How To: Upgrade to Facelift Rear Lights

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Re: How To: Upgrade to Facelift Rear Lights

Post by Amz » Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:25 pm

Used this guide today and it was spot on :) cheers!
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Re: How To: Upgrade to Facelift Rear Lights

Post by TimG » Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:13 pm

I followed the guide but my reverse light and indicator were round the wrong way, on the right side light. The fix for this was to swap the black and blue with the brown and blue.
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Re: How To: Upgrade to Facelift Rear Lights

Post by golfer » Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:55 pm

Does anyone know why there is an empty bulb holder in an fl rear lamp. I assume it's for use in a different lamp.
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Re: How To: Upgrade to Facelift Rear Lights

Post by redwizard » Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:38 pm

golfer wrote:Does anyone know why there is an empty bulb holder in an fl rear lamp. I assume it's for use in a different lamp.
Two fog lights?
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Re: How To: Upgrade to Facelift Rear Lights

Post by golfer » Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:50 pm

redwizard wrote:
golfer wrote:Does anyone know why there is an empty bulb holder in an fl rear lamp. I assume it's for use in a different lamp.
Two fog lights?
Don't think so mate. If you put a bulb in it would only light up a small void inside the casing but wouldn't show through. That's why I think it's the same bulbholder that fits a different lamp maybe. Thanks for your input though :)
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Re: How To: Upgrade to Facelift Rear Lights

Post by redwizard » Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:54 pm

So it's the same for both units?

It's been so long since I last opened mine but I remember adding the second rear fog light.
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Re: How To: Upgrade to Facelift Rear Lights

Post by john lummis » Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:31 pm

Hi, I'm new to this site, I'm going to be changing my rear lights in the next few minutes and I've found this discussion so useful,especially regarding the wiring, fantastic info and saved me visiting an auto electrician, thank you all

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Re: How To: Upgrade to Facelift Rear Lights

Post by teeb » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:04 pm

A big thanks to gg8tcw, I've successfully switched the rear lights and the result is great. Even the wife agreed!
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Re: How To: Upgrade to Facelift Rear Lights

Post by servicebasketusa » Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:39 pm

I thinks you have to take expert mechanic services only, not work with demos.

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Re: How To: Upgrade to Facelift Rear Lights

Post by redwizard » Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:09 pm

servicebasketusa wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:39 pm
I thinks you have to take expert mechanic services only, not work with demos.
We tend not to trust some "experts" over here and this is easy (and a lot cheaper) to DIY.
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Re: How To: Upgrade to Facelift Rear Lights

Post by Samson » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:54 am

TimG wrote:
Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:13 pm
I followed the guide but my reverse light and indicator were round the wrong way, on the right side light. The fix for this was to swap the black and blue with the brown and blue.
I'll try it your way.
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Re: How To: Upgrade to Facelift Rear Lights

Post by Bunford » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:25 pm

gg8tcw wrote:
Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:11 pm
Now it's time to re-arrange the wires as per Tigor's guide:

old left side -> new:

1 - black/purple -> blue/green
2 - green/yellow -> green/yellow
3 - brown -> brown
4 - empty -> empty
5 - blue/green -> black/purple
6 - green/purple -> green/purple (my wires were actually grey and purple)

old right side -> new:

1 - green/yellow -> blue/brown
2 - blue/brown -> green/red
3 - brown -> brown
4 - empty -> empty
5 - green/red -> black/blue
6 - black/blue -> green/yellow (my wires were actually grey and yellow)
Great guide. Just doing this now to my car, finally!

However, followed the wiring in the guide, as suggested by Tigor, and mine don't seem to match up. Colours etc are the same, and put them on the same order, but lights are different.
Here is my result from using your wiring:

Left Passenger Side:
- Top red running light working fine
- Top red light glows bright on pressing brake pedal
- Top red light glows bright when fog lights turned on but do not change when brake pedal pressed
- Indicator light doesn't come on and dash icon is hyper flashing
- Lower red light is not active under any situation
- Reverse light working fine

Right Driver Side:
- Top red running light working fine
- Top red light doesn't change on pressing brake pedal
- Top red light doesn't change upon turning on fog lights
- Indicator light working fine
- Lower Red light is active as running light
- Reverse light working fine

I've a feeling I've got some trial and error coming up! Anybody else had similar issues in the suggested wiring not working properly?

This guide made the actual process super easy though, so thanks for that!
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Re: How To: Upgrade to Facelift Rear Lights

Post by Bunford » Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:00 pm

I've got it mostly working now bar the break lights. Both indicators, reversing and fog lights work fine.the running lights seem to work fine too. The only issue is that when pressing down the brake pedal the lights don't seem to brighten, and I can tell they are not as I can see the brightness step when turning on the fog lights.

Any ideas?
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