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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:04 pm    Post subject: Is the driver's side dome light different in a Westfalia? Reply with quote

Quick question. I am finishing my Syncro tin top to Westfalia conversion and the dome light by the driver's door appears to be too short to fit in the Westfalia headliner.

I am pretty certain that the hole in the Westfalia headliner that I have installed is original. It has the metal and rivet tabs on each side.

I am looking online but just finding one dome light for pretty much all VW's up to 1991. I think this is the same shorter one as I have.

https://www.gowesty.com/product/bulbs-sockets/25144/dome-light-led-bulb?v=

https://www.busdepot.com/823947105b

Does anyone know what's going on here? Is there a different dome light for a Westy? Or am I just hallucinating?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:42 am    Post subject: Re: Is the dome light different in a Westfalia (by the driver's door Reply with quote

its just much harder to install into a plywood panel and the metal cutout together than the metal cutout and vinyl roof (probably you should clip only into the plywood.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:15 am    Post subject: Re: Is the dome light different in a Westfalia (by the driver's door Reply with quote

ZsZ wrote:
its just much harder to install into a plywood panel and the metal cutout together than the metal cutout and vinyl roof (probably you should clip only into the plywood.


Actually, my problem is the opposite. The one I have won't fit in the hole because it's too short. So it falls down.

But reading your comment, I am assuming that it should be the same dome light as a regular tin-top. So maybe there is something wrong with mine (broken tab perhaps).

I will just order a new one.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:25 am    Post subject: Re: Is the dome light different in a Westfalia (by the driver's door Reply with quote

Now that you mention it, I have a vague memory of a stamped sheetmetal bracket between the headliner board and the vans sheetmetal. Itís very vague.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Is the dome light different in a Westfalia (by the driver's door Reply with quote

Just some closure on this. i found the issue.

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My light was missing the metal tab (clip) on the opposite side from the switch - the two spares I had as well!

I ordered a new one and voila!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Is the driver's side dome light different in a Westfalia? Reply with quote

Try these LEDs in your domes. They are super bright and throw warm light.

https://tinyurl.com/vj4e4yl
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Is the driver's side dome light different in a Westfalia? Reply with quote

You really should try to find a Mk2 dome light with the delay feature. Fits and looks just like stock
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Is the driver's side dome light different in a Westfalia? Reply with quote

izzydog wrote:
Try these LEDs in your domes. They are super bright and throw warm light.

https://tinyurl.com/vj4e4yl


Yes that's what I put in there. Much nicer.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Is the driver's side dome light different in a Westfalia? Reply with quote

Zeitgeist 13 wrote:
You really should try to find a Mk2 dome light with the delay feature. Fits and looks just like stock


Thanks - I will keep that in mind for the future. Still too much to do on the van...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Is the driver's side dome light different in a Westfalia? Reply with quote

I came up with this version to drastically improve light output...

https://uniwerksdesign.com/product/door-light-vanagon/

It's been a real hit with customers. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Is the driver's side dome light different in a Westfalia? Reply with quote

Hi,

Got the same led festoon lights in my van, couple of tips...

If you can, add a drop of solder to the appropriate spots on end of festoon. Helps to stop them rotating around with driving vibrations.

Second, I notice they are very sensitive, or should I say they are sensitive to poor connection at the door switches, the actual contacts there. They can flicker when poor ground.

Iíve got the golf/jetta delay unit on drivers side light. It does work fine with the leds.

Cheers

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