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Old 06-26-2009, 02:34 PM   #1
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Cool DIY: End All be All Thread on How to Fit Push-In Corner Lights

Who hates it when you buy a set of corners and they dont fit? I do and I know all of you guys do too. I have spent about 5 hours comparing the stock lights to the aftermarket ones and trying different things that could possibly make them fit. Then I finnaly found the reason why they didnt fit. I bought a set of smoked lighting upgrades from DEPO. I have a pre-facelift coupe and im sure this diy will work for all push-in(clip-in) type corners made by depo, and maybe even the cheap ebay ones.

This will take about 10 min of your time and you will need
~An exacto knife
~scissors
~dremel tool or sand paper
~(helpful, but not needed - a flashlight and superglue)

Im going to assume you already have the stock lights out and that you are having trouble with aftermarket ones. The reason why most of us have problems with fitment on these corners is because there is too much rubber trim around the edge of the light. Look at the comparison of the stock and depo lights.
(by the way, it might help to cut of a bit of the plastic as i did in ^ picture)

1. first you need to unscrew the 2 screws at the top of the headlight fixture and take off the black trim piece that keeps out water (it is held in place by clips, just pry them out)

2. take your depo corners and slide them in about halfway, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CLIPS SLIDING IN THE CORRECT RUNNERS. examine how there is a little metal piece that is sticking out of the body work. This piece is what is stopping the corner from sliding in.

3. now take out the corner and get your exacto knife. You are going to have to cut off all the rubber that will touch the metal piece. If you want to be safe, like i was, put some super glue or sealant in the spot where you cut out the rubber.

4.Cut about 1cm off along the entire rubber trim piece as seen in this picture. Then sand it down with the dremel or sand paper.

(kinda sloppy, but it wont be seen)
5. (You can skip this step if you want, but it helped me out alot.) Take your scissors and cut off about half an inch off the top plastic prong thingy. It gets in your way of seeing if the clip has clipped in yet.

6. Slide in the corner as far as it goes (be careful) and then pull the headlight fixture towards the front of the car while pushing the corner in. It might take a little bit of force to get everything to click, but You should hear the amazing clicking sound and get a large grin on your face.

7. step back and admire the amazing look your car now has. I would say go get a beer and enjoy it, but im underage.
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:00 PM   #2
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Great post thank you!
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:14 PM   #3
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finally! someone took a look at my diy. I have a 323Ci and it worked great for me. hope it helps you
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:23 PM   #4
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Tried this DIY and it was fantastic. I did not get a "click" sound, but it definitely sits a lot closer to the OEM fitment than before!
Thanks for taking time to post this DIY
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:27 PM   #5
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Tried this DIY and it was fantastic. I did not get a "click" sound, but it definitely sits a lot closer to the OEM fitment than before!
Thanks for taking time to post this DIY
the click isnt that loud or noticeable, but you will know when its clicked in because you cant pull it out and it looks flush
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:06 PM   #6
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just did this, worked great
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:37 PM   #7
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I struggled with this for at least an hr and just could not get
them to fit right

Thank god I found this thread, after reading, took maybe 15 mins
and fit perfectly flush.

Before and after (sorry for crappy phone pic, all I have at the
moment... oh and got rid of those crome pos rims too)
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Old 05-08-2011, 01:48 AM   #8
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Im surprised this hasn't helped more people. I see threads of people complaining of this exact problem all the time...
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:09 AM   #9
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wow i didn't even know this was a problem lol
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:10 AM   #10
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You wanna add it to your list of DIYs in your sig? I give you permission
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i would if i could. that's all i can add lol i was thinking about making a thread with links to all lighting related DIYs, then putting that link in my sig. that way i can actually have a picture like everyone else
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:59 AM   #12
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I just got some led turn signals from jlevis and they stick out to much and they look like there about to fall out ima have to try this out !
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Old 07-02-2011, 06:18 PM   #13
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this helped me today, thanks! was about to remove the whole headlight assembly i was so frustrated. but after cutting even more rubber and yanking the headlight while pushing the corner it finally clicked.
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Old 07-24-2011, 02:32 PM   #14
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Great post!!! Thanks OP.
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:57 PM   #15
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I just took the whole headlight assembly out and they went right in with no modification
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