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Old 02-27-2006, 01:59 PM   #21
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What are you trying to do with the plastic on the left light? are you trying to remove the clear part? or are you trying to actually repair it?
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Remove the clear lens entirly. I want to see if there is a way to make them look like new, as I've come accross a few other TL that just had delamination, but no actual cracking to the lens. Checked out your page, I like your Bonne a lot. I've looked at the brake light LED conversion before, but I'm sure that you did an LED conversion for the licence plate lights, or am I imagining this?
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Look at the tail lights in all my pics, those are what they look like wth the clear plastic removed, its as easy as breaking it off. But i went the extra step ad used a sanding disk to smooth the edges down so you dont see the broken plastic, then I painted the edges black. I put a strip of leds in the license plate. Theyre pure white, Just make a board with 20 or so leds in it and two way tape it to the light socket mounting tabs. Much brighter and more uniform.
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about two years ago- I had the TL with the plastic removed, even removed the bars, they kinda looked like SE TL. But then moved back to TO and found all sorts of tails in SR condition, been hoarding ever since
I'll have to use the bright white LEDS for sure, as most of the car is white LEDS. But sounds like a trip to Active surplus.....great for pieces of whatever on queen in TO.
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ew, I would never remove the bars, thats my favourite part, also the bars keep the shape of the car. I really dislike the SE tails. I guess im partial, but I wouldnt trade my black bars for anything. Except maybe LEDs Do you know how to wire up leds? If you dont, then you should read up because it can get expensive if you make a lot of mistakes. I buy my leds on ebay so its a lot cheaper.

EDIT: just read your sig, you know what your doing I wanna see your interior leds!
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Just curious as I am new to the Bonneville world.
I have a 91 SSE with the delaminating outer lens. If I remove the clear plastic covers will it look okay? Are there any draw backs to removing it? What was the purpose of the clear cover if it looks okay without it?

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you use a screwdriver to break off the clear part. The black ribs will be showing. All the pics on my cardomain are with the clear part broken off. the purpose of the clear was to protect the back plastic grille, and just to put a nice finish on the lights.
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you use a screwdriver to break off the clear part. The black ribs will be showing. All the pics on my cardomain are with the clear part broken off. the purpose of the clear was to protect the back plastic grille, and just to put a nice finish on the lights.
That makes sence, I was just curious because I looked at your pics and its hard to even tell the clear plastic isnt there. I may have to try that as mine make a near perfect car look a little shabby.
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ew, I would never remove the bars, thats my favourite part, also the bars keep the shape of the car. I really dislike the SE tails. I guess im partial, but I wouldnt trade my black bars for anything. Except maybe LEDs Do you know how to wire up leds? If you dont, then you should read up because it can get expensive if you make a lot of mistakes. I buy my leds on ebay so its a lot cheaper.

EDIT: just read your sig, you know what your doing I wanna see your interior leds!
No problem at all, When I first saw your car- I was thinking- OMG- someone else is a LED master also (im not a master, still working the whole knowlege of the resister).....I will get interior pics soon, there have been several requests. I just have to clean the it up- winter mess and all. I really like the bars on the lights too, they go well with the car. NeedSSE- there are a few ways to remove the lens, by the pics that you have put up- they don't look brittle, just delamanated. I used a dremel with a cutting disc, and it worked really well, but that lens is really sharp when it breaks, wear some light duty gloves, I still have a scar on my hand (2yrs old) from when the lens sliced me. But it does not look too bad without the lens. Maybe GTS makes rear light covers?
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