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Have an 05 tC: can i replacement them w/ 08 tC tail lights? (+how long does it take?)

Discussion in 'Appearance & Detailing' started by homang, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. homang
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    Have an 05 tC: can i replacement them w/ 08 tC lights? (+how long does it take?)

    i really like the 08 and after OEM head and tail lights.. but does anyone know if u can put them onto an 05 tC? i tried searching (mb im just not that good at googling) but didnt find any answers..

    thanks in advance!

    also was looking at how difficult it was to remove/change the tail lights, some ppl said 2+ hrs, some was 30 min.. what was ur experience like?
     
  2. CadenceScion
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    CadenceScion Moderator Staff Member

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    The 1st generation tC head lights and tail lights are interchangeable, the only difference is going to be the wiring harnesses. To remove the tail lights and swap them out should take you no more than a half hour. You may have to completely remove your rear bumper in order to get the tail lights out. There will be some hex nuts in behind the tail light covers that will need to come off and un-clipping the wiring harness.

    On my 2006 Scion tC I swapped out my OEM tail lights for TYC LED tail lights, and the install took me less than 15mins.
     
  3. navylife59
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  4. homang
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    thank you for the very useful tip!! will look into this once i have gotten some nice lights :D
     
  5. CadenceScion
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    CadenceScion Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome! :)
     
  6. navylife59
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    navylife59 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    See, the old guy is still useful. :)
     
  7. Shaheed
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    OOOooooooo Awesome. I was wanting to swap out my headlights as well with the OEM 08 tC.

    Good info on here. Whats the difference in the harness?
     
  8. CadenceScion
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    I believe the plugs are slightly different.
     
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    If the plugs are different, what's the solution? Are we splicing the the plug off the 08?
     
  10. CadenceScion
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    I want to say you'll need to buy a newer wiring harness. If I am wrong someone please correct me.
     
  11. navylife59
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    Different bulbs so different connectors. Gen1 9006low/9005high Gen2 H11low/9005high. You can order adapter harness to go from 9006 to H11. Companies like this one Innovative Wiring - Headlight Parts offer the connectors to make your own. You will need a 9006 male to plug into the Gen1 harness and a H11 female plug that goes into the H11 bulb of the Gen2 headlamp.
     
  12. homang
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    im gonna be sitting here learning too :D
    yay u two, cadence and navylife!

    next up might be me changing my rims.. going all black :D
     
  13. CadenceScion
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    What brand and size are you going w/? Thank you for the comments you posted above.
     
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