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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Reflector Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$300 to $600

Talent:

**

Tools:

Philips, flat head screwdriver, 4mm Allen, T25 Torx, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

Porsche 993 Carrera (1995-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera 4 (1995-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera 4S (1996-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera S (1998)
Porsche 993 Targa (1996-98)
Porsche 993 Turbo (1996-97)

Parts Required:

Reflector

Hot Tip:

Give yourself time to do a final adjustment

Performance Gain:

Better looking vehicle

Complementary Modification:

Check your taillight bulbs

The single piece rear reflector on the Porsche 993 works as a reflector, advertising space and houses the reverse lights. Unfortunately these reflectors are very susceptible to damage and even if you manage to keep one from breaking or cracking, they will eventually fade and discolor if the vehicle is continuously left out in the sunlight. While you can polish the reflector like you do a plastic headlight shield, it really is a temporary fix and will need to be polished and waxed regularly once you do it the first time.

The single piece tail light bulbs are very easy to replace, however you must remove a few things including the reflector to replace the reverse bulbs.

Removing it is not difficult but make sure you take your time. The reflector is expensive and you do not want to damage it while replacing the bulbs or damage the new one.

Over time most reflectors on 993s end up getting damaged.
Figure 1

Over time most reflectors on 993s end up getting damaged. Our project cars reflector came with a large crack in the plastic (red arrow). Whether you are replacing the bulbs or the complete reflector, you will need to remove it from the rear of the car.

The hardware that holds the reflector in place is accessed from above.
Figure 2

The hardware that holds the reflector in place is accessed from above. You will also need to move both tail lights slightly out of the way, as they sit in a channel on each side of the reflector (yellow arrow). Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the single screw (red arrow).

With the screw removed you can pull the tail light assembly out from the chassis.
Figure 3

With the screw removed you can pull the tail light assembly out from the chassis.

I recommend twisting each bulb base 45 degrees and removing the bulbs from the assembly, this way you can store the tail lights some place safe and you do not have to worry about them falling out of the chassis and damaging them or the paint.
Figure 4

I recommend twisting each bulb base 45 degrees and removing the bulbs from the assembly, this way you can store the tail lights some place safe and you do not have to worry about them falling out of the chassis and damaging them or the paint.

Next, there are four plastic clips in the top trim piece above the reflector (yellow arrows).
Figure 5

Next, there are four plastic clips in the top trim piece above the reflector (yellow arrows).

Use a flathead screwdriver and turn each tab 45 degrees.
Figure 6

Use a flathead screwdriver and turn each tab 45 degrees.

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry up the plastic trim piece and remove it from above the reflector.
Figure 7

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry up the plastic trim piece and remove it from above the reflector.

With the trim piece gone you can access the three retaining bolts (yellow arrows).
Figure 8

With the trim piece gone you can access the three retaining bolts (yellow arrows).

Use a 4mm Allen and remove the bolts and the plastic protectors they sit in.
Figure 9

Use a 4mm Allen and remove the bolts and the plastic protectors they sit in.

You can now lift the reflector up and out from the rear of the vehicle.
Figure 10

You can now lift the reflector up and out from the rear of the vehicle. There are three small posts mounted to the rear of the reflector that sit in grommets on the bumper covers. You need to lift these out from the grommets before you can remove the reflector. These are also what you use to adjust the fitment when installing the reflector.

Loosen the Philips head screw that holds the wiring connection to the reflector.
Figure 11

Loosen the Philips head screw that holds the wiring connection to the reflector.

Gently pry the tabs on the reflector outward and separate the connectors.
Figure 12

Gently pry the tabs on the reflector outward and separate the connectors.

If you are just changing the reverse bulbs you can skip the last two steps and simply turn the socket 45 degrees and take it out of the base.
Figure 13

If you are just changing the reverse bulbs you can skip the last two steps and simply turn the socket 45 degrees and take it out of the base.

The bulbs are simple push and turn and try not to touch the glass part with your bare skin or anything that has grease or oil on it as this can cause a hot spot on the bulb and diminish its life.
Figure 14

The bulbs are simple push and turn and try not to touch the glass part with your bare skin or anything that has grease or oil on it as this can cause a hot spot on the bulb and diminish its life.

Now is a really good time to give the area behind the reflector a good cleaning.
Figure 15

Now is a really good time to give the area behind the reflector a good cleaning.

Installation is the reverse of removal.
Figure 16

Installation is the reverse of removal. Make sure the lower section of the posts (red arrow) sit in the grommets and then use a long T25 from above to do the final adjustment on fit.

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Comments and Suggestions:
riquile Comments: Hello,

Please I need part number for the plastic clips in the top trim piece above the reflector Figure 5 and Figure 6. I lost one plastic clip and I need to buy it here at Pelican Parts.

Thank you,

Rick
March 18, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I’m not the best with part numbers.

Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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