DIY: Mugen FK8 Tail Light Install

The last shipment that I’ve been waiting for finally arrived! It’s funny that I was going to just get the lip and thought I was going to be done with it, but then the sides felt naked… So I got the sides and I thought I was gonna be done there. Then the rear was super empty, so then I decided to just finish the whole kit off with the rear too and I was SURE I was going to be done but then it looked unfinished with the stock tails… And here we are…

I guess it was kinda meant to be that way – Mugen themed the whole car, so if you get one part of it, it’s going to look a little off. Mind you, many people have done that and gone for just the lip and it looks just fine but the OCD in me can’t stand it. It literally keeps me up at night LOL. So now that I have the tail lights, I feel like it’ll be complete. (I hope so, for the sake of my marriage LOL).

Anyway – a pretty straightforward install. I still have my gripes about it, but it’s Mugen afterall…

Arrival inspection…

Good ol’ Japanese instructions again. I could make a book out of all them…

All pretty looking even in the plastic…

Took the left light out just to inspect. Looks great – top notch quality as expected.

To start, I taped around the tail light just to ensure I wasn’t going to scratch up the paint or anything.

It’s a pretty easy removal. Two bolts and it pops out.

The existing wires that plug directly into Mugen. A good time to clean up under the tail light while you’re at it too…

All plugged into Mugen. It came with a bunch of foam insulators that I later wrapped around all the connections. I didn’t take a pic…

Also has a cool switch for you to decide whether you want sequential or straight blinking. Of course I went sequential…

All popped back in. Perfect fit.

The hatch pieces are a bit of a pain to get to cause you have to take off the plastic lining on the inside. Kind of a pain.

My only gripe about the Mugen tails is that the hatch piece is non-functional. So you’re basically going from a working piece to a “dead” unit. Mugen even includes dummy connectors to plug the stock harness into so that it doesn’t just hang.

There is another company that makes a replica of the Mugen tails that does include a working hatch piece and it looks exactly the same and although it’s functional, I wouldn’t ever get it just for that. I guess it all comes down to quality over everything to me…

All done! A shot of the nice Mugen logo on the inside…

Mugen stamped on all the light pieces. Nice touch.

All done! I ceramic coated the tails too 😛

Pretty much an OEM finish as expected by Mugen.

And also an OEM fit too. Everything lines up with absolutely no gaps.

Some testing shots with the lights lit up. Unfortunately, no actual braking shots cause I was alone when installing…

Super clean! It took some time for the tail lights to grow on me – much like the rear, but now that I have it – I love them. I’ve come to the conclusion that the Mugen tails look great with the Mugen rear and they compliment each other perfectly. The three LED strips in the lights match the three vertical lines in the Mugen lip. There’s a lot of subtle hints in the Mugen kit that all compliment each other nicely.

I’m a happy camper!

Install: TOM’S LED Tail Lights

Another (more significant) part to cross off the never ending list for the FRS. I was pretty pumped for these tail lights (I mentioned before that I get excited over mirrors and lights) because the day I found out I was getting an FRS, I knew I wanted to get rid of the altezza-looking tail lights ASAP. I don’t know as a fact, but my personal opinion is that Subaru had some sort of hand in designing them based on their tail light ideas for the Impreza hatch… Or I’m just full of shit and bitter about lame looking tails lol.

The tail lights weren’t such a predicament for me to decide on because I’m a fan of all red and not a fan of the fancy designs of other manufacturers like Buddy Club – AKA Aventador tail lights. Valenti makes the second best looking tail lights IMO but still not for me. TOM’S tail lights are very subtle and have a nice layout for the LED’s so it’s not too gaudy but it does make the back end of the FRS look a lot nicer – especially black or white FRS’s.

I ordered them off of FT86speedfactory and got them within a week of ordering and with so many places selling TOM’S tail lights, or FRS parts in general, it’s super easy to just find some random site and to purchase something that doesn’t have the proper warranty, or it’s a replica, or it’s just not legit. Kind of lame but I guess that’s what happens when you want to mod a car with a huge aftermarket world to choose from…

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Anyway – I picked the tail lights up at UPS at lunch (Thanks Punit for holding them for me) and headed over to JC’s after work to install them quickly. It’s a fairly easy install but JC has been hounding me about getting TOM’S tail lights since I’ve been shopping the dealerships too so I thought he’d appreciate the install part too.

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Ta daaaa!!!

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Nicely packaged!

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An upclose. I plan on keeping the plastic on like a true Asian to prevent scratches.

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A shot of the holographic TOM’S sticker – to prove authenticity…

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JC working on moving the panels and liners aside.

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Up front, I took the under portion of the dash apart because you have to change out the relay to work with LED bulbs or else you’ll get intermittent or odd flashing patterns.

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Shot of the stock relay. Kind of a bitch to get out.

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Another shot of the cool sticker lol

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Some JDM instructions.

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Punit supervising like he always does…

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And then he got a hold of my camera and started snapping pics. I’m usually never on this side of the camera so even looking at this is weird for me. LOL

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Both tail lights in! They fit like a glove and perfectly as well. No gaps or anything.

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Trunk closed.

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I was just kidding about keeping the plastic on (for those of you that shook your head at me). LOOKS SO GOOD

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A bad shot but that’s with the lights turned on. My favourite part of the light are those LED “C’s”.

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Close up of the tail light.

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JC Instagramming and Punit looking for some app that we’ve never heard of. Now that I think about it, he still hasn’t told us what the app was or what it does and he searched for a good 10 minutes…

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Apologize for the dirty car since it rained yesterday but that’s not the point. The point is how much better the back end looks now that those clear lens tails are gone.

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Punit’s GS over there somewhere.

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A close up of  TOM’S etching underneath each of the tail lights.

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Felt bad that I snapped a pic of Punit’s car and not JC’s… So here you go.

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Got back home and took a few more shots in the garage. Another with the lights on.

I should also add that these are the USDM spec tail lights and not the JDM ones. Why the USDM over JDM, you ask? I chose it ONLY because the blinkers are red on the USDM version where as the JDM version blinkers are amber. The other difference (which didn’t matter to me anyway) is that the side portion that you see up top lights up in the USDM spec and it does not light up at all in the JDM spec. So really – I chose it because I like red more than amber lol.

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A couple more…

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And a shot with the blinker on. The red just matches everything better IMO…

Onto the next one… Soon, I hope!