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Evo VII tail light install
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You know, putting up a webpage about installing tail lights seemed like a pretty silly idea at first. After thinking about it, who knows? Maybe someone will find this useful. Also, since I've been doing engine swaps and major stuff over the last couple years, it was nice to take on a project where I wouldn't even get my hands dirty.

Yes, that picture to the left is a Buschur Racing 4G63 engine attached to a GM powerglide drag race transmission being forced down the throat of a 1988 Mitsubishi Starion. You can read more about that car by clicking here

Before we get started, it's important to plan out what you will be doing. We will assume that you've taken the following steps:
  1. Have operated a telephone machine or computer machine before
  2. Use said machine to contact the good folks at Z1 performance and get a set of Evo VII or Evo MR tailights. Check them out  at www.z1auto.com.
  3. They offer great service and prices.
  4. Received your shiny new tail lights from the UPS guy.
Now you are ready to get started! Make sure you have all the tools needed. The hammer, although effective, is an absolute last resort.

The funny thing about these taillights is that enthusiasts hate them. Actually, they loathe them. From my perspective, they make the car look kinda cheap and cartoonish. But after talking with most of my friends and co-workers, they can't understand why I'm doing this! They love the "altezza style" tailights. I was told they look "futuristic" and "cool."

But this is a selfish world that is cenetered around self gratification, and nothing would make me happier than to throw these tail lights into the river. So out they go!

If you are sober, removing the tailights is very straightforward. Simply unscrew the two phillips screws seen in this picture and pull the entire assembly out toward you.

The taillight assembly pops out but it still connected via a single plug. Unplug it and remove the pimped out unit. Remove the two plastic clips I've cirlced in the picture and hold onto them. They will need to be installed on the new taillights.

What's cooler than getting stuff?

Since the new Evo VII tail lights do not come with bulbs, you will need to transfer the bulbs from your old taillights to your new ones. I've created an easy to use diagram to simplify this process.

Comparing the two side by side, rojo es muy atractivo, no?

One more comparison picture. Man, that red tail light looks 100 times better. Be sure to never drive around like this.

Here's a closeup of the installed Evo VII light. Much better. Now go out and reward yourself by showing your shiny new red tail lights to a 'vette or the like. One issue that I've run into is what to do with those leftover altezzas? Here are a few ideas:
  • make little tail light aquariums out of them
  • If you are a hunter, use them for target practice
  • sell them on Ebay. They'll show up fiberglassed into an 88 corolla someday.
  • Give them as Christmas gifts.
  • They make great ricey doorstops.