Reverse Light Wiring Diagram

'67 Beetle Reverse Lights

If you own a ’67 Beetle, the rear reverse lights should be an old friend. They have provided confidence in the form of two bright bulbs illuminating your rear view, every time you put the car in reverse.

Sometimes, things don’t always work as they should. Currently, my own ’67 Beetle has a short somewhere in the reverse lights. With the recent birth of our twins, I’ve yet to make time to track the problem. This reverse light diagram was sent to 1967beetle.com and thought I’d share. If you ever run into a short yourself, this should help you track the issue. Download below.

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Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I founded and curate 1967beetle.com. I also co-founded Lane Russell with my wife Amanda. I drive a '67 Beetle daily, and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

34 Comments

timm

about 5 years ago

Back up... wait, twins?!! Ha!

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Eric

about 5 years ago

Don't you love how I threw that in there kinda under the radar? :)

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Jody Sauvageau

about 5 years ago

Who knows the difference between early & late back up lights?

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Eric

about 5 years ago

Hmmmm! School us, wise one.

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Jody Sauvageau

about 5 years ago

The lenght of the wire. Early lights have about a three foot length, were as the later lights have about an inch of wire with a female connector.

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Eric

about 5 years ago

You've got the sickness, bro.

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Jaime

about 5 years ago

Congrats on your beaitiful twins Eric ! Hope all is well.

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Eric

about 5 years ago

Thank you!!!!

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Sam Glenn

about 5 years ago

Congratulations Mom & Dad. You will need to find a matching pair of 67s'. I'm a twin, from waaaaay back.

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Eric

about 5 years ago

Sam, Thanks! Really, you are? Twin '67 Beetles; that is a good idea!

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Hank Bahmer

about 5 years ago

Thanks for supplying very useful info Hank Bahmer

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Eric

about 5 years ago

Sure!

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Jaime

about 5 years ago

Eric, thank you for wiring diagram. I'm having issues with my back up lights as well and I'm kind of frustrated. I changed the fuse last night and checked the bulbs and that didn't work, so my next three steps are to check the wires, connectors and switch. However, it's been about 30 plus years since I've been underneath a Beetle and I recently purchased an Original Service Manual (Bentley) for my 67 but there are no pictures or mention of where the switch is located ! I will eventually find it, but I can't remember where exactly it is located on the transmission housing ?

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Eric

about 5 years ago

No problem! It's the old saying, "follow the wire." I believe it's near the nose cone of the tranny, right in the front. Jay could chime in on this as well. It's a simple function, so you should be able to track the issue. Let us know!

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Jaime

about 5 years ago

Thank's Eric, I appreciate it ! I hope you and your beautiful family are doing well, take care ! Jaime

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Louie

about 5 years ago

Congrats on the twins!!!! This story comes just in time for me. I just bought some reverse lights from wolfsburg west for mine. Great info as always. -Louie

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Eric

about 5 years ago

Thanks!

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Wayne Moore

about 4 years ago

reverse lights...... luxury :) i have a 1966..... Great job with the site!!!

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Eric

about 4 years ago

Thank you!! It's fun, and a labor of love.

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Derek Buz Brundage

about 4 years ago

What size fuse does this inline take?

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Eric Shoemaker

about 4 years ago

Derek, You'd need to run the 8 AMP. Wolfsburg West has them.

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Todd

about 4 years ago

Hi, What guage wire should be used when connecting the reverse lights on a 67 bug? What is the best way to insulate and hold the wires in place under the chassis once you connect them to the reverse switch and run them through the firewall to the coil and to the reverse lights? Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Eric Shoemaker

about 4 years ago

Todd, The vintage VW smoke signals are out. We will have some answers for you soon.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 4 years ago

From Jeremy Goodspeed. "16AWG is the closest."

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Todd

about 4 years ago

Awesome! Thanks for the quick reply! Any idea what is the best way to secure the wires from the revrrse switch to the coil and lights under the chassis? Gonna try to get this done this weekend.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 4 years ago

Let me look at my '67.

Jay Salser

about 4 years ago

Todd...Here's Jeremy Goodspeed with the answers: For those who need the routing of the back-up wiring Routing of the back-up light wiring should start @ the 15 terminal (powered with key on) of the coil and route behind the carburetor to a bracket on the upper right of the fan shroud. At this point a fuse holder with an 8 amp fuse is recommended. The shroud has a small hole to support the clip that holds the fuse holder. from this point the wire wraps around the shroud to a grommet on the right bottom of the rear fire wall. The wire goes directly to the switch on the front of the transmission. From this switch the output wire goes back the same way and has a 1 into 2 terminal just before going back into the same grommet on the firewall. Two wire will enter here. one wire goes to the left side and the other goes right. each wire will exit in the same hole as the taillight harness. there is a clip in the fender well and the wire is supported here as not to come into contact with anything else. From there it exits at the bumper lower bumper grommet. Jeremy Goodspeed Thanks Jeremy!

Todd

about 4 years ago

Thanks Jeremy, Eric, Jody, and J.K.! I appreciate the help! I will let you know how it goes this weekend.

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Jay Salser

about 4 years ago

Let's add this Link to Jeremy's description of the routing of the wires and the clip by which wiring is attached to the inside fender well: http://www.wolfsburgwest.com/cart/DetailsList.cfm?ID=111837421 If this clip is not the same, it is quite similar and should work for the same purpose. Thanks, Jeremy!

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Todd

about 3 years ago

Guys, My 1967 Beetle cabriolet now has functioning reverse lights! Thanks for all the help and advice! I will post some photos as soon as possible. It's been a miserable, cold rainy weekend here, so this was the perfect project! Again, thanks for the help! --Todd.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 3 years ago

Great to hear!

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Jay Salser

about 3 years ago

That's the way to make a cold, rainy day count, for sure! Congratulations on the reverse lamp installation. jay

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Drew Montoya

about 2 years ago

The download link is not working.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

Let me take a look.

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