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How Two, Clear Toblerones 7 Years ago Karma: 148
Right, one thing I hated on my car was the amber toblerone's. There is no clear replacement available. Nobody makes them, not autoart or anyone. Pain. So I was googling the topic and came across several ideas and threads. Seems that there is a guy on mr2oc.co.uk called wolfie308 who owns a plastic molding company. He can make up clear lenses etc to order.

I ordered a set of clear toblerone lenses from him. Arrived in a couple of days, well packed and for a total of approx 35euro inc P&P.

I was very happy with the quality, the moulding is so good, you can not only see but feel the raised TOYOTA on the leading edge. Perfect.

Now, fitting, bit of a job.

Before:

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First you have to remove the indicator trim from the car. I managed to reach in behind the inner wheel arch with a small socket set and remove the two 10mm nuts that fix the indicator trim in place:
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Next job is to cut off the amber lense and grind the backplate completely flat so that the clear lense will sit flush. I kept test fitting it, but to save time, just grind the lip completely flat and smooth off:
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Once done I washed thouroughly, dried and masked up to spray the back plates silver as you will kind of see the backplates through the clear lense:

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A quick coat of titanium silver later and they are left out to dry on the old washing line. (you could bang em in the oven to speed it up):

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Once you are happy that the paint is thoroughly dry, you can glue on the lenses. I first used a mould resistant, water proof, flexible, clear silicone. Looked like the job was done but yhey came away pretty easy a couple of days later. Shite! So then I used clear TEC-7. Best stuff I can find. Will even cure under water. They are now on there like OEM, solid:
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Finished and fitted and I am very, very happy with the result. I have a new, updated, modern look that still retains its OEM style. These look like they were Toyota factory fit. Sweet for 35euro.

BTW, this guide is a rough following of wolfie308's own guide, so thanks to him for making the parts, selling them to me and giving his own guide to fitting them. Cheers mate:
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PS: I then upgraded all my front, orange bulbs to Silvatec's so there is no orange haze at all. The toblerones and front Crystal clear lenses all have a true clear look to them now.
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Re:Clear Toblerone HOW TO GUIDE 7 Years ago Karma: 102
looks great Steve, I have a pair of these myself waiting to be fitted for quite a while now
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Re:Clear Toblerone HOW TO GUIDE 7 Years ago Karma: 312
Looks great Steve, KC +1 for the great writeup!
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Re:Clear Toblerone HOW TO GUIDE 7 Years ago Karma: 326
Sweet work there Steve, +kc for you indeed.
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Re:Clear Toblerone HOW TO GUIDE 7 Years ago Karma: 148
Thanks for the feedback lads, much appreciated.

I actually enjoyed doing them as much as I enjoy the finished result.

Mark, I am pretty much an expert on these now, have all the necessary tools, paint and glue. If you need a hand, give me a shout or you could always leave them in a box somewhere
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Re: How Two, Clear Toblerones 6 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 148
WTF is a red MK1 doing in there? I had a pic of the lenses hanging on a washing line?
Someone messing about or is it just the site?
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Re: How Two, Clear Toblerones 6 Years, 1 Month ago  
SWAGGER wrote:
First you have to remove the indicator trim from the car. I managed to reach in behind the inner wheel arch with a small socket set and remove the two 10mm nuts that fix the indicator trim in place:
How exactly did you go about getting to the two nuts behind the indicator? About the only way I can get to them is through my flip-up headlight or by moving the inside wheel well cover out of place.

When I did move the nut it looks like it didn't want to move. I hope it didn't rust
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Re: How Two, Clear Toblerones 6 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 148
It says in the How 2, under the first pic. You need to get in behind the inner arch. If they are tight, then they might be seized a bit. Try to soak them in WD40 and let it soak in for a while, then have a go with decent socket set.
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Re: How Two, Clear Toblerones 6 Years, 1 Month ago  
SWAGGER wrote:
It says in the How 2, under the first pic. You need to get in behind the inner arch. If they are tight, then they might be seized a bit. Try to soak them in WD40 and let it soak in for a while, then have a go with decent socket set.
WD40 wouldn't have worked in my case. The bolt head was stripping the minute I turned the bolt. It was that bad. One of the nuts actually took part of the bolt thread with it T_T.
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