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Just did a successful install of Diode Dynamics new LED clear marker lights for the 2010-2014 Mustang. I have been waiting for a vendor to make nice clear marker lights for the 2010+ for some time. I actually bought Oracle's clear marker lights through CJ Pony Parts a few years ago, but the kit came with incorrectly wired lights and I really didn't like the look of their product. I sent it back. I've pestered Nick from DD a few times to make a kit and he has said they were working on it the last couple communications. Well, they finally did it!

The Diode Dynamic (DD) lights look fantastic and work great! The lenses are similar to OEM lenses, but clear. The LED light shines amber for the fronts and red for the rears.

Now, on to the DIY:

The rear install was super easy. The instructions recommend using a plastic trim tool to move the lens towards the front of the car. My trim tool was not stiff enough to do this.



I put some black electrical tape on the rear bumper cover and used a flathead screwdriver to successfully move the lens forward to unhook it.



In this picture, you can see the plastic springy type piece on the left that needs to be compressed by moving the whole assembly forward. I pried the lens forward with the flathead screwdriver. I also twisted the light bulb assembly counter clockwise to remove it from the lens assembly



Press this tab (what screw driver is touching) to remove bulb plug from wiring harness:



Pull OEM bulb straight out of bulb assembly. Next, fish the LED wire connector out of the DD lens assembly. Insert the LED wire connector into the bulb assembly. Push bulb assembly into wire harness. Click "unlock" on your key FOB to activate lights to ensure they work!



After verifying the LED lights work (if they don't, reverse the plug), press wire harness release tab and pull out bulb assembly. Twist bulb assembly clockwise to lock it into new lens assembly.



Reinsert bulb assembly into wiring harness then install new lens by placing aft end in first and pushing front side until it clicks.



One more press of the key FOB "unlock" button to verify it works installed.



The rears were super easy - took about 5 minutes to complete both sides. The biggest challenge is getting the lenses to move forward enough to release. With a stiff screwdriver, it is no problem.

The fronts are a different story!

There are 2 metal nuts threaded onto plastic studs that hold the lenses in place on the front lights. You have to access the back sides of the front lenses to unscrew the nuts. The fronts took 15 minutes or so for each side. Here is the skivvy:

Turn your wheels away from the side you are working on.

Use a slotted screwdriver to remove the middle connector inside the wheel well.



Use a 7mm socket to remove the top and bottom screw.



If you have big hands like me, you'll be pressed for enough space to get your paws in the allotted space. I pulled my bumper cover out to get more working room.



Use 10mm socket to remove splitter corner bolt.



Now, to get at those pesky metal nuts on the back of the plastic studs to release the lenses... They are 10mm. I found using a ratcheting wrench worked best for the aft nut and a deep socket worked best for the forward nut.





This was the most challenging aspect of the mod. There is not a lot of space to work with. If I had my lift, I would have raised the car and pulled the splitter off, but it works going through the wheel well.

Once the nuts are both removed, push the light out from the backside.

 

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Press the release tab on the wiring harness to pull the plug housing out.



Twist plug housing counter clockwise to remove from lens assembly.



Pull plug straight out of bulb assembly.



Fish LED wire connector out of DD lens assembly and plug it into the bulb housing.



Push bulb housing into wire harness.



Verify LED lights work by hitting "unlock" button on key FOB.



Press bulb housing release tab on wire harness to remove bulb housing. Twist bulb housing into DD LED light assembly clockwise.



Press bulb housing into wire harness until it clicks. Push lens assembly straight into slot. Press "unlock" button on key FOB to verify it works before putting everything back together. Make sure you don't overtighten the metal nuts on the plastic studs. Think "finger tight" since you are just putting nuts on plastic studs.



To put the front fender back together, reverse the process of disassembly by using the slotted screwdriver for the middle screw, the 7mm socket for the top/bottom screws and the 10mm socket for the splitter corner bolt. The bumper cover top just presses back in until it clicks.

Pics of the finished product!







A little video showing operation:

 

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Looks Sharp!
I'm trying to decide between clear or smoked for my silver car.
 

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Looks Sharp!
I'm trying to decide between clear or smoked for my silver car.
Smoked would require tinted headlights and tail lights. Dark wheels would also add to the blacked-out theme. If you don't plan on tinting your lights, I'd go clear.
 

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I've got a set of tinted tails to go on.
 

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Thanks for the write-up and pictures Goose!
@TedShred, I personally prefer smoked, but if you are on the fence, clear would be a good option. You could always tint the lens if you decided to black everything out on your GT500.

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Ordered mine last night, (and all rest of the LEDs required for my car). Thanks for the write up Goose, I will be using it. I only wish they would let you mix and match the side markers. I wanted clear for the front and red for the back, but went smoked when I was told no. I'm sure they will look great.
 

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Ordered mine last night, (and all rest of the LEDs required for my car). Thanks for the write up Goose, I will be using it. I only wish they would let you mix and match the side markers. I wanted clear for the front and red for the back, but went smoked when I was told no. I'm sure they will look great.
Thank you for ordering with us!

I'm sorry we aren't able to mix and match, it's just too many SKUs for us to keep track of. We already have 10,000+ products listed, so we try to keep things simple to reduce confusion.

They are going to look so good on your Shelby, I can't wait to see pictures!

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Thanks for the write up! I thought smoke for sure would look better on Kona Blue like Goose17's car, but the clear lenses actually flow pretty well with the white stripes on the side.
 

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Thank you for ordering with us!

I'm sorry we aren't able to mix and match, it's just too many SKUs for us to keep track of. We already have 10,000+ products listed, so we try to keep things simple to reduce confusion.

They are going to look so good on your Shelby, I can't wait to see pictures!

Nick C.
You might try asking if someone wants the reverse and split the parts...save you buying two sets to get what you want...just a thought...

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You might try asking if someone wants the reverse and split the parts...save you buying two sets to get what you want...just a thought...

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That's what Corey suggested, but I didn't think anyone would want the orange fronts and clear in the back. I'm happy with the smoked ... except, just got an email ... back ordered 10-20 days. :eek: Oh well, no big deal, I just have to wait.
 

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That's what Corey suggested, but I didn't think anyone would want the orange fronts and clear in the back. I'm happy with the smoked ... except, just got an email ... back ordered 10-20 days. :eek: Oh well, no big deal, I just have to wait.

I installed the Diode Dynamics LED lights in the trunk, license plate lights, map lights, and fog lights. If the side markers are anything like these, which I'm sure they are, it will be well worth the wait. :wink:
 

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Installed the clear side marker lights on my silver gt500. Look awesome. I hope the little board that slides into the bulb doesn’t wriggle loose, wish it had a click or something to hold it in. I did wrap with electrical tape to help hold it, maybe I am a little paranoid.
Only had one problem, one of the Black wires came off the led board inside the light housing, I have an email and picture into them now to see if the housing comes apart so I can solder it back on. Will see what they say.
 

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Installed the clear side marker lights on my silver gt500. Look awesome. I hope the little board that slides into the bulb doesn’t wriggle loose, wish it had a click or something to hold it in. I did wrap with electrical tape to help hold it, maybe I am a little paranoid.
Only had one problem, one of the Black wires came off the led board inside the light housing, I have an email and picture into them now to see if the housing comes apart so I can solder it back on. Will see what they say.
Please send an email to: [email protected] and we will send you a replacement unit

Thank you!
Nick C.
 
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