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Old 02-11-2004, 11:42 PM   #1
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Cool 04 tailights

I don't know if anyone else has done this swap, but there is no comparison between the look of the 2003 tail lights and the 2004. I just installed a set of 2004's on my Sonic '03. $360 bucks new from local Sube dealer. Minor trimming with a Dremel on the '03 bumper cover. I think it's a great enhancement.
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Old 02-11-2004, 11:53 PM   #2
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Might do this afterall without changing bumper!

Was doing this with chargespeed Ver 2 rear bumper.

Good job!

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Old 02-12-2004, 01:44 AM   #3
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hey, these fill that little area next to the fender. these look nice.
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Old 02-12-2004, 02:06 AM   #4
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I did it on my 02 SRP WRX
it looks way better than 02 stock
I didn't cut the bumper so there's a little gap on the bottom but it's not that visible so it's fine with me.
here's the link:
http://www.pbase.com/bongta029/red_wrx
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Old 02-12-2004, 02:08 AM   #5
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btw where did u get the wings?
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Old 02-12-2004, 02:24 AM   #6
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THats pretty interesting. Never really thought of that due to their shape...
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Old 02-12-2004, 07:24 AM   #7
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subimp6u08 btw where did u get the wings?
Mach V.
I've bought it in Java Black to bring out the trim on the car. I also painted the STI scoop the same color and added a flatting agent as not to reflect the sunlight. I wanted it a little diffferent.
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Old 02-12-2004, 09:21 AM   #8
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Looks awesome, I was talking to a friend about how cool that would look on an 02/03 and here it is for real

Awesome job.

Signed,
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Old 02-12-2004, 07:37 PM   #9
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Can you say which tool of the dremel did you use? How did you get the paint from "baking"?
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Old 02-12-2004, 07:45 PM   #10
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I used a small round carbide bit with a med cut. I put masking tape on the bumper cover.. put the new tail light up to
where it bolts in, and traced the two areas where I needed to trim. One area is the one under the round portion of the light and the other is on the lower outside corner. You can't miss it. Take a little off at a time and keep checking your work.
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Old 02-12-2004, 08:30 PM   #11
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Will do, thanks!
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Old 03-28-2004, 02:55 AM   #12
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ljaviation or subimp6u08, would it have been possible to dremel the lights instead of the bumper? I'm guessing not though.

Oh, anyone have a pic of the lights at night in parking light mode and braking mode?
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Old 03-28-2004, 11:57 AM   #13
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If you dremel the lights they won't be water tight anymore and you will get condensation on the inside. Better to trim the bumper trim.
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Old 03-28-2004, 06:31 PM   #14
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looks nice!
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Old 04-26-2004, 02:40 AM   #15
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Dremeling the lights? sounds great.. won't leak as long as you use exposy on that.. spread that over a layer of fiberglass, then get some red tail light paint and paint that shiznat
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Old 04-26-2004, 05:56 AM   #16
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subimp6u08 didn't have to trim anything, it bolts up nicely.
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Old 12-04-2004, 06:35 PM   #17
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I was just curious, on my 03 if I were to just buy a pair of 04 taillights and an 04 back bumper body kit, or oem 04 rear bumper, would it fit right on? the would everything line up for the tailight and rear bumper conversion?
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Old 12-05-2004, 11:59 AM   #18
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I think so... I may do that also
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Old 12-05-2004, 09:18 PM   #19
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interesting as I was thinking the same thing on the rear tail lights! nice to know someone did it before I just jump on it.
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Old 12-05-2004, 09:32 PM   #20
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guys i think he meant dremel the bumper piece, not the light, so condensation and water leaks are irrelevant
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Old 12-05-2004, 10:01 PM   #21
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that would be a duh. no flame intended

as a new bumper cover is likly more then a 02 at $220 so 04 is even more.
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Old 12-05-2004, 10:26 PM   #22
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For clarification:
Dremel the bumper cover, not the light- first post..... LJ
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Old 12-06-2004, 06:56 PM   #23
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can you please post pics of where the round part actually meets the bumper? I currently have an 05 and I would like to get a bugeye rear bumper to replace mine so I can fit the OEM rear lip on it.
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Old 12-06-2004, 07:03 PM   #24
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Really nice job with the Dremel. Looks good.

On a related note... am I the only person who actually likes the 02-03 lights better?

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Old 12-08-2004, 04:32 AM   #25
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Really nice job with the Dremel. Looks good.

On a related note... am I the only person who actually likes the 02-03 lights better?

Sergi

No you are not the only one. My wife likes them too.
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