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Old May 27th, 2004, 11:59 AM
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Tail light in the dark...

So I got a fix-it ticket for a taillight out the night before last. I bought the bulbs and tried to replae it last night in the dark (I only had a few minutes)--didn't work. Coming from the outside isn't the answer (as far as I could tell), and I removed the fancy white clip that retains the rubber boot, and I wasn't immediately able to get the bulb out from behind. What's the right way? Is there a pushing/twisting, pulling, or?

I'd figure it out, but I'll be leaving after dark again, and I just want to get it done ASAP. I'm sure it's easy (but in that convoluted Rover way).

Many thanks...and sorry for posting such a simple/boring topic.
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Old May 27th, 2004, 12:04 PM
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Does this help

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=2178

Theres pics
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Old May 27th, 2004, 05:04 PM
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So from that I'm assuming I undo the clip in the back, loosening/freeing the boot, then unscrew the lens from the outside and pull it through? I tried to pull it from the outside with the boot attached...didn't try detached...
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Old May 27th, 2004, 05:06 PM
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Old May 27th, 2004, 07:45 PM
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Allright, just forget I asked. I really can turn a wrench!

It's just the first bulb to go out, and I don't want to get harassed again.
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Old May 27th, 2004, 09:05 PM
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I've got a '97 D-90 too, and to replace my rear bulbs, there's no need to remove the lens. The wiring harness and bulb holder all come out into the wheel well. The assembly rotates, then just pulls out.

And FYI, my bulb holders are ALWAYS going bad, terminals corroding and breaking off. Seems to really be a design flaw there...
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Old May 28th, 2004, 08:56 AM
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Talking Bulb Holder Design Flaw

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And FYI, my bulb holders are ALWAYS going bad, terminals corroding and breaking off. Seems to really be a design flaw there...
When designing the high performance water cooled tail lamps Rover did leave out the special non corroding bulb holders.

But on the plus side, they left in the garage floor lubricating device found on early series trucks.
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Trevor,

I installed the D90 lights on my 110, and had heard about the corrosion problems. So when I installed them, I put dielectric grease on all of the electrical contacts (including the bulbs and their sockets). They've been working fine for almost 3 years. If you haven't tried that, you might give it a shot.
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Hey Ryan,

Do you have pics of that? I was thinking about doing the same thing myself!

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Old May 28th, 2004, 01:40 PM
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Al,

I'll see if I have any pics. There is a problem in installing them on a 110. The roll cage support inside the rear fender area needs to be modified to clear the light socket. Other than that it's pretty straightforward.
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Trevor,

I installed the D90 lights on my 110, and had heard about the corrosion problems. So when I installed them, I put dielectric grease on all of the electrical contacts (including the bulbs and their sockets). They've been working fine for almost 3 years. If you haven't tried that, you might give it a shot.


Same here with the same results! Dielectric grease all around, plus I tapped each light with a 1/8" bit to avoid any moisture build up. John Lee has a nice tech page about it(http://www.expeditionexchange.com/D90brakelite/). Have a look.

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Has anybody found a suitable LED replacement for the rear lights? I see them all around town on Jeeps.
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Old May 28th, 2004, 11:37 PM
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Al - here's a couple of pics of the lights on my 110.

I wonder if any of these LEDs would work as direct bulb replacements?
http://www.superbrightleds.com/1157.htm
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Well, it worked with great success. Thanks.

One note of caution...the bulb I replaced did already have the dielectric grease on it...it appears that the heat of the bulb cause it to flow, and the bulb itself ended up being covered over time (obscuring the light's effectiveness some), and the grease flowed into the housing...so it was bit of a mess...Lesson, coat with grease, but not to overdo it.
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Has anybody found a suitable LED replacement for the rear lights? I see them all around town on Jeeps.
I was in VIP Auto yesterday and they had round LED lights for around $20, they don't look exactly like the stock units but you may be able to change the cover.
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Has anybody found a suitable LED replacement for the rear lights? I see them all around town on Jeeps.


Hey Dave

You might ask Alan Dobbs. Its my understanding that he was going to market a line of LED's for the Defender, but it turned out to be too difficult. Anyway, here's a link to what his looked like: (http://www.gulfcoastrovers.com/rovers/led/index.htm). His webpage is www.yellowdefender.com, but I wouldn't expect much as he did this quite a few years ago and might not have them anymore. Good luck.

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