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After getting a pair of Hella RCCRs today, with some useful tips from this forum, I decided to make a photo guide to help anyone who is thinking of removing their rear lights. Hope this helps. Here goes :

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The only tools I needed were : 8mm socket head, T20 Torx head (star shape head), Blu Tack (thanks to jamesf for this tip), a screw driver type socket handle and flexible extension. Put a blob of Blu Tack in the socket head as this keeps you from losing the nut when you unscrew and refit them.

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We'll start with the driver's side. This is easier to do. Open up the flap to gain access to the rear of the lights. The driver's side has 3 nuts and 1 pin. 2 on the side :

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...and 1 at the rear :

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Making sure you use a nice blob of Blu Tack in the socket, remove each of the 3 nuts. Careful when you take them off as not to drop them down into the bodywork. The Blu Tack will help loads.

remove rear nut (driver's side) :

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remove upper side nut (driver's side) :

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remove lower side nut (driver's side) :

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Unclip the bulb holder. Press where the 2 red circles are and pull.

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The rear light unit should just pop out a bit now.

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There is one pin in the pointy corner (see pic). Grabbing the light unit, careful and slowly wiggle it out (follow the way the pin is pointing in the pic).

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Here is a pic when the light unit is removed :

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Refitting is simply a reverse of the steps above.

Ok, the passenger side now. Initially, I tried doing all this with the carpet trim in place, but it proved a real pain. You will need a T20 Torx screw driver head to remove the first aid kit holder bracket. Then simply tug the trim and the poppers will come out. You may need a flat head screwdriver to help. The passenger side has just 3 nuts (no pin).

Here is the rear nut :

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And here are the two side nuts. Notice the tiny square hole half hidden behind the wires.

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Here is a close up of the lower nut :

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Remove the rear nut :

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Remove the lower side nut (make sure the Blu Tack holds the nut firmly when you carefully remove it) :

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Now remove the upper side nut. There is no pin on the passenger side.

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Now unclip the bulb holder. The light unit should just come out quite easily. Here is a pic of the holes with the light unit removed :

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Refitting is just a reverse of the removal steps. Be careful not to drop the lower side nut when refitting it.

And there you go. It should take only about 30mins.

Here's a before and after shot :

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Excellent 'how to' guide mate, I know that alot of people struggle locating the nuts for the passenger side, will make sure everyone is re-directed to this guide in future [:)]
 

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Fantastic write up! [Y] Very clear and concise. Excellent quality pics, and the write up is very thorough! [<:eek:)]
 

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Thanks for all the kind comments everyone. Hope it helps all those attempting this mod especially locating that 'hidden' passenger side nut.

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:) i love you, had i not read this thread i would be still struggling to fit the frickin' passenger cluster!

have a lookie!

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cheers!

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Very good work mate , one other tip though , put some tape round the socket when it is on the extension and it might save you a trip to Halfords for another socket like I had to.Mine came off the extension when I was doing the one through the square hole
 

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Good guide I used this when I done mine [Y]

BUT the nut thats near the wire came out of the socket and fell down [:'(] I did put one of them extendable magnet pen things down there but nothing came back so do I have to remove the rear bumper to get it back?

 

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don't worry, i did that too.

you gotta remove as much of the surrounding trim as poss, then you'll reach the floor and see the nut you dropped!

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