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Help! Problem with new tail lights

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by colinm12, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. Sep 19, 2014 at 8:48 AM
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    colinm12

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  2. Sep 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM
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    Need pics of the connectors ....:worthless:
     
  3. Sep 19, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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    If I remember correctly they might look short but once you line them up and push them in they will lock in but I went from 2006 factory tails to 2011 factory LED tails so mine werent aftermarket. Place the OEM and aftermarket ones side-by-side and take a picture of where the problem area is.
     
  4. Sep 19, 2014 at 9:37 PM
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    The little arrow on the piece of paper shows the clip I'm talking about. There is a second silver clip on the bottom left of the pic too.
    I called Spyder and they told me i could back off the clips a bit with a socket wrench, but I tried and it won't budge. It seems to be plastic anyways so I don't even understand how that would work.
     
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  5. Sep 20, 2014 at 2:43 AM
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    I had my rear lights out to install a trailer harness. I seem to remember that I had a little trouble getting these pins to line up .... but after trying multiple times (and NOT forcing) it did line up. I suggest you try to install the old ones to see what the difference is ???
     
  6. Sep 20, 2014 at 12:53 PM
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    Hmm thats strange. Did you ever get anything figured out?
     
  7. Sep 20, 2014 at 2:04 PM
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    Well, if he didn't, he probably has a shorter truck by now.
     
  8. Sep 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM
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    What I figured out is that you can actually back those pins off a bit. I took a socket to them (very carefully, because it's part plastic) and I gained about 1/4 inch on each pin. Going to try again after work tomorrow, I'll give an update.
     
  9. Sep 23, 2014 at 6:42 PM
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    So here is the final update. The real problem was something I didn't notice at first. The problem was on the side that I had broken the tail light on. It turns out that the impact that broke the tail light also bent the bracket back enough to mess up the alignment.
    I was able to bend it back with some pliers and a hammer. Once that got sorted out, I didn't actually have to back off those pins at all, they fit perfect right away.
    So that would be my advice to anyone who broke a tail light: There's a good chance that any impact strong enough to bust your light also pushed the alignment out of wack a bit, so check it before you struggle with getting the new lights in!
    Thanks all for the help.
    CM
     
  10. Sep 23, 2014 at 6:52 PM
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    Well at least you figured out the problem. ;)
     

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