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Tail Light Compatibility?

Which tail lights are compatible with what years trucks?

I've seen the OEM '06 tail lights (3 bulbs) and OEM '98 tail lights (3 bulbs) that I like better than my OEM '96 xlt tails & I was wondering if the 98 or 06 lights would drop in without any mods.

I want to keep my 3 bulb setup as I've already tapped into both sides for a project I've been working on.

Would 98 or 06 tails work? I know I'd need to re-route the bulbs to the correct position, but would there be any other mod necessary?

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they will bolt in i know for sure


but im not sure about the wiring have to let someone else answer that ?
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1993-1999 are direct swap there 3 bulb...

2000-2008 are direct swap because there 2 bulb... 06+ comes 2 bulb there is people that convert the lower reflector part to hold a bulb..
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1993-1999 are direct swap there 3 bulb...

2000-2008 are direct swap because there 2 bulb... 06+ comes 2 bulb there is people that convert the lower reflector part to hold a bulb..

.....and as for the shape, 93-08 are all the same. Ford never changed the dimensions. Some say they had to shave parts down to install them on a step side (which has very little room in there). Personally I haven't had any issues, but sometimes eBay lights aren't OEM.
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^ correct
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Thanks guys.

The 06 tails I've seen pictures of unfortunately didn't show the back side.
I guessed that the lower reflector area was for the turn light.
That shouldn't be anything a dremel & xacto knife couldn't handle.

Why are the 06 tails almost double the $$$ of the 98's??
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Because they're newer. Where are you looking at getting them from?
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The last set I saw was on the evilBay... about $45 each side
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Yeah thats about right
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I'm diggin' the 2000 tails now. All red w/ backup on the bottom.

Does anyone have some pictures of the back side of a set of OEM '00 tail lights?

I might get a set of OEM style 2000 tails if it won't be too difficult to add the 3rd bulb socket.
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nope just a dremel out the hole. its the same as a 1998-99 just hole isnt cut out and its red
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Cool.
None of the images I've seen are detailed enough to see the sockets through the front side & none have any shots of the back side.

I was wondering about the 3rd cavity...if it was just a reflector or a cavity like the brake & reverse bulbs have.

The 00 lights seem to have a 3d look to them as opposed to my 96 lights that are smooth.
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