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Old 02-08-2011, 08:38 PM   #1
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How-To on how to install AAC sidemarkers?

Is there a how to on installing AAC sidemarkers? The 'authorized' dealer near me quoted me 100 to install footwell lighting with switch, 150 to install sidemarkers, 250 to install after burners, and 350 to install the halos.

I had them only pre-wire my cupholder lighting because its further away from the center console, but they left a giant power cable along the front side of my car. they didn't tuck it in :/

I didn't get any instructions on how to install them. i looked on the dvd it came with as well as the papers. are they something i can do myself?
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:52 PM   #2
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the side markers are easy to install man. DO NOT PAY to have it done, it'll take you 20 minutes at the most.

i've had my side markers from AAC since they first started making them and they are freaking awesome !

It's gonna be hard to tell you without pictures but i'll try. If you look inside the wheel well you'll see that there are little screws that keep the lining attached to the car.

1- take those screws off, take as many off as you need for you to be able to peel the lining back.

2- peel the lining back and you'll see a little tab on the stock side markers, you'll need a screw driver, take the screw driver and push in the little plastic tab which will make the side marker pop out.

3- once you pop out the stock side marker, just unplug the wire remove it, take the LED marker, plug it in and snap it into place.

4- then put the wheel well lining back and put the screws back on it.

that's it.

like i said, it's tough without pictures (i didn't take any when i did it). once you start the job you'll see how easy it is, it'll make sense to you.

good luck, let me know how you make out.
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:24 PM   #3
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crewxp give me a call and i can walk you through how to install everything
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This works, but I found a much easier way. For the rear markers. Let's say rear right marker. Lay on ground with your head lined up with the end of the car. Now stick your left arm up inside of the rear quarter panel and you should be able to go all the way up to the side marker. Repeat the process on the left side, but with your right arm.

Note: I have JBA 3" exhaust, so it may not work with with the stock set up
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:43 PM   #5
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I just helped someone install their sidemarkers. Takes 20 minutes tops for all 4. DO NOT pay someone to do this for you.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:54 PM   #6
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i think the rears were easy but the fronts were a little pain
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:11 PM   #7
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I foudn it just the opposite. I used a crowbar to install my rear ones, but I am lowered and have pretty large arms.
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:42 AM   #8
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was able to get the rear side markers by reaching my hand up on the inside, popped out pretty easy. actually didnt need to pop off the wheel well lining for the front ones, able to pull it back enough and use a screwdriver to reach the tabs. you DONT need to pay someone to do this, pretty simple install
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:21 PM   #9
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sure thing. im going to install it when its not freezing outside (this weekend) and I will try the above. If all else fails, I will most definitely give you a call.
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sure thing. im going to install it when its not freezing outside (this weekend) and I will try the above. If all else fails, I will most definitely give you a call.
sounds good just call whenever.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:29 AM   #11
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the side markers are easy to install man. DO NOT PAY to have it done, it'll take you 20 minutes at the most.

i've had my side markers from AAC since they first started making them and they are freaking awesome !

It's gonna be hard to tell you without pictures but i'll try. If you look inside the wheel well you'll see that there are little screws that keep the lining attached to the car.

1- take those screws off, take as many off as you need for you to be able to peel the lining back.

2- peel the lining back and you'll see a little tab on the stock side markers, you'll need a screw driver, take the screw driver and push in the little plastic tab which will make the side marker pop out.

3- once you pop out the stock side marker, just unplug the wire remove it, take the LED marker, plug it in and snap it into place.

4- then put the wheel well lining back and put the screws back on it.

that's it.

like i said, it's tough without pictures (i didn't take any when i did it). once you start the job you'll see how easy it is, it'll make sense to you.

good luck, let me know how you make out.
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This works, but I found a much easier way. For the rear markers. Let's say rear right marker. Lay on ground with your head lined up with the end of the car. Now stick your left arm up inside of the rear quarter panel and you should be able to go all the way up to the side marker. Repeat the process on the left side, but with your right arm.

Note: I have JBA 3" exhaust, so it may not work with with the stock set up
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was able to get the rear side markers by reaching my hand up on the inside, popped out pretty easy. actually didnt need to pop off the wheel well lining for the front ones, able to pull it back enough and use a screwdriver to reach the tabs. you DONT need to pay someone to do this, pretty simple install
Thanks for chiming in with good advise guys!
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:05 PM   #12
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Installed my rear sidemarkers today. The above method works, you just have to have skinny arms and and strong fingers to push the lever. Plug and play really

They really do look awesome at night though. They definitely are a must on a car.

I think I may have a problem though. Like 6 LEDs ok the left sidemarkers sometimes flickers off and on. And the right side seems like it has less glue than the right. It sticks out a bit more than the left.

Anyone know if AAC is open on the weekend?
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:24 AM   #14
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pics of what?
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:08 PM   #15
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Pic

Can you post pic of the new Sidemarkers?
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Can you post pic of the new Sidemarkers?
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:22 PM   #17
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Thanks Can not wait to get my camaro so I can put these in.
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:36 PM   #18
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Got my AAC sidemarkers today and installed them in about an hour. Very easy to do. Here a some before pictures, installation pics, and after. Hope you all like.

I know you all know what stock side markers look like; this is just for comparison. First the front:



Now the rear:



Now both:



Here's the installation of the front ones. You have to remove these three star screws:



Once they're out you can peel back the well cover to gain access to the marker's retaining clip. See that gray tab back in there past the yellow bolt? That's the retaining clip. Use a small screw driver to gently push the clip forward and outwards. It won't take much pressure.



These next two shots make it clear how the clips work.




The rear ones are the same but a little trickier. You'll have to lay down behind the back wheels and reach up to the markers. You won't be able to see anything, but you can tell by touch where the clip is. One side I had to use needle nose pliers to squeeze the clip, the other I was able to do it by hand. Anyway, here's the finished work.





And here's night shots:



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Old 02-19-2011, 10:44 AM   #19
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Great comparison and DIY!

Thank you for posting
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Great comparison and DIY!

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Old 02-19-2011, 01:52 PM   #21
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Very nice. I should have some pictures soon too.

And the rear side, one in particular was harder. Make sure to press on the bottom of the old tabs instead of the top if you want to keep them.

Very easy to do, hardest part was getting your hand up there on the rear (left in particular), and putting enough pressure on the tab to push it out.

Took me ~60 minutes, but that was because I didn't really have Anything to go on an it was freezing cold.
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Zombie,

Your front passenger side sidemarker looks like poo. Sorry, but it does. You shouldn't be able to see any serial numbers. I can't see any serial numbers on my set. The LEDs look like they are aligned correctly but it looks like the painter didn't tape it at the correct angle.

I'd send it back for a replacement.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:50 PM   #23
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:31 AM   #24
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Everyone is posting pics of their Camaros with the Sidemarkers makes me want to post a pic of ours

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