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Old 02-09-2010, 08:25 PM   #1
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removing the chrome taillight bezels

just wondering, if i were to remove the chrome taillight bezels on my car will water or anything getting into there cause any damage to the taillights or anything?
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:39 PM   #2
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just wondering, if i were to remove the chrome taillight bezels on my car will water or anything getting into there cause any damage to the taillights or anything?
Nope, those things don't seal the lights as far as I can tell.
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:51 PM   #3
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The chrome bezels do absolutely nothing other that to cover there own hole slots and to fill the gap around the lights... They do not stop water from running behind the lights. If fact. If you open your trunk lid. On each side where the black plastic covering is. Water in channeled behind it and down behnd the light sockets. So, if you decide remove the bezel. For what ever reason. You can paint them, or remove them and leave them off. Although you'll see the gap around the lights and also the hole slots for the bezels. Most of the users are painting them either black or there car color and reinstalling them. A few of us have left them off. I left mine off and used a marine/auto black gasket to fill the void around the tail lights. To each his own! Mod away...
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The chrome bezels do absolutely nothing other that to cover there own hole slots and to fill the gap around the lights... They do not stop water from running behind the lights. If fact. If you open your trunk lid. On each side where the black plastic covering is. Water in channeled behind it and down behnd the light sockets. So, if you decide remove the bezel. For what ever reason. You can paint them, or remove them and leave them off. Although you'll see the gap around the lights and also the hole slots for the bezels. Most of the users are painting them either black or there car color and reinstalling them. A few of us have left them off. I left mine off and used a marine/auto black gasket to fill the void around the tail lights. To each his own! Mod away...
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:26 PM   #5
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They just look funky without them.


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Old 02-09-2010, 09:28 PM   #6
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They just look funky without them.


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yea im considering painting them black too i havent decided yet, i wanna take them out first and then decide whether i like them like that or not, but i cant figure out how to pop them out i can get to them fine but just getting them completely off is a problem for me lol
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:48 PM   #7
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Just gotta work at them. I pried the top 2 tabs, and the top side-tabs loose then just pushed out on the tabs. Think of trying to push the bezel out of the housing from the inside. If you push on the tabs evenly then the whole thing should pop out (even without out loosening the hard to reach ones). Be prepared to have sore finger tips.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:02 PM   #8
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I've posted this previously. I removed my bezel and installed a marine/auto black rubber gasket around the light housing. Rememer, the bezel does nothing. so its not an issue of sealing up water tight. Check out these pics of my RJT 2SS LS3 rear end. (see don't mind)





Comment welcome. If anybodies interested in this mod. I'll give it up. Easy DIY.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:07 PM   #9
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I've posted this previously. I removed my bezel and installed a marine/auto black rubber gasket around the light housing. Rememer, the bezel does nothing. so its not an issue of sealing up water tight. Check out these pics of my RJT 2SS LS3 rear end. (see don't mind)





Comment welcome. If anybodies interested in this mod. I'll give it up. Easy DIY.
looks good, a DIY would be nice if you could.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:08 PM   #10
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Just gotta work at them. I pried the top 2 tabs, and the top side-tabs loose then just pushed out on the tabs. Think of trying to push the bezel out of the housing from the inside. If you push on the tabs evenly then the whole thing should pop out (even without out loosening the hard to reach ones). Be prepared to have sore finger tips.
thanks ill try that out and see how it goes for me
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:28 PM   #11
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What did y'all use to paint them? Just a fine light sand and paint?
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:47 PM   #12
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Just gotta work at them. I pried the top 2 tabs, and the top side-tabs loose then just pushed out on the tabs. Think of trying to push the bezel out of the housing from the inside. If you push on the tabs evenly then the whole thing should pop out (even without out loosening the hard to reach ones). Be prepared to have sore finger tips.

Very true...
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:20 PM   #13
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i odered some from this webpage http://www.cleancutcreations.com/catalogpage3.html
if you send them yours then its not as much.
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:23 AM   #14
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Just gotta work at them. I pried the top 2 tabs, and the top side-tabs loose then just pushed out on the tabs. Think of trying to push the bezel out of the housing from the inside. If you push on the tabs evenly then the whole thing should pop out (even without out loosening the hard to reach ones). Be prepared to have sore finger tips.
To save your finger tips.... Once you get the top loosened up, take a flat head screw driver wrapped in a towel and stick it in the gap between the bezel and the taillight and just turn the screw driver slowly to work the bezel out. Work the screw driver from the middle to the bottom and it'll pop out.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:51 AM   #15
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Comment welcome. If anybodies interested in this mod. I'll give it up. Easy DIY.
Give it up.....please.

That's the best look I've seen for the taillights. Was going to go black, but that looks so much cleaner.
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Yes, I can that do that. I prefer this look too. I will upload a pic of the Rubber gasket with the brand name too. I will post a brief explanation on how to do it later this evening, I'm at work now. If you already have the lights out of the bumper. Its very easy to install and just takes a few minutes. And It only cost me $7.99 + tax for the gasket. Also, You will need a little 100% silicon. If you wish to PM. w/ph#. I can call you later this evening and explain in detail.
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There is a utube video out on this and didnt see the guy using silicone
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There is a utube video out on this and didnt see the guy using silicone
I didn't see the video. The gasket has a sticky tape on the backside. But I used a little silicon because the stick tape doesn't really adhear to the rim of the light housing very well. It does stick. But I wanted a little better hold. I would imagine you really don't have to use it. I also used it the seal the two ends where the rubber come together. You probably don't need it there either. This is the way I did it. But you can improvise...

p.s. Do you have the link to the video? Might help others...
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Bone, Like the look. looking forward to the DIY
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Old 02-11-2010, 01:00 PM   #20
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Looks amazing on black cars, mine were off the day I bought the car. theyll never go back on lol.
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I took a pic of my taillights with one bezel off and the other on, will try to put the pic up later. IMO it looks better with them than without them on SIM bc you can see the gap clearly.
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I took a pic of my taillights with one bezel off and the other on, will try to put the pic up later. IMO it looks better with them than without them on SIM bc you can see the gap clearly.
You have to put the black gasket between to look better I will find the video and post in a sec
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Here ya go this is part two of video...show putting trim in



Oh and this is one guy put together about removing but I have heard you dont have to take apart the bumper
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Here ya go this is part two of video...show putting trim in



Oh and this is one guy put together about removing but I have heard you dont have to take apart the bumper
yea you dont have to remove the bumper to remove them

thanks for the video this will help alot
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That looks simple enough.
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