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Once available does anyone know if there will be any way to order the '12 Golf R taillights and swap them into a '12 Golf TDI? I think they look banging and would complement the upcoming LED's rather nicely to really give the car an upscale look. Already looks better than the A3 inside and out. Just doesn't have leather (Which I'm not a fan of anyways).
 

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Once available does anyone know if there will be any way to order the '12 Golf R taillights and swap them into a '12 Golf TDI? I think they look banging and would complement the upcoming LED's rather nicely to really give the car an upscale look. Already looks better than the A3 inside and out. Just doesn't have leather (Which I'm not a fan of anyways).
http://oemplus.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=75_108_111&products_id=1176

Just get the harness when you order. The R uses the smoked, the GTI uses the red. I've got the LED headlights retrofit on my JSW, but I'm working on getting the CECM firmware updated to get the LED DRL's working. That's not as easy of a conversion.
 

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Install video on Golf TSI

Here is a brief tail light installation on a Golf TSI which I assume is an European version. Looks pretty basic and I figure the harness you're speaking of above is the little electrical 'converter' the person puts in between the stock plug and the new taillight.

http://wn.com/LED_tail_light_install_in_MK6_MKVI_Golf

I've seen some acronym after certain part numbers "NAR" does that mean it's the North American version? Also will installing these lights require a ECU reflash or does the harness take care of it?
 

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I installed the R tails. They are very nice OEM lights. Honestly, I think they are the nicest tail lights I've seen any car by any manufacturer. When added to the xenon headlights with AFS, I think my Golf has truly world class lighting.

The install is very easy as shown in the video. You just need the small adapters for the plugs and VAG-COM to get rid of the bulb out indicator in the MFD. The lights work fine without VAG-COM, but you get the bulb out indicator.

The link below has all the information you will need. Note that it can be a little confusing about the proper code to use with VAG-COM, but lots of folks can help you at the link. I used "1F" to code my 2010 Golf TDI. I have the lights without the rear fog.

Link to install

My lights off

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My lights on

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Warranty issues

I'm assuming this will void any factory warranty that exists because of the ECU manipulation?
 

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I'm assuming this will void any factory warranty that exists because of the ECU manipulation?
It is a simple coding change for the BCM (Body Control Module), not the ECM (Engine Control Module). Things like coding the key fob to open the windows is also a BCM coding change, so I think it isn't really a warranty liability. I told my dealer I made some small changes. I also turned off the DRLs, got rid of the horn honk with locking the doors with the remote, got rid of the seatbelt chime, and changed the colors on my RNS-510 system. I would still like to turn off the cornering fog light behavior and also enable fogs with high beams. I didn't know I could get rid of that until recently. I just don't like things happening automatically when I don't want them to happen. I'll turn my fogs on and off as I please, thank you very much.

Sure, if you mess up something with the coding changes, then I guess they will say forget it. I was lucky to have a very good VW friend help me. He is an expert with his VAG-COM tool, so I was not worried. You also do a scan before you change anything so hopefully you can go back to original if you have a problem.

Oh yes, my friend also lowered my TPMS threshold to 32 psi (2.2 bar). He also enabled the flashers to come on after emergency breaking (I guess that is OK for automatically happening).

I also read that some dealers may even be willing to help you. Some others, not so much.
 

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So what is coding dongle option for $135? Those lights are sweet. Adding to my wist list....
I think it might be a VAG-COM like thing. I would not buy it. You only need lights and the adaptors. If you you want your own VAG-COM (VCDS) I would get the real thing.
 

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Thank you guys for all the great feedback. After I get my car I plan to get these lights. Hopefully someone could help me with the coding. I don't wanna spend too much just for taillights but they are pretty slick. I'd be willing to throw down some bills if someone could help me with the coding as well. That is if someone is local enough.
 

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Car: 1999 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS

Are you doing this for someone else or you you have 2 cars?
 

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So what is coding dongle option for $135? Those lights are sweet. Adding to my wist list....
The coding dongle is ONLY for euro configurations. Not known to work for NAR vehicles. VCDS is the only solution - however the lights will work just fine until you get your coding done.

There will be an error displayed in the MFD as well as a light out indicator until your coding is done.
 

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I think it might be a VAG-COM like thing. I would not buy it. You only need lights and the adaptors. If you you want your own VAG-COM (VCDS) I would get the real thing.
That's what I figure... I think I'm better off putting the $135 towards the VCDS cable instead.
 

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The coding dongle is ONLY for euro configurations. Not known to work for NAR vehicles. VCDS is the only solution - however the lights will work just fine until you get your coding done.

There will be an error displayed in the MFD as well as a light out indicator until your coding is done.
Thanks for that bit of info! Good to know.
 

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Car: 1999 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS

Are you doing this for someone else or you you have 2 cars?
I am going to be buying a TDI in August/September after I get married. I have a long commute and my Subaru has 200K + miles on it so i need better MPG as well as a new car anyways.
 

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I am going to be buying a TDI in August/September after I get married. I have a long commute and my Subaru has 200K + miles on it so i need better MPG as well as a new car anyways.
Ok but why are you asking about fitting LED lights if you don't have one yet are you doing this for someone else? If you're having a new one they will come with LED's?

LED tail light install in MK6 MKVI Golf
 

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Ok but why are you asking about fitting LED lights if you don't have one yet are you doing this for someone else? If you're having a new one they will come with LED's?

LED tail light install in MK6 MKVI Golf
I don't think the new TDI's in the USA will come with the LED taillights only the LED headlights. But I could be wrong which would be nice.
 

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BUMP>>>>>

I haven't heard anything about LED tails on US 2012 TDI's. I'm even hearing now that they won't have LED DRL headlights.
 

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Well they are talked about on another forum I use and most of the guys are from the US.

Golf R LED Tail Lights
 

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What I'm referring to is that they won't come from the dealers with these lights. You have to put them on yourself and recode a little. Something I'm scurred to do :(
 
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