Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour
February 15, 2012
Gives a nice "finished" look
Well crafted part, fits well
Matte finish matches black factory vinyl or aftermarket decklid panel.
Quality 3M adhesive tape
Quality 3M adhesive tape (or the lack thereof)
Doesn't quite cover the entire tail light (to the very edge) causing a slight "halo" around the tails when lit
I saw these at the beginning of the year but couldnt quite justify the high cost at first..I waited and the price jumped $15-20! I was happy to see a week or so ago the price went back down so I went for it.
The parts arrived on time in fine shape, packed in a box inside a box and each trim piece wrapped in bubble wrap with an alcohol wipe included in each bag. A nice full color instruction sheet was also included.
Aside from difficulty removing the backing off the Adhesive tape, installation was easy, just line them up and press to fit..Make sure they are lined up well, if you press hard they WON'T come back off.
I was quite happy until I took a closer look at the installed part. For some reason, the vertical dividers on each trim piece do not have adhesive tape on them, as a result, the dividers bow outward slightly and dont sit flat against the tail lamp!
I'm not sure if this is cost cutting but AM or the manufacturer but it must be addressed, the gap is not only unsightly but it could possibly cause something to get behind (snow and ice perhaps?) and potentially damage the part. All this could be avoided by a few more strips of tape!
Well enough of my rant, I went to the local auto parts store and bought a roll of the very same tape, applied it to the dividers on the other trim bezel and installed, it sits flat and looks great, After, I went to attempt to "fix" the first bowed bezel, That tape would not let go, tried even pressure, a heatgun, etc.. Not wanting to damage the part or the tail light, I gave up and very carefully placed a small piece of tape under each gap, the dividers sit flat now and looks fine.
Now that they are installed, I'm very happy with the look, it helps to shrink the almost too large lights down a bit and the matte black matches the black vinyl insert on my trunk lid perfectly. If I have any complaint about the look it would be the the very edges of the taillight aren't covered. it looks fine with the lights off, but when they are on (at night) you almost get a slight "halo" around the trim. I may live with it, or just get some black pin striping to cover up the tiny red edge of the tail lamps.
As negative as I may have sounded, I DO recommend these, It makes for a subtle but custom look and the matte black looks factory. I would just urge the manufacturer or AM to PLEASE add tape to the vertical portions..for what these cost, they can afford the tape. I would also urge anyone buying these that they add the tape if not included, you may be sorry if you dont.