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DIY 8th Gen Coupe LED Tail Lights

Below are the steps to install Eagle LED coupe tail lights. I didnít take as many pics as I should have but enough there should be no unexpected surprises if you attempt to do this on your own. Of course, follow my instructions at your own risk. I would say on a scale from 1 to 10, doing this install would be a 2.

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8mm Wrench, Flathead screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, 12mm socket and ratchet, magnet is recommended.


First pop your trunk, on each side of the bumper where the bumper is tucked into the trunk when the lid is closed. There is a small bolt cover pop it on each side with a flat spot on each one where you can place your flathead screwdriver and pop out those clips. After you remove those bolt cover pop it on each side, the 12mm bolt will be exposed. Go ahead and grab your ratchet and 12mm socket and remove each of the two bolts. While you are up top inside of the trunk go ahead and remove the 2 flathead screw driver pop its that are at the top of the lining, closest to the trunk opening so you can pull the trunk lining back and have access to the plugs that go to the tail lights.

After that, look inside your fender well, on my car with the HFP kit, there was four Phillips screws to remove that hold the bumper to the fender lining. The 4 screws you removed are slightly different in size the two smaller screws go up top, and the two bigger screws go on the bottom holes in case you forget.
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Next under the car, there are two clips for you to remove they are located toward the center of the bumper, one on each side, I recommend using a flathead on them. Then donít forget to disconnect the plug that is connected to the license plate light while you are down there, if you donít the bumper will be tethered to the car, ask me how I know.

After doing this you can now remove the bumper, I recommend starting by grabbing the upper corner where the bumper connects to the rear fender in the fender well and lift upward gently and work your way across to the other side of the bumper as each clip the bumper is connected to pops as you disconnect it. I placed a large pillow(goalie leg pads) on each side under the bumper along with towels and such for the bumper to be set down on or in my case dropped on since I was flying solo.

Once the bumper has been removed, there are two 12 mm bolts holding brackets the tail light is connected to, to the crumple zone on of the car.
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Then go back up top and pull the trunk liner back and remove each of the 3 plugs to the stock tail light. Then pull out your small 8mm wrench and remove each of the 4 nuts that are connected to their corresponding studs that are connected to the tail lights.

Once this is done you can remove the tail light.

Below is a shot comparing the OEM tail light to the LED coupe tail light, don’t look much different at all until the new ones are lit up.

From your stock tail light you need to remove all 3 bulbs. The reverse bulb/plug from the OEM tail light will plug directly into the new LED Coupe tail lights. After you pull the other two bulbs from the stock tail lights, you need to remove the glass bulb from the plugs so that you will have a port to plug the LED Coupe tail lights harness into. Don’t forget to put the bracket from the stock tail lights onto the new tail lights, all that holds the bracket onto the stock tail lights is one phillips screw on the bottom of the tail lights. When you screw in the screw you just removed to the LED coupe tail lights just get the screw in as tight as possible.
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Now you have the plug without the bulb connected to it, you can connect the led harness to the plug, if you look at the pins on the plug and how many tabs there are inside the plug you can figure out which way the plug needs to go in without having to flip the plug around because you mixed up the positive and negative. I recommend testing the lights by just setting the tail lights near their holes and connecting the plugs up and testing blinkers and brakes, having two people definitely helps for this part. There is no risk if you accidentally put the plug in the wrong way, just pull it out and flip around and try again to see if the bulbs are getting power.

Once you get the plugs figured out you are ready to reinstall the new tail lights. Don’t forget to mount the ballast that is attached to the LED tail lights to be in a good location on the tail lights, I chose between the two tabs by the lowest bulb. Don’t tuck the ballast too far in or you won’t be able to screw the plug into the bulb socket because the ballast will get in the way. Reverse steps and call it day. Hardest part of the install is reinstalling the bumper. I recommend starting at the top and working from side to side.

Enjoy, I will take more pics of the tail lights in action, camera battery is dead.
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nice write up ...now all i gotta do is get those lights haha
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Any problems with the lights being flush with the bumper and the rest of the car?

I have the Eagle Eyes on my 8th Civic and the housing sticks out a little.









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nice! i should put these on my list... btw i love your mods you've done to the car... you should take a photoshoot soon.
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Any problems with the lights being flush with the bumper and the rest of the car?

I have the Eagle Eyes on my 8th Civic and the housing sticks out a little.
Unfortunately like most aftermarket headlights and tail lights, fitment isn’t perfect. I have very high standards when it comes to what is acceptable with aftermarket parts and what isn’t. These tail lights fit good enough in my opinion, only place the lights are not completely flush is where I’m pointing below in the pic. I will try and take more pics tonight or tomorrow, my battery ran out on my camera literally right after I took my first pic of the tail lights in use, the brake pedal is not pressed as I’m not in the car. They are really bright when brake pedal is pressed down IMO. Turn signals in LED’s also look very nice.
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man, Rozco you don't sleep lol...
hahaha I wake up 415am to get ready for work lol. At work I got a computer in front of me so I randomally check whats new on DA.net.
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nice! i should put these on my list... btw i love your mods you've done to the car... you should take a photoshoot soon.
After having a couple of days, I really love the way the tail lights look. No complaints on them not being bright enough. They are very bright, and also very OEM looking as no one has been able to tell a difference till the brake lights are on, which is the look Iím going for. A clean factory look.

Updated photoshoots will be coming to my modding thread; I plan to do one of the tail lights, prefereably when the temp isnít hovering around zero like it is today. Then I will do one after I install the HFP suspension and rear camber kit a week from Saturday as long as itís not frigid cold. I received the wheels a couple of days ago, love the hyper black finish to them, need to pick up some rubber for them and slap them on in the middle of april after this horrendous winter is about wrapped up.
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Here are all the pics I took tonight. The first 3 are with the brakes on, the rest do not have the brakes on in the pics...
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Here are the last few. Camera doesn't capture the turn signals for nothing because it is crisp light, not blurry at all, but you do the best you can with a crappy camera.
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