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    DIY: installing aftermarket lighted CVT gearshift surround

    I'm just in the process of installing one of these

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gear-Trim-Ge...ff3de&vxp=mtrg



    will probably just take a power feed off the accessory socket but would appreciate any advice.

    Went for the black carbon fiber.



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    Looks nice.

    EDIT:
    make sure to document and snap pictures if you can to share. I'm sure lots of people would appreciate it.

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    Gear Shift Surround Replacement.

    Here goes - Sorry about quality made the pictures retrospectively

    1. Remove shift knob - stock just unscrews my momo uses studs
    2. move the 2 pop in lugs by pushing in the center.Name:  WP_20140518_012.jpg
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    3. pop out the small window behind the cup holder and remove 10mm bolt.Name:  WP_20140518_004.jpg
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    4. pop out center piece (use finger nails)..Name:  WP_20140518_007.jpg
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    ..... and remove 10mm bolt.Name:  WP_20140518_005.jpg
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    center console should now lift out.
    5. Unclip original gear surround by lifting 4 lugs at corners (picture show a replacement)Name:  WP_20140518_015.jpg
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    6. extend wire on replacement surround by soldiering on additional wire - I used speaker wire
    7. clip new unit in place (tip: make sure wire from surround in sticking straight down so it goes into the cavity and doesn't get pinched by the edge of the cavity) ..... feed the wire through mounting/carpet and up behind dash. (tip: use 9V battery to check that lights will work - remember that LEDs have polarity (+ and -)
    8. Replace center console and shift knob.
    9. remove glove box - open, squeeze sides, pivot right down to floor and unclip.
    10. remove plug from back of accessories socket. Black wire is - , purple wire is +
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    11. Test and replace glovebox. Name:  WP_20140518_014.jpg
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    With this installation lights are always on from accessory key position. Would love to have them come on with headlights only but would need a wiring diagram - don't want to set off any airbags explosive seatbelt pretensioners etc.
    Left a bit of spare wire to tap into for blue LED underdash lighting in future.


    Buy from here http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gear-LED-sur...-/271427331544

    Enjoy

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    Great detail in the write-up. Looks good to boot.

    Nice improvement at a very reasonable price.

    Enjoy!

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    Thanks for all the feedback. The accessory really looks cool to install.

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    With this installation lights are always on from accessory key position. Would love to have them come on with headlights only but would need a wiring diagram - don't want to set off any airbags explosive seatbelt pretensioners etc.
    Hi Jid,

    Thanks for the write up.

    To have the lights switch on when headlights or park lights are on, you can source the electricity from the fuse box rather than from the accessory socket. If you tap your wire to the rear left light fuse (found in the fuse box next to the glove box), you lights will come on when you switch on your parking lights.

    Hope this helps.
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    Nice..
    Does it light the different positions when the shifter is in 'em or is the entire strip lighted?
    Will weld for beer.

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    Thanks for the tip kidInMe
    Not confident about hacking into the fuse box yet (even though I teach electronics)
    I am going to experiment with dimming them down a bit though.

    To answer Ichabod
    The whole strip is lighted

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    Interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jid View Post
    Thanks for the tip kidInMe
    Not confident about hacking into the fuse box yet (even though I teach electronics)
    I am going to experiment with dimming them down a bit though.
    You can use something like this. Maybe to go with the interior lights fuse:




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