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Old 03-01-2007, 08:26 PM   #1
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Side Marker Bulb Swap DIY How-To [pics]

Yes, its true.. your side markers on your Yaris Liftback are a SEALED housing.

Here's how to swap in any color bulb or LED replacement.

Step one, remove the side marker from the fender.
Grab it, and slide it foward, while pulling the rear out towards you, away from the fender. Side marker will pop right out. This step is also outlined in your owners manual.. go figure.



Tools needed.
New hack saw blade - used to cut housing. Do not use a Dremel or other electric device, as you will cut to far, and ruin your housing.
Electrical tape or Hot Glue Gun, or both - used to seal the two halfs back together.
Sand paper - used to clean up halfs after being cut, before sealing up.


Time to cut.
Cut where shown in picture.. about the middle of the housing. Start cutting slowly, as you are only cutting through maybe 1/8" of the plastic housing.
You will know when you have cut far enough. You will feel increased resistance, as then you will be trying to cut the metal of the bulb socket.



Housing seperated.


Rough edges from the cutting, these will be sanded a bit in the next step.



Sanded both halfs.
Doing this to clean it up a bit, and to give whatever glue/sealer you choose a "bite" into the plastic.


Insert your replacement bulb of choice. Mine happends to be a 194 HiLEDS led.


This next step is all your choice!
You can attach the two halfs by lightly tacking the two together with hot glue, then once cool, tightly wrap with electrical tape.
There will be MANY different ways owners will use to seal theirs up, simple electrical tape, tightly wound a good 10 times or so is more then enough though. The two halfs become a strong connection again, and will not allow water or moisture to get inside... also the easiest route.


Enjoy yet another Chris07LB DIY!
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Old 03-01-2007, 08:38 PM   #2
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Thank You, another job well done
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Old 03-01-2007, 08:55 PM   #3
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Very nice Chris, this is literally a hack job

I was thinking of doing this myself, but didn't know how far to cut the housing.

Chalk it up to another Chris07LB DIY
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Old 03-01-2007, 08:56 PM   #4
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I dont know about white but....red might be cool to go with what WILL be my white/black/red theme.....and also depends on if anything other than amber is legal in VA.
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:03 PM   #5
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I dont know about white but....red might be cool to go with what WILL be my white/black/red theme.....and also depends on if anything other than amber is legal in VA.
Flashing RED isnt in ANY state...
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:44 PM   #6
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So just to confirm, these 194 LEDs are just the same as you used in the parking lights up front, right?
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Old 03-01-2007, 10:22 PM   #7
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So just to confirm, these 194 LEDs are just the same as you used in the parking lights up front, right?
and the map light and the trunk, if not mistaking
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Old 03-01-2007, 10:34 PM   #8
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and the map light and the trunk, if not mistaking
also the rear plate lamp
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:59 PM   #9
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How many DIY's does it take to get to the moderator-status center of a Yarisworld pop?

The world may never know.

Chris, great DIY... again.
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Old 03-02-2007, 04:24 AM   #10
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Old 03-02-2007, 04:33 AM   #11
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I guess I'll be working my way to swapping out the lights after i get another set of HiLEDs bulbs. Thanks a lot Chris for finding yet another way to modify the Yaris.
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Old 03-02-2007, 10:48 AM   #12
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Old 03-02-2007, 11:00 AM   #13
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:42 PM   #14
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Thanks a lot Chris!
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Old 03-02-2007, 03:06 PM   #15
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Very nice.

I would recommend JB Weld or some other two part epoxy instead of hot glue.

Red or blue would be illegal in any state because that's reserved for the Man.
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Man, the Man takes all the good colors.
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Old 03-02-2007, 06:52 PM   #17
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Glad you guys are happy with the DIY..

Im a little more then unhappy, as today I noticed the TRD exhaust tip that Violin was nice enough to give me, was missing...
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Old 03-02-2007, 07:10 PM   #18
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