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Old 02-27-2012, 04:21 PM   #1
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Can someone direct me either to the YouTube video or a set of directions for removing headlights, tail lights, side marker lights and third brake light so that they may be painted. Guy wants to charge $85 just to remove. Want to turn the parts in on Thursday morning before I go out of town.

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Can someone direct me either to the YouTube video or a set of directions for removing headlights, tail lights, side marker lights and third brake light so that they may be painted. Guy wants to charge $85 just to remove. Want to turn the parts in on Thursday morning before I go out of town.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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I hear you have to remove the wheels, wheel wells, bumper, and grille just to get to the lights
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:11 PM   #3
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Re: Light removal

I've never removed the headlights or side lights but the tail lights are easy. Starting with the brake light, just pop the trunk and you'll see some black fasteners holding the carpet to the body. Take those off and peel back the carpet. There are like 3 or 4 bolts holding the brake light assembly to the car, just unscrew those and pull the assembly out. The third brake light is pretty much the same process.
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Re: Light removal

In the front you probably do have to remove somethings. Atleast on mine you have to remove the bumper cover. I think it is fairly easy to do. The S197's aren't very friendly in that area.
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I hear you have to remove the wheels, wheel wells, bumper, and grille just to get to the lights
That sounds like a lot of work.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:50 PM   #6
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I would suggest tinting them.. Don't have to take them out.. Will last as long as paint if done correctly if not even better.. It actually helps protect the lights from chips and scratches AND you can remove it if you ever decide you don't like it
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:55 PM   #7
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After you've torn it down this far, then you can remove the headlights.

Tinting would be better.
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I was hoping that you all were going to prove me wrong on this one :/ now I'm never getting the raxiom lights
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He speaks the truth!
After you've torn it down this far, then you can remove the headlights.

Tinting would be better.
Wow, I don't know if I am ready to see my Stang like that, but it has to be done. The taillights and side markers are being painted black; don't want tint because I don't want bubbles and I want that clear coat shine. The headlights need to come out because they are being sent to Oracle to install color changing Halo's and have inside of the housing including the amber turn signal black. Like this

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Wow, I don't know if I am ready to see my Stang like that, but it has to be done. The taillights and side markers are being painted black; don't want tint because I don't want bubbles and I want that clear coat shine. The headlights need to come out because they are being sent to Oracle to install color changing Halo's and have inside of the housing including the amber turn signal black. Like this

It won't have bubbles some brands have rapid air release technology so that you basically cant get bubbles.. And even if not its still really easy..and you can get it in gloss or flat finish.. It's not hard to do at all..
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:58 PM   #11
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I was hoping that you all were going to prove me wrong on this one :/ now I'm never getting the raxiom lights
Dude, don't let that pic talk you out of modding your ride. Believe it or not, it's not that difficult to pull apart. I had to pull all that apart when I installed my hood pins. I posted a thread and included how to disassemble the front end. It's called "Aerocatch Flush Mount Hood Pins Installed." Search it and you'll see it's not that bad.
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:11 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the help, took them out with the help of everyone... Here are the taillights, will post more pics after I install.
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Those. Are. Sick!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:59 PM   #14
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Thanks.
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Thanks for all the help, took them out with the help of everyone... Here are the taillights, will post more pics after I install.
What did u use to polish your back light? Mine didn't come out quite that clear and shiny. I only used meguires ultimate compound and an applicator by hand.

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Old 03-04-2012, 07:04 AM   #16
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Thanks for all the help, took them out with the help of everyone... Here are the taillights, will post more pics after I install.
Did you end up painting them? I want mine to look exactly like that!
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:19 AM   #17
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Re: Light removal

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Thanks for all the help, took them out with the help of everyone... Here are the taillights, will post more pics after I install.
Wow looks great Can you post pics of them with running lights and brake lights on once you get them installed please?
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:27 PM   #18
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What did u use to polish your back light? Mine didn't come out quite that clear and shiny. I only used meguires ultimate compound and an applicator by hand.
I cannot take the credit, I had them painted, he said he used some type of slow curing solvent which hardens and is why he can buff them so shiny, but did not give the name of it.

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Did you end up painting them? I want mine to look exactly like that!
I didn't paint them, I took them to an Autobody shop and had them done; I'm glad I did, I am very happy with them.

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Wow looks great Can you post pics of them with running lights and brake lights on once you get them installed please?
Just got back from NC, will install tomorrow and take pics of them lights on, off, hazards, and signal. Will try to get night shots in as well.
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I cannot take the credit, I had them painted, he said he used some type of slow curing solvent which hardens and is why he can buff them so shiny, but did not give the name of it.

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I didn't paint them, I took them to an Autobody shop and had them done; I'm glad I did, I am very happy with them.

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Just got back from NC, will install tomorrow and take pics of them lights on, off, hazards, and signal. Will try to get night shots in as well.
Can't wait to see the pics! I need to see if the cops will nail me for doing that lol
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Install done; first couple of pics are with running lights on, hard to tell because it is bright outside. Then hazards on which simulate if you were to press on the brakes..didn't have another set of feet to press the brakes. Also quarter panel lights were done. I will take night shots this evening. Sorry that she is dirty also, will look a lot better once I clean her up.

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Old 03-05-2012, 07:08 PM   #21
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Oh man this is awesome!!!! I don't think i want to go that dark... the cops around here would be all over my butt! Lol looks so good though!
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Looks amazing! Did the guy give you options on the darkness?
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Looks amazing! Did the guy give you options on the darkness?
Ooohhh! I didn't think of this! Good call! What was this product called?
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Looks amazing! Did the guy give you options on the darkness?
Yes, he asked me how dark I wanted them to be.

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Ooohhh! I didn't think of this! Good call! What was this product called?
This is paint and clear coat from an Autobody shop.
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Was it like a candy paint?
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Was it like a candy paint?
I am not sure, I think it is just regular, with a lot of clear so that it is shiny.
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Well if it was regular it wouldn't shine through like it does. It would be solid black
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Night shots; first are with running lights, the last three with brakes applied.

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Re: Light removal

Wow, looks much brighter than I thought they would have been. Thanks for posting that.
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Wow, looks much brighter than I thought they would have been. Thanks for posting that.
No problem, they are bright. That is a different kind of bulb in the taillight, I have never seen that type of bulb before.
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No problem, they are bright. That is a different kind of bulb in the taillight, I have never seen that type of bulb before.
What do you mean? The stock bulb is different than one you've ever seen, or your stock bulbs were replaced with something that you've never seen before?
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What do you mean? The stock bulb is different than one you've ever seen, or your stock bulbs were replaced with something that you've never seen before?
The stock bulbs are different from any bulbs I have ever seen. Initially I thought we had LEDs because of how bright the taillights were and the manner in which they light up. But when I took it apart it is five bulbs in each tail light. Two for reverse, they look regular; but the three for the taillights look very different. They are a bulb sitting on a wide circle of a base that seems like something is inside like a microprocessor or circuitry. I should have taken a picture when they were out.
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The stock bulbs are different from any bulbs I have ever seen. Initially I thought we had LEDs because of how bright the taillights were and the manner in which they light up. But when I took it apart it is five bulbs in each tail light. Two for reverse, they look regular; but the three for the taillights look very different. They are a bulb sitting on a wide circle of a base that seems like something is inside like a microprocessor or circuitry. I should have taken a picture when they were out.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that has something to do with the sequential turn signals.
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I'm going to go out on a limb and say that has something to do with the sequential turn signals.
Sounds good..lol
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