GU Tail do you remove them?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 20:29
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GU Wagon...tail lights in the body (not the bumper) How do you remove them?

I know there is some bolts you access from inside the cargo area which allows the tail light assembly to 'swing out' but then what?

Do you just pull them out, push the assembly up or what? Am I going to break any clips or anything holding it in place?

I have some dust accumulated inside the assembly making the lens appear dull and would like to clean them out!

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Reply By: Member - nrb1748 (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 21:57

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 21:57
Remove the bolts from the inside, then pull the llight at about 45 degrees from the rear (or the side) to pop 2 plastic clips.

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Reply By: Moggs - Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 08:16

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 08:16
As nrb1748 said above - but be careful, the clips are very easy to break. I busted a set the first time I removed my lights - now I lever them out rather than bending and pulling. Not a real drama if you do break the clips though - the bolts from the cargo area will still hold them firm.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 12:26

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at 12:26
Moggs - you and I must use the same size hammer.....did the same bloody thing but you're right the bolts are sufficient.
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Reply By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Thursday, Jan 18, 2007 at 23:36

Thursday, Jan 18, 2007 at 23:36

After reading the replies below I had a go at removing my LH rear dummy assembly because it has some cracks in the lens that has let some dust in. After a bit of puzzling and wriggling I popped the two spiggots out using a small thin blade screw driver. All OK, but then I found that the coloured lenses are welded or glued to the grey reflector housing so no further disassembly is possible. I did remove the single bulb (reverse lamp) and managed to scrape around inside with a bit of cotton wool on a stick. I also gave it a good blast of compressed air. It looks a bit better. Then I proceeded to "fix" the cracks by running thin cyano (superglue) into them. I use various forms of cyanos in my hobby work. This has worked to effectively seal the cracks but the dust that remained in the cracks is now really noticeable as a black line. Ah well it looks like I will have to place an order for a new one. They are about $250 each I believe. That's a lot of dough for a bit of decorative plastic isn't it!

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Follow Up By: Andrew(WA) - Thursday, Jan 18, 2007 at 23:49

Thursday, Jan 18, 2007 at 23:49
Thanks Kingo

I'm going to have a crack at mine on the weekend.

If your looking for new assemblies yourself, you could always try the wreckers or Ebay for a cheaper price!

Just a thought

BTW..I see in your pic that you run BFG's..are they 256/75's? What do you think of them and what type of life do you think they will have? Also, have they affected your steer track at all...I hear some will make you pull left. I have Cooper ATR's and have that problem.

Good luck.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Friday, Jan 19, 2007 at 10:19

Friday, Jan 19, 2007 at 10:19

I am on my second set of BFG 265/70's. I replaced the original Bridgestones at 25000 because they were getting a bit thin on tread and I was still leasing the vehicle at that stage. I did about 45,000 on that set of BFG's and the tread was down to 6-8mm remaining. I was happy with the wear and ride. We do a lot of touring on outback stone roads (sharp stones!) so just before our last big trip I replaced the worn tyres with four new BFG's and carried two spares. Theoretically I am going to put the worn tyres back on for black top touring (currently stored in the shed), but I haven't got around to it yet- and it costs about $100.00 to refit and balance four tyres.

The four new tyres are looking real good despite a few cuts from stones. I have done about 12000 KM on them. No blocks or chunks have come away. They ride beautifully and are not noisy. I have not had a single puncture on BFG's but did have one on the original Bridgestone duellers when the tread was about 50%. I strongly believe in having maximum rubber between me and the stones. On the bitumen I run 30 psi in the front and 33 in the rear. Off road I drop this to 28/30 or even less. In the Simpson dunes I ran 15/18 for soft sand. BFG's are usually fairly readily available for replacement in the bush. Overall I am very pleased with the BFG's but have not had experience with Coopers or other more exotic brands.

Good luck,

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