hey guys, i just got my new shadow mica scion about 2 weeks ago and just picked up a set of smoked taillights for it. just wondering if anyone had an idea the best way to install them/remove the old lights?
to install them.. open rear hatch.. on either side just behind(or would that be infront?) of the tail lights is a plastic cover that kinda looks like a grill if i recall correctly...
pop that off... and 2 10mm nuts/bolts are in there plus the wire harness... unplug the harness, remove nuts carefully dont drop.. and from the outside tug the tails off.. kinda wiggle them while pulling out. shouldnt be to hard
to install reverse process tails should plug into existing harness
you definitely need someone with small hands to grab those nuts. and like what ctruss said be careful not to drop the nuts. grab 'em as they fall. coz if you don't, those nuts will be gone forever. then you'll hafto buy new nuts from the nut store.
I have a hardtime grabbing small nuts, so one of the times I was removing my tails, I dropped it and thought I busted it. Thankfully, I did not the bust the nut, and everything was okay. When changing tails, make sure you take the rubber from the one tail, and reapply it to the new one (only on some applications) . (yes you can reuse rubbers) That way when you put the nut back onto the tail, theres a rubber there too. Then, of course, theres no leakage that would cause any kind of failures.
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Thats a really good point Chris. I had my small wrech stuck back there, and tried spinning in to tighten down the light, and hit the inside of the rear panel. Luckily it didnt leave a dent, but it VERY easily could. Its very weak back there. Be careful using the rachet.
Another thing Ive found useful in all seriousness. If you have to drop the nut back behind the panel. Get a magnet and a "snake tool". (long flexible wire with a grabber on the end that tightens by squeezing the handle). Grab the magnet with the snake tool, and stick it down into the lower panel. Move it back and forth down there, and you SHOULD be able to pick the nut back up and bring it back with the magnet. I know I made the mistake of dropping it, and this was the only way to get it out without having to remove a ton of body panels!