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i made a thread about this a while back thinking i had to remove the trunk spear but i was wrong and it caused a bit of confusion, now someone just asked me how to replace the lights so i figured that id make a How-To about it here we go:

so first off, open the trunk and begin to try to removethose pain in the A$$, little plastic pins that hold the trunk liner in, i just removed all of mine for this project because im going to be doing some sort of sound deadener on the trunk lid.

you probably only need to take a few out, and dont worry they will break, and they probably cost $.25 a piece, at a hardware store, not to mention the trunk liner will stay in with a few removed.

so if you only want to remove a few pins make sure you have enough room to pull the liner down like so:
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Then simply glance up towards the back of the trunk lid, i used the perspective of the "help me im stuck in the trunk pully thing to show you where the bulbs are: just look towards the back for two little LED holders, that are aligned with the license plate lights:

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then simply reach up to one of them and give it a twist to the left until the bulb pops loose and you can wiggle it out, then just pull the bulb out it easy as pie!

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then just slip your new bulb/led in there:

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Then when you have the bulb in the socket you have to carefully wiggle it back into its holder which is kind of tricky because its not just a straight shot in you have to curve it a bit, it just takes a minute or two.

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then just repeat these steps to the other side and you get this:



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then after its all done, you can either get some new clips and clip the trunk liner back up or what i did was you can just push it back into place the and trunk latch holds it up.

Well there you have it, now go change your bulbs to LEDS!

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BTW blue leds are illegal and i no longer have them in my car, if you use blue LEDS be prepared for police harassment.
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cool. thanks for the write up. i have never even looked at that. ha ha
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You do realize those pins are in two pieces, right? You remove the center stud, and then the rest of the pin comes out very easily.

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Might want to change the cost of plastic retainers to $.25 a piece.

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You do realize those pins are in two pieces, right? You remove the center stud, and then the rest of the pin comes out very easily. [/b]
The ones in the decklid are one piece and about 1 1/2" around IIRC


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ooh my bad. price fixed.


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the pins in my trunk lid have no center pin to remove. the trim by the wheel well has those, but not the trunk lid. the ones up there are a bitch to get out. nothin easy about it.
i just went to check mine out and found out that the led bulbs i have are too fat to fit back in there. they fit the socket fine, but are too fat to go back in the hole on the trunk lid. oh well.
and before you guys start, i have white leds. not blue or red or anything. i just wanted to get away from the yellowish light of regular bulbs. i cleaned off the little lenses, so maybe that will help.
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thats weird...hmm just get a standard size 194 and that should fit.


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well yeah. the ones i have are leftovers from another project. they have 6 leds and the actual mount for them is bigger than 194. same base, but just bigger where the leds are. no biggie. i had em lying around and thought i would try em. i was gonna do something with the puddle lamps, but i dont even wanna bother. ha ha
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You do realize those pins are in two pieces, right? You remove the center stud, and then the rest of the pin comes out very easily.
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Gen 4's are slightly different. They are a one piece deisgn, but my Gen 3 had the center stud design. I just ended up leaving the trunk liner out.


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What does the trunk liner do anyway? I've had a few things that wouldn't quite fit because of the trunk liner.

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