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Old 07-03-2011, 02:48 PM   #1
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Puddle and Footwell Light Installation in OG9-3

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I took 4 stock puddle lamps (4740494) and 2 stock footwell lamps (4740494) from a wrecked 9-5 and installed in my OG9-3.

For each of the 4 puddle lamps, which are located at the bottom of each door, the always-on 12v was taken from a +30 TEL0 connector behind the passenger kick panel. Earth was achieved by connecting to each door's pin switch. Hence, once a door is opened (and the switch makes earth) the respective puddle light turns on, and once the door is closed (no more earth) the light goes out. Simple.

The 2 footwell lights are located at passenger and driver sides under the dash. Power and ground was achieved by tapping in the front roof dome light's three-function switch. Power wires were routed down the right side A-pillar. The 2 footwell lights work in sync with the front and rear dome lights. Again, simple.

In total, I made four holes in the four doors and two holes in the plastic covers under dash. It was a clean and neat install.

Here are a couple of images with brief commentary of the installation process. In addition, there's images and a video of how it looks after the installation. I think that it looks awesome!

Enjoy!

PS Sorry for my English (I'm not a native) and for the poor image and video quality (those were taken with a phone).

http://youtu.be/OoHGkoE6iIA



The parts (it was actually 60m of wire)


New terminals and original black plastic connector


Lamp with the connector


Cutting through to chassis-to-doors rubber hose connector


Rubber hose connector


Wiring through the pins


Puddle light after cutting the hole and putting back the door trim


Wire and connector at a door


Wiring from rear door to chassis


Connecting additional earth wire to the door pin switch


Applying the original plastic terminal cover to the pin switch terminal


Tapping into the front roof dome light for footwell lights


Secure splitter for both footwell lights behind glovebox


Puddle lamp in the front door


Puddle lamp in the rear door


Footwell light in the passenger side


Footwell light in the driver side


Puddle lights


Footwell lights


Puddle lights


Puddle lights

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looks like a pain in the butt, but nice job.



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Old 07-03-2011, 03:37 PM   #3
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Bad ass..How long did the project take?
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Bad ass..How long did the project take?
I'm a finance student and it took me 20 hours non-stop. It was tough, but I really wanted to do it! And it worked out perfectly.
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Where did you source the terminals and terminal shells?

Looks good. Good work.
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Wow. Love it.

Any pics of the foot-well light placement and install?
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Where did you source the terminals and terminal shells?

Looks good. Good work.
The terminal shells (black plastic connectors) for lamps come from 9-5. The terminal shells (the transparent/white connector) for door pin switch is the actual shell that was there before. I simply took off the plastic shell. Undid the old terminal. Then put the two wires together in a new terminal and put the old white shell back on and connected to the switch.

I got the terminals at local electronics store. But as I'm not from the US the name of the store will be of a little use. Anyways, it is a standard and you'll definitely find those in many places.
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Wow. Love it.

Any pics of the foot-well light placement and install?
The installation of footwell lights was quick. Simply tap into the roof front 3-function light switch wires. Route them down behind the dash. Then use a splitter (image in the thread) or something, run a little bit of more wire to driver's side and passenger side and connect the lamps.

I added more images.

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Looks really good. I'm not interested enough in doing that to my own car to try it, but looks like you've done excellent work. I wouldn't have the patience.
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