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The tail light strip led around the assembly went out. It flickered a few times so felt confident it wS the driver that failed and not the leds.

You have to replace the entire assembly for about $760 from Tasca, $1000 from the local dealer. That’s friggin crazy 🤬

In a fit of “what’s the worst I can do”, I took a Fien multi master and split the light open, found the wires, and installed 3 new constant current led drivers (Mean Well HLDD-350HW). One to each strip.

It’ll take a **** of an epoxy job to get it sealed back up but it’s better than dumping an insane amount of money due to a $10 part failure.

Figure someone one day will wonder likeI did if this could be done. Yes it can…not the best…but it worked 🤷🏻‍♂️
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Yes great info. You might consider gluing it back together with with something like RTV so you can get it back apart more easily someday…
I considered that but was afraid the lens may pop off if it wasn’t epoxied. I ended up using a good bit of epoxy and then rtv in addition to to seal it properly. I did make the wiring for these lights and the drivers external by bringing them out the back rather than keeping it internal. They are soldered into the wiring with their own plug so that it could be disconnected.

If it goes out again, I’ll likely go ahead with replacing it and consider that this could be done better with more care and attention in the future lol.
 
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