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Swapped back to 2000 Tails...

I had a set on my truck before I switched to 01+. My 98 has the 3 bulb set up and with the 01+ its a 2 chamber design int he tailights so my brake light and turn signal were in the same chamber and when i was on the brake and had a turn signal going you could not see it. Couple months ago I was pulled over for it at 2 in the morning Luckily I hadnt been drinking and I played dumb with the officer and said well they are stock tail lights and he just said maybe you need new bulbs or something. Well On the way home from work last night a cop had been following me I was in a turning lane with my turn signal on and he was following and I was approaching another red light and he got into the right lane and stopped next to me at the light and mentioned he couldnt see my turn signals when i was on the brake but could see them when i took off the brake.

Well basically I thanked him and said I would have to look into it so I woke up today and threw on the 00's back on so I dont have to worry about getting hasled or pulled over for that anymore until i either buy a new set or 06's with a new 2 bulb wiring harness in the back.

On another note I Had the 01+ on for a year or so and I also loved the look of the 2000's so Its not really bothering me to much I kind of like them a little more now.
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pics? lol

I dont know why, but i really liked the look of my 2000 lights compared to the '01+ or any of the euros
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pics? lol

I dont know why, but i really liked the look of my 2000 lights compared to the '01+ or any of the euros

Let me see if I can find any old pics of them on my truck, might even see what my truck looked liek stock height lol.
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The stock set-up uses 1 bulb for the turn-signal AND brakes. It did this by burning two filaments separately, making the bulb two-stage.

If you tapped into the wires correctly, you can make this set-up light one bulb for the turn signal, and BOTH bulbs for brakes. This makes it much more noticeable and brighter.

It sounds to me like you used the wrong bulbs or wired them wrong. Take us some pictures!
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The stock set-up uses 1 bulb for the turn-signal AND brakes. It did this by burning two filaments separately, making the bulb two-stage.

If you tapped into the wires correctly, you can make this set-up light one bulb for the turn signal, and BOTH bulbs for brakes. This makes it much more noticeable and brighter.

It sounds to me like you used the wrong bulbs or wired them wrong. Take us some pictures!

I did not even mess with the wiring harness as I do not have any knowledge of electrical stuff really.

On the 01's basically I just drilled out a hole and dremeled the notches and plugged in the turn signal socket and thus it has 2 bulbs in one chamber so with the brake on it and the turn signal it would not illuminate enough to see the turnsignal unless the brake was off.

On the 00's the top chamber isnt used as they went to the 2 bulb set that year but I drilled that out to like it was supposed to be there since the 3rd chamber which the turn signal would of been in the 98-99's since they are the same style tail light just red up there.
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That's why on the 2-bulb set-up, there are two separate chambers for each light. I understand what ya did now, and blending the two light bulbs just wasn't enough to show a difference with one on or off.
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Wait....what's the difference if both lights were solid red?
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Wait....what's the difference if both lights were solid red?

What do you mean the style of the tail lights?

The 2000's have a different style lense which you have with the reverse on the bottom and the 01+ have a different style lense and the reverse is on the top.
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I was confused. My 2000 had ONE brake/turn bulb, and ONE reverse bulb (two-bulb set-up). I had to splice for a three-bulb set-up for my tails, since they have separate brake and turn indicator sections.

I'd say it's time to get some tail-lights of your choice ("Euro"), unless you insist on keeping them "stock". If that's the case, get some 07's!!!
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I was confused. My 2000 had ONE brake/turn bulb, and ONE reverse bulb (two-bulb set-up). I had to splice for a three-bulb set-up for my tails, since they have separate brake and turn indicator sections.

I'd say it's time to get some tail-lights of your choice ("Euro"), unless you insist on keeping them "stock". If that's the case, get some 07's!!!
I used to have euros on my truck, i was the first around my town to have them then I started everyone and there brother have euros on their ranger so i went to 2000 tails.

Im planning on going 07 tails now and finding a stock wiring harness for the tailights in the back.
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I have a unrelated question. I 'm not sure if you have mentioned this before...but is your truck lowered?
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I have a unrelated question. I 'm not sure if you have mentioned this before...but is your truck lowered?
Are you serious? Check his signature:

Suspension :Lowered 5/6 with DJM Upper/Lower Control Arms, Belltech 3 inch dropped coils, Flipkit in the rear.
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Are you serious? Check his signature:

Suspension :Lowered 5/6 with DJM Upper/Lower Control Arms, Belltech 3 inch dropped coils, Flipkit in the rear.
lol, no I'm not serious. He only mentions it in every other thread.
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lol, no I'm not serious. He only mentions it in every other thread.
lol funny, Just tired of hearing about Torsion bar cranks, coil spacers and body lifts and can I run "3X" on this "15 x X rim"...
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Yea, that's the other end. lol Maybe we should all just leave our trucks stock so no one gets sick of the same old questions.

OR...this site needs more STICKIES!
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Yea, that's the other end. lol Maybe we should all just leave our trucks stock so no one gets sick of the same old questions.

OR...this site needs more STICKIES!

Yeah the site needs more stickies, And no one should leave their truck stock.
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