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I picked up some smoked side-markers from a user on here about a year or so ago at a discount because the right side-marker had a broken clip. The user had repaired it by chopping off a stock grey clip from a factory unit and glued it on. I got into a fender bender about a month ago and insurance was going to fix me up and install a new front bumper cover. Before taking my car in for repairs I went and removed the smoked lenses for the orange stocks so they wouldn't break at the shop and cause them any issues. When I got my car back I went to install the smoked lenses and the amber LEDs and I broke the tab where it loops around, which made it virtually impossible to repair.

I had 3 choices: Buy a new set, chop one of my stock clips, or repair what I have.

I chose repair what I have. I got my resin supplies out, made a silicone mold and cast myself a new clip. I am very impressed with the outcome. My mold worked great, no bubbles in my cast piece, and was a perfect replica of an unharmed clip. After casting, I sanded the base of the clip a little bit to flatten it, cleaned up the cast a bit, painted and glued it to the lens.

Works like a charm and im very happy to have them back on the car!

Next project? Make my own lenses, tablet mount.

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Fing Awesome dude man if im in need of molds i will hit you up lol.
 

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Thanks man. I can't wait to get a spare set of stockers so I can split and cast them. The current smoked lenses don't look like great quality and being a perfectionist I think I can do a better job.

Tablet mount is proving very tricky though. I have to use a clay like substance to form the mount but clay is too fragile and sags/looses form very quickly. I'll come up with something that will work to make a mold though I'm sure.

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Any thought of making some extra smoked lens's and backs and selling them... Im sure im not alone in wanting a set but not talented (or determined enough) to make our own set... I know I would put out $25-35 for a set. If you could get enough people interested might make it worth wild.
 
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They pop right out. I used a dash trim removal tool - was easy.
 

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quick question, do you have to take the front bumper off in order to remove the side marker lens'?
Nope, 4-5 screws and you can reach in behind the fenderwell and release the clip. Give me a few days and Ill make a How To.
 

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Well these side marker looking good but have to installed the light bulbs in them? But really they are looking good and I like the idea to install them on the bumper because I think they are more visible here to next driver. Good Sharing, Thanks
 

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I recommend removing them before polishing. If not you run the risk of hitting your bumper and it would look a lot better. I'm sure you checked out my how to? It's a very easy process!
 

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Hello, friend! Man, these side markers are even a beauty! Too bad the brazilian Cruze did not have this equipment. I thought of importing the side markers because they are small, but I would have to make the hole in the bumper to install them. No chance, very hard. Congratulations on your ability to fix your side marker, very good job. "Até logo"!
 
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