extra courtesy light question i have is how do and where do i wire it to ie the live feed an earth as you know im more a grease monkey than an electrician but you sorted me out with footwell and door handles

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 02:48 PM

okay guys i plan to add and led in the rear of the car that useless cubby hole behind the armrest just looks sad so i plan on putting a 3 l.e.d just like in the door handles however i want to have it so its either on permenant with the ignition or just when the headlights are on and i wont need to fit the extra courtesy light question i have is how do and where do i wire it to ie the live feed an earth as you know im more a grease monkey than an electrician but you sorted me out with footwell and door handles


if you remove the switch panel below the climat control knobs their are some cables in their that will provide you with a live and negative feed that come on along with the interior lights when you switch on the parking lights etc.
ill get the haynes and tell you their colours in a momment mate,
nice little mod this, and what colour are you fitting in their ?

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:15 PM

might have guessed it would be you lenny lol i was just going to go with the same green i used on the door handles so it all matches the door of the pocket i will likely drill so the led is tucked away my mate put blue ones in his car its just too much for me blue everywhere the dash dials are green and red switches are green so thats why i tied mine in with the red front and rear footwell lights and green handles

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:33 PM

on the rear of the window heater switch panel their is a blank switch space on the right hand side closest to the driver,
at the rear of this blank their are some cables for an ESP switch,

the Orange/White feed
on this plug is the positive feed to illuminate when the lights are switched on.
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the the large black feed on the climate control plug is a negative feed but you could also fit a ring terminal to the negative and fit it to a bolt on the handbrake plate mate,

the advantages to splicing it in to the interior light loom, is when you dim the interior via the dimmer wheel on the light control switch the additional lights will dim too,

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:38 PM

might have guessed it would be you lenny lol i was just going to go with the same green i used on the door handles so it all matches the door of the pocket i will likely drill so the led is tucked away my mate put blue ones in his car its just too much for me blue everywhere the dash dials are green and red switches are green so thats why i tied mine in with the red front and rear footwell lights and green handles


lol sorry mate,
ill wait longer before i try to help you next time. maybe 24 hours or somthing.
the green would look good, and its easier if you purchase one of those 3 smd strips and drill the holes to line up with the leds on the strip,
then using some electrical tape secure the led strip in to place.

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great for storing and illuminating a bottle of love juice in the back seat lmao

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 04:09 PM

thanks lenny thats just what i needed.
i meant i knew when i wrote it it would be you that answered lol

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 04:19 PM

thanks lenny thats just what i needed.
i meant i knew when i wrote it it would be you that answered lol


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 04:42 PM

you know i never thought of that thats what being tired does to you and being stuck at work for 13.5hrs my list is filling up drop links dmb badges and the l.e.d as well as a good polish wouldve been doing the ashtray garage door if i hadnt been outbid 55.99 for a used plain plastic one sod that just need to find a foci cc and il get one from there

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:41 PM

You could also use the same connections to wire in an illuminated gear knob.
BTW I just bought a flap and ashtray off eBay for 40.
When it arrives I'll likely wrap it to match the rest I've done.
Also I see that the flap needs the 12v socket moving to fit in it- anyone know the exact procedure ?

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:49 PM

remove the driver side plate at the clutch side that gives you access push the 2 metal clips and push towards the interior remove the live and earth wire fit the ashtray by removing the gear surround and it slots in then fit the wires and sockets

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:50 PM

You are a true gent.
Many thanks.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 07:26 PM

i only know because ive been trying to get one but i draw the line at 40 pounds i wont pay what some are asking and some are starting at £55 :o
to better describe for others remove the kick plate near the gearknob side 1 torq screw and slide the panel out the way this is where a knee pad comes in handy but get on youre knees ooer and look into the gap you will see the 12v socet extending into the aperture (big words lol) there is 2 metal spring catches on it push these in and push the socket towards the interior and it will slide out some take a bit of force but thats fine now you have the red leve and black earth visible you can pop these out remove the gearknob surround i find pushing each opposite side inwards is easier and move up no need to take the gearknob etc off youre ashtray will slot in this space feed the red and black wires through and push the ashtray home connect the wires to the socket and pop it into place replace gear surround and feel smug.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:04 PM

I will post a photo how-to-guide when the bits arrive and are wrapped.
Once again cheers for the tips Arthur.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:10 PM

only part needed is "Receptacle and housing optimum aluminium 1438185 @ £64.20 inc vat " realy simple yet effective in interior styling but very expensive .

1 . remove the gear knob simply twist it off

2 . pull of the gear stick surround just pull it and it will un clip

3 . remove the kick pan]el down on the left side next to the clutch pedal if memory serves its just one torx screw under a blanking cover which just pulls off then pull the kick panel off

4 . now unplug the cigarette lighter then push the lighter unit through and out of its hole and feed the wires through that hole
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:19 PM

Posted Imagelooks good mate,
i like the gear knob too

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