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Old 04-24-2013, 10:54 PM   #1
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2013 GT Premium - 6MT. Does ANYONE have a clue as to how to remove the rear interior plastic trunk panel to access the trunk light wiring.

I just completed the 2 LED light bars wiring in the trunk and got the wiring to the rear passenger side corner behind the panel, but even after removing the 2 top and 2 bottom fasteners to the rear plastic panel, the panel WILL NOT BUDGE so I cannot access the trunk light bulb wiring to tap on to for the LED'S. The 2 bottom plastic push pins were destroyed in the process of Ripping them out (Back to Home Depot), but even with all the fasteners removed the panel will not budge from around the center area by the latch. I tried everything, but obviously not the right thing. Another poster stated that it pops right off after you remove those 4 fasteners, but not in my car.

I need to access those 2 wires to the trunk light to make my final tap for the LED Bars. I even accidentally pulled out the metal bracket that retains the trunk light assembly. I will figure that out later, but right now I need to get that panel off.
Any ideas or any other ideas as to pick up those trunk light wires besides tapping into the factory wires. I just knew it wasn't going to go as planned. Such a simple job and now a PITA!!!

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Old 04-24-2013, 10:58 PM   #2
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2013 GT Premium - 6MT. Does ANYONE have a clue as to how to remove the rear interior plastic trunk panel to access the trunk light wiring.

I just completed the 2 LED light bars wiring in the trunk and got the wiring to the rear passenger side corner behind the panel, but even after removing the 2 top and 2 bottom fasteners to the rear plastic panel, the panel WILL NOT BUDGE so I cannot access the trunk light bulb wiring to tap on to for the LED'S. The 2 bottom plastic push pins were destroyed in the process of Ripping them out (Back to Home Depot), but even with all the fasteners removed the panel will not budge from around the center area by the latch. I tried everything, but obviously not the right thing. Another poster stated that it pops right off after you remove those 4 fasteners, but not in my car.

I need to access those 2 wires to the trunk light to make my final tap for the LED Bars. I even accidentally pulled out the metal bracket that retains the trunk light assembly. I will figure that out later, but right now I need to get that panel off.
Any ideas or any other ideas as to pick up those trunk light wires besides tapping into the factory wires. I just knew it wasn't going to go as planned. Such a simple job and now a PITA!!!

Thank you for you help,
I took that piece out not too long ago. It was just the 2 flat plastic pins that pop out of the bottom, and the two twisty-looking ones on top. Did you take the carpet/cardboard out of the trunk first? Maybe that's impeding you from pulling the plastic out?

That main plastic piece also snaps to the side of the car, so you might have to jimmy it a little.
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I took that piece out not too long ago. It was just the 2 flat plastic pins that pop out of the bottom, and the two twisty-looking ones on top. Did you take the carpet/cardboard out of the trunk first? Maybe that's impeding you from pulling the plastic out?

That main plastic piece also snaps to the side of the car, so you might have to jimmy it a little.
Didn't it have a slot it poped into at the center bottom too? I remember there was something odd. It does come out though, took me a few mins tugging and cursing but it comes out.
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Didn't it have a slot it poped into at the center bottom too? I remember there was something odd. It does come out though, took me a few mins tugging and cursing but it comes out.
I can't remember exactly, but it will definitely come out with some firm tugging. It shouldn't be overly-difficult. If it's too tough to pop out, then maybe there is another peg or clip somewhere.
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Hey thanks guys for your late night replies.
I didn't bother to remove my floor mat or the floor board, because I didn't see any attachment down there by just observing the movement of the panel. That might be the missing link though, so I will take everything apart tomorrow and try again to remove that pesky panel.
The panel just seems like it's locked solid around the trunk latch area and will not budge.
Will post tomorrow of my progress and the missing link, if I do finally figure this thing out with your advice. Now off to sleep.

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Just opened it, all you need is a flat head and some tugging on both sides. Pops right out
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Good Morning, I couldn't sleep so I just got your reply. You guys are crazy cool. Popping off your trunk panels in the wee hours to get to the answer.

Two questions though, if you care to stay with this post.

[LIST]What about the center area by the trunk latch and light asssembly which refuses to even budge at all? Is it secured around the latch area too? I'm afraid to yank on it with too much force and break something.
[LIST]Were your 2 bottom plastic push pins ruined upon ripping them out where they also seemed not to budge. I had to literally pry my pushpins out using a diagonal pliers to get underneath the pins as a pry bar for leverage!
Maybe the Subwoofer is hindering my efforts too on the passenger side almost right up against the panel. I wonder!
By the way that Silver GT is beautiful. My Black is a nightmare to keep clean and scratch free for even a few hours. I new that going in though, never again.
Thanks Again for your trouble, Mustang Evolution is the Best!! Greg3
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I think if I remember right the panel had to come up somewhat and didn't just pry outwards. Then again I don't have a subwoofer back there either.

Also yes those two push pins got demolished taking them out haha. They still work by I tore them up a bit.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:19 PM   #9
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Trunk light LED Bars

Hello all, Well I just finished writing two long thank you replies to you all twice and got deleted twice (something about no permission, refresh page and sign in, which I was signed in already- TWICE, thats twice). I think I spent about the same amount of time to reply a thank you and describe the finale as I did with the trunk lights. I am more disgusted with getting deleted twice than with the trunk panel removal.
I will write tomorrow after I write MustangEvolution for and explanation of why I just wasted wellover and hour for nothing only to (Yes Twice) get my reply and post deleted.

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IF you adding led lights make sure you disconnect battery first you will blow fuse i did. fuse box is passenger kick panel
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Well, I'd like to thank all of you guys again for your advice and donating your experiences and time in replying to my post - Trunk LED Light Bars.
The rear plastic trunk light panel was finally removed and reinstalled along with two new plastic lower push pins from Home Depot (which are the easily removable type and are very tight) which I prefer to factory.
The floor mat and FLIMSY floor board had to be lifted out of the way to facilitate the removal of the panel, but it was still very hard to pull off. It finally came off with two other push pins hidden behind the panel that I heard pop off and one fell and got lost inside forever and the other one I retrieved, but had no idea where it pulled out of so I omitted them upon reinstalling the panel. You would never know the difference, because the panel in now just as solid as is was before.

I got my two Light bar wires out of the trunk light assembly hole, made my tap onto the existing bulb wires (not much slack at all) with Posi-tap (love them) connectors, shoved the wires back into the hole and re-installed the factory assemble and lense.
The trunk literally lights up brighter better than daylight and (maybe too much light with the two light bars (120 LEDS total) , but I love the effect and no more searching for anything at night. I mean, It's BRIGHT!!
Oh, I didn't disconnect the battery or pull fuse prior to making final tap and it lit up without blowing the fuse or the car. Maybe because I kept the factory bulb in the circuit too which kept the necessary resistance in the circuit. I know they sell an LED bulb too replace the existing bulb, but you have to tap in a supplied resistor parallel to the bulb, so maybe that's why. The fuse knows the original resistance is still there as there is practically none with LED"S. Just a thought.
Thanks again for everything and hope to maybe help any of you out with my input in the future. Sorry for this long letter and the long saga over a simple but frustrating interior mod. MustangEvolution is the BEST!! WHEW!
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Glad you got the panel off, I enjoyed following the thread. I removed the panel also, to install a back up camera.
Just a point to consider on the fuses...a fuse is a device meant to protect the wiring from a short circuit. It is merely a thin strip of metal designed to conduct a given quantity of amperage, i.e. 5 amps, 10 amps ect. A fuse cannot detect a lesser quantity and then open. This would take a "smart controller", which is possible with the new cars, though I don't have info on my 13 CS/GT.
The intent of a parallel resistor to wire in the circuit to the lamp is to provide a voltage drop in the event of the filament of the bulb opening up. This may be required for the LED package, though I really doubt that it is absolutely needed. Any parallel resistor to the filament will increase the original current in the circuit.
The standard formula is R total= 1/r1+r2+r3 ect.
Most aftermarket light systems are designed to operate on a nominal 12 volt system, which can fluctuate from 14.5 volts dc to 11. 5 vdc. So the addition of a load resistor is not dictated unless the system has an amperage monitoring feature?
Does that help?
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:44 AM   #13
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Hey mtnman325, You just caused my CPU to get fried and my Hard Drive in my Brain to Crash, trying to upload all that information.
Yeah, Like I said it was just a thought about the fuse and LEDS, but originally I was only just going to purchase an LED bulb replacement for the factory filament bulb from SDMustangAccessories until it stated that it came with a resistor that had to be paralleled and tapped onto the new LED bulb.

So if I had to go through all that getting to the factory wiring and tapping into the factory wiring anyway, I might as well go big and install two 2 60-LED strips lights instead of just one little 5-LED bulb down on the bottom of the trunk and behind a tiny plastic lense. I really don't think it would have amounted to much more light at all.
There is where all this started and I'm glad it over and done with. Mostly I'm glad I did it, because the amount of light is amazing. I have quick disconnects in the trunk to the light bars, so I might still add a covert switch in the trunk to use the massive amount of light only when actually needed or light up a tailgate party or something. I will never touch that rear panel again though!!!
I don't know if you have any LEDS in you beautiful California Special (I'm Envious), but the two BLUE 9-LED Dome/Map light bulbs adds a beautiful effect to the interior and lights it up with a nice blue light to match your ambient and gauge ligthing. Put yet another smile on your face when entering your new Stang, especially at night.
Talk again soon, I'm sure another little project will conjure itself up in my mind that requires the removal of another panel...
PS-Please post some Interior/Exterior close ups of your Sterling Grey beauty. That was my first choice color for months until I finalized the order with the dealer and then changed to the unbelievably hard to keep clean from dirt, dust, smudges, fingerprints, scratches (I can go on) only ten minutes after a wash. You drive 5 miles and the entire car, especially the rear is loaded with dust! If it just drizzles, it looks like you went off road with the car. A hard downpour actually shines up the car pretty nice. Incredible. I wish I could go back to the dealers desk for just 5 seconds. Anyways all you guys,
Thanks for all your input,
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:15 AM   #14
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Hey, I wish I could send pictures! I don't even own a camera anymore and I'm still making do with a flip phone. My ex has everything, including the house. I do have my new Mustang GT though and it helps ease the pain for everything I lost.
Anyway, as you might notice in my posts, there aren't any pictures, because I really don't have much use for a camera anymore.
The LEDS are very bright as you could imagine though with 120 total high power LEDS from SuperBrightLeds in the Mustang trunk. I'm planning now for the blue engine bay lighting.

OH, I got my very first speeding ticket on Sunday where the NY State Trooper in his huge sport ute with flashing lights right on top of me said he got me on radar (Model Stalker Dual) for double 8's in a 65 mph zone, but when he got behind me, he said he clocked me at 92. I was extremely lucky I guess, that he was an exit or two back further where he would have got me for triple digits. The road was empty and I was just taking the Gt out for some exercise. He was a pretty cool dude and said he had to give me a ticket, but gave me a 78 in a 65 mph zone. I have to go to court in the end of May IF I want to plead not guilty. Any suggestions as to fighting this thing and maybe getting it reduced to a lesser non moving violation maybe or a lesser moving one.
I was sick over this, especially because I had my ESCORT X50-Passport 8500 (which has many times saved my #*%) under my seat and didn't take it out which take only 30 seconds, because I was only driving a lousy 8 miles to Home Depot. I am constantly vigilant and checking my mirrors, but this time I must have been day dreaming for a few minutes, I guess. I mean, when I just finally glanced in my rear view mirror, this guy was almost on my bumper with just his lights flashing. I signaled to the right and he immediately signaled too, so I knew I was dead meat!
Sorry for going off topic, but thought it wouldn't be such a big deal to throw in a little Stang road experience to end my reply...
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Finally did mines..20$ at autozone 2 12" LEDs

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Awesome. Looks good and cheap!
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:25 AM   #19
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Hey Ratraget, Love your CS Stang. Again, wish I would have stayed with my first choice of the Sterling Grey. Beautiful! Your trunk lighting came out smoking hot and for only $20, NICE! Great pictures too, showing the sweet blue glow in the trunk. Mine is more like a coolwhite. Great job!!!

Now something else I seen in your trunk that bothers me is your Shaker 1000 (as you describe it in your profile) subwoofer and of course I am assuming it's the newly designed Shaker Pro Audio that was new for the 2013 model year like mine. That doesn't look like my subwoofer though. Mine is enclosed as yours should be too, but I guess you must of replaced you OEM Sub for another brand and left the speaker exposed, because mine is completely black without any brand lettering. If that is the case, What subwoofer is that in your sub encloser (did it also need a separate amp) AND did it improve the low frequency music reproduction and overall sound where you love the upgrade and was it money well spent. If so, that could be my next move. I find myself adjusting the Bass on different music formats occasionally and or just different recorded songs on Sirius, Radio, and MP3, because of too much bass output at times. I absolutely love my Shaker Pro Audio and am glad I spent the extra $, because (To Me) is blows the Shaker 500 away in Tight Bass response, midrange and most of all clarity and of course output, but there is always room for improvement if it works. I love the look of you sub though as soon as I seen your pictures.
I will check back later, Thanks again for everyones assistance, ideas and Mustang Camaraderie!
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