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Broken Tail Light - 2017 G2 RTL-E

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I was backing out of a tight parking lot this afternoon and smacked my drivers side tail light on some equipment that was sticking out of a utility truck that I didn't see protruding from the vehicle. Long story short, I need to replace the tail light assembly. I stopped by dealership, but they quoted me about $325 to have it installed. I have had some trouble trying to find the part. The one site I found had two right side tail light assemblies listed with different part numbers ($117). Does anyone know what the part number is for the RTL-E right tail light is? Any one have any experience with replacing this, is it relatively easy? I would love to do it myself and save $200 if possible. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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Is the place that you found it for 117$ Bernardi Honda parts? If so, I'd call them tomorrow during the day and just ask. I'm sure if you give them your VIN they could tell you which assembly is the right one. As for how easy it is to replace... well it's probably not very easy just based on how the stuff on the front end is assembled but maybe you'll get lucky. Maybe you'll save 200$ and learn a lot about your truck and also waste 6 hours of your life. That's probably worth it still though.
Buy the OEM taillight, install it yourself. I do believe they are almost the same design as a G1. Two bolts and it's off the truck. Swapping over the light sockets is easy also.

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I was backing out of a tight parking lot this afternoon and smacked my drivers side tail light on some equipment that was sticking out of a utility truck that I didn't see protruding from the vehicle. Long story short, I need to replace the tail light assembly. I stopped by dealership, but they quoted me about $325 to have it installed. I have had some trouble trying to find the part. The one site I found had two right side tail light assemblies listed with different part numbers ($117). Does anyone know what the part number is for the RTL-E right tail light is? Any one have any experience with replacing this, is it relatively easy? I would love to do it myself and save $200 if possible. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
I took off my taillights when I installed LED back up lights. As mentioned, all you do it take out 2 bolts and pull the lens straight out towards the bumper area, not to the side. Pretty simple actually.
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Replaced mine 2 weeks ago got tail light from Honda dealership for a little over $100. Took me about 10 minutes to replace, open tailgate remove 2 bolts.
Like they say it is easy but after the two bolts are out it will take some hard pulls to get the lights free. I used a plastic trim tool to help. Be careful nut to lose the blind nuts on the taillights themselves. They're pretty expensive. Ask me how I know?
Good to hear at least the tail lights are easy to replace. I figured it might be worse given I'm in the middle of a saga with my local Honda dealership... They swapped my grille and now it's loose and they keep telling me that it takes hours to take apart the whole front end to work on the grille and all the clips just break instantly and will never be tight again and I have to accept that.
Good to hear at least the tail lights are easy to replace. I figured it might be worse given I'm in the middle of a saga with my local Honda dealership... They swapped my grille and now it's loose and they keep telling me that it takes hours to take apart the whole front end to work on the grille and all the clips just break instantly and will never be tight again and I have to accept that.
See now that is lame... they changed it the first time...
they keep telling me that it takes hours to take apart the whole front end to work on the grille and all the clips just break instantly and will never be tight again and I have to accept that.
Tell them you will contact Honda and ask them to send a factory specialist if they don't know how to fix it properly. They caused the problem. Probably some salesman wanted the BE grille on his own or an important customer's lower trim RL.
See now that is lame... they changed it the first time...
What seems particularly ridiculous, is that if you look around on Bernardi Parts instructions, that grille piece has to come off for lots of repairs and parts installations. It's clearly designed to be removed and replaced. I'm tempted to just pull it myself and inspect what they are actually doing. I have a set of nylon prybars for doing trim work with clips...

Tell them you will contact Honda and ask them to send a factory specialist if they don't know how to fix it properly. They caused the problem. Probably some salesman wanted the BE grille on his own or an important customer's lower trim RL.
They blamed Honda corporate saying they made them swap the grille to the Sport because they gave them a pile of parts and said they had to be installed to push more accessories sales. Don't want to threadjack this tail light thread that sounds like it will have a happy ending with sorrow. More details over here: http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/185-2g-problems-fixes-tsb-s/173882-grille-swap-issue.html
Call Honda. Don't even tell them. Let them get the call from the rep. The dealership I used to work at worked hard to keep people happy. It only takes one person to piss off a customer and then all of a sudden the whole dealerhip sucks. If you hear (you'll have to live with it) And it's a new car, you ark it up right away. Go right around that person. Honda does care a lot about how a dealer treats their customers.

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They blamed Honda corporate saying they made them swap the grille to the Sport because they gave them a pile of parts and said they had to be installed to push more accessories sales. [/url]
I saw that thread but you brought up the grille followup here :wink: The dealer is feeding you a line of total BS. There is no way Honda would dictate putting a lower trim part on their premium line truck. Try buying that black chrome grille. It costs way more than the chrome or sport grille.
Good to hear at least the tail lights are easy to replace. I figured it might be worse given I'm in the middle of a saga with my local Honda dealership... They swapped my grille and now it's loose and they keep telling me that it takes hours to take apart the whole front end to work on the grille and all the clips just break instantly and will never be tight again and I have to accept that.
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It is amazing how bad some dealers can be.
I saw that thread but you brought up the grille followup here :wink: The dealer is feeding you a line of total BS. There is no way Honda would dictate putting a lower trim part on their premium line truck. Try buying that black chrome grille. It costs way more than the chrome or sport grille.
Honda does have a program where a certain type and look of accessories is sent to dealer to be installed on a vehicle. Sometimes they pick it and sometimes it's the dealer who picks it. At that point the dealer is required to keep the vehicle on the showroom floor for a set period of time. On brand new introduced vehicles the dealer is sent a (demonstration vehicle) to used only for test drives, then can be sold after a set time. That is to make sure the dealers have an example of the (New) car for people to see and drive.

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Tell them you will contact Honda and ask them to send a factory specialist if they don't know how to fix it properly. They caused the problem. Probably some salesman wanted the BE grille on his own or an important customer's lower trim RL.
Back in the 70's I worked for International Harvester. I had one customer that had what at one time was a new Cement Mixer up on jack stands with only the frame, cab, and mixer still in tact. I asked what the heck happened. They said one day the truck was in for service waiting for a part, then another truck went down for lack of parts so they decided to take the part needed off of the new truck that was down. Then another and another until there was nothing left but the carcass I saw.
Back in the 70's I worked for International Harvester. I had one customer that had what at one time was a new Cement Mixer up on jack stands with only the frame, cab, and mixer still in tact. I asked what the heck happened. They said one day the truck was in for service waiting for a part, then another truck went down for lack of parts so they decided to take the part needed off of the new truck that was down. Then another and another until there was nothing left but the carcass I saw.
Guess some things don't change...
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Bernardi has it for $116 plus shipping. Only problem is that they seem to be listing two versions of the left lamp. I'm on my phone and can't see the pics well. Did you figure this out yet? If not, I'll give a closer look tomorrow.


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There are two tail light options, I confirmed the part number with the Honda dealership for my model and ordered it off Hondapartsnow.com. Should be here this week. Thanks guys!
There are two tail light options, I confirmed the part number with the Honda dealership for my model and ordered it off Hondapartsnow.com. Should be here this week. Thanks guys!
Post an update when you get it in there for the next guy. Good luck!
Will do, just shipped today so hope to have it early next week. Will post pics of install
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