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Offline tired69

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Hi all
I remember on here some where somebody reshaped there tail light lens to the same shape as rear panel just wonder how that did it   have  searched but nothing came up

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2019, 04:51:42 PM »

Offline LEE H 69

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2019, 08:40:33 PM »
you mean like this??

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2019, 04:39:25 PM »
Hi Lee

Did you make them yourself or buy them? They look fantastic.

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2019, 08:53:35 PM »
thanks HRTZ65, Yep I made them myself

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2019, 04:12:02 AM »
yeah there the ones
I've looked at bright light customs led kits  etc thay don't have light diffusers .
how did you do  yours.

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2019, 09:25:46 PM »
ok I'll dig out some photos and try to explain how I did them, Not saying it's the best way, or even that they are street legal.
(there's my disclaimer..hahaha).

to start I cut the lens down to the step using a die grinder and small cutting disc
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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2019, 09:33:00 PM »
for a diffuser I used one from a florescent light and cut to suit, using a heat gun I softened the plastic to make it supple, then using a timber mould I made, used that to form the shape 

Offline LEE H 69

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2019, 09:37:09 PM »
used an acrylic glue to glue the diffusers to the cut lens, once set used the die grinder to shape the edges

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2019, 09:41:09 PM »
picked up some 3mm red acrylic for the outer lens cut to size, ad again heated with a heat gun, pressed them in the timber mould, glued them to the diffusers, then again ground the edges to shape 

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2019, 09:49:22 PM »
didn't find a photo of the finished part on the bench just in the car, I'm happy with how they turned out . they don't have a reflector included so may not be street legal.   
 
Hope that helps you out, they weren't too difficult to make just took a couple of weekends 

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2019, 09:16:49 PM »
That's really impressive.  Not sure I could have done that, even with instructions.

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2019, 08:43:03 AM »
Thanks very much for that I'll give it a crack doesent look to hard
cheers. :cheers:

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2019, 08:37:14 PM »
No worries, have fun tinkering :grin: :grin:

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2019, 10:00:42 AM »
Hi Lee

Did you use the existing chrome trim around each light and reshape it or did you fabricate something new?

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2019, 08:04:25 PM »
yep that's just the original trim piece, I tried to keep things as easy as possible
 

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2019, 11:42:05 AM »
yep that's just the original trim piece

Looks great!

How did you bend those?

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2019, 09:27:39 PM »
didn't bend them, they are the original mouldings….

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Re: modifying tail light lens to same contour as tail light panel
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2019, 09:04:36 AM »
That's one very neat rear end. Very impressive.
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