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License plate light replacement

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Edubreuil, Feb 16, 2020.

  1. Feb 16, 2020 at 11:41 AM
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    Edubreuil

    Edubreuil [OP] Make it stop...

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    I made the mistake of removing the stock license plate bulbs to install leds. Now bleeding from both hands and those bastards won’t go back in. The engineer that designed this setup should be euthanized, and his bloodline ended.
     
  2. Feb 16, 2020 at 12:18 PM
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  3. Feb 16, 2020 at 12:20 PM
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    It sucks lol. I have little hands and it was tough to get back in .
     
  4. Feb 16, 2020 at 12:27 PM
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    I stick my hands under the truck and push the tab and out pops the entire assembly but it’s a huge pain in the butt
     
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  5. Feb 16, 2020 at 12:39 PM
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    check if they work after reinstall , the light have only one position
     
  6. Feb 16, 2020 at 1:34 PM
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    This is the best way to do it, if you have a hitch then you pretty much need baby hands to change the bulbs.
     
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  7. Feb 16, 2020 at 1:36 PM
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    Itchyfeet

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    LED license plate bulbs, why bother?

    I don't need my license plate lit up like a billboard
     
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  8. Feb 16, 2020 at 4:39 PM
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    Both of mine burned out and I replaced them with red LED bulbs. Not too bright but it was a pain in the butt.
     
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  9. Feb 16, 2020 at 4:54 PM
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  10. Feb 16, 2020 at 4:57 PM
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    These LEDs? https://www.amazon.com/VIPMOTOZ-Assembly-Replacement-2016-2019-2014-2019/dp/B07MQBQ3H7

    [​IMG]
     
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  11. Feb 17, 2020 at 7:46 AM
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    Bought a “kit” that included them. I really only wanted the interior lights. Figured, how hard can it be?
     
  12. Feb 17, 2020 at 7:50 AM
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    It is not that I don’t understand how to replace the bulbs. My hands don’t fit. Even in the video the guy can only get the tips of his fingers on them. If you watch closely he does not get it twisted into holder.
     
  13. Feb 17, 2020 at 8:38 AM
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    Red looks kinda' cool . . .


    Better than bright white anyway. :cool:
     
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  14. Feb 17, 2020 at 8:41 AM
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    That's the exact reason I changed mine, they came with the interior kit so I figured why not. Otherwise I probably wouldn't have given them a second thought.
     
  15. Feb 19, 2020 at 4:06 PM
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    Not street-legal in some jurisdictions, though enforcement depends on if your state has safety inspections.
     
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  16. Feb 19, 2020 at 7:37 PM
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    In California, where I live its legal. The law states that you can only have red, white and amber lights on your vehicle. As long as the bulbs are operational and light up the plate, I'm good here. Elsewhere, I concede I don't know.
     
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  17. Feb 19, 2020 at 7:43 PM
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    I have pretty big hands (no watch fits me without 2+ extra links) and I got it done. It was tough as shit though. Hope I never have to again.
     
  18. Feb 19, 2020 at 8:14 PM
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  19. Feb 20, 2020 at 8:16 PM
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    Yep Cali is strict on emissions but lax on safety inspection. In Mass, for example, the annual inspection regs specifically require the license plate light(s) to be white.
     
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  20. Feb 20, 2020 at 8:36 PM
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    Just installed it by wedging the cover out, it was way faster than if I was to go from the back hehe
     
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