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How to Install 2006-2008 VW Golf & GTI Aftermarket Taillights

Updated on October 18, 2013

2008 Volkswagen GTI

2005-2008 VW Golf & GTI Aftermarket Tail Lights

Whenever you plan to work on your car it is important that you take all of the safety precautions possible as well as preparing your work area. Please be sure to wear the appropriate protective gear such as work gloves and safety goggles.

In addition to wearing protective eyewear we recommend working on your VW Golf or GTI only when it is parked on a level surface in a dry and well lighted area. We also advise spread a mat or sheet adjacent to the work area to use as a staging area for the installation and to prevent damage to the OEM and replacement lights.

Recommended Installation Tools

We recommend that you obtain the four tools shown above to make the installation as quick and hassle-free as possible. They are as follows:

  1. Handy Remover
  2. 13mm Wrench
  3. 10mm Wrench
  4. Flat Head Screwdriver

Step 1 - Open Plastic Cover

Open the plastic cover on the inside of the trunk to reveal the light socket of the trunk portion taillight.

Step 2 - Unplug Socket by Turning Clockwise

Unplug socket by turning clockwise and remove the light bulb.

Step 3 - Remove Two Bolts

Using a wrench, unscrew the two bolts holding the stock taillight in place.

Step 4 - Remove Taillight

Remove stock tail light and place on sheet or mat.

Step 5 - Install Aftermarket Light

Install aftermarket trunk light where OEM taillight had been located.

Step 6 - Replace Two Bolts

Replace the two bolts to secure replacement taillight.

Step 7 - Replace Plastic Cover

Plug in light and socket and replace cover.

Step 8 - Pull Back Rug

Step 9 - Pop Out Harness with Flat Head Screwdriver

Using a flat head screwdriver, pop out the harness.

Step 10 - Unscrew Two Bolts

Unscrew two bolts.

Step 11 - Remove Taillight

Remove stock taillight.

Step 12 - Remove Light Bulb Socket Frame

Remove light bulb frame.

Step 13 - Place Light Bulb Frame in Aftermarket Taillight

Take stock light bulb frame and install it in the replacement taillight housing.

Step 14 - Install Aftermarket Taillight

Install aftermarket taillights in the stock location.

Step 15 - Replace Two Bolts

Replace the two bolts used to secure taillight to vehicle.

Step 16 - Reconnect Harness

Connect the harness to the aftermarket light.

Step 17 - Test Lights

Be sure to check your taillights to ensure they function prior to taking your vehicle out on the road.

2005-2008 VW Golf/GTI Installation Video

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