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So today I was going to get my tails off of my parts car, and put them onto my driver. I have been needing to do this, because there is a bunch of black shit in between the sealed parts of the taillight housings. So I tore out my tails on my driver, then went down and tore the tails off of my parts car. Well when I plugged in my lights from my parts car, they were better, but not by much, so I brainstormed what I could do.
Well a while back I remember seeing somewhere that a guy took his tail lights out, and modded them to put LED's in it. I searched everywhere, and could not find anything. But I do remember that he put his in the oven to get the glue to soften. Well I did not want to use the oven all that much(well more my parents didn't want me to), and I thought I could come up with a better way.
I decided I would try to break them loose by turning up our water heater, and letting them soak for a little while. This worked amazing for tear-down, and it also cleaned them a tad.
Right now I am in the process of cleaning them, and painting a couple parts. The next step will be putting them back together, and letting them set.
Pictures and directions below.

As you can see this is what it looks like before all of this mess. The top of the outer lenses loose their sealing ability, and grow some stuff in between the two sealed pieces. I am not sure what it is, if it is leaves, or mold, or what.
These were the ones off of my parts car, which were actually better than my drivers, but not for long.
My drivers had this except it went up about two inches.


In the process of taking everything off.


This is all you have to take out in order to get to the bolts and nuts. It is a pain, but can be done.


All off!



Time to tape it up, so I can leave it outside for the next few days. Daddy needs his truck in the garage. :wtf:
 

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Patience is key for this step.
After you get the lights out, This is what you have to do to the housing.
First you may want to get a dremmel with a cutting wheel on it to make a flat head screwdriver slot, or some knives to cut away at these screws. They really don't look like screws, because there is no head on them, and they are flush or under the plastic, but trust me they are. Also there are seven of them. Six are the same the seventh is different, more like a stud.

This is what I am talking about when I say use the cut off wheel to make a flat head on it.
Just be sure not to cut too deep.



This is the one that looks more like a stud, and will only come out if you use a pair of needle nose pliers on it.



See they really are screws. :furious:


Before I thought of using the dremmel. I was using exacto blades to cut around the plastic, and I was unscrewing the screws with a pair of pliers. It is much more time consuming, and isnt as clean as the other way, but will get you there eventually.


Well now that I got those bad boys out it is time to fill up my deep sink full of water, and drop one in to see how well it will split.
Now we wait a little while for the water and heat to set in.......................

After about ten minuets. Shes apart!!!
You will see that it is already coming apart. All you have to do is just gently pry the outer lens off from the black backing piece.
Gross look at all that! :run:


And shes out. Time to get to cleaning.
Make sure you pay some attention to how things are coming apart, because you may want to put them back together.


All cleaned up, but still have to get the old glue off of the main lens and the black piece it connects to.
 

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Next up will be some more cleaning, and reassembly. I need to get something to seal the lens back up, and make it watertight.
Any ideas for that would be nice. Right now I am leaning towards a 3M clear silicone adhesive
Any suggestions, or questions about this would be great.
Right now I am just going to be putting it back to stock, just cleaning it out as it was bothering me. I have seen some mods to the taillights, and some are cool, but I don't think I will be doing any at this moment.

UPDATE! Febuary 10th 12:10 am.
Sorry guys I am 10 minuets late on my promised update.

If you want the new silicone to seal well, you will need to try to get as much of this yellow/brown glue out before trying to do anything else.
The brown is where there were leaks in the lens housing.


Glue gunk. Grody!




For removing this I used a couple small tip flat head screw drivers, and a few picks. It did the trick.
For the little extra I used some sand paper to get it out for a good finish, and seal.
Pretty clean in that ridge now.


Next you will want to scuff the silver inside of the housing with a scotch brite pad, to prep for paint. It will help it stick better, and the metallic paint will reflect the light better, resulting in a brighter light.
Scotch brite pad, and some sand paper for scuffing and getting the excess glue out of the ridge where it seals.


All scuffed up and ready to paint! Just got to tape them up, so you don't get paint on the trim parts.


Taped.
Also don't forget to use some mineral spirits to get the dust and shit off.


Primer always helps for a nice paint job.


And this metallic paint will help it gleam, and reflect light.
My dad the rattle can paint pro. He wouldn't even let me paint. (I think he just likes the fumes)


And that is some bling bling! A few more coats will do the trick.


Don't forget to give these guys a nice little coat.


After everything had a couple coats of paint on them. So shiny, I cant wait to see how this will reflect. I am excited. (paint fumes talking)




Well that is all for now. I am going to watch this paint dry and sit in these fumes for a while. More to come in the next few days. I am taking time on this so I can do a good clean job. Enjoy.
 

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Tape off after paint.
Wow does that look neat.


Ok so here it is. This is everything in the order for rebuild.


First put the orange lens in the tabs where it belongs, and put epoxy down in the little holes where the little clear lens and the big clear lens goes. Then you will put them in. Make sure you get the clear lens straight, or else it wont fit around the gray piece. This is how it will look.


Then you will take the gray piece and the medium sized lens and put that lens into the gray piece.


Then you will put the gray piece in.


Next up you will want to put the epoxy or whatever you are using for a sealer into the lip where it seals it. Next put the light lens back on, then put something heavy on the light and let it sit for a long time to dry.


Tail lights back in, looking good. Specially with that sexy RSR exhaust I came by.


Here is the finished product.
All the lights on.

Tails only.

Darn bright for just the tail lights, no brake lights. I don't have any friends to hold my camera.



It kind of looks like there are circles where the lights are, but in person it looks normal with the whole thing red. The pictures do not do it justice.

I hope many of you guys can learn, and use this on your Supras. This improved how my car looks quite a bit.
 

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Nice! Good to see this!
 

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Wow this is neat. Why the F would they use screws with no heads? That's a need to know, hidden fact. Awhatup bookmarks.
Well they are sealed lights, and I do not think they're supposed to come apart. But I personally would like to know how they got them in there in the first place.
 

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Cool thread. I'll have to use this when I'm ready to do mine

Well they are sealed lights, and I do not think they're supposed to come apart. But I personally would like to know how they got them in there in the first place.
They could be using sheer bolts that snap off at a certain torque spec so that they do not crack the plastic. What do you think? was their any signs of sheering on the head of the bolt
 

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Cool thread. I'll have to use this when I'm ready to do mine

Well they are sealed lights, and I do not think they're supposed to come apart. But I personally would like to know how they got them in there in the first place.
They could be using sheer bolts that snap off at a certain torque spec so that they do not crack the plastic. What do you think? was their any signs of sheering on the head of the bolt
 

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Cool thread. I'll have to use this when I'm ready to do mine



They could be using sheer bolts that snap off at a certain torque spec so that they do not crack the plastic. What do you think? was their any signs of sheering on the head of the bolt
There was not. They are very smooth and clean on the head. I should have gotten pictures before. I may see if I have any that are still in good shape and post a pic with my other camera.
 

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friggin awesome!!! i'm so taking my taillights off today to do this.
THANKS!
Just make sure when you go to seal them back up, you use a good product. You don't want to have to do this again.
Right now I am taking a break, but I am in the process of cleaning the excess glue from the housings.
Next I will be painting the inside of the housing with a metallic silver paint, so it gives it more reflection, and I will also be painting the gray part that goes over the back up light, and the turn light lens. It will also be silver for more reflection.
I am still debating on which product I am going to use to seal it back up.
 

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Just make sure when you go to seal them back up, you use a good product. You don't want to have to do this again.
Right now I am taking a break, but I am in the process of cleaning the excess glue from the housings.
Next I will be painting the inside of the housing with a metallic silver paint, so it gives it more reflection, and I will also be painting the gray part that goes over the back up light, and the turn light lens. It will also be silver for more reflection.
I am still debating on which product I am going to use to seal it back up.
RTV silicone would probably work the best

I did this to my old tails, put the oven at lowest setting and put them in for about 10 mins.
worked great.
Now I have to do it to these ones...FML

And... FYI those "SCREWS" dont need to come out IIRC
 

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RTV silicone would probably work the best

I did this to my old tails, put the oven at lowest setting and put them in for about 10 mins.
worked great.
Now I have to do it to these ones...FML

And... FYI those "SCREWS" dont need to come out IIRC
They are supposed to come out when you do it. They screw into the outer lens.
Try it in the sink with some hot water this time. Mine separated by themselves, and all I had to do was pull the outer lens off.
And yes I am going to use a silicone, but its a clear 3M product. It will work well I am hoping. I will have a update tonight, and maybe the final product tomorrow.
 

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i heard the 3m silicone/sealant actually sucks for once.. which is a shocker.
 
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