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Old 04-20-2008, 04:10 PM   #1
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Post How To JDM Tail light mod 04-05 (WITH PIX)

ok so i was looking on how to do this mod and i searched the forum. i found some how to's but they required rewiring and i found one that didn't but the pictures where all dead... so after i played with my lights for a bit i found out how to do it.

its not that hard and there is no rewiring required.

Step 1. Remove light and harness from the car.
Step 2. Remove the far right light and take out the bulb then move it to the middle light location.
Step 3. take the middle light and move it to far left light.
Step 4. take the light from the far left and move it to the far right.

**NOTE: the harness will be a little tight. its ok**

so here you go hope this helps!

Stock USDM tail lights

Parking lights on no brake


Parking lights with brake


JDM Tail light mod

Parking light no brake


Parking lights on with brake
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:45 AM   #2
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I figured I would post up the diagram that I used to make it work.

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Old 05-23-2008, 04:16 AM   #3
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Ups is delivering my tail lights later today. Thanks for the pics!
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:32 PM   #4
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wow, what a coincidence, I just did this mod last night...
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Old 05-27-2008, 01:24 AM   #5
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why you took the bulb out
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Old 07-18-2008, 08:59 AM   #6
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sweet! Im doing this tonight!
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Old 07-18-2008, 01:41 PM   #7
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After I discovered this thread about a month ago, I went right outside and did this with a friend. I am very pleased with it.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:25 PM   #8
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wow you went into depth explaining how to switch 3 bulb spots haha.
thanks though! I (and i think we) appreciate the pics and time you spent man!
now im gonna go do mine haha.
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:59 PM   #9
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i just did mine...but a little differently...

i just took the bulb out of the #2 slot...and then swapped #1 and #3. this way the circle part will stay on with the parking lights (and nothing else)...but it will brighten as a brake light along with the outside light. doing it this way though...i had to extend the ground wires on both light...but it's not hard at all

anything for a little added light when the brakes are on.
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Old 10-20-2008, 10:17 AM   #10
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my number 3 harness doesnt reach the number 1 spot. am i doing this right
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:35 PM   #11
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Is there a way to do this with the 06 STI tail lights?
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:05 AM   #12
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Hey I have a quick question. I want to switch it back to stock, but it seems very difficult to remove the harnesses from the slots. 1 of them is easy, but the other too seem like they do not want to come out. Any advice?
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Old 11-23-2008, 03:14 PM   #13
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Hey I have a quick question. I want to switch it back to stock, but it seems very difficult to remove the harnesses from the slots. 1 of them is easy, but the other too seem like they do not want to come out. Any advice?
is it #2 that is easy to remove? that was the easiest one to do for me.

do the other 2 turn to unlock at least? I just did this mod a few minutes ago and had your post in mind. Once I did the mod I undid it just to make sure. mine unlocked but didn't want to come out at first. I gently pried at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock and it popped out. I definately noticed while I was changing the plugs that while they are interchangeable, they do not fit perfectly. you are probably just getting the same resistance comming out as they gave you going in. play around with it. be gentle, and walk away for 15 minutes if you start getting pissed off. I tend to break things when i'm frustrated.
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:34 PM   #14
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I guess ill try that. Thanks. What did you use to pry it out?
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Old 12-13-2008, 07:31 PM   #15
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my number 3 harness doesnt reach the number 1 spot. am i doing this right
+1, am i going to need to splice the black wire??
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Old 12-20-2008, 04:14 PM   #16
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+1, am i going to need to splice the black wire??
x2. wont reach

lol @ the thread date

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Old 01-15-2009, 10:14 AM   #17
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just so i understand completely, there isnt supposed to be a bulb in the middle spot then?
that what it looks like in the pics so i just want to make sure
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:36 PM   #18
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is it possible to re-pin the plug on the harness?

if so wouldnt that be easier im sure you can get a tool to do this at radioshack or something if not one of those jewlers screwdrivers.
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:55 AM   #19
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actually this only took about 30 seconds to do. i dont think it gets any easier then that
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Old 01-24-2009, 05:19 PM   #20
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i just threw up all over the place

easiest mod to date, did it in like a minute.

epic own

edit: Bump for original post date -_______-
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:56 PM   #21
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just did this. took like 5 minutes. looks great.
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:19 AM   #22
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sweet write up meng. good job with the pix
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:35 PM   #23
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lol i just did this and all my wires reached and everything. took me 10 mins thanks to this write up. props dude.
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:14 PM   #24
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Just installed 04-05 tails on my 06 WRX. Unwrapped, snipped, and spliced some of the commons so it would reach easier. It took longer to get the trunk liner up than it did to do this! Looks fantastic, now I just need to debadge tonight.
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:36 PM   #25
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cant do this shiet with the 06 harness because its too short and i dont want to cut any wires
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