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Old 06-03-2009, 09:54 AM   #1
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86-88 Sedan Clear Turn Signals

This DIY is intended for the 86-88 Legend Sedan. Within the turn lenses is simply an amber lens, which can be removed. Unfortunately the 89-90 sedans have the lens actually COLORED amber so this procedure will not work.

The materials list is fairly simple:
~Phillips screw driver and a long, thin slotted screw driver
~Needle-nose pliers
~8 mm wrench
~Common hair blow dryer
~Utility Knife or razor blade
~Silicon suited for auto/outdoor use

Okay first things first…you need to recognize the fact that in some areas this mod may not be legal. Check with your local laws or regulations first to be sure that you are not going to be in violation of any (may be as simple as putting in an amber 1156 bulb with the cleared out lens). A-L.com or myself cannot be held responsible for when keeping Real goes wrong…

Step One
Remove the Negative battery cable


Step Two
If your anything like me you may want to take this opportunity to clean out your trunk of the 100 lbs of junk that’s been in there since 2005. I guess this could be considered a performance mod because you lost weight and therefore will have faster acceleration AND better gas mileage!!


Step Three
Remove this trim piece by taking out the four Phillips screws.


Step Four
Peel back the trunk lining by removing these two trim clips. I found an easy way was to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to simply pry them up from under the lining.


Step Five
Use the 8mm wrench to remove these six nuts which hold the lens assembly to the body.


Step Six
Unplug this harness to allow removal of the entire assembly.


Step Seven
With the lens removed, you must now remove 5 screws (yellow circles) to remove the trim from the lens (a black plastic strip in the middle and the plastic chrome strip along the bottom). You must also unclip the side vent (blue circles). Removing this trim will allow for easier work and access to the lens’ adhesive.


Step Eight
Now with the trim removed, you can now begin heating the old adhesive. Place the blow dryer on medium to high heat (depending on just how hot your dryer gets…mine on high may be medium for others) just be careful because too hot for too long may warp the lens itself.

Start from the side that was nearest to the fender. Hold the blow dryer about 3 inches away from lens, directing the heat to the seal. After about 30 seconds, use the slotted screwdriver to see if the adhesive is softening. If it is, begin to slowly scrape it out. If it is still somewhat hard, heat in 10-30 second intervals until it is soft enough to easily scrape out.






Once all of the excess adhesive is taken out, move on to BELOW the lens and repeat this procedure little by little (about a 2 inch work area)—slowly working your way toward the reverse light.


Once you reach to reverse light, do not pry on the side of the lens. Simply heat it for about 30-45 seconds. We will return to it later.

Now move back to the fender side and we will begin the top of the lens. Continue with the same procedure but with GREAT care as too much pressure may crack the lens. Continue to heat the lens in 10-30 second intervals using the screwdriver to remove excess adhesive.


The lens should now begin to separate from the housing. DON’T GET TOO EXCITED. This is not a race and good things come to those who are patient. Continue to G-E-N-T-L-Y pry up the lens starting from the fender side S-L-O-W-L-Y working your way toward the reverse light. If you run into spots that are still tough while lifting the lens, use the hair dryer on them and the adhesive will separate itself from the heat.




When you reach the reverse light, simply heat the adhesive until it releases the rest of the lens (use the screw driver to gently pry if you need to but you shouldn’t need it by now)

Step Nine
With the lens now removed, you can simply remove the amber lens housed within it.


Step Ten
Use the utility knife/razor blade to remove as much of the old adhesive as you can from the lens and tail light housing.

Step Eleven
You may now begin to apply the new silicone of your choice. Just be sure to purchase a quality brand that is suitable auto/outdoor use as well as for extreme hot and cold conditions. Apply a generous amount to the exact same places where you found the old adhesive. Apply it to both the lens AND tail light as this will ensure a good seal (you can always clean the excess if you use too much, but having too little will make you regret life altogether!!).



Step Twelve
With the silicone applied, you may now rejoin the lens and the taillight. Be sure that it goes on correctly and lines up with the tabs in the taillight.

Once properly joined, smooth out the silicone application with your CLEAN finger or some other suitable conforming tool. Visually inspect the bead to ensure there are no holes for water to get in and that a good seal has been formed.


Now allow the lens to cure at least 24 hours at a decent room temperature. This would be a good time to begin the same procedure on the other tail light.

Once the silicone has properly cured, you may now put the trim back onto the taillight assembly and place it back onto the car. And as they say…installation is the reverse of removal.

ENJOY!

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Thanks man so is the tail lights for the 8788 interchangeable with a 1990 ls
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Unfortunately they are not. They are different dimensions and won't mount
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