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Old 05-24-2011, 09:37 PM
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Smile Inner Tail Lights Removal

Can someone give me some pointers as to how to remove the inner tail lights? I bought the LCI tails to replace the pre-LCI ones. From just looking at he inner panel of the trunk lid, , I only see two screws where the inner trunk lid handels are. Really appreciate any help. Thank you!
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:08 PM
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What car is it?
Oh wait never mind.
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What car is it?
Oh wait never mind.

E70 X5
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:17 PM
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Yeah sorry new to forum, but i can tell you all about the e53
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:21 PM
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Ultimately, you're going the be prying the whole panel off. It's held on by 4 clips I think. After you get that panel off, remove the nuts holding the lights in, then carefully push the assembly out from inside the liftgate. There's probably caulking around the edges so you're going to be pushing quite a bit before it gives way.
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Ultimately, you're going the be prying the whole panel off. It's held on by 4 clips I think. After you get that panel off, remove the nuts holding the lights in, then carefully push the assembly out from inside the liftgate. There's probably caulking around the edges so you're going to be pushing quite a bit before it gives way.
jimmy, thanks for the prompt reponse

Can you clarify on the followng:
1. where do you start to pry off the whole panel? Assuming number 3 in the 1st picture is what you're refering to, can you tell me where the clips are?

2. Looking at the inner tails, I cannot seem find where the nuts go the in lights. Can you tell me where it is on the 2nd pic?

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Old 05-25-2011, 09:03 AM
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jimmy, thanks for the prompt reponse

Can you clarify on the followng:
1. where do you start to pry off the whole panel? Assuming number 3 in the 1st picture is what you're refering to, can you tell me where the clips are?

2. Looking at the inner tails, I cannot seem find where the nuts go the in lights. Can you tell me where it is on the 2nd pic?

Thank you!!
1) I just started from the bottom and worked my way up.

2) A tensioner is used to hold teh light in. Look at the top right in your picture and you well see a small nut. It will be a little more clear when you remove teh panel and get access to teh old lights.
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marshotel, I managed to get the bottom clips/plugs pulled out of the trunk lid, but i'm having trouble figuring out how to get the upper half off the trunk lid. is the mechanism different?
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:21 PM
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marshotel, I managed to get the bottom clips/plugs pulled out of the trunk lid, but i'm having trouble figuring out how to get the upper half off the trunk lid. is the mechanism different?
I belive it is teh same. However, the cover for the upper half goes over it a bit, maybe that is holding it in.
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i FINALLY got the inside liner out! i'm sure because i'm stupid, but this mod took me a good 3.5 hours!! I love the darker lens on the LCI tails! They are essentially smoked tail lights compared to pre-LCIs.
The original inner tails were held by a very sticky black caulk with only foam on the top side. The LCI tails is pure foam.

Like Marshotel once said, everything works, however the dash has an error (exclamation mark) and upon engine startup, the NAV says right tail malfunction. I'll schedule an appointment with the dealer when I get a chance for coding.
Thank you all that pitched in!!

pic1: LCI
pic2: pre-LCI
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