Electric Sunroof RD Installation.

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My car is a VW Passat with an electric sunroof. My previous RD was installed via the wiring in the sunroof. No way was I going to use the cigarette lighter adapter for my new Valentine1, I'm going to find a way to wire it directly. I pulled open the sunroof hatch (haven't been there in years) and was surprised to see how many cubby spaces there are. I was able to fit in the Direct Wire Adapter along with the Fuse Adapter. I did an inelegant job of soldering the wires and created a big blob of silicone to cover up the soldering job. Everything works fine and there is plenty more room for a BT Module (just now ordered)
 
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:) If you can provide some, I'd be interested to see!
 

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:) If you can provide some, I'd be interested to see!
After I get the BT Dongle in there.

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OK, here it is. The open-hatch shows the power adapter, the fuse adapter, and the BT module. The big white blob is silicone to hold the soldered wires together and protected. The other picture shows it with the the hatch cover in place and the black connecting wire to the V1.

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Tip for you:
Generally the front edge of the hoodliner is not attached to anything substantial. You might be able to run that cable above the liner and have it come out at the windshield. :)

Maybe remove that visor clip temporarily to get some clearance.
 

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I have a similar install in my BMW, with the hardwire kit and BT dongle installed in the overhead console where one of the sunroof motors is and the wire to the V1 coming out between the headliner and windshield as BlueV1 described. Makes for a slick install!
 

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Tip for you:
Generally the front edge of the hoodliner is not attached to anything substantial. You might be able to run that cable above the liner and have it come out at the windshield. :)

Maybe remove that visor clip temporarily to get some clearance.
Thanks, but it's as slick as I need it to be. To me, my main concession has been that it is hard-wired (and soldered) into a non-switched circuit. OK for leaving it on for hours and even overnight, but otherwise to be turned off using the main V1 switch for any period of time.
 

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I'm not sure we are talking about the same thing. :) I was not commenting on whether it was soldered or constant power or not.

I'm saying that the cable you have coming out between the cover panel and the headliner could easily be run so that it is visible only between the glass and the headliner edge.
I have installed mine in numerous rental cars for over 2.5 years (I'd rent them for 3-4 months at a time and then they'd make me switch to another because I'd hit 40,000 miles) and it was always pretty easy to get the wire between the headliner and the glass.
You might be able to do the same by removing the clip that your visor clips to, pulling the edge of the headliner down gently and feeding the end of that cable through. :)
 

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