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    Cool Upgraded my 3rd Brake Light!

    Well after finding the GM Accessories black and clear 3rd brake light for the STS I had to have it . .

    Pretty Happy - sorry crappy pics due to IL crappy weather . . .

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    Install helpfull hints . . .

    Taking the carpet liner off the truck is a total PITA, the factory pine cones are very stiff . . .

    Then the entire spoiler has to be removed. 4 - 14 mm speed nuts, and 4-10 mm bolts. A deep well socket works best. Be very careful not to drop 2 of the 10mm down the structure of the trunk lid. 2 of the10 mm bolts are hidded under snap caps.

    One corner of the spoiler was held down with 3m trim tape . . . ?

    Once the spoiler is off, there are 2 round pressure clips holding the CHMSL to the spoiler, hiding behind a foam disk.




    I peeled off the foam disks and used a small screw driver to carefully pry the snap discs off.

    Then reverse install, the new light has a slightly sharper bend than the original, so a little finese is needed to get it all in place. Then slip the snap disks back on as well as the foam disks, and you're ready to reinstall onto the car.


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    Re: Upgraded my 3rd Brake Light!

    Nice job on the install. You might consider doing a small write up with the pics and sending it to Reed to be posted on the Cadillac FAQ site in the STS-V section.


    I'm still contemplating these, but keep talking myself out of them (clear tails and 3rd brake light).

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    Re: Upgraded my 3rd Brake Light!

    Quote Originally Posted by CIWS View Post
    I'm still contemplating these, but keep talking myself out of them (clear tails and 3rd brake light).
    Me too.....and now it sounds like a bit more of a PITA than I had thought too....and I think it looks much better on black (the slower color)

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    Re: Upgraded my 3rd Brake Light!

    Quote Originally Posted by thefred View Post
    Me too.....and now it sounds like a bit more of a PITA than I had thought too....and I think it looks much better on black (the slower color)
    Actually that's kinda the reason I keep talking myself out of it. The black at night with the red tails looks good (IMO). When I see another black STS at night put their brakes on I talk myself out of spending the money, we'll see though.

    The fastest STS-V color has to be silver, look at Ben Stein

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    Re: Upgraded my 3rd Brake Light!

    I dont think it would look as good on Platimnum. Good work though.


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    Re: Upgraded my 3rd Brake Light!

    Here are outside pics. The brake lights illuminated look identical to stock.





    The third brake light virtually disappears into the black paint, I too am not sure about on Platinum . . . I do not like the replacement tailights.

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    Re: Upgraded my 3rd Brake Light!

    Thanks for adding the pics of the lights illuminated, helps get and idea of the whole picture

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    Re: Upgraded my 3rd Brake Light!

    nice pics. you could have saved yourself some time...the spoiler doesn't have to be removed to install.

    does blend nice on the black, but it looks GREAT on the plat too.

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    Re: Upgraded my 3rd Brake Light!

    very nice mod, and nice find. looks really good.

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    Re: Upgraded my 3rd Brake Light!

    Sweet. I thought D3 made one... someone makes the regular tails too, but like your new third. Looks good.

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    Re: Upgraded my 3rd Brake Light!

    Quote Originally Posted by lbwd View Post
    Sweet. I thought D3 made one... someone makes the regular tails too, but like your new third. Looks good.
    The smoked tails are GM authorized accessories for the car.

    http://www.cadillac.com/cadillacjsp/...stsv&year=2008

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    Re: Upgraded my 3rd Brake Light!

    WE sell the GM clear taillamp package for $273.00 (pair) and the clear center stop lamp for $189.00 plus a little shipping.
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    Re: Upgraded my 3rd Brake Light!

    Sure like the clear tail, got one for the CTS?

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    Re: Upgraded my 3rd Brake Light!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsay Cadillac Parts View Post
    WE sell the GM clear taillamp package for $273.00 (pair) and the clear center stop lamp for $189.00 plus a little shipping.
    WOW! That's flippin' cheap! Replacement tails for my 96 would cost $400. I smoked mine with Niteshades but they look nothing like the STS GM Smoked Style...



    Sometime I'm going to have to add a STS-V to the collection.

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    Re: Upgraded my 3rd Brake Light!

    is your STS-v spoiler orginal light for sale?

    Tony

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