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Old 01-12-2019, 04:39 AM Thread Starter
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A brief tutorial on installation of JDM taillights

Hi All,

I have successfully installed the Japanese version of taillights today for my 2018 CHR. I spent a good half day on the project without much resources on the internet. So I feel that it would be great to share with anyone who wants to ditch the ugly taillights that come with the US version since I did an extensive research on how to install them.

First, currently on the market there are two sets of LED taillights, one is the Japanese/European version (JDM), another one is made by some Chinese manufacturers which also look cool (available on Aliexpress per another member on this forum).

To install the taillights you also need some tools like this: https://www.amazon.com/Interior-Dash...rds=car+prying

*This will help you remove the trims and trunk panels without damaging them. Never try to use screwdrivers to remove the plastic panels.


Pry Tools
JDM Taillights
10mm Hex Driver
Conversion Harness

I'm attaching a pdf file as the format will be easier to read:

I got my pair of taillights from a used part store in Japan and conversion harness from a guy in China. I also have to declare that I'm not running a business of taillights or conversion harness. But if you want my help, I can help you get them from my connections in Japan and China. I also saw some taillights on https://www.beforward.jp/
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:40 AM Thread Starter
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This is the JDM version taillight I installed. The one from the first post is the Chinese made taillight.
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Old 01-16-2019, 03:47 PM
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Thanks for the post, I'll definitely be looking into this in greater detail once I have some free funds

(roughly speaking, what are we looking at cost wise, excluding shipping? The other thread mentions $70 - that seems too cheap?)

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Old 01-16-2019, 04:42 PM
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I'm interested in where you purchased this harness. If you can share.
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Old 01-17-2019, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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The harness was $70, but the lights can vary. The harness was bought from a guy in China, he has an online store: https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm..._u=h8heea48235

Normally he sells the full set of light and harness, but since I got my lights already from Japan, he sold me the harness separately for $70.

All communications were in Chinese so if anyone wants and doesn't speak Mandarin, I can help coordinate and get from him to save shipping. Please leave your contact through PM if you do not mind.

My friend in Japan works for a used auto part store, so he helped me get a very good pair. They also put them on Croooober sometimes. I can ask if he has some in store that are in good condition. I also checked Croooober these days, some of them are either unchecked, or broken.
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Old 01-17-2019, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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Just an update on a final touch on this project. The inner light also lights up now.
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