Lexus GS LED Interior How To Install – 1997-2004

Lexus GS LED Interior How To Install – 1997-2004

What’s happening everyone, my name is
Phil with and today we have a 2004 Lexus GS we’ll be
installing LED interior lights on. Now this is compatible with year models
1997 through 2004. That’s considered the second generation and works with both the
pre-facelift and facelifted model which is 2000 through 2004. Now today we’re installing our
premium 5730 style LED interior lights on our map lights in the front, the map lights in the rear, the dome light,
the vanity mirror lights, the courtesy foot well lighting, as well as the
courtesy door lights, the trunk light, license plate lights, as well as the back
up reverse lights. Let’s go ahead and get started. For the overhead console here, we have two
map lights and a dome light right here. And we’re gonna replace those all with
LEDs. Now this one takes a little more effort and patience than the rest. What I need you guys to do is from the
top pull down and just kind of get some
leverage here to help pry this out. And when you’re doing this, actually at the
top, you’ll see the clips that are holding this whole lens cover in place. You put that one up there. You use the
flat end of your serrated knife tool and you just come in from in between, and prying
that down, just like this. Alright. Now that you have some of this exposed, you can work the tool around the sides
and that should pop out the lens cover for good. There we go. And that’s the whole thing. Now, if you couldn’t see earlier, what I
was doing is I had the tool here and it was putting some pressure on this
portion right here to help me get the first corner out. Once I had the first
corner out, it was pretty easy to get around and remove the bulbs … or remove the cover. Now we have our BA9S bulbs and our
festoon bulb here exposed. We’ll take the festoon out. We’re gonna replace it with one of
our premium 5730 style LEDs. And this one you want to make sure that the lens
cover is down. And for these BA9S you want to push down and twist to
unlock the bulb. And then the bulb comes out. We’ll do that again on the other side so you can
see. We’re gonna push down and then twist about 90 degrees and then it comes out. Installation is pretty much the same. The
ball ends here need to go in first, kind of parallel to the ground. And then you
twist to get it in place. We can test this one to make sure it works. It’s a nice new, bright white you get from them. Do the same on the other side. And that’s what it looks like. Now, also getting this lens cover back in is
a bit of a process, just because it’s so rigid. So you can be
patient with it. But, you’re just kinda start off here at the top. Get the top in. And you have to apply a
decent amount of pressure to get them in. And I actually just kinda give it a good hit. There we go. And all of them were back in. And that’s all there is to it We’re looking now at one of the rear map
lights here on the passenger side. This process is the same for both the
passenger and the driver. You have a drop-down clip here for a
coat hanger. What you need to do is use a Phillips-head screwdriver and there’s a bolt in here that we need to remove. There we go. And now we’re just going to use the flat
end of our serrated knife tool. Just come around the sides and get some pressure. To help pop this out. And the reason we’re taking this whole
panel out is the lens cover is actually a little bit difficult to remove easily. So this is actually the next best thing. You can come in from the back side here, twist counterclockwise to remove, and then you
have access to the bulb. The bulb is hot right now, so I’m just gonna use a glove to take
that bulb out. Just like that. And we’re gonna pop in our new LED. Now you just want to make sure that these metal leads are appropriately spaced so they make contact
here. And once that’s back in, reinsert, get the grooves to match up, twist
counterclockwise, and your new bulb is in place. So we’re
just going to push this back in. Make sure that this coat hanger side is
closest to the B-pillar. Snap that back in. And then we just have to put the bulb, or sorry, the bolt back in place. And you’re all set. Now if you were going to try and just do
it from the lens cover, you’d come in from the side here. But it requires a lot of
pressure and I just think that removing the whole assembly itself is a bit easier to
deal with. There you go. The vanity mirror light is fairly simple. We’re going to be using our pointed wedge tool
here. And the bottom indentation is where you want to insert the tool and pull up. That helps you to release the lens cover. Now this is a thinner style festoon bulb. And it’s a little bit hot so I’m just going to use a glove here to
grab it. And we’re inserting a specific vanity mirror light bulb. And this one is
not a 5730 style, it’s a 5050 style which means it’s polarity-specific. And that
just means you have to make sure that you flip it around to the right polarity
to make sure it works. But once that’s in, the lens cover goes back on in place. You just gotta make sure the top section are flat tabs that go in the top. And you use
some pressure to force the bottom in. And that clips into place. Same process on the driver’s side. We’re looking now at the passenger side
courtesy footwell light. And to access this, we’re actually gonna be dropping down this
entire panel. That you can just use some pressure with your hands to pull down. And that should release three clips that are holding it in place. Just like that. And now we can see the
backside of the connector. And you can just turn the connector counterclockwise
to remove. And for this, since it’s already on, it’s a bit hot. I’ma try using a rubber glove here to
remove the bulb itself. There we go. And then we’re gonna be replacing it
with our LED. And this one’s a bit of a tighter fit, so you want to be a little more patient with this. But once it’s in, you can plug it back in. And you’re going to turn this one clockwise now to get it back in. Now in the back there are these
guiding pins. These need to go in first. And then you’re going to push up and get
those clips to snap back in place. And that’s all there is to it. Alright, now we’re looking here at the
courtesy door light on our driver’s side. This is a pretty easy access panel. You
can start from the top here. We’re going to use one of our included trim tools. This is our fork shaped wedge tool. Gonna come in from the top, just kinda take a
look at it coming from the the top side here. You’re gonna work your way around and down. And that helps to release on both sides. And that brings it out. Now there are two
metal clips that are holding this in and you’re just applying pressure to release
them. Now once this is out, we can go ahead and unplug from the connector and
that gets the light to turn off. Now this clear lens has to come off. There
are two attachments, or two clips, one here, here. And on the other side, on the sides
as well. You can actually just use your hands and pry them back and that removes it. We’ll use our pointed wedge tool here to help remove the bulb. There it goes. And we’re putting in our new LED. Now
this one, because it’s premium, is not polarity-specific which means you can
plug it in one way or the other way it will still turn on. Our standard, or other
standard, LED kits that don’t have that circuitry, you’ll need to make sure you plug it in
the right orientation for it to work. This one doesn’t have that problem. So we’re gonna plug this one in. And we’re going to plug it in just to test to make sure the
LED is good. Works fine. So I’ma put this cover back on. Now it’s
important to note this cover’s only to go back on one way and you need to make
sure that you have the right orientation. So these actually are slightly different
in terms of length between the two clips. And so you just want to make sure you line
them up appropriately. Start on one side and apply pressure on the other to clip it in place. Now we can plug it back in. And just apply even pressure on both sides
and push it up. Now if you plug this back in and you see
a gap here, that means you have it in upside down. So you have to take it out, turn it around, and put it in the other way. This one is good to go though. The process is the same on all the other
doors. We’re looking now at the interior trunk light. And this is a great install. It really helps out at night. We’re using the flat side of our
serrated knife tool. Coming from the side and just pushing down and that helps us release the
entire assembly. We’re gonna remove the connector here
at the bottom, just to turn the power off. And, similar to some of the other
assemblies, we’re going to use our tool just to kind
of separate the lens cover. And that gives you access to the bulb. Hopefully this is not too hot. Just gonna use my
fingers to remove. And replacing it with a new LED. We’ll plug that in just to test it to see
how good it looks. That looks really nice. Now the lens cover, if you’ll notice, has
two indentations on one side and one indentation on the other side. So it’s
very specific how it goes back together. The side with two, you’ll line up first. And just apply some pressure. Snap this one back in. Actually sorry, I think it goes the other way
around. The indentation with one goes in first. And the side with two, you apply pressure to
lock back in. There we go. Then we’re just going to force it
back in. There’s these two plastic clips here on
the side that help hold the assembly in place. That’s what you’re applying pressure to
when you push it back in to lock it inside. There you go. To access our license plate bulbs, you
can’t actually come in from the outside. You have to come from the inside. And that means
we have to remove this interior trunk liner and bring it down so we can
access the bulb, or the bulbs, here and here. To do that we’re using our fork shaped wedge
tool. And there are a number of these clips everywhere that are holding the trunk
liner in place. So the easiest thing to do. There’s one right here, I’ll show you as an
example. You’re gonna come in from the top get the tool between the clip, and then force down, and that helps pop it out. You’ll want to use this methodology. Or, if
it’s difficult to go from underneath, you’ll go right here in between. Just like that. And pull it out as well. Both methods work just fine. I’m going to
work my way around until I have everything off the trim. Now for the most part, these ones at the
bottom you don’t have to remove as long as most the ones on top are removed. You can actually just bend this whole piece down and get access. But for this demonstration I’ma take
them all off. Alright. Got our trim off. And our bulb is right
here and right here. So we’re going to change the angle slightly so you can see
up in this panel and we’ll finish off that license plate install. We’re looking
here at the passenger side license plate light. For reference, the driver’s side is
this one right here. You’re turning counterclockwise to
unlock the bulb. And exposes our halogen bulb. We’re just going to pull this one out. And replace it with an LED. Now, the LEDs for the license plate are not our
premium version. The premium, at least for this iteration, is a bit large and so these
ones will fit in well. But, because they’re standard, you want to make sure they work
properly. So we’re going to go ahead and turn the
license plates on and make sure that they work before we insert it back into
the housing. So, this one turns on fine, we’re just gonna plug this one in and turn it clockwise to lock it back in place. We’ll
do this on the other side. Make sure you put the liner back in
place, put all the clips back in place, and you should be all set with the
installation. Alright, we’re gonna show you how to access the
back up reverse light and actually our rear tail light. You have to get some of this, the
interior trim, and peel it back for you to access the bolts back here that you need to work on. So, the first thing
you need to do is remove this. This is your trunk storage hook. And this
is just a screw. And once this peels back you should be able to get in here and
pull all the liner back. Now there are two bolts – one here and here – that you have to access from the outside. We’ll show you how to do that in a minute. The two bolts you need to remove are 10
millimeter bolts right here and right here. So let me grab the tool and we’ll take those
off first. So we got our 10 millimeter socket and socket wrench. And these ones come out first. Alright, now that we have these two out, we’re going to change the camera angle
and show you how to get this actual piece off. Now on the exterior of our
tail light, there’s actually two bolts we need to remove, one here and one here. We’re just gonna use any one of our tools and flip up the plastic protector here that’s
covering the bolt. Now, you could use a Phillips-head screwdriver, but it’s just
a little bit more difficult for the torque you need to remove. There’s a second one. So we’re going to use our … again, our 10
millimeter socket and socket wrench to get these out. That’s one of them. That’s the other. Now that you have it out, this one should come out pretty easily. There we go. So, when you’re looking at
the back panel here, it’s the corner bulb right here that is our back up reverse light. And, just like any of the other bulbs, we’re twisting counterclockwise to remove it. And that
exposes the halogen bulb. We’re replacing it with one of our T10
style 10 SMD premium 5730 style LEDs. This is really bright. Its most common use is for back up reverse. And we’re going to plug that back in. And twist it clockwise to lock it back in place. So for now I’m just going to set this
back up. But we do need to test the light to make sure that it works properly
before we reassemble everything. As you can see, they work fine. So what
we’re going to do is line up our bolts here, get this back in place. We need to put these two bolts back in, put the covers back on. On the other side, put our two bolts back
on, our two nuts back on, and then make sure that the … the interior liner and
this piece here all screw back in place. So we’ll change the camera angle again
after I get these in and just make sure you can see how it’s done. Alright, so we just have to remove, or make
sure, that we put these two bolts back on. One down here at the bottom. Now you want to make sure you don’t torque
these down too much. It’s not necessary to be too tight. Or else you run the risk of stripping and
damaging the tail light. So just apply light pressure, but not too much pressure. Now to get this liner back in place, you have to make sure it goes beneath this plastic. Alright. For the most part you can use your
hand just to get it settled. But this portion here, I know how difficult it is for you
to see. This has a hole right here that the screw goes through. So it goes
through the plastic, through the trim, and then … then in here. You want to make sure all three line up so that it’s nice and secure. Just like that. And that should be good. We’re looking here at the glove light, here. And this one’s pretty simple. We’re just gonna use our pointed wedge tool. Come in from one of the sides and pry it down. That one’s pretty simple. Now for
demonstration we’re going to remove the power connector here. And this lens cover,
you can kind of use the pointed wedge and wedge in between here and help
release the lens cover from the back. The other side. There we go. And that exposes one of our
smaller T5 style bulbs. And, because we have access… no, we don’t have access from the bottom. This one will be a little bit tight. Let’s take it to our work bench so I can
get a tool to remove this bulb. I don’t think my fingers will fit inside so I’ll
probably have to use a pair of pliers with some cloth. Now this light, like we said, is pretty
difficult to get access to. So, one of the first things we’ll try is a piece of tape to
wrap around the bulb itself. And to help, I’ve got a little pair of pliers
just to get the tape around. Like that. You can kind of see how I did it in there. And we’ll
just pull and that gets the bulb out. That’s probably the best way to do it. If
you use pliers to try and get the bulb out yourself, you’re probably going to
break the bulb so don’t try that. If you have to use pliers, get a piece of cloth
and wrap the pliers around the cloth so that you’re
not applying direct pressure with a … with a solid piece of metal like that. Because,
like I said before, you’ll break it. Now that it’s out, this one can simply slide in. There you go. And now this one is not
polarity-specific. It’s a bit small to have the circuitry in there that will
allow you to orient the bulb any way. So just make sure you plug in the connector,
make sure the bulb turns on. If it doesn’t, this type of LED bulb you can
use the pliers to pull out. And then you turn the bulb around 180 degrees to
switch the polarity of the power wires. And reinsert and try again. Make sure you
do that, put the lens cover back on. Power connector on, and then you put it up into
the assembly and that should be all there is to it. And that’s the end of the installation. If you have any questions or concerns please email us at [email protected] or you can reach us online and submit a support ticket at Please like or subscribe if you enjoyed the video or enjoy the process
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14 thoughts on “Lexus GS LED Interior How To Install – 1997-2004

  1. They didn't give me all the lights. One of the mirror lights is missing and many more. I paid for the full thing. This is fucking stupid!

  2. have you done a video to replace to bulb in the gear selector or in the climate control section…?? Some look partially out on the climate controls.

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