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Old 11-17-2011, 12:01 AM
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Has anybody ever removed the lens of a the tail light to install new ones?? If so how do you do it?
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It is done with great difficulty. You would be better off buying a used tail light, and just installing it. A used one is between $25 and $50, and will take you about 10 minutes to install. Removing the lens and getting a replacement from a used tail light will take you about 4 hours. Think about how you spend your time and money. You will have to buy the used one anyway.
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:52 AM
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Sir,
if you still want to try i have 2 PASS side lights you can practice on.
here is the thread of me offering them but the guy never got back to me.

http://www.impalassforum.com/vBullet...d.php?t=265598

I can work with you on the price. they are boxed and read to GO !!!


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http://www.sequentialtaillights.com/buckets.html


"Lens Bucket Modification

Another viable way to squeeze more light power out of the rear light system is to improve the reflective and focus properties of the lens reflector assembly (buckets). The red plastic lens can be separated from the bucket assembly by removing the red lens. It is not permanently sealed as a black rubbery putty is used along with a few plastic tab clips to hold the assembly together. Using a small flat knife, I was easily able to separate the lens from the bucket and remove the old sealant and clean up the joining channels for later reassembly. Once I separated the assemblies, I was disappointed in the overall quality and construction of the reflectors. Silver reflective paint sprayed over the plastic reflectors with small star impressed dimples for refraction is all that is in there. The paint literally wiped off in my fingers and did not have very good "reflective" properties on direct visual inspection. Below are some basic pictures of the before and after on a reflector bucket.
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It is a little time consuming but not that difficult. I did it about five years ago so I could remove the red plastic lens and install the clear set. On the Caprice the most difficult part is removing the chrome trim without breaking off the tabs that secure it. If your tails don't have the trim then it is just a matter of cutting through the sealing adhesive to get them off. I took my time sealing them for re-installation and have never had a problem with moisture.

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Yea I did it took me about 4 hours but got it done thanks!!
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I RTV'd on lenses. Does anyone have any IDEA on how to remove that? I should have used 3m Strip caulking on reinstall. Gasoline might soften up RTV but might eat the lens too!
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You could try baking them at about 100 degrees for a little while. The heat will soften the RTV. We did my friend's headlights in his Alero when he wanted to remove his amber reflectors (it's kinda like us getting clear corners). We also painted the bezel black in there while the lens was off. We then used a silicone based caulk to seal it off. It's been like that for about 5 years now with no problems with moisture. The only issue he has with the car now is a terrible rod knock. Someone's going to find a pretty neat set of custom Alero lights in the JY soon...
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Me personally, I would go with the replacing the lens, cause its not hard at all, just a few hours depending on the quality of the seal you have on the taillights. On the Imp SS, the taillights have tabs to pull back and pry the lens off with something as simple as a screwdriver. I take it you want to change the color of your lens to a smoke or clear. After you have removed them you can buy the sealant at Autozone for under 7 bucks. At least try it out yourself, if you so happen to break it, then go the other route.
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I forgot to mention, The Tech, I like how you kept the chrome around the clear tails. I've really wanted to get the smoked lenses, but I don't have the patience to sit there and remove the chrome without breaking it. Maybe one day it'll happen for me...maybe one day.
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