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I purchased aftermarket AMG illuminated door sills, and because im still in school, asked my dad to take them to his mercedes mechanic today to have them installed. This was a mistake being that this guy obviously works on cars out of warranty, and failed to realize how to even put the new ones on. Long story short, i got home and figured it out for myself. Im curious as to where the 12V power source (lacking proper vocabulary im sure), is located, and how complicated is the connection of the wires to this source. Ive alrady figured out where to feed the wires under the carpet and everything, so if this process can be easily explained and carried out by someone with reasonable knowledge of electronics, please help me out. thanks.<br>
Eric
 
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I installed mine. You need a voltmeter to test out the hot wire (12V).

I don't remember the colors but typically, it's thick and red. The right side is not as thick as the left side's hot wire and is not solid red.<br> <br> I hope I made sense. Find/ask a friend who knows something about electricals.
 
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Thank you, that actually does make sense, i get it, one more question....

Where is the 12V located in the car? passenger side somewhere correct? im going to go ahead and get all the wires to the hot wire and let the mechanic do the cutting and what not. please let me know. thanks again for the prior information.
 
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yeah....

thats the damn battery isnt it...haha yet another reason to let a professional do the work. i think ill stick to the books for now. am i right?
 
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Eric, hot = 12V... (more)

The aftermarket sills combine both red/hot wire into one. What I did was split them so each door is independently wired. <br> <br> I also wired the ground to the doorswitch. The doorswitch is switched ground, not switched 12V. So the lights will only turn on when the door is open -- not all the time.<br> <br> So to make it easy to understand, here's a summary:<br> <br> - split the red wire from each light panel<br> - connect the red wire of each light panel to the hot wire/red wire (12V) of the car for each side<br> - connect the black wire (gnd) of the light panel to the doorswitch ground wire for each side.<br> <br> I hope this helps. I'm sure if you tell this to an electrician, he'll know what to do. My best suggestion is to go to a stereo installer as I am 99% sure they'll know what to do because they install car alarms and mess with electronics.<br>
 
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Thank you again...(more)

Granted your explination is like ancient Greek to me, i will definitely be able to relay the steps to someone who can handle it. The pictures look great, had these sills for a while, cant wait to get them working. Ive got some money burning a hole in my pocket, so ive got to find something else to add to my car. Thanks again for the help.<br>
ERIC
 
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Re: Thank you again...(more)

Eric, and all, where are you all getting these AMG door sills?<br> They sure seem more pleasing than the 'stock' sills which only confirm that the car is an M-B<br> <br> TIA<br> <br> Jim
 
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Check eBay for them.

Although my car is only a 430, I think it's still better than the Mercedes Benz lettering.<br> <br> One day... when I get a real AMG... :)
 
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