2012 Kia Optima SX SWP w/ Premium Touring
: OEM DRL w/ 5050 LEDs : OSRAM CBI 5500k : K Badges : Torcon BOV : 30% Tint : K&N Filter : PIAA 2500k Ion Yellow Fogs : V-Leds Switchback : K5OS Rear Signal LEDs : K5OS 50W Cree Reverse LED : K5OS Rear Reflector LED : K5OS Weather Tech Floor Liner : Interior LEDs : License Plate LEDs : Escort X50 Blue : Mini 0801 Dash Cam : Roof Spoiler
Yeah, tried to do this today and have failed miserably. Baked them for 6 minutes at 225....couldn't get them open. The tried at 225 for another 8 minutes. Nothing. Bumped it up to 235 for 8 minutes -- nothing. According to Loman4ec, baking these SOBs is the hardest part; I'd agree. I can't tell if the tabs are important or not. If they are, how do I push down on 6 at the same time and pull apart? Is there a YT video of the baking/opening process? Maybe I'm doing something wrong. If I'm struggling on this part, I'm pretty sure that my lack of electrical experience will render my being able to swap the lights near impossible. I'm ready to rock, I just could really use some detailed guidance on the bake/open process. Anyone out there done this and can help? TIA
**EDIT -- Go figure, right after I post this I decided to give it one more shot. I bumped it up to 275 for 10 minutes, and that made it possible. It would help if people knew that while the light is hot, you can use a flathead screwdriver to stick underneath the clear tabs and "pry" the grey part over the tab, enabling the light to come apart. Then you can use the screwdriver to pry apart all around the whole housing, too. This is no easy task, and it's messy as $hit.
Last edited by chrisingrassia; 08-06-2012 at 12:59 AM.
Heat gun is what I recommend.
A lot of ovens aren't very accurate temperature-wise. Might be a good idea to stick a thermometer in there to see how hot it actually is in there.
Prying them apart is kinda scary the first time you do it. I broke the "ear" off one of the tabs. Fortunately, mine had plenty of gooey glue in there, so I'm sure the seal is fine.
If you think prying them apart is bad, I thought lining up the lights with the lenses was much more difficult, especially when you're worried about bending the LED strip too far and ruining it. I took mt DRL's apart and put them back together 3 times before I was happy with the alignment of the LED's with the lenses. If you're not careful, you can end up with dim spots on one or more of the 12 separate DRL lenses.
Word to the wise, make sure you power the DRL's up and look at them in full bright sunlight to make sure you're happy with the alignment before you install them in your car. I didn't and had to take the bumper cover off a second time and bake open the lights again. Don't make this same mistake.
Also, I bolded your response that would have been handy to know before I ripped off the old light strip . Possibly a step add to the OP?
p.s. congrats on ROTM
They will be way off, before you peel the backing off try it and see how it works, youll understand why you have to fold. You alsy have to take into a account the space that the lenses take up.