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longtran
09-19-2005
here is what is needed to do the installation.

30-45 minutes time
5/16 socket??? (it fit pretty good didnt have the metric size)
1/4 socket wrench
1/4 extension
screw driver (flat)
plug remover (no neccesary, but good to have)
1 can of...
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By 6urj on 02-22-2012, 02:11 PM
Picking up and replacing my tail lights tomorrow!!! Can't wait this topic helped loads!
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By CUTigers on 03-21-2012, 06:47 PM
worked like a champ!
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By holmes011 on 04-11-2012, 11:59 AM
will this work for an e92 pre lci ?
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By menewtobmw on 06-02-2012, 01:18 PM
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Just did mine. Very easy to do, but I went nice and slow as I hate working with plastic on cars as it seems to break easily.

The most challenging thing was figuring how to pop the bulb rack out of the lights on smaller trunk lights. Once I found the tab to move over to the side it was easy the rest of the way.

I did have to buy some colored bulbs for the turn signals as I have the euro-style with clear plastic in this area. From previous experience back in college, clear turns signals in the back are a magnet for cops here.
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By mgonzal1018 on 07-29-2012, 01:55 AM
Replaced my tail lights today following this guide, it only took about 30 minutes. Thank you for the excellent write up.
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By techietaichi on 01-08-2013, 02:39 PM
I know this is an old thread, but wanted to give props where props are due. My ride and I would like to say, "Thanks for posting this DIY longtran". No more tired tail lights! Fashizzle.
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By Snoozey_Monkee on 02-11-2013, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by R12ax7 View Post
It turns out the screws actually thread out. So I was able to just use a wrench to twist out the broken screw and take one from the OEM lights and replace it. Took about 5 minutes and all is well now. Surprisingly, the light seemed perfectly snug for a week or so with just the 2 inside screws holding it in place.
I did the exact same thing and had to take one from the OEM light. Does anyone know what that screw (one with a hex nut in the middle and 2 rods with different threads on both ends) is called? I want to replace it on the OEM so I can sell it on.
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By Das_Stig on 02-21-2013, 09:28 PM
and I thank you good sir.
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By Hamzahk24 on 03-26-2013, 02:35 PM
How do you reuse the bulbs from the old ones?
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By Snugs on 04-11-2013, 10:17 PM
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By sadiq on 08-16-2013, 04:35 PM
Just did it this morning. The first side took about 15 minutes per light, the second side about 2 minutes per light. A few things that I found:

- On the driver's side inner assembly, you don't have to "undo" the carpeting at all. There is a small removable section of carpet you can simply pull out with your hands in 1 second. Everything you need should be accessible there.

- You don't generally need to unplug the lights. The actual lamp assembly will come off of the old tail light and be reused. As noted above, there is a single tab on each assembly that holds it in place. Just undo that tab and you can leave it plugged in.

- Make sure you are using a nice, wide flat head screw driver. Once you start pulling out the fastener a little, you can just use a HAMMER to pull out the fasteners. The reverse side of a hammer has the same function as those fancy fastener removers.

- I lost a nut, but fortunately my depo lights came with 2 extra, so I didn't have to bother searching for it.
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