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Old 05-06-2011, 10:52 AM   #1
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Default JDM taillight mod DIY

This is a fairly easy modification you can do in 5-10 minutes.

The only tool you'll need is a flathead screwdriver (this may not be necessary if you have fingernails).

To access the taillights, you need to remove clips from your trunk.

There is one clip on the driver side:




There are two clips on the passenger side:



I found the following picture of the taillight:

Instructions:
Take out the three harnesses.
Take the one that was closest to you and move it to the furthest one.
Move the middle one closest to you.
Remove the harness from the furthest, and move it to the middle.
Remove the middle bulb
Replace the clips



Pictures (these are not my car - it's still light out)

Before (no brake):


Before (brake):


After (no brake):


After (brake):




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Last edited by static-psi; 05-06-2011 at 11:31 AM. Reason: I MADE ONE
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Old 05-06-2011, 12:07 PM   #2
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I have mine as the outside and inside are running lights and the center is the stoplight.

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Old 05-07-2011, 10:30 AM   #3
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Iphone photos suck
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:35 AM   #4
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thats pretty sick, i like it!!
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:59 PM   #5
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Thanks
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Old 05-22-2011, 05:01 PM   #6
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The wires on the harnesses became really tight after doing it.

Drivers side middle harness is a pain to take out.
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:49 AM   #7
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i have the same tail lights but i have all the bottoms come on when i pressing on the breaks. now i have to setup to have all 3 of the bottom ones stay on while no breaks being pressed, it will still get brighter. but im waiting for some free pigtails from my job. i also got my rear lights tinted like 20% dark. and got got my turn signals red not the correct bulb but it fits just fine with a little shave or pressure.
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Old 07-30-2011, 12:56 PM   #8
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Definitely doin this! SICK
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:49 PM   #9
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Quote:
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The wires on the harnesses became really tight after doing it.

Drivers side middle harness is a pain to take out.
Ya when I did this I noticed the same thing, I decided that the wires wouldn't enjoy that much tension so I just cut them and extend it with a separate wire. I just soldered and put heat shrink on them. The lights defiantly look a ton better after. Good write-up!
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Old 07-31-2011, 01:23 AM   #10
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I did this this and like it a lot.
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:42 PM   #11
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I really wish that look was possible on the 07 impreza. The lights are arranged differently and while I am going to attempt it, I think the end result will not look nearly as good.
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:10 PM   #12
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I really wish that look was possible on the 07 impreza. The lights are arranged differently and while I am going to attempt it, I think the end result will not look nearly as good.
You could do a lot with the 2006-2007 tail lamps.

If however you do this, be aware that the bulb in this position will be the "high" side of the bulb. It will look as if you have the brake lights on all of the time.

None-the-less, if you want to, you can back out the terminals from the connector to rewire the bulb-socket positions to achieve this look. You will however need red LED bulbs to achieve this effect.

Otherwise, you could rewire the lamps so that the inner lower is the brake, outer lower is the back-up, outer upper is both the parking and turn-signal and the inner upper is just the parking or both the parking and fog-lamps.

If you have any other questions, PM me and I'll tell you what you need to do and which LED bulbs you'll need to achieve this.
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:53 AM   #13
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So in the end you have no middle bulb?
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Old 09-04-2011, 03:26 AM   #14
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So in the end you have no middle bulb?
Correct.
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Old 09-04-2011, 09:16 PM   #15
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Going to do this soon!

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Old 09-05-2011, 10:59 AM   #16
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i don't know about everyone's states, but in PA, this is illegal as you no longer have rear sidemarkers.
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:57 PM   #17
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okay I have a question, I bought a set of jdm v8 tailights at a jdm parts shop and i do not want the jdm mod i personally don't like how the circles stay lit, i tried using the old bug eye tail light harness but the bulb are somewhat bigger atleast the signals one. i also tried to switch bulbs places but the harness is not long enough.

what do you guys recommend? i dont wanna trade tails either..

car is a wrx 03 sedan, and yes v8 tails does fit the bug eyes without dremel or cutting..took me 10 minutes..just a small gap hardly noticeable..
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:46 PM   #18
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Hey has anyone tried rewiring a little take the outer socket move it to the inner spot. So then the circle is the one lighting up with headlights the wire it so the other two bulbs come on when hitting the brakes and the circle would also get brighter too
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:49 PM   #19
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thank you sir for this haha
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Old 02-11-2012, 02:41 PM   #20
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just did this mod. looks awesome!
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:43 PM   #21
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Hey has anyone tried rewiring a little take the outer socket move it to the inner spot. So then the circle is the one lighting up with headlights the wire it so the other two bulbs come on when hitting the brakes and the circle would also get brighter too
Sounds easy enough and would be pretty cool to see.

3xtra brake light power to fend off tailgaters ;-)

Anyone tried it yet?
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:08 PM   #22
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^^^Yup it works well


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Old 04-21-2012, 07:03 PM   #23
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I couldn't get the outer and inner switched because of the ground wires. Didn't feel like splicing anything today, I'll probably end up doing it later though.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:30 PM   #24
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Anyone have only the outer lights turn on when braking?
How do I get the inside (circular) ones to turn on without having my headlights on and braking.
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:40 PM   #25
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How exactly did you wire it to get that result? I like that look a lot better
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