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Old 10-28-2009, 01:06 PM
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Default Got Some New Tails! Oh Yea and A Rear Bumper.

Well I finally got around to modding the 2000 tails to a 3-bulb set up. Some of you remember not too long ago I posted a poll up for ether the 98-99 tails or some all red ones. Well the all red ones won by a landslide. After I looked for a while I read about people modding the 2000 tails to a 3-bulb set up. At first I didn't want to do this but found a killer deal on some OEM tails for a good price and figured why the heck not. I must say that I am very glad I got the OEM 2000's over the other tails. Here are some before and after pics with a short video. After the sun goes down I will try and get some night time pics. I can say how the quality will be on them because my old camera sucks.

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Old 10-28-2009, 01:13 PM
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Like them better than the red white yellow u had

New bumper? what was there before
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Old 10-28-2009, 04:06 PM
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why were those old tails on it? weren't those used from 93-97?
i need to find a write up so a can swap mine from three bulb to two bulb and put in my 01-03 tails
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:41 PM
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Like them better than the red white yellow u had

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why were those old tails on it? weren't those used from 93-97?
i need to find a write up so a can swap mine from three bulb to two bulb and put in my 01-03 tails
Ask and you shall recive. I nor FRF.com is responseabil for anything that should happen when or after you do this. If you decided to do this it is as your own risk.

A STEP-BY-STEP WAY TO DO THIS:

If you don't like the look of the taillights in the 1993 to 1999 Rangers, the ones with the seperate turnsignal bulb, then I have the solution. This will convert your taillights to 2000 or newer taillights, the ones with the turnsignal intergrated into the taillight/brake bulb. This takes care of 2 things if you don't have a trailer plug. TO INSURE PROPER FUNCTION, FOLLOW EVERY STEP!!

1. First thing you need to do is to go get yourself a trailer wiring harness kit (the kit with the "T" connector that converts the 5 wire setup to a 4 wire for the trailer lights). I got a Hoppy brand from AutoZone for $30.00. I am sure that you could get them off eBay for cheaper. *IF YOU ALREADY HAVE ONE SKIP THIS STEP!!! YOU ALREADY HAVE WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS STEP!!!*

2. Aquire 2000 or newer set of taillights for your truck. I bought 2006 taillights for mine and paid $140.00 at the local Ford garage. You can get a set of 2000 to 2003 set for about $50.00 at a local salvage yard.

3. Remove the taillights from your truck. Make sure that the light sockets plug into the new taillights.

4. *I believe that the 2000 to 2004 taillights have the same back basket as the 1993 to 1999 taillights IF SO SKIP THIS STEP AND CONTINUE TO STEP 5* The only light socket that you MIGHT have a problem fitting correctly is the reverse light socket. If so, cut the wires to it and the turn signal socket and switch them. Put the turnsignal socket on the reverse wires and the reverse socket on the turn signal wires. DO THIS FOR BOTH SIDES!! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE GOOD CONNECTIONS AND TAPE THE CONNECTIONS TO PREVENT WATER SHORTING OUT YOUR ELECTRICAL SYSTEM!!

5. Tape over the turn signal bulb (WHICH SHOULD STILL BE IN THE LIGHT SOCKET!!) so it cannot be seen blinking. Wire tie it in the bed side so it will not fall out while driving. YOU HAVE TO LEAVE THE OLD TURNSIGNAL SOCKET AND BULB INSTALLED, IF NOT THE TURNSIGNALS WILL FAST BLINK!!

6. Cut the GREEN wire, far enough behind the bulb socket so you can attach it to another wire, hooked to the tail/brake light bulb socket. Tape the end up that goes into the wiring harness because you wont need it anymore. DO THIS FOR BOTH SIDES!!!

7. Unplug the wire connector behind the rear bumper that goes to the taillights and install the "T" trailer harness. After the "T" connector there is 5 wires going to another little black box. That box converts the system to a 4 wire system for the trailer lights. LEAVE IT ATTACHED!!

8. Tap into a turnsignal wire, LEFT or RIGHT, in the trailer plug (AFTER THE LITTLE BLACK BOX THAT CONVERTS IT TO A 4 WIRE SYSTEM!!!) wires and run it to the respective taillight (LEFT TURNSIGNAL WIRE TO THE LEFT TAILLIGHT). Hook this wire into the green wire that comes out of the tail/brake light socket.

9. REPEAT THE LAST STEP FOR THE OTHER LIGHT THAT YOU HAVEN'T DONE!!

10. WIRE TIE ALL LOSE WIRES UP AND OUT OF THE WAY AS YOU ARE DONE WITH THE WIRES!! PUT THE TRAILER PLUG WERE YOU WOULD LIKE IT TO BE FOR EASY ACCESS WHEN YOU DECIDE TO HAUL A TRAILER!!

11. Install the bulb sockets into there correct spot in the new taillights.

12. Install the new taillights.

13. Check all connections and make sure they are connected properly.

14. Test to make sure they work propely.


Also here is a night video. Its not the best but you get the point.

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Old 10-28-2009, 09:00 PM
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thanks for the info, although i may look around for other ways to do it as i've had three of those trailer harnesses and they last a while and then the internal connections in em go bad, the last one made my right turn signal come on with the brake lights
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:18 PM
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thanks for the info, although i may look around for other ways to do it as i've had three of those trailer harnesses and they last a while and then the internal connections in em go bad, the last one made my right turn signal come on with the brake lights
As far as I know that is the only way too change it from a 3-bulb to a 2-bulb other than swapping the tail light harness.

And as for the 93-97 tails, the bed was on a 93-97 truck. I swapped it and the tail light harness onto my truck.
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Old 10-29-2009, 04:20 PM
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gotcha, thanks again for the info
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