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[How To] LED tail light Swap

A few members on the forum here have swapped out their stock tail lights for LED tail lights which is what I just finished today so I figured I would post up a how to since although a relatively easy thing to do, pictures and information always help.

I have a 2009 Mazda6 I so I went on www.car-part.com and searched for tail lights and found a set of LED tail lights for $150. I picked them up today and installed them.



Start by taking out the divets in the plastic and the carpet so you can pull it back. A flat head screw driving and your finger nail works.



Once the carpet is pulled back, you should disconnect the cables to the lights so they wont be in your way. After that you will need a wrench to untighten the 3 nuts that hold the tail light assembly in place. There is the tail light cable that you squeeze on the bottom and pull to disconnect and the blinker light. You pull up on the red tab and then squeeze to release the blinker light.





Once the screws have been taken out, you can loosen then assembly up and then you will need to apply some pretty strong firm pressure on the assembly to pull it out. Apply firm pressure and pull towards you. I struggled the most since it felt as though the corner was still bolted down. There is a white circle that holds the corner of the assembly in which is tight but comes out when you pull hard enough on the assembly.

*NOTE* it will probably not sound pretty.

You do NOT have to pop the white clip out that is circled. That is the white clip on the inside of the trunk. The other side of the white clip is a circle that pulls out when you remove the assembly.



The correct way is to pull the assembly but I accidentally poped the white clip out since I didn't know.

If anyone would like to comment with tips on an easier way to get the assembly out, feel free as that was my most difficult part.

Once the assembly is out, replace it with the LED housing, hook up the wires and test to make sure that the tail light works before you replace the carpet and divets into the plastic.

Repeat on the other side and you will now have LED tail lights.




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The easiest way to take the assembly out is to grab it by the black plastic sides, on the part facing the inside side of the trunk. You kind of just grab it like a handle and pull, it will make a horrible noise and then the housing comes right off. Good writeup!

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Nice write up.

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The website you posted wasn't available. Can you also show me where to cut and/or rewire the tail lights. I'm thinking about purchasing some. It would be greatly appreciated! ^_^
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Hi BlueBoi,

Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market is working fine for me. You have to choose the Mazda6 from the drop down menu.

There is no cutting or splicing required to swap the tail lights. Just follow the guide above and it is plug and play but anyone here will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

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Thanks. I hope I can find some new ones like yours. Alot of of them on that website arent up to par, looking at the descriptions and all.

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Didn't the 09 grand touring models come with led tails?

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Didn't the 09 grand touring models come with led tails?
My "Gran Turismo" (it sounds so much cooler) did. It's standard.

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