View Full Version : DIY: UKDM Type R tail lights and bumper removal (7/31 - Pics added)

06-23-2008, 06:25 PM
Mel's DIY recovered from pre-crash ephatch.
Pics will be relinked soon.

First off thanks to 2 good friends for hooking me up :mgriggn:.
(and to jimmyjames for saving the DIY)

The following are basic instructions to swap UKDM tails into an 02-03 SI. I'm sure it's similar in 04-05 models but I have yet to see the back of their tail lights.

Parts needed:
2 - UKDM tails
2 - UKDM bulb sockets (for the amber blinker)
2 - UKDM male harness adaptors with inserts
2 - Orange bulbs
2 - Tail light gaskets (old ones can be used again if necessary)

Tools needed:
8 mm socket
10 mm socket
small ratchet
8 mm box wrench (ratcheting if you have one! It makes it 10x easier)
2 flathead screwdrivers
1 phillips screwdriver
1 floor jack (makes it easier)
1 tack/needle
1 pair of pliers
1 blanket (optional)
1 can of PB Blaster (optional)

Before (My OEM tails were tinted):

To reduce the chance of scratches, start off with a clean bumper (I didn't feel like washing mine at the moment ). Let's start off on the passengers side. Jack up the car on the passenger side rear tire jack point. Remove the 8mm/phillips head screw holding the bumper. It's up in the wheel well:

Next is the other inner phillips screw as shown below:

After removing both screws, repeat on the opposite side. Keep the jack under after completing the second side. It's give you a tad more room for the next step. Get under the rear bumper and you'll see 2 clips that will resemble the following:

Take 2 screw drivers and slowly pry under the 2 slots on the clip. If you slowly rock the heads of both screwdrivers back and forth you can remove the clips without breaking them. If they're corroded or covered in grime just spray them with some PB Blaster. It will loosen the dirt and make them 10 times easier to remove. Be careful as the heads crack off easily.

Proceed to open the hatch. Remove the 2 silver covers with a flathead as shown below. They have a small slot for the head to fit in ( ):

Removing the cover:

Cover gone:

Grab your ratchet and 10mm socket. Remove both bolts (1 under each cover):

The bumper is now ready to come off. Lay the blanket on the ground below the bumper. It will keep you from scratching/scuffing it up. Start on one corner (drivers side in this case) and firmly pull out as shown below:

Once it pops off one side it comes off in a hurry so take your time and be careful. It's clipped in under the tails and at the corners (press fit). Slowly pull it backward and over to the opposing side. It should come off with ease. If it gets hung up on the opposing wheel well just push it that way. Grasp the bulb socket and spin counter clockwise to remove it. Repeat on the other side.

Put the bumper in a safe place where it won't fall over or get damaged. Keep it on the blanket. On to the tail lights...

There are 2 10 mm nuts under each tail light that will need to be removed. It's easier if you just do one side at a time. Remove the 2 nuts from the metal bracket as shown below:

Look inside the hatch and remove the plastic panel behind the tail light. It's easiest to use a flathead screwdriver to do so. Just be careful so that you don't cause any scrapes in the plastic:

In this pic the cover is off and the 3 gold colored nuts are visible. They will all need to be removed. Ignore my wiring as it had been modified in the past. Your scheme will look different as far as bulb placement is concerned.

I used a ratcheting box wrench to make things 10x easier. Otherwise, you'll only be able to fit a small ratchet on one of them. The 2 inner ones are far to tight and would require a box wrench if nothing else is available. Loosen them and only remove them with your fingers. Otherwise, you'll drop one.

8 mm wrench on the top one (Biggest PIA):

8 mm socket on the innermost one:

8 mm wrench on the outermost one:

06-23-2008, 06:25 PM
Now, unscrew all 3 of the bulb housings counter clockwise and then pull them out. Make a mental note of which one was what (blinker, tail light and reverse). If need be, put a strip of masking tape on each one to signify what they are/where.

Now, pull off the OEM tail light. Remove the metal bracket on the bottom (one phillips screw) and screw it onto the UKDM model.

Set the tail lights aside. Now, onto the bulb harness swap. Please, do not cut your wires! Mine are cut due to the fact that I had played with the wiring and added an extra blinker bulb. I repeat, do not cut your wiring!

Make sure the vehicle is off and the blinkers are not on. Grab the blinker socket and remove the male clip from the back of it. Set the USDM bulb socket aside. Grab the male clip and a flat head screwdriver. Slowly pry the backside of it open as shown:

Hold the USDM clip with one hand. Look under the wired metal inserts (positive and negative) and you will see a small plastic tab holding them in place. Push the thumb tack in from the front and push the plastic away from the metal inserts. You can then remove the inserts. Just be sure to remember what side they were on to maintain polarity.


Now, grab the white UKDM clip and slide in the wired metal inserts from the back side.

Once they're in, squeeze on the small plastic clip piece. It holds the wires/metal inserts in place. It only fits in one way. I ended up using minimal pressure with a small set of pliers.

You're now ready to put the tail light on. Hold it up near the sockets so that you can figure out where everything will be going.

- Top/circular hole is now the brake light.
- Amber bulb will now be your blinker and go in the socket shown above (the only one that's in).
- Reverse will remain in the same.

Spin the bulb sockets in now as it's easer than when the tail light is mounted. Line up the small reddish plastic tab on the outside of the tail light housing to the hole in the body. Slowly push the tail light on while lining everything else up. Loosely put on the 2 external 10 mm nuts (metal bracket) and the 3 interior 8 mm nuts. Be careful with the 8mm nuts as working space is minimal. Once everything is lined up, tighten all the screws. Be especially careful on the small 8 mm screws as they're molded into the plastic. Place the plastic cover back on.

Test the lights (blinker/brake/reverse) and repeat on the other tail light.

Grab the bumper and pop in one side (by the wheel well). If it gets tough, spray some PB Blaster in the slot to make it easier. Be sure that the other side of the bumper isn't rubbing against the opposite side of the car as it will scratch it. Slowly follow the body lines of the bumper and press it directly under the tail lights. You'll hear it clip in. Be sure it's in the right spot - if it clips too low they'll be a gap. Continue to the other side and push in.

At this point I usually reach from underneath and spin the bumper lights in (clockwise - make sure the car is up in the air a bit as it's much easier).

2 plastic bumper clips
2 10 mm bolts near the hatch opening
2 silver plastic covers
2 black phillips screws (one in each wheel well)
2 Phillips/8 mm screws (one in each wheel well / top corner)

You're done! Enjoy the new lights :mcool:

Lights on:

Amber turn signal on:


Butt shots with ambers on:


06-24-2008, 04:25 AM
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!

07-30-2008, 09:04 PM
Am I the only one who can't see the pics?

07-31-2008, 06:11 AM

I can't see it either. and I need the pics. I plan on doing this install either this week or next week.:mangel:

07-31-2008, 06:41 AM
Sorry guys, this was my old DIY that JJ was nice enough to save repost for me. I just uploaded the pics again and rehosted them. They should work now.

07-31-2008, 07:08 AM
thanks mel!!!

07-31-2008, 07:10 AM

07-31-2008, 07:20 AM
Awesome....Thanks to JJ and Oogy for getting this thread back. :mcool:

07-31-2008, 07:48 AM
Mel rocks! Thanks for posting up the pics. :mbiggrin:

07-31-2008, 01:20 PM
sweet deals! now who can tel me where to get the rear fog sw

07-31-2008, 01:23 PM
sweet deals! now who can tel me where to get the rear fog sw

Oddysey blinker arm.

07-31-2008, 01:25 PM
i thought there was a seperate sw like the fog lights?

07-31-2008, 01:31 PM
The arm has one built in IIRC. You just need to wire in a relay (I believe Doug/Talonracer has done this).

I think I may have one in the basement that's been hangiong around for years.

08-08-2008, 09:24 AM
Awesome. Where would one be able to get a pair of UKDM tails ?

08-08-2008, 09:51 AM
great write up

08-08-2008, 09:52 AM
what year??? 02-03 - 04-05?

You can try ebay type in jdm taillights or you can try ebay.co.uk
you can also, post in the WTB classifieds section
Look out for my for sale thread comin soon:mwink:

08-14-2008, 05:50 PM
those lights are tit

08-15-2008, 08:43 AM
Great write up. I used it to install my UKDM tails last night. Good job!

08-15-2008, 08:52 AM
Thanks....glad to hear it worked out for you.

08-15-2008, 09:18 AM
Awesome. Where would one be able to get a pair of UKDM tails ?


08-16-2008, 01:16 PM
Shoot! I can't get in.
I was thinking about doing this with the stock lens. Anyone did it with the stock lens?

08-16-2008, 02:23 PM
good job!

08-20-2008, 09:11 AM
Shoot! I can't get in.
I was thinking about doing this with the stock lens. Anyone did it with the stock lens?

You need either 100+ posts without whoring or sponsor status.

08-20-2008, 03:23 PM
You need either 100+ posts without whoring or sponsor status.
I have more than 100 the last time. Been busy so my post count is low this time around.

08-23-2008, 08:14 AM
are pics down?

08-28-2008, 02:10 PM
damn i was jus gonnna follow the DIY bump for fixed pics!

08-28-2008, 07:05 PM
great write up. it help me alot when i was installed my ctr tail lights

08-29-2008, 04:32 AM
Sorry guys, not sure what happened to the host. ugh...

06-12-2012, 11:58 AM
Very helpful. I just got mine done. To unclip the wires a pen filler really did work good. Just like it said unclip the back lightly prying on it with a small flat head screw driver. Then at the other end of the clip where the electric connecters are take theres a clip holding them in. the metal tip of the pen filler and push it in. You should be able to see the 2 inside clips drop when you remove the pen filler. Then lightly pull the wires out.

04-23-2014, 07:53 AM
So I thought I'd just throw up a couple pics since I did this yesterday.
Just some detail stuff of the hardware and wiring, not going to get into all of the body/trim stuff.

Layout of the bulbs in the CTR lights.
This is the driver's side.
Top is brake, left is reverse, right is turn signal.
Same on the passenger's side EXCEPT the turn and reverse lights are swapped, obviously.


On to the wiring.
First off, the OEM harness clip/connector on the turn signal. This is the bit you'll be removing.


Which isn't hard, just detailed.
The clip with the back end opened up:


Front end of the clip (end that plugs into the socket)
Screwdriver tip is pointing at the part you need to pry up to release the wires.


So that's the OEM side.

Here's the new hardware.
PROTIP: us 02/03 guys can use the rear turn signal hardware from the 00-03 S2000.
So if you don't get sockets or just want to use new connectors, order up these parts.

Harness clip/connector (x1, comes in a pack of 5)
KIT, CONN (2P 090F)


Socket (x2)


And bulbs (x2)


To open the old UKDM clip, if you want to replace them:

Pry here:


And here:


When you've got it the wires will slip right out.


Just pay attention to where the wires were.
Picture above shows where they should go, but just to be sure here's a shot of the UKDM part with wires still in.


Insert the OEM wires into the new clip, pop the clip shut with some pliers.
Be gentle! If you've got it right the clip will snap in without much pressure at all.
Put the new bulbs into the new sockets, hook everything up and check function.

Hope this helps!

04-23-2014, 06:38 PM
So I thought I'd just throw up a couple pics since I did this yesterday.
Just some detail stuff of the hardware and wiring, not going to get into all of the body/trim stuff.
Hope this helps!

This post is freaking awesome. Those part numbers were not easy to find and after I did the install, I never could find them again. IIRC the same turn signal bulb/socket/pigtail is also used on both the 02/03 and the 04/05 EP3R. Seriously, props man. Thanks for sharing this info.

I might edit the first post in this thread with your info. Great writeup :thumbu:

04-23-2014, 09:01 PM
so the ukdm dosnt light up on the top and the bottom? hows the jdm tails light up? no pics on first post so idk how its supposed to look lol

04-26-2014, 12:04 AM
The USDM blinkers turn into to your brake lights. And the blinkers are moved down to the middle.

04-26-2014, 05:28 AM
Oh cool lol thats how mine are :D

04-29-2014, 06:15 AM
This post is freaking awesome. Those part numbers were not easy to find and after I did the install, I never could find them again. IIRC the same turn signal bulb/socket/pigtail is also used on both the 02/03 and the 04/05 EP3R. Seriously, props man. Thanks for sharing this info.

I might edit the first post in this thread with your info. Great writeup :thumbu:

No problem man! Haha yeah, I had to do some digging to find those numbers, so DEFINITELY wanted to post them up for the masses. :mbiggrin:
I'll edit my post and type them up, too, just to make sure they stick around if the pics die for some reason.