The VW Headlight Switch installs into the dash with a 14mm dash nut escutcheon and has a 5mm threaded post for a knob (sold
separately, available above). The headlight knob has 3 positions (off / parking-running lights / headlights-running lights) as well
as a rheostat control (twist the knob at the second or third position) to dim or brighten the dash lights. The headlight switch fits
1971 through 1977 Standard Beetles, 1971 through 1972 Super Beetles, 1971 through 1974 Karmann Ghias and 1971 through 1973 Type 3s.
A Dash Switch Escutcheon Tool makes removing and installing the switch much easier, click here for a link to it.
This switch can be installed in place of the 311941531B Headlight switch for 1968 through 1970 Beetles, 1968 through 1970 Karmann Ghias and 1968 through 1970 Type 3
The adaptation is simple and only requires 2 Piggy Back Terminals, a short length of wire, and 2 crimp on 1/4" terminal ends. See the additional images
above for instructions.
California Prop 65 Warning:
Please Note:The information listed below is for stock, unmodified VW's manufactured for sale in the US. VW's are commonly modified and very often parts from another year VW may have been installed on your car. California Pacific JBugs is not responsible for any errors if your car has been modified in any way.
Replacing the Headlight Switch (and most all the VW Switches) is very simple. The headlight terminals are numbered, their designations are:
30 - Battery Power from the Fuse Box
- 2nd 30 terminal not used
56 - Power to Headlight Relay
58 - Power to the Running Light Terminal on the Fuse Box
X - Power from the Ignition Switch
58b - Power to the Dash Bulbs
If your switch has 58L and 58R they are NOT USED. (They are powered on at the first position only.)
VW Factory Color Coding:
30 - Red
56 - White or White w/Black Stripe
58 - Grey
58b - White w/Red Stripe
X - Red w/Black Stripe at Headlight Switch. Changes to Black w/Yellow Stripe at Ignition Switch