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Old 11-18-2003, 09:14 AM   #81
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Taylor,

if you are still trying to get them off, the tails just come out after you remove the nut. The ceter piece has 4 or 6 nuts,one on either side of the lock, one more about half way, and one at the end that you need a deep socket wrench for. AFter you remove them, there are two clips securing the top part of the piece to the trunk. If you lift the center piece up a bit you can see them by the orange part of the piece (underneath the orange reflector). Just "pop" it out. When I pulled mine out, on one side the entire clip/clasp piece came out of the hole in the trunk. I just pushed it back in, no problems. I put everything back together and its fine.

I think clearing the lights can be done, here are my problems with it:

A. Will it be possible to completely RESEAL the assembly?
B. If I need to replace the lights with OEM lights for resale, its going to be expensive...
C. What kind of material is behind the reflector? Is it worth it to clear it, only if we have to pucahse a material to fill the hole that does'nt look that great? (We could luck out, and get the same shiney silver from the front...or not...)

Lemme know guys.

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Old 11-18-2003, 12:39 PM   #82
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Are you thinking of puling the entire fill out, or just the yellow part with the tails?

For sealing back up, use any kind of Silicone Adhesive.
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I'm thinking of pulling out the entire fill.
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I think a slight tint would be neat with that, give it a darkened chrome look....
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after seeing pics of the 04 GXP Im thinking now about just clearing the amber pieces out (from the tail light and center piece).
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Well I've been kind of busy lately and haven't met u pwith adbear yet. I haven't tried to take mine off yet, I'll mess with adbears extra. Doubt that it is chrome looking inside though. And as far as tinting it, you would do the out side, no need to go inside.
I do think that the clearing the yellow and the back end would look nice, the GXP pulls it off nicely. Just haven't had the time, trying to work overtime to pay for my headers and LSD
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Well people still no luck on the tail-light. Maybe when TaylorD get some free
time we can continue are quest of " The clearing of the 2k lights ".

But I did install the new silver chrome amber bulbs. They look great.
And at night the cleared front lights look so damn good, I can't shop
from staring at them.

Gm should have just did it that way from the start. Or maybe we beat them to
it. Cause I think my front end looks 100 times better now. Got pic'* will post them soon.
Now I would just like to thank the little people who made this moment possible!

Hailey: For having the vision and a dream to make her Bonnie stand out from all the rest.


Jay: For having the spare! The courage to go where no Bonnie owner has gone before.
( I think ?) And the kindness to teach what he had learned! So that others would benefit
from his findings. ( I would have charged! )

And Mremer & TaylorD: Who used that education to show the world that,
BONNIE'* can have clear lights too!!!! And showed the rest of us the right path to follow.

Thanks! Ha Ha
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I think you may just have to cut the light open itself in the rear. There has to be a place it' glued the back to the clear lens though.
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Way to go adbear, It looks so good, I know.
I'll try to meet up with you within the next week, maybe I'll call you this weekend if I've got time. Southside isn't exactly close.
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Holy Crap!

We're missing info here too (from the great crash of 03). So here is a re-post:

I was able to partially clear the tail-lights (I did'nt want to do a complete clear). My step by step instructions are on my cardomain page, on page 4. with pictures but here is some of that info:

Before:


After:


More After:


Some steps:
CLEARING THE TAILS

Tools needed:

- Dremel tool
- Variety of cutting tools for dremel tool
- #542 Carbine Cutting, Shaping tool</A>
- Silicone II Caulk
- Amber turn signal bulbs
- Grey spray paint (cheaper the better)



Q. Now how did we get there?
A. Good question..

1. Start by removing the tail lights from your car by following the directions in your owners manual under "changing tail light bulbs" Remove all bulbs from the assembly. REMEMBER WHERE EACH ONE WENT.

2. Remove the piece from the trunk.
2a. Start by removing the nuts that hold the center piece in place.
(total of 6 nuts to be removed)

2b. CAREFULLY pry the center piece up equally on the right and left side. You will see a "tab" holding the upper right, and upper left portion of the piece to the rear of the trunk. Use a long screw-driver to "pop" this tab out. You will pull the black and white sections completely out, so a little bit of force may be needed.


With all three pieces now removed, lets start on the center piece.


3 You will use the dremelling tool to cut around the upper "triangle" of the back of the center piece. Follow the groove that is already there, and cut at about a 45degree angle. (WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES)
Cut down far enough so you can see the inside of the piece. For the bottom of our triangle you want to cut slightly below the groove that is already there.

4 After you have three cuts pry away the backing so you can see into the amber section.

5 If you cut correctly, you will be able to pull the amber piece out, if not you will need to use a pair of wire cutters to "break up" the amber piece. Careful you dont let any part of the amber in the red section of the light.

6 Repeat for the other side.
TAIL LIGHTS

7 Tape up all the light holes on the back of the tail light assembly except for the turn signal hole.

This will prevent debris from entering each section.
8 Using the same tool cut around the "triangle" created by the turn signal section. For the "bottom" part of the triangle you will see it is very difficult to get our cutting wheel in that section. Use an engraving bit, or other "long" cutting piece to cut away a little bit of this section. It is not entirely necessary to cut this part away since the amber is removed from the tail pieces as one chunk, pulled from the outer edge.

Cut along the groove that is already there and deep enough so you can either pry the tail piece up, or see into the opening.

9 After you can pry the assembly up high enough, pull the amber piece out. This is a thicker, harder material than what is in the tail piece and is very difficult to cut, it is easier to cut the opening bigger to allow the piece to come out as one big chunk.


10. Repeat for other light.

11. CAULK. Seal up the mess you just made. (figure it out) I used cable ties to keep the center piece held together while I caulked it.

12. Bulbs: Thanks to MOS95B for the painting tip. Take two amber 3157 turn signal bulbs, and VERY LIGHTLY MIST THEM with gray paint. Just enough so that you can't see the amber as well..
Let them dry for at least an hour or two.

13. Re-assemble
Put everything back together, don't tighten the top most nut of the tail light assembly for 24 hours.

Done.

that should do it for now.
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