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    Taillight interior dust reduction

    The parking/running taillight is a great dust collector, mostly due to the huge openings top and bottom. Having a lot of dust stored in there (including in the grooves of the red lens) does not improve light levels!

    Here is what they normally look like:
    IMG_0492.jpg

    I blocked mine off with foam in a friction fit. There are other ways to reduce the opportunity to get into the lens area such as Gorilla Tape or some form of plastic shield.
    IMG_0491.jpg

    If you do not have LED's installed, then you may want to maintain the ventilation. But even with the foam, there is still ventilation holes under the circuit board.

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    Nick,
    You're certainly right. The whole rear end of these cars just suck up the dust. This seems like a helpful solution.

    Since we're on the topic of taillights, I've always had a question about the "taillight reflector" that I've seen on the vendor sites:

    DeLorean taillight reflector.JPG

    Where does this reflector fit in with the taillight? I don't find it in the parts manual but it has a part number and is listed on a couple of the vendor sites.

    Ron

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC-Ron View Post
    Nick,
    You're certainly right. The whole rear end of these cars just suck up the dust. This seems like a helpful solution.

    Since we're on the topic of taillights, I've always had a question about the "taillight reflector" that I've seen on the vendor sites:

    DeLorean taillight reflector.JPG

    Where does this reflector fit in with the taillight? I don't find it in the parts manual but it has a part number and is listed on a couple of the vendor sites.

    Ron
    The reflector fits here, behind the running light:
    IMG_2218.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeWard View Post
    The reflector fits here, behind the running light:
    IMG_2218.jpg
    Thanks, I always wondered because I didn't see it in the parts breakout.
    Ron

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