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    Smile Done my rear interior lighting

    Following on from this thread:
    http://forum.vectra-c.com/showthread.php?t=23608

    I picked up my rear light on Tuesday, and had a mess around with it today.

    My Vectra is a Hatchback. I've seen a couple of pictures of it being done on the Saloon, so don't know if it's any different.



    First, I unscrewed the rear passenger side roof handle. Then I pulled down the headlining from the back of the car. It's held on by 3 tough velcro strips. Don't force or it will rip them off.


    Now on the passenger side of the car, the left hand velcro strip, about 6 inches towards the front of the car, there should be either 1 or 2 ribbon cables taped to the back of the headlining with sticky cloth tape. Carefully peel back this tape to reveal either 1 or 2 connectors with flat ribbon cable.

    (sorry for the bright picture)

    Peel back enough of the tape so the ribbon cable can be moved around freely for about 12inch.
    You can now move the ribbon cables to the side of the car, so they are sticking out of the side of the headlining at the rear passenger door.


    If you have 2 cables like the picture above. They are different. The wider ribbon cable is the rear light cable. The thinner ribbon cable is the rear park assist cable I think.
    So you can now test each cable in the rear light itself to test if it works, before you start cutting up the headlining and finding out it doesn't work.


    Here it is hanging out of the headlining and clearly it is working when the doors are open, and turns off when the doors close



    I haven't got round to cutting the hole, and fitting it permenatly yet, but when I do, I'll put a full detailed How2 up.
    It may ease the nerves of some of you who are reluctant to do it...



    Thanks
    Dan



    Forgot to mention, when pulling down the headlining, be careful not to pull out any of the cables running down to the boot in the top left corner of the headlining. You may want to pull the cloth tape away from them too, to give to headlining a bit of play to move.
    Whether you disconnect the battery is up to you. I didn't need to because I was careful with the wires, but if you've got heavy hands, you may want to disconnect the battery, and leave it 30 minutes to settle, before doing this. That gives the side airbags time to discharge any electricty, and prevent them going off accidentally.
    Last edited by danlat1415; 16th May 2007 at 20:39.

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    Nice mate keep us informed of the outcome!

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    Well done mate, balls of steel!

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    Yeah you have to be a brave men to cut holes all around your nice car!

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    cheers for the piccies - I'm sure thay will help a lot when I come to do this mod

    Neil

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    I bought a light but haven't been brave enough to get the stanley knife out yet - I'll be very interested to see more pics as the upgrade progresses - cheers

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    It's truly not difficult, just be really sure of what is behind the headlining, so you don't cut cables or get too close to the supports (resulting in non fit of light)

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    I'll probably take the plunge at the weekend & do it

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    anyone know if this can be done in an estate?

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    Cut a template out in some stiff card of the interior light then use this to cut around on the headlining rather than the light.

    Also remember, you can never cut too little, but you can cut too much, just take your time

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