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Old 05-15-11, 10:55 AM   #16
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Last two compare stock to modded.
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Old 05-15-11, 10:56 AM   #17
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Pics installed under 97 lens
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Old 05-15-11, 10:58 AM   #18
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Now back to modding the backing, we need to focus on the reverse light area. Since this is a 97 backing and a 95 lens the reverse light needs clocked off over half of it. I chose to make a cover from thin aluminum, break out some fabrication skills. Also I formed up a small piece to cover the other strip where I cut thru the backing. This will be filled with epoxy on the back side. After this is on I re-sprayed all the cut surfaces with silver paint.
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After a trial assembly I realized the upper reverse hole shows thru the lens, more work to do.
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Old 05-15-11, 11:00 AM   #20
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Take the clear lens off of the 96 tail and cut it it up to glue in position, this will diffuse the light and hide the black shadow.
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Re install the lenses in the 97 front and glue the key hole part back on with super glue or epoxy.
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Finally, after about 500 together and apart assembles and you are sure they fit, you are ready to glue. I used stock Nissan glue, stretched it thin and inserted it in all the grooves. Push lights together and put them in oven for about 5-8 minutes on 225į , again this is a labor of love, work hard at this and they will go together like stock lights, rush it and you wonít be happy with the results.
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For lighting they use a stock 97 harness with some LED bulbs in the top, otherwise they are just like stock tails, maintenance free.

Well thatís about it, I have a ton more pictures and lots more detail, just ask questions guys, I did a shortened DIY, I didnít want the DIY to take as long as the tails did LOL.
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Old 05-15-11, 11:33 AM   #24
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As always, excellent write up Scott! Bringing back the quality threads to SC forum. The works seems much more involved than the 95 clear tails but it has a nice combination of sporty and classy look to it.
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Great write up Scott. I've now have a reason to get some 97+ tails! If I can get the parts I'll post up with what I came out with. thank you again for the DiY!
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Have you seen this on ebay for these. Not as nearly as nice as yours but same effect if you use that candy apple tint. Unique! but what does your rear deck lid look like or trunk photos plz.
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Have you seen this on ebay for these. Not as nearly as nice as yours but same effect if you use that candy apple tint. Unique! but what does your rear deck lid look like or trunk photos plz.
Seen the ebay, not for me, I wanted the clear over lens OEM look. Not sure if I understand your deck lid trunk question.
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Old 05-15-11, 01:07 PM   #28
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Awesome DIY Scott; great solution using the clear diffuser from the 95-96 over the 97-00 reverse light section, I wasn't sure what you used for that- makes perfect sense. If only more posts in this forum were as educational and entertaining to read!
Now when you gonna get the rest of your car put together??

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Nice job! And a new rear lip? Evolution exclusive?
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Nice job! And a new rear lip? Evolution exclusive?
Just a JIC lip until I can find a 1 piece bumper that I like.
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