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Old 09-12-2011
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Issues with trading beds 99 and 2003 stepside for fleetside

We both have black rangers, I looked up the paint and it's the same code,

My worry is the tail lights, I will keep my factory wiring, correct? The tail lights bolt up just fine both ways?

I know we will trade bumpers, so I'll have to paint the gray/chrome xlt bumper to look more like my black edge bumper.

I have also read that fuel necks work just fine, and also that they need to be traded.

How long/how hard is it to make the trade? I've always wanted the full bed.

Also, heard issues between 1997 and 1998+ body lines being slightly different, I won't have this issue?

I'm not top handy, and would hate to lose my LED perfectly tinted tails between stepside and regular bed.

Thanks sorry I did do some homework, and searched before I made thread. Just lots of conflicting information!
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tail lights won't be affected you gotta pull your wiring out through the front of the bed towards the cab.
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Ok thanks!
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Old 09-14-2011
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you may not be able to keep your wiring. the tail light harness plugs into the chassis harness behind the rear bumper. the stepside wiring may not be long enough for the fleetside. double check it before you drive away.
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