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Symmetrical tail lights on a UK 350Z

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by Paul_S, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. Paul_S

    Paul_S
    Z Club Member

    I've been busy this weekend! This is another shameless cut and paste from the post I just made on 350ZUKOwnersclub.

    I was thinking how we don't have enough 350Z threads on here!

    For those who don't have a 350: the UK cars have a red lense on the RHS cluster where the fog light is and only the one reverse light. The JDM cars have no reverse light (you already knew that!) and 2 reverse lights. Therefore the JDM's look great (nice and symmetrical) and the UK ones look like someone in Nissan had a bad day in the CAD studio.

    Here goes.... and paste!

    OK folks, you've seen it done before - but not with this many photo's!!!

    Since there are so many piccy's I'll break this down into 3 posts:

    1. Rear Bumper 'removal'
    2. Light cluster differences / modification
    3. The final result

    So here we go:

    1. Rear Bumper 'removal'

    I changed my cluster without removing the bumper, I managed get the cluster out by just taking out a few fixings on the right hand side.

    Remove the rear light above the bumper. There are 3 bolts hidden under some plastic clips. I wrapped some insulating tape around a screwdriver so I didn't scratch the plastic.

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    With the light off you can see a bolt to remove here

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    There is also a bolt behind the rear wheel. I decided to remove the lining too. It's easiest to remove the rear wheel to get to the screws in the wing lining.

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    There is another bolt under the bumper

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    I also removed the 2 clips under the bumper just next to the rear silencer (no photo here!)

    And finally, a tricky little white plastic catch that you need to turn 90 degrees that is very well hidden inside the bumper in the top corner where the light was.

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    With those fixings removed, the bumper will slide back like this.

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    The rear light cluster is held on with a philips screw at each end. I managed to removed the screws and lift the light out of the gap I opened in the bumper without too much stress. It does help to have a very short screwdriver for this.

    So we now have the light removed.

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    ..and onto the next post...
     
  2. Paul_S

    Paul_S
    Z Club Member

    2. Light cluster differences / modification

    Here is a UK cluster (with the red filter) and a JDM one
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    The important thing to remember when swapping the clusters is that the wiring harness is different. See the 2 plugs side by side (I removed the orange seal on the JDM one)
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    Notice they use different pins? That is because the JDM has twin reverse lamps whereas the UK doesn't have a reverse light on this side to make room for the Fog light. The harness in the car gives both feeds - hence using different pins.

    I have a high intensity LED lamp to put in the clear cluster to make the red fog light so I removed the loom from the UK cluster and put the LED in the lamp holder instead of the white bulb.
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    Most of you will want to stop here but I wanted to do something a little different and have twin reverse lamps AND a fog light. So I needed to modify the cluster. I drilled a hole next to the indicator bulb and cut some slots so I could re-use the brown lamp holder I had spare.
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    Here it is fitted in the cluster.
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    I did actually cut out the segment of the old cluster that held the bulb and was going to glue it in place on the new cluster but I practiced cutting the slots in the old cluster and it seemed to work OK.

    Next was to modify the loom to have 4 pins. I removed the appropriate connector from the old loom (in the end I had to butcher the old plug to get it out intact)
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    And then fitted it to the socket.
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    Finally I used a trusty scotch-lock to connect the earth.
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    Now it's just a case of fitting the cluster in the bumper and refitting the bumper back on the car before refitting the rear light.

    I did, however, check all the lights worked before assembly!

    ...and onto the next post...
     
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  3. Paul_S

    Paul_S
    Z Club Member

    3. The final result

    Here is how the car looks. Much nicer with symmetrical lights [​IMG]
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    A close-up of the fog lamp
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    The indicators still work (the indicator on the RHS is slightly obscured by the reverse lamp but you don't notice)
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    Twin reverse lamps - OK it's not symmetrical!!! But when I decided I didn't want to interfere with the reflector around the fog light and opted to put the reverse lamp in with the indicator instead.
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    All the lights!!
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    Enjoy [​IMG]
     
  4. suzy

    suzy Well-Known Forum User

    what a brillant post - you have gone to some serious time and effort to put that together:bow:

    and you are right we don't have enough 350Z threads here - hope input like this it might improve
     
  5. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer Staff Member Moderator

    Yes thanks for this, I agree it looks better. As a 350 owner now these posts are good to see.
     
  6. Paul_S

    Paul_S
    Z Club Member

    There is a wealth of info like this on sites such as 350ZUKOwnersclub but I've decided to add my 'useful' posts on here now too - let's see if we can mix up the 350Z section a little ;-)
     
  7. Arkwright

    Arkwright Inactive

    well done Paul S we need more interesting posts like this to liven up the 350 space and create more interest.
     
  8. suzy

    suzy Well-Known Forum User

    so when are you going to start a thread and introduce us to you new car;)
     
  9. zedhead260

    zedhead260 Well-Known Forum User

    Good stuff Paul - keep it coming :)
     
  10. datsun dave

    datsun dave
    Z Club Member

    thanks paul good post :thumbs:
     

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