You dont have to take off the wheels and tires. I just unscrewed the 3 screws with a socket wrench, and just reached in there and popped it out. I too changed to LED bulbs but BE CAREFUL which ones you pick cause most out right now suck. The bulbs dont blink faster because many of them have several led diodes, which equal up to enough volts as to not make your computer think the bulb is burned out. I didnt have any trouble removing them just by pulling back the wheel well liner, and im a big guy.
Jeep Patriot 4x2
Mods: Custom Hiddin Sub Enclosure, Custom Interior/Exterior LED Lights, Body Matching Painted 17" Wheels, HID Projector Fogs, White CCFL Courtesy Lights, All around tint (20%), Molded Premium Mud Flaps, Mopar Slush Mats, Chrome Door Handles