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Old 09-16-2005, 12:18 AM   #1
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Anyone who has taken their tail lights out: Is it easy? Anything to look out for? I remember reading somewhere about a lot of grease being involved

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Old 09-16-2005, 02:24 AM   #2
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Its pretty simple. Just pull out the lining to expose the hex nuts and there you go. But the lining is rather sharp and you should wear gloves. I think I did a writeup of it when I changed my lights 3-4 years ago.
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Old 09-16-2005, 02:36 AM   #3
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You will likely have a bunch of adhesive/sealant between your lense units and your body so be prepared to deal with that. Patrick Olsen just did his rear taillights so do a search on this forum and you'll see several "tricks" for decreasing your frustration and that get you in and out of the rear taillight removal that much quicker.

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Old 09-16-2005, 04:45 AM   #4
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The outer two pieces (where your turn signals are) were relatively easy for me to get off, but the center piece was a huge PITA with the sealant stuff that was on there.

Otherwise yeah - just find all the crazy bolts holding them in, and pry em off as carefully as you can.
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Old 09-16-2005, 05:07 AM   #5
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There wasn't any crazy amounts of adhesive when I did mine...I think theres like 8 bolts on the inside of the trunk...pretty easy. 15 minute removal if that. Just unbolt, and pull off(very little muscle required).

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Old 09-16-2005, 10:52 AM   #6
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I think the BE just has the bolts but the previous models where glued in.
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Glued, screwed and tattooed (j/kabout the tattoo)
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Thanks for the info guys. I'll let ya know how it goes this weekend.
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Old 09-17-2005, 10:17 AM   #9
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8 bolts, Fibizzle? I had two studs on each side... pushing the lens inward a little bit, I could loosen them with my fingers.
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