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Old 04-24-2008, 09:31 PM   #1
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Eagle Eye LED rears - how to fit trunk light panel?

Installed my EE LED Clear Tails yesterday (thanks to Khoa for the great service!)

Install went fine except for the last step of attaching the plastic panel in the trunk that holds the lens for the trunk light. Basically, the panel has two posts along the bottom that sort of fit into two recesses in the bottom light housing. At the top, there is a hole in the panel that fits over one of the threaded studs that hold the light housing in place.

Now, as soon as I put panel over this stud and put the nut on it, the bottom of the panel pulls away from the light housing so the whole panel is at an angle pointing upwards, instead of being vertical.

Any ideas?
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Old 04-25-2008, 01:32 AM   #2
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you're talking about the plastic thing behind the tail lights right? it should go in fine. just keep at it, you might just be doing something wrong.
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Old 04-25-2008, 05:13 AM   #3
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Are you talking about the inner lights on the lid itself or the outside lights on the body?
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Old 04-25-2008, 05:41 AM   #4
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Installed my EE LED Clear Tails yesterday (thanks to Khoa for the great service!)

Install went fine except for the last step of attaching the plastic panel in the trunk that holds the lens for the trunk light. Basically, the panel has two posts along the bottom that sort of fit into two recesses in the bottom light housing. At the top, there is a hole in the panel that fits over one of the threaded studs that hold the light housing in place.

Now, as soon as I put panel over this stud and put the nut on it, the bottom of the panel pulls away from the light housing so the whole panel is at an angle pointing upwards, instead of being vertical.

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Haha..I know what you mean..mine is sticking out too...just the top bolt holding it...bottom 2 can't hold in place

he's talking about the 2 lights when you open your trunk...1 light on each side...that piece can't clip properly when you install EE LED's....
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I had some slight fitment issues with the inner light and how the black bulb carrier clips into it. I had to remove some excess plastic where the carrier clips to the housing, the spring clip. Also the OEM one would lock into place when just pushing it to seat it, but the EE one I had to push the lock arm and then it snapped.
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Old 04-25-2008, 02:51 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies.

I should post some pics as, if you are not familiar with these lights, it may be tough to understand what I am talking about. Those who have installed these probably understand.

Yeah, I cannot get the locking tab in the center of the panel to snap into place so I think I do have to trim the plastic on the sides of the lower posts a little. I think this will allow the posts to go further into the recesses in the light housing. Hopefully the locking tab will snap into place to hold the panel vertical, and then I should be able to put the nut on the top stud without having the panel pull away at the bottom.

Will do it this weekend and post my results.

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Old 04-25-2008, 03:11 PM   #7
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That tab can be a bit tricky but check out my write up:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...&highlight=LED
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Thanks for the replies.

I should post some pics as, if you are not familiar with these lights, it may be tough to understand what I am talking about. Those who have installed these probably understand.

Yeah, I cannot get the locking tab in the center of the panel to snap into place so I think I do have to trim the plastic on the sides of the lower posts a little. I think this will allow the posts to go further into the recesses in the light housing. Hopefully the locking tab will snap into place to hold the panel vertical, and then I should be able to put the nut on the top stud without having the panel pull away at the bottom.

Will do it this weekend and post my results.

Thanks, again.
nah it's just the way you described it. the plastic thing that holds the lense for the trunk. sounds to me like you were talking about the ones on the trunk with the reverse lights.
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Old 04-26-2008, 11:31 AM   #9
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the plastic thing that holds the lense for the trunk.
Actually, I wrote "the plastic panel in the trunk that holds the lens for the trunk light." No worries.

Anyway, I tried again before trimming any plastic, and it worked!!! The trick is PUSH LIKE H3LL on the center of the panel and simultaneously push the locking tab into place as it does not want to click into place by itself (thanks tmerrick for this tip). With the locking tab now holding the panel in place, I could put the upper nut back on. The panel itself is slightly flexible so by tightening the upper nut, you actually pull that top corner of the panel tight to the light housing but now, because the center is held by the locking tab, the bottom of the panel stays in place and does not pull away. Looked really ghetto before, now looks fine (not as nice as the oem trunk light panel, but definitely acceptable).

Now my trunk lights actually point towards the front of the trunk like they should instead of pointing at the underside of the parcel shelf.

NOW I'm 100% happy with the LED tails (no dash warning lights either)
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