1995-1996 Maxima Red/Clear Taillights
Basing our review on a 1995 Nissan Maxima, this application for years has been in great needed of a taillight upgrade that did not take away from the car but gave it a very classy and sensual look. Despite the "demand" for the atrocious looking Altezza taillights on the market, Custommaxima has conjured up a way of bringing back the o-so-wonderful Clear/Red Taillights which until now have been sported by only a select few who could get their hands on them. Being that we were one of the lucky ones to have a set on hand we will be testing these new CE Taillights up against an old and sought after rival "David L Clear/Reds".
Here is what CustomMaxima (a CustomEnterprise group) had to say about this product, Our customers have been asking for red and clear taillights for their 1995-1996 Maximas and we answered. Now you can eliminate the orange turn signal found on stock taillights and replace with our new red and crystal clear tails. Sold as a 4 piece set replacing your trunk lights also. The trunk lights need to be replaced as our new lights have a crystal look to them on the clear lens and not the "cloudy white" clear lens found on the factory backup lens. We are sure you will be pleased with the excellent fitment and superb quality of this product. Installation is easy as we include all necessary bulbs and wiring harnesses". We shall see about that.. read on
With an almost 11yr old car, lighting equipment is certainly looking dated and not appealing to the more modern style lighting equipment. There are noticeable difference with this new system in that there is a reflective diamond-like backing to better illuminate the housing and also provide better light output when reversing. Not only is the reflective backing more esthetically pleasing to look at but they also provide the brake light area with a much darker and pronounced red glow when the brakes are applied and when the parking lights are illuminated. These new light assemblies are also prepared with a nice but could be better applied weather-stripping around the outer edge for those times when you do not need water entering your trunk compartment. Most aftermarket taillight assemblies are lacking very important details such as reflective material which is used to draw passing motorists away from the vehicle if you happen to park on the side of the road. This is a safety requirement, and we give a thumbs-up to CE for adding these to their product. Lastly a key difference between the CE Taillight and the Factory (David L) is that the rear backing is completely redesigned, may not be for the better.
Crystal clean look
Crisp Red color for brake lights
Chrome bulb standard for turning signal (lights amber)
Possible seal problem
Requires purchasing new bulb for side reflectors
Fragile plastic posts may break while securing to car
Possible wiring issue, check for breakage in ground before installing.
Factory bolts not exactly made to fit these
95-96 Nissan Maxima's
2825 (W5W Bulbs) for side reflectors
95-96 Maxima Red/Clear Taillights
Sockets and Wrenches
Short and Long Extensions
2 Outer Taillights
2 Inner Taillights
2 Mirror Chrome Turn Signal Bulbs
4 Wiring Harnesses
To being locate the tabs which hold in the trunk lining to the body of the car, remove these with a flathead screw driver, they should come out fairly easily. Remove both side linings to give you space to work on the taillights. When removed they should expose to you the rear end of the taillight housing, locate the four(4) bolts on each end. Two of the 4bolts are hidden underneath the hanger holding the wiring harness after removing the yellow wire hangers from the inner two(2) bolts. Disconnect all wiring from the back of the housing and proceed to remove. Removing the taillight itself is quite the task, so my suggestion to you is to work each corner one at a time pushing as hard as you can from the inside out without damaging anything.