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Hey guys I’m wondering what type of after market tail lights are out there for our Imprezas? Looking for a little bit of a change
 

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Nothing that I know of as of February 2019. All I know are there are Vinyl overlays to darken the tail lights. My hope is one day something will be made that allows the inner parts to become lights. But one can hope.

P.S. I long for a sequential LED style lights found on the WRX’s
 

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When I tinted my tail lights I played around with the idea of making the inner sections light up. I tried to pull them open using a heat gun but no dice. It looks like the housings are glued. I think I could fit a 194 bulb from the side on the top section, but it doesn't look like there is room on the bottom. I also am not sure on how the light would reflect since it isn't designed to be lit. I have 63k miles on my 18 limited hatch BTW so I don't mind some modifications, but I'd prefer it if I could find some cheap replacement housings to mess with before drilling into mine. If anyone knows where to find some let me know. I plan on looking into this further and will report back if I figure something out. Just found this on a Crosstrek forum http://instagr.am/p/BofsMzTH_m2/ So it has been done, lm not sure about the strips though. Not a fan of the individual diode look. I wonder if these would fit. Should give a cleaner unbroken line look.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FNL3F23/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_yVicEbAQJM7SC
 

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I would like to revive this thread a bit. I was also wondering about this modification. I'm sure you could bake the lens to release the glue as you due with headlights. would make getting a cleaner fit and finish with the lights. Would just then need to re-seal it.
My thought is would it be easier to just tap into the hatch LED for power and just make it an extra brake lights?
 

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I would like to revive this thread a bit. I was also wondering about this modification. I'm sure you could bake the lens to release the glue as you due with headlights. would make getting a cleaner fit and finish with the lights. Would just then need to re-seal it.
My thought is would it be easier to just tap into the hatch LED for power and just make it an extra brake lights?
I did try that. On headlights it's a butyl material that almost feels like a putty. It gets softer when you heat it up. I tried that with the rear lenses and they didn't budge. They used actual glue not butyl seal. When I tried to pry them open after heating them they started to break. It's either a very strong adhesive or a plastic weld. That lens is fairly brittle.
My plan b was to drill a hole into the side and slide a strip in. The Gap is very narrow and I ended up cracking one of my lenses, thanks super glue. For power I just piggybacked onto the license plate lights. I wasn't really digging the look since it didn't even come close to matching the brightness or color of the tail lights. I'm not sure if I could find a strip that would match, but if I did I think drilling the hole method is the only way.
I made this attempt last February, but was too embarrassed to share it in a post, LOL. I might give it another shot since I'm running out of other stuff to do to the car. I'll post about it if I do unless it looks stupid. In that case I'll wait another year before I show anyone 😝.
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after doing a little further research on this, I realize that cutting or drilling is the only option. The idea I had was the one you used, drilling into the sides and feeding an LED strip in that way. I would want to tap into the third brake light versus the license plate lights. I guess the challenge is finding the right LED's that will look the most completely to the already existing lights.
I may not worry too much if these are just accessory brake lights and not regular running lights.
 
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