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Facelifting MK7

Bakili

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Location
Uk
Hey guys, just wondering if headlights, front bumper from MK7.5 will directly bolt on MK7. Also wanting replacing tail lights from SE mk7.5 estate to SE mk7 estate?

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SRGTD

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Location
UK
VW marketing material for the launch of the facelift mk7 stated that the car has new front wings (towards the bottom of the article at the link below). They look the same as the mk7 wings but if the recesses for the headlamps - and the headlamps themselves - happen to be a slightly different shape (don't know if they are), then the facelift headlamps wouldn't fit.

http://www.volkswagen.co.uk/about-us/news/2017/02/updated-golf-more-for-less-from

Don't know about the bumper or tail lights.
 

SRGTD

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Location
UK
Thanks for replies. Doesn't look easy but possible.

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And if it is possible, expensive if you do have to replace the front wings as well to accommodate the headlamps, plus the cost of painting new body parts.

May also be more difficult to sell on when the time comes as it's likely to be viewed as neither a mk7 nor a mk7.5.
 

Hobby55

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United Kingdom
Just a thought, but they've re-positioned the ACC radar on the facelift model to the grill, so using the front bumper from a facelift on an older Mk7 could be rather expensive with mods to it or re-positioning the radar!
 

SRGTD

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Location
UK
That's a very good point Hobby55.

IMO just too much potential hassle and expense to try and make a mk7 look like a mk7.5.
 
People keep saying it is possible but yet to produce any evidence of it being done. Personally I think even if possible it will be the biggest waste of money ever, trying to make the car look like something it isn't and de valuing it at the same time.
 

SRGTD

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Location
UK
Couldn't agree more Finglonga. If anyone with a mk7 wants their car to look like a mk7.5 facelift, then they should buy a mk7.5 facelift.
 

thechromecoyote

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There are some merits to trying to update the look of the mk7 to the mk7.5 if you have a lot of time and money invested into the car (VIN linked engine tune & lots of tuner parts), or have a version of the car no longer available (2 Door for instance).

I really like the 7.5 front bumper and own a heavily modified 2 Door... so I would consider the swap 🤷🏻


D'oh! Didn't realize it was a U.K. Regional forum when I posted lol

I'm not familiar with the model limitations of the U.K. But here in the US the 2 door was only available for a couple of years and won't be manufactured at all in the 7.5
 
Thing is it isn't just the lights, bumper and wings (Fenders) as the new Radar is incorporated into the VW badge. It will be a big parts list plus coding and aligning the radar.

In the UK a car with that much modification screams it has had a front end impact and selling it on will be a problem.
 

jimmyq

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Location
UK
i have mine done from a company in west yorkshire facelift front and rear lights,cockpit clock and new facelift mib2/screen all retrofitted and working getting my car back in a few days will post some pics:) cant wait........
 

SRGTD

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Location
UK
i have mine done from a company in west yorkshire facelift front and rear lights,cockpit clock and new facelift mib2/screen all retrofitted and working getting my car back in a few days will post some pics:) cant wait........
Be sure to inform your insurer as all of those facelift changes are classed as modifications for insurance purposes. Your insurer may want to charge you extra as it's likely to cost more to repair a mk7 converted to a mk7.5 in the event of an accident.
 

thechromecoyote

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More importantly.... can the company who did the swap confirm exactly what's needed?

There's still so much debate about whether it's just the bumper and Headlights or if fenders and hood metal are different.


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Jaycoop

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Location
Luton
i have mine done from a company in west yorkshire facelift front and rear lights,cockpit clock and new facelift mib2/screen all retrofitted and working getting my car back in a few days will post some pics:) cant wait........
Hi mate did you change your front bumper to the mk7.5 if so what did you do about the radar?
 
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