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06-05-2008 07:12 AM
nbndtrain I think this is the motivation to start looking at installing a boost gauge in my 9-5 light switch position. Might have to buy one off eBay to get the nerve to start cutting. The install on a 9-5 is a little more involved than a 9-3, but using the 9-3 fog light switch for headlights is going to be the same. What did you use to connect the wiring from the harness to the new switch? Male/Female disconnects? Also, any tips on which pins are what for either 9-3 light switch or fog switch?

Also, just to add, that the OnStar button is similar to the Euro leveling switch in that it operates on Ohms. I use it as mute for hard wired V1.
06-02-2008 01:18 PM
perkj For anyone wanting one of those Headlight Leveling switch, there is one up for sale on eBay UK (it actually comes with a number of switches (Fog, Dimmer, Headlight and Leveler) for 8 pounds or $15. You'll want to contact the guy first and make sure he'll ship to the US...all are normally willing:


Just found another....Leveler by itself:
06-02-2008 10:24 AM
Originally Posted by perkj View Post
SOOOOOO FUNNNY you say this because all of my previous cars were VeeDubs and where I got the idea from for my Viggen...'83 Rabbit GTI, '85 GTI and '90 GTI...and in all of them I had extra factory switches wired up to everything....stater kill, sub kill, rev limiter/valet mode enablement, fuel control enablement, etc etc. The A2 GTI had like 7 or 8 blanks switch spots that I ended up wiring extra switches too

Even though all of my VeeDubs were daily drivers, all were either VW or Import show winners in the early to mid '90s....and all were the "sleeper" look, none of this body kit/ricer stuff....just clean cars that you just knew had a swagger about them. My '90 GTI a multi-winner and even took home a best of show. Those were the days and I regret selling each one of them.
Yeah those MKII years had TONs of factory blanks. My MKII GLI was loaded with them. I had sourced a few euro ones for my fog lights and stuff like that. I agree with you, I should have kept it. That recaro interior I had with the leather side bolsters and cloth inserts was the best interior.
06-02-2008 09:18 AM
perkj if you're concerned with the AMPs, you may want to put an in-line fuse going from the hot line into the switch, this way you'll blow the fuse before melting the switch internals.
06-02-2008 08:34 AM
PoisonBeef I figured out the pin out for passing signal.

Was having a hard time getting the light to come one. My real concern was AMPs...
06-01-2008 09:11 PM
Originally Posted by PoisonBeef View Post
still wondering on those switch pin outs.... I have guessed, and may be right...
What exactly are you wanting to know on the pin-outs? Basically to determine which are the outs for the button depress, you just need a multimeter and run a continuity test. To determine which turn on the led light for the switch, just go ahead and connect a 12V +/- to two of them until the light goes on. As far as AMPs, I believe the fog light switch can handle up to 20 AMPs
06-01-2008 05:27 PM
PoisonBeef still wondering on those switch pin outs.... I have guessed, and may be right...
06-01-2008 04:27 PM
perkj Exactly as NahumCC said
06-01-2008 03:35 PM
NahumCC Your welcome. When you do it go a little at a time as you can leave a little bit of the lip to hold it tight in place. Thats what I did instead of using the brace bar that comes with the gauges.

06-01-2008 03:25 PM
jk88 cool thanks
06-01-2008 03:20 PM
Originally Posted by jk88 View Post
was the boost gauge a perfect fit in the hole left by the headlight switch?
To put in a gauge in the headlight slot you have to trim down the retention ring. Once you do that it's a perfect fit.

06-01-2008 01:32 PM
jk88 was the boost gauge a perfect fit in the hole left by the headlight switch?
05-31-2008 12:41 PM
PoisonBeef Wondering what the stock gauges that you reused had for pin outs. Any idea on how many amps they can/I should run through them?
05-31-2008 07:12 AM
Originally Posted by JZW View Post
Cool, what kind of oil temps are you seeing? What kind of range?


looks like 200-205 is about operating under normal driving. Seen it hit 210 under a couple WOT runs. Keep in mind I'm pulling the oil temp from a sandwich plate at the oil filter vs a tap into the oil pan which is a bit more accurate
05-30-2008 01:39 PM
sleet ahhhhh i gotcha.
05-30-2008 01:25 PM
perkj To further clarify, the zSeries have the "around the dial" lighting which means the green light is shined on the outside of the dial and then the light is reflexed off the numbers where as the GS Series has "thru the dial" lighting which the green light shines from behind through the numbers.

So when I say the GS Series is more Factory like is because the stock gauge panel is "thru the dial lighting", where as say in my old VWs the "around the dial" was the better match

...its an attention to detail thing
05-30-2008 09:24 AM
Originally Posted by perkj View Post
On those zSeries, what I meant was that it doesn't have green backlight thru the numbers like the factory gauges.

Again awesome job on the pod!
yeah they do. the light that comes with it has a red and a green "condom" and it looks very stock.
not the best picture but you can see the boost gauge up in the left side and the two down in the ash tray area. the 2 in the ash tray were brand new and after a while it will slightly darken like the boost gauge and looks almost identical to stock lighting.

05-30-2008 08:19 AM
NahumCC Man even after rebate those aren't cheap. I was thinking about with how nice they looked about replacing my ultra lite series with these.....but damn.

05-30-2008 08:02 AM
Originally Posted by sleet View Post
i have autometer z series gauge for my boost, oil pressure, and oil temp and they come with the green bulb "condom" and it looks very close to stock just like yours. and i make those center console pods by the way.

-- looking good by the way

On those zSeries, what I meant was that it doesn't have green backlight thru the numbers like the factory gauges.

Again awesome job on the pod!
05-29-2008 08:15 PM
codesplice Very clean installs - nice work! Love the switches too
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