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Removing red accents in bumper/headlights (lighting retrofit questions)

trashb0y

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
ca
hey guys, was thinking about my car and realized im getting a little tired of all the red accents on the car. since the car is white, its my opinion that all the red accents seem a little out of place in some spots. my biggest gripe is when viewing the car from the front.

anyways, i saw that you could get a GTD grille (https://www.shopdap.com/5g0-853-651-c-btv-1.html) or simply plastidip the red accent on the grille to give it a different look. my biggest concern with this would be the red strips in the headlights.
saw that there are aftermarket headlights (https://blackforestindustries.com/.../mk7-volkswagen-golf...) that have a black/chrome accent rather than the red and just watned to get a final answer. are these headlights not compatible with a mk7 that came with the lighting package?

i'm not sure if theyre not compatible in the sense that they simple don't fit or if i just lose out on some of the lighting package features (like the cornering lights).
hoping to get my car to look something similar to the one in the picture below.

thanks for your help


 

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sprinks

Drag Racing Champion
Location
United States
Replica headlights are for use in non lighting package cars. They will physically fit (as in you can put them in the space reserved for headlamps) but the connectors are not the same. It's a 10 pin iirc for halogen cars and a 12 pin for lighting package, so you'll have a wiring difference. In that wiring difference you would also lose the self-adjusting functionality and active lamp turning.

The easiest way for you to get silver under the lamps is to buy legit lighting package lamps for the golf or alltrack. You can find them on ebay, but they'll be pricey, about 750-900 for a pair. OEM from factory will be north of $1k. If you want to go all out, there are people who swap the Golf R lamps in and add the additional LED driver to accomplish the lit uU (double-U DRLs).
 

Lovic87

Go Kart Newbie
Location
610-SePa
Car(s)
18 GTI SE 6mt
I know someone who modified their OEM LP assembly and changed the color of the stripe. I'll PM the info to you once I find it!
 

trashb0y

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
ca
Replica headlights are for use in non lighting package cars. They will physically fit (as in you can put them in the space reserved for headlamps) but the connectors are not the same. It's a 10 pin iirc for halogen cars and a 12 pin for lighting package, so you'll have a wiring difference. In that wiring difference you would also lose the self-adjusting functionality and active lamp turning.

The easiest way for you to get silver under the lamps is to buy legit lighting package lamps for the golf or alltrack. You can find them on ebay, but they'll be pricey, about 750-900 for a pair. OEM from factory will be north of $1k. If you want to go all out, there are people who swap the Golf R lamps in and add the additional LED driver to accomplish the lit uU (double-U DRLs).
yeah, after posting i realized the best route is to probably buy the golf r housings and just swap the guts and buy an extra drl module.

at this point, i'm kinda confused because the parts that can be swapped and the parts that need to be purchased seperately seem to differ between ECS and shopdap.

ECS:
  • (2) Bulb Ballasts - ES2503365
  • (2) Corner Light Modules - ES2727317
  • (2) DRL Modules - ES2540169
  • (2) H7 Halogen Bulbs
  • (2) D3S Gas Discharge Bulbs
  • (2) Corner Light Modules - ES2727317
  • (2) DRL Modules - ES2540169
DAP:
not sure if its a difference with the housings they sell or what, but from other threads i found, im expecting to have to at least purchase the outer drl module, and maybe the corner light module ecs describes..? not 100% sure
 

Nineeightyone

Ready to race!
Location
USA
Car(s)
2019 GTI | 2004 JSW
I'm late to the party, but if you're going to take the grille off anyway, you should* be able to pop out the red stripe to paint/cover with vinyl. I got some black Oracal 651, cleaned the red part with alcohol, and applied the vinyl with a heat gun and cut away the excess with a razor, in order to retain the chrome strip. It looked like the red stripe is removable, but I opted for the easier route, and it came out pretty well. It's been this way for ~2 months, and seems to be holding up well.

* This information is for a facelift GTI, I'm not certain if the mk7 is the same way.
 

trashb0y

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
ca
I'm late to the party, but if you're going to take the grille off anyway, you should* be able to pop out the red stripe to paint/cover with vinyl. I got some black Oracal 651, cleaned the red part with alcohol, and applied the vinyl with a heat gun and cut away the excess with a razor, in order to retain the chrome strip. It looked like the red stripe is removable, but I opted for the easier route, and it came out pretty well. It's been this way for ~2 months, and seems to be holding up well.

* This information is for a facelift GTI, I'm not certain if the mk7 is the same way.
thanks for the info! do you have a picture of your results?
 

Clem604

Autocross Newbie
Location
Vancouver BC, Canada
Car(s)
2018 VW GTI

Lovic87

Go Kart Newbie
Location
610-SePa
Car(s)
18 GTI SE 6mt
Looks like I need to get some black vinyl and get rid of that chrome.

Or electrical tape :ROFLMAO:
 

Nineeightyone

Ready to race!
Location
USA
Car(s)
2019 GTI | 2004 JSW
Once I had the grille off (did that with the grille on), I was able to see clips to release the red stripe from the grille. Next time it's off, I'll pull the red stripe and do it separately to get better coverage -- in the photos, I cleaned the red stripe with isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber, then applied the black vinyl and used an old credit card and heat gun to get bubbles out/get the vinyl stretched. Then cut away the excess with a razor blade. If you use a heat gun, be aware that you don't need much heat at all (this was my first time working with vinyl, I was surprised at how quickly the vinyl changed behavior once heat was applied).
 
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