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MustBeTrippin 09-28-2009 06:50 PM

Tail Light Removal?
Im trying to 1. Smoke the Tail Lights.
and 2. Wrap the Chrome piece. But I cant figure out how to get the plastic covering off.

I tried opening up the boot and going at it from the side panel that opens. I also tried prying it off from the outside.

anyone else know how to do this? Its a 04 Cooper S

MaxMini81 09-28-2009 06:57 PM

Its quite simple with the proper tools. I can't remember off hand the size, but I think its 10mm. You'll need deep well metric sockets, maybe a short extension for ease of motion, and I also used a ratcheting wrench. There are either one or two long carriage bolt-type shafts that you will just have to unscrew the nuts from. The pain is that the motion of the nut doesn't become free after it is loosened, it remains too tight for hand-loosening all the way until its off. I'm sorry I can't be more specific, its been a long time but this should help you in the mean time if you get online. I'm more or less studying right now but when I go for a cigarette I'll look more closely.

MaxMini81 09-28-2009 08:17 PM

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Okay so it has been a while. You still probably want a deep-well socket, but a ratcheting wrench will work well too. It is 10mm. Just one bolt/nut. It is behind the panel in the back side. Once it is loosened the tail light needs a jiggle. on the side opposite to the bolt is a metal retaining clip. Hope this helps!

The pics suck hard. All I had was my iPhone and a flashlight, but I think its enough to help you out.

buzzsaw 09-29-2009 07:40 AM

Found this link on tail light removal that appears to be quite helpful. Good luck.

MustBeTrippin 09-29-2009 10:24 AM

Thank you very much guys, when i get out of class I will try this ASAP. :thumbsup::thumbsup:

lancesr 09-29-2009 07:43 PM

what do you want to do with the chrome ring? if you want to remove the chrome, at least on my 06 r53 there was red under the chrome, and i removed it with denatured alcohol but BE CAREFUL TO NOT GET IT ON THE
REVERSE LIGHT chrome. it is quick and easy. i read on here that there might be a black trim under the chrome on the earlier models.

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