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Thread: M5 rear bumper lights/reflectors

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    no, they always stay the same. You can also hook it up to your brake lights, then it will only light up when you apply your brakes.

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    Here are some pics of my 3 with blacked out reflectors and side markers. This took about 7-8 coats of niteshades. I also blacked out my emblems.






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    Did you use the nightshades to do the emblems?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tillyspeed81 View Post
    Did you use the nightshades to do the emblems?
    No I used just regular spray paint, but made specific for plastic. I took off the emblems and sanded them then used about 3 coats of paint and 2 clear coats. I think the paint is called krylon plastics. You can get it at wal-mart.

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    Hey Dima, i've just received my led reflector, and i'm wondering how to install them, i have 3 cables, 1 for ground, 1 for brake and 1 for corners, where did you pass your wires ? and how did you found the good wires to splice ?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by AwaKeN View Post
    ... and i'm wondering how to install them, i have 3 cables, 1 for ground, 1 for brake and 1 for corners, where did you pass your wires ? and how did you found the good wires to splice ?
    Mine came with wiring for three options:
    1) blinkers/corners
    2) brake lights
    3) running/parking lights

    Initially I hooked up all three settings, but then following the car one day, I realized the 5 brake lights and two blinkers was just too much. So I disconnected the brake & blinker wires.

    The additional lighting for the parking lights is just perfect. Money well spent.
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    Mine came with corners and brake lights, and i found out how to connect it and it's perfect !
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    This thread needs an update and has crucial information that I feel is missing, such as for the 2012-2015 models. I have the 2012 Sport. One thing, just remove the rear bumper. It is not hard to do. Find instructions on how to remove the Mazda 3 bumper as it is nearly the same.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8R14uTw9k34

    Btw, you will want to buy a proper wire tap splice set. This is $15 on Amazon, but worth it and when you need them later on a project you'll be so happy to have them on hand. For 120 pieces, this is a great deal.
    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/..._title_o00_s00
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    Images: https://imgur.com/a/cNU7AYG

    So I just installed them today and they look great and work well as driving lights and brake lights. 2012 Mazda 5 Sport.

    Interesting to see that the rear lights aren't bolted in on the inside at all. Just unscrew the phillips screws and pull above there to release the white hidden nylon screw, then pull straight back. Easy to do. Not much that can be broken easily.

    I didn't take off the bumper at all. If you have these two tools, it will make it really easy and fast. Everyone should have a miniature ratcheting screwdriver $7 and a long reach grabber $13. The ratcheting screwdriver allows you to take off the reflector cover up underneath the driver side by the exhaust pipe by feel since you can feel for the screw and angle screwdriver on it at the same time, while also leaving you easily enough space to get it off and then back on. The long reach tool is used to pull the electrical wire up at the end through the bumper hole to plug it in.

    Btw, I used an industrial razor blade to cut a small hole on the back of the bumper reflector housing area so the electrical wire wasn't pinched at a 90 degree angle too much. The reflector housing black plastic piece that you put back on has enough space to easily pass the wire through though.

    Splice wire taps are great for the connection. Also, this is the time to get a wire crimper if you don't have one.
    https://www.amazon.com/IRWIN-VISE-GR...CA/ref=sr_1_11
    https://www.amazon.com/VISE-GRIP-Str...WQ2/ref=sr_1_4

    Wiring:
    Black on black.
    White on Green with White Stripe
    Red on solid green wire

    I also used some duct tape to keep the wire taps stuck in place on the inside lens housing so no rattles. Seems like more than enough space in there for it in there.

    Let me know if you have any questions!
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