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Old 04-10-2008
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How do >2001 tail lights light up?

Hello all,

I bought a 2001> tail LED light (http://cgi.ebay.com/01-02-03-04-05-F...QQcmdZViewItem) to try to adapt on my 00 Ranger. But I've see that this tail light only light up:

1) RED LEDs
2) RED LEDs brighter
3) One socket plug

On this one socket plug, I can plug the reverse light or the turn-signal light. How the 2001> Rangers light up? Do the turn signal light up red or yellow? Some video would be better!

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'00 up tail lamp harness are the same. It will light up the same as your 08. Meaning, one bulb for Tail/Stop/Turn(3157), and one bulb for reverse(3156).

But now i notice you are in Brazil, the information I posted are US/Canada models to best of my knowledge.
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FX4Wannabe,

Thanks for the help!

Here, on my 00's, it has 3 bulbs. One for stop/tail, another for reverse, and for last, another one for turn. That is why I am questioning. I tried the tail light on my, and the will fit fine, but the wire connections are different!

Do you have any pictures of your tail light open?

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Osvaldo, you can rewire to a new socket for the bulb and it will work fine.

Don't do anything with the reverse light.

But, you can take the turn/stop socket wires and tail light socket wires and combine them to a single socket that takes the "dual" bulbs.

On each socket there is a ground wire, usually black, and a hot wire. To do this, you will only need one of the ground wires, and each of the hot wires giving you 3 wires.

Then you get a new socket and connect the ground wire to the "shell" or "common" contact, and the other two wires to the other contacts. You may have to experiment to see which goes where because you want the dimmer part of the bulb to be the taillight and the brighter part to be the stop/turn light.

But this will convert your 2 bulb system to a single bulb system.

Hope that helps.
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Thanks for posts, N3lz and FX4wannabe.

My new taillight has just one place to a socket. The LEDs are already on it (it will light up on brake and/or light). So it has just one hole to put the reverse and turn signal to it. I could use a two filament bulbs, but it wouldn't turn yellow on turn signal...

I'll have to get a one 'dual bulb' socket. Do you have any pictures (or eBay listings) that shows it?

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