A new guide to how to actually
The internet has no resource on this that I could find, so I'm posting a how-to here.
The reasons I wanted them off are:
1) I want to use one reversing lamp as a rear fog lamp (UK law), with a cool red LED 7.5W bulb.
2) I wanted to put cool LED lamps in the other places.
Note - you _cannot_ remove the centre chrome work for the license/reg plate first - these lamps have to come off first.
Ok, so contrary to what other people say, each lamp comes of with a single
10mm nut, accessible without disturbing the door membrane. That's right - one nut, and these are off
The nut is just below the membrane, accessible under a black sticky disk. Look at PIC 2 carefully, on the left, toward the bottom - that's where it is.
Having undone that of course the lamp is still 'stuck'. You will need some masking tape, and a pair of trim removal pliers, these are held like scissors and act like pliers in reverse - you fit them into a gap, squeeze and it forces the gap open.
Using these, you have two tasks at the bottom edge of the lamp:
1) Starting from the left, slowly ease the gap at the bottom a little bigger, the foam will need a while to slowly release it's grip between lamp and door. Don't get carried away - see 2.
2) At the bottom to the right, PIC 2 - note a round black disk right at the edge next to the lower reflector at the edge of the door. That's a plastic socket for the ball joint (PIC 3 shiny item top-right) that holds the lamp on the side. With your trim pliers pressure that patiently and it will pop out.
Then you need to hinge the whole lamp assembly upwards to around 45 degrees to release the top edge, which is help there with the two molded plastic fingers (PIC 3 bottom), while helping the wires with your other hand.
The connector is non-friendly and you will need a small screwdriver to push the tab in and get the plug started on its way out.
And that's it - job done.
BTW to remove the license plate holder, a Philips 3 head fits the two screws at the top.