Red turn signals have always bothered me. They’re much harder to notice than amber turn signals and difficult to differentiate from the brake lights in certain cars. The MKV cars have amber turn signals in Europe but for some reason, the US-spec cars get the horrible red flasher. Fortunately not all is lost. A forum member by the name of Darcness came up with a cheap, very easy DIY to incorporate amber turn signals into the US-spec tail lights. It just requires you to purchase two bulb sockets. The mod requires some soldering but it is not difficult. It also requires the use of VAG-COM to change some settings around.
I love this mod, I finished it up a few days ago and the amber turn signals do a much better job of signaling my intent to other drivers. They are a little dimmer in the daytime but still very noticeable. At night, they are absolutely fantastic. I’ll get a picture up ASAP. I will say that you should use 921NA bulbs in the mod. It will give you the brightest light in this application. A 194/168/916 bulb will fit and work but is dimmer than the 921. The thread on the forum will state that there might be heat issues but with the intermittent nature of a turn signal, that won’t be a problem. It may not even be a problem with continuous usage.
You’ll need a few things for the DIY:
(x2) 921 NA (Amber) wedge bulbs
(x2) bulb holders (Order these exact ones www.discoverbulbs.com/connectors.htm. Click the link and scroll to the 194/921 wedge pigtail connectors; they are part number 60-XX @ 2.99 each)
EDIT: This site no longer exists. Try looking for 194 bulb sockets or pigtail connectors on ebay. A Google search will also bring up a good amount of sources.
Vag com or someone who has it
And finally the link to his DIY below
Amber Rear Turn Signals – DIY
Can’t thank Darcness enough for his DIY! If you find his DIY useful, send your thanks his way on that post!
Here’s a video of them in action: