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Here's a description with pics of my LCD power and remote-turn on wire run. I ran two 12ga (powering the LCD) and a single 14ga (remote turn-on to M1-ATX) from hatch to dash, along the passenger side. The LCD power wires stay at the radio cage, while the remote turn-on wire continues over to the fuse panel. When I say "rear seat bottom" or "door sill", I mean the passenger side. However, I've done a run up each side now and they are identical until you get to the dash. Also see the [link]http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=967146]vwvortex.com forums post[/link] for proper information on tearing apart your car, this is an approximation, I take no responsiibility if you break something.
The order presented is not the order I did everything, it just makes for a bit easier to understand in a post. Also, I took pictures after the fact. So, it'll look different than when you're actually pulling the wire.
- Take a minute and disconnect your battery. You don't HAVE to, but I felt safer knowing it was dead. (Yes, I actually disconnected it and didn't leave it where it is in the pic)
- Starting in the hatch, remove the spare tire cover. Pull the styrfoam tools insert. I put all the tools in a gallon ziplock bag and stuck them in the bottom-left crevice of the spare tire well. I wrapped the jack in the towel and stuck in the glove box.
- The wire runs go underneath the carpet near the rear seats. This takes a bit of doing. move the rear seat bottom up. You'll see a black button about 1.5" diameter. Unscrew it.
- Unlatch and pull the rear seatback forward. You will see another button next to the seatbelt. Unscrew it.
- I don't have a good description for this, but if you move the rear seat back up a bit and push the wire under the carpet from the hatch, you can feed it under the rear seatback and towards the bottom seatbelt anchor. It takes lots of wiggling. Having unscrewed those "buttons", you can wiggle the trim piece that runs up the side of the rear seat back, which helps. When done it looked like this:
- From here, you're going towards the door sill, running behind the trim piece that holds the rear woofer. Again, it's a bunch of wiggling, but eventually you can tuck it under.
- Screw on the "buttons", put your rear seat back and bottom into place.
- Pry up the door sill by using gentle pressure on the outside of the sill. There are several clips along it's length. The wire fits towards the outside of the sill, underneath the padding and insulation.
- Gently pry up the corner piece where the sill meets the glovebox trim. This never came very loose for me, but it was enough.
- Remove the glovebox side trim (sorry no picture), you can pry it loose with a screwdriver. There are 3 or 4 clips and a slot. BE CAREFUL. I broke one clip because I pulled too hard. It seems to go back on alright though.
- Pull your radio. See vwvortex.com for instruction. There is a hollow area above the glovebox from the from the right side (where you pulled that trim piece) to the radio cage. Use whatever trickery you want to get the wire through. My wire was stiff enough that I was able to directly feed it from one side and grab it from the radio cage side.
- Re-fasten the door sill and sill-to-glovebox trim piece. Make sure you get the clips in the holes. Re-attach the glovebox side trim pice. BE CAREFUL! It's easy to bend/break a clip.
You now have wire to power your LCD at your dash cage. I'll come back to getting actual power on these wires later.
Next post, remote wire from dash to fuse panel...