More interior bling

15 06 2011

I fitted a Vagmeistter shift gate last month.  A nice mod – it matches well with the standard interior and brings a bit of R8-style bling to the cabin.

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Relatively straight forward to fit – see my previous post here:

https://landwomble.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/shift-gate-fitted/

I also added red footwell illumination which I love:

https://landwomble.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/adding-footwell-illumination/

I then got thinking about how nice it’d be to have the shiftgate backlit in the same way.

Cue another purchase of some adhesive red SMD strip from eBay:

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I wanted a feed that would come on with the sidelights, and dim with the dash dimmer.

I popped off the switch panel in front of the gear lever and took a feed from pins 2 and 3 of the fuel filler.  I did try Scotchlock connectors but the cabling’s a bit thin so it was easier to cut the wires and use

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From here, if you remove the shift gate and gaiter, it’s a very easy job to thread the SMD strip through to the gear surround.  I cut a slit in the edge of the gaiter to pass the cable through, and then stuck the strip around the inside ring directly under the shift gate.  A 30cm strip is exactly the right length to go round the interior of the ring, which is pretty handy.

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Pretty happy with this one, as it goes.  A nice, even and not too in-your-face glow, that dims with the rest of the interior illumination.  Job done.

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