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Old 08-01-2014, 07:13 PM
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Gloss Black Tail Light Bezel Swap

Hello all! Wanted the gloss black tail light bezels and since I didn't want to try to paint or plastidip them, I just bought some new ones from Just for Jeeps. This write up is more so focused on the removal of the tail lights and the chrome bezel, once you get those off, it's pretty straight forward. To do this you will need trim tools(or something to pry off the lift gate trim), a 10mm socket, and a T-10 torx bit for the small screw on the bezel.

First-Remove the trim panel from the lift gate. I recommend using plastic trim removal tools to avoid scratching the paint. Picked these up at Harbor Freight for 6.99. jeep5.JPG
Remove the lift gate trim, then unplug the wires connected to the two small lights in the gate.
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We will skip to the center lights, the outside lights are pretty easy, just remove the two gray plastic rivets on the inside of the tail lights(you will see what I'm talking about when you lift the tail gate). To get the center lights out, you will have to use the 10mm socket to remove the 4 nuts holding the light in. Two on the outside of the gate and two on the inside. These are black in color, to locate the two on the inside of the gate.(First pic-10mm nuts on the inside of the gate)
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10mm nuts on the outside of the gate.
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Now that you have your tail lights out, you can remove the bezel. First find the T-10 torx screw and remove it.
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Then, with steady pressure, pull the bezel away from the tail light. It will be somewhat tough because of the double sided tape but it will come off. After you get the bezel off remove any left over tape and apply the new bezel in its place and secure it with the torx screw. After you have installed all of your new bezels, re-install the tail lights. Now stand back and enjoy your work!
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Old 08-01-2014, 07:31 PM
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Re: Gloss Black Tail Light Bezel Swap

Nice write up. I was able to pull the trim panel away without any tools.
I've done it several times now since im working on the rear back camera.
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:21 PM
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Re: Gloss Black Tail Light Bezel Swap

Thanks for the writeup. I am thinking of doing the same on my car. Do you happen to have any pics with the back of the car more in direct sun?
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No problem, I can get some more pics tomorrow if it's sunny out.
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Thanks for the writeup. I am thinking of doing the same on my car. Do you happen to have any pics with the back of the car more in direct sun?

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Re: Gloss Black Tail Light Bezel Swap

MOFSteel what tires you running?
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Thanks and sorry to the op for the off topic.


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Old 08-02-2014, 10:29 AM
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Re: Gloss Black Tail Light Bezel Swap

Thanks for the write up!

I actually got all the way to having the light assembly unscrewed and hit a roadblock when I realized I didn't have a screwdriver that would fit the T10 screw. D'oh. I'll try again whenever I get around to buying that little bastard.

Did you have to apply new double-sided tape to the new bezels or did you just use the screw to secure it?
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The new ones came with the double sided tape applied to them.
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Re: Gloss Black Tail Light Bezel Swap

I've got that T10 screw driver but stopped when I wasn't sure if the bezel can be removed, thought I'd brake it apart...didn't know that double sided tape is used, great write up, however, just for jeep sells the bezels for a "Sale Price" of $185.58 what makes that option not attractive, ultimately plasti dip + glossifier yields the same result (for me).

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The new ones came with the double sided tape applied to them.
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