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JohnnyB4439
03-20-2004, 09:28 PM
I kind of had an idea surfacing my mind today. And i was wondering if possibly it could be done. Now we all know what a PITA it is to achieve clear taillights. Now what i thought of when you take out the taillight and you look on the backside, the sockets that the lightbulbs go in. I wonder if theres a way to stick something through that hole and maybe break down those plastic pieces enough to where they can fit through those holes. Now if it is possible it would elimdate alot of the hassle, but at this point it seems a little hard but i wanted to get everyones opionions on this. Just a thought.

Dr_Kyle
03-20-2004, 10:11 PM
hmm.. that would be possible. I actually can't believe nobody has ever thought of that.

I don't know how easy it would be to break the pieces after the initial break is made.. it would be hard to get those little pieces broken without eff'ing up the lense. Good idea though... I am still thinking it over as I type this.

JohnnyB4439
03-21-2004, 11:04 AM
yeah i was thinking that to, i dont want to screw up the lens at all, but maybe there is a way....

rabbitt1100
03-21-2004, 03:31 PM
Is there a way to break the seal on the stock tails so the whole lens comes off in one peice? If that would be possible without breaking it you could clear it out and then reseal the faceing back on... anyone ever try that route? (wishing i had an extra tail light around) hehe.

Rabbitt

Dr_Kyle
03-21-2004, 03:47 PM
^^ that's how everyone has been doing it.

rabbitt1100
03-21-2004, 03:52 PM
Is there anywhere on here that gives a good HOW-TO for that process so I dont screw it up to badly?

JohnnyB4439
03-21-2004, 07:38 PM
http://www.n-body.net/tech/index.php

JawnyRico
03-22-2004, 10:40 AM
Why don't you just spend the $465 and get the real good looking ones. They are so worth the money once on.

CruzinGT33
03-22-2004, 10:45 AM
Originally posted by JawnyRico
Why don't you just spend the $465 and get the real good looking ones. They are so worth the money once on.

Cause I'm gonna pull $465 out of my *** for taillights...


I like the idea though, I already went through a set of tails cause I didn't seal them properly and I lost a lens at 80 on the interstate.

PACE
03-22-2004, 10:47 AM
Originally posted by JawnyRico
Why don't you just spend the $465 and get the real good looking ones. They are so worth the money once on.

hmmmmm.....Headers or Tail lights.........hard decision :rolleyes:

JawnyRico
03-22-2004, 11:10 AM
Tail lights............well maybe headers........... or maybe the ............. I DON'T KNOW!

JawnyRico
03-22-2004, 11:17 AM
Yeah but when the look this good.... You gotta buy em.....

rabbitt1100
03-22-2004, 11:18 AM
I'm going for my headers, exhaust, BOV, clutch kit, intercooler, FMU & body kit first... then tail lights :)

Besides, you can drop $265.00 after S&H instead of $465.00 but I wont stop you from paying $200.00 more than me for euro tails!

Rabbitt

JawnyRico
03-22-2004, 11:23 AM
yeah but i got a 98 grand am not a 2000+ so the only place i know to get them are $465

PACE
03-22-2004, 11:39 AM
Originally posted by JawnyRico
Yeah but when the look this good.... You gotta buy em.....

Spoken like a true ricer..

Performance > Looks

Hexx
03-22-2004, 02:18 PM
Originally posted by PACE
Spoken like a true ricer..

Performance > Looks

Aww comon.....those tails will give you at least 15 more HP at the wheels ;)

I would just clear them myself. Is there maybe a dremel adapter that could get into there to kinda break up the lens stuff?

When I get around to it (sometime) I'll clear my lenses....for now, I need to finish the interior, touch up the car, and wax that baby ;)

JohnnyB4439
03-22-2004, 04:06 PM
Yeah but when the look this good.... You gotta buy em.....

naw im not really a fan of those at all, thats why i just want to stick with the clear GT tails.

02andahalfgt
03-22-2004, 06:48 PM
Just clear them the old fasioned way (the N-body.net how-to). It's really pretty easy, I had them apart and resealed in half a day, dried over night and back on the car the next day. Haven't had a weak seal problem yet (knock on wood). Personally I think the cleared stock tails look better than the Euro options that are out there.

Psi
03-23-2004, 05:31 AM
Originally posted by PACE
Spoken like a true ricer..

Performance > Looks But is taking .2-3 off your 1/4 mile time really THAT important to you?

JohnnyB4439
03-23-2004, 04:23 PM
i think it could be possible with teh reverse and turn signal lens but its just the huge brake light lens im scared of...

UNCTYPE-S
03-23-2004, 08:49 PM
i would like to see what kind of tool u can use to get through there to rip the piece out without cracking the lense, and then trying to get out all the little pieces out of there.

by the time that happens u could be cruisin around in your car with gt clears the n-body.net way.

JohnnyB4439
03-23-2004, 09:14 PM
yeah but knowing me i would be crusing around with some cracked gt clears lol

UNCTYPE-S
03-23-2004, 09:16 PM
well i would press my luck the n-body way, or find someone who knows how to do them by you.

they do look sweet when cleared, but it doesnt look too good when u have to shell out 50-300 bucks for a whole new taillight cause ya cracked it.

michslpgt
03-24-2004, 07:39 AM
When I cleared mine, I just used a small flat head screwdriver and went about 1/4" or 1/2" at a time. Dont take to big of bite. I did and it cracked. Be slow and patient...HAHAH If you knew me, thats almost impossible.

JohnnyB4439
03-24-2004, 04:13 PM
and also i know if you soak those badboys in really hot water for bout 20 minutes that helps out alot.

methos
03-25-2004, 10:24 AM
also...u get a really good feeling when people ask how much u paid for ur clear tails...then u tell them about 30 bucks...and thats just for the LED bulbs

JawnyRico
03-26-2004, 01:24 AM
Is that the same for a 98 grand am gt? Can you take it off on that too or just the later models, and is there somewhere that shows me how to do it?

SC/TGrandAm
03-26-2004, 03:24 AM
suppossedly 98 grand am gt's you cant clear the tails. I dont have that year so i have no idea on the reliability on that statement.