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Bees24
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Rear Tailights Removal

Post by Bees24 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:52 pm

Does anyone have a guide on removing the taillights? I've tried removing the two nuts on the back of the lights but when I pushed the lens it broke which I suspect is due to the plastic going brittle.

I've got new lenses on order but before they arrive I want to completely remove theigjt to give them a going over and refurbish as much as possible.

Thanks in advance :D

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Re: Rear Tailights Removal

Post by GRNSHRK » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:41 pm

The lenses do remove by just taking off those 2 round "finger nuts", or whatever you call them, and pushed from the inside :-?

Sounds like the gaskets have become adhered to the lenses :-k

But if you are replacing, then no loss, I guess [-(

From there, also from the inside of the boot, I think there are 4X nuts, 8mm maybe, that secure the rest of the assembly, which comes in 2 parts, the chrome bezel and the reflector assembly that holds all of the bulbs, along with another gasket [-o<

Tread carefully here, as you don't want to break anything in the process of disassembly [-X

The reflectors will most likely require a repaint with silver/chrome paint, many of us have done this =D>

The bezels, on the other hand, I think are NLA and if they are pitted, this may be your toughest challenge :-({|=

Good luck \:D/
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Re: Rear Tailights Removal

Post by Ronnie Wilson » Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:19 pm

Hi

When you remove the Light assembly, if your lucky the bottom edge of the Chrome will still be intact and it may have some bubbling to the Chrome finish.
These can be re-Chromed and small pieces of metal brazed in if needed but it’s not cheap as is most of the parts on the e24.
You can get new ones but their around £300 from Walloth and Nesh in Germany.
I found a good set on Ebay that just needed re-Chroming.

Good luck.
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Re: Rear Tailights Removal

Post by sansouci » Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:22 pm

If the gaskets have become adhered to the lens or housing, will decal remover help?
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