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Old 09-15-2008
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To those that have done the 01-03 conversion

I've been keepin this pretty low key but its time to bring the cat outta the bag. . . . i'm doin the 01-03 conversion, to those that have done it what have you done with the extra bulb (i have an 00) ive got a park like and two turn signal bulbs. I went with certifit for the headlight panel and grille, i just need some help on a few minor details such as the light bulb question above, how do i mount the park lights? theres a tab with two holes where the light goes im curious if the lights use a plastic retainer style pin or if its an actual bolt, also for those who have used the certifit headlight panel how did ya run the park light, i will post pictures when im done with the whole modification. . .mayb its time to start a project log.

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I just had the extra light zipped tied up behind the header panel. Didn't need it so I didn't use it.
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I took these shots when Chris(MudSlanger) did his swap to his 98-00....you should find them helpful...

For the 01-03 and filling all the holes needed to mount the grille....a grand total of 13 or 14 screws and screw 'nuts'(cant remmeber the proper name) are meeded. little piece of sheet metal shaped in a 'u' that clamp onto the header panel, the backside is 'threaded' or acts as a thread for the screw to screw into.

The screws are exactly the same screws as what hold your current signal/corner lamp housings. The plastic 'cover' thing is a 01-02 thing i believe...you do not need it for your conversion, as i don't run them. It's probably been mentioned before, but you do need those 'sliders' that hold the headlamps into the header panel. two per side, 2 are different from the other 2....you can see in the pics. Only place that I know where to get those are hitting up a local yard or stopping by your local ford dealer.

If you want the larger versions or more pics, please feel free to ask. I do not know the answer to the extra bulb question...sorry.



















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I just put black tape on the bulb and tucked in where you don't see it.
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those nuts are called J-clips


couldnt you just add a resistor of some kind so you dont have to keep a bulb hidden
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okay that somewhat helps, i have everything minus those j-clips, i just spent a good 100 bucks at the ford dealer on misc pieces, they told me theres two brackets that hold the headlights to the header panel? i ordered them, but just curious how you held yours in. . .im gonna see if the local hardware store has those j-clips . . we'll see i guess hopefully monday this will be all on the truck
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UPDATE!!!

Did a surprise 01-03 conversion onto a '98 yesterday. He previously had LED's in his tails, so he had to run an Electronic Flasher : EP27 for LED's.



To see what we needed to do to eliminate the extra turnsignal bulb up front, i disconnected the extra. WORKED PERFECTLY AS NORMAL. Just the Electronic Flasher for LED's will cure the extra bulb issue, w/o taping it, let it 'hang out', or unplugging it which would cause hyperflash with a stock flasher.

I don't know if that has been covered ever before, but it was a new discovery for me.
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Per that extra bulb, i'm goin to say you dont even need the bulb in, as the one side on my truck is burned out and its not affecting the turn signal lights at all. . .and its been burned out for a while. . .well see if it does affect it by pulling the bulb out ill just keep them in and find a hiding spot. . .ill be doing detailed pictures of this install also
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Doesnt cause that hyperflash on my truck. . .only the turn signal bulb, the other bulb is light a park light bulb. . .just like my corner light bulb doesnt affect anythin thats been burned out already. 98s had 3 bulbs in the tails 00 only have two sockets in the rear, the front part of the trucks are the same though (4 sockets) 01's have 3
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I know this...he's running 2 bulb taillamps with his signals in the reverse spot, and running leds in there. His truck with 1 bulb pulled prior to the led install...had hyperflash. The little 194 is just a running lgiht....doesn't affect anything. Only thing worried here is the turnsignal. And when a bulb is out in the turnsignal system, hyperflash happens. OR when LEDs are installed because of the super low draw they have.






The clips....

We used the 4 little silver clips off the 98-00 lamps. They worked for now, but it's a tight squeeze to get 'em on the adjusters. The remaining two are just ziptied to work for now...until we get 01+ sliders/holders. Stand by...i'll go pull mine off and snap a shot for ya.
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You'll need two of each(so 4 total sliders). NOTE: Two different styles per side. This will make taking headlights 1/2 a second to take out, rather than fighting with a pair of needle nose pliers.

1st pic is how they appear on the driver side, facing the front of the truck...


2nd pic is the backside of the first.
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thats what i ordered.. . .going to pick them up now thanks Shane.
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yea. no probs.
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im picking stuff up Fri from certifit to do this...Ill keep updated
Shane do you have a list of what misc. clips or things ill need??
Like headlight adjuster bolts do they come with new headlights??
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Take one of your corner lamp mounting screws out(under the lamp)...then head over to the hardware store or auto parts store. That screw is the same screw as all the screws on the 01+ trucks. It'll need to be a 'deep' one, like 1" total length j-nuts or whatever.

You'll need 13-15 of those(don't remember how many) and screws. and you'll need the headlamp sliders i posted above. Get an electronic flasher made for LEDs and eliminate one of those front turnsignal/running lamp bulbs. No hyperflash if LED flasher is installed.
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im picking stuff up Fri from certifit to do this...Ill keep updated
Shane do you have a list of what misc. clips or things ill need??
Like headlight adjuster bolts do they come with new headlights??
That's gonna look sweet!
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Take one of your corner lamp mounting screws out(under the lamp)...then head over to the hardware store or auto parts store. That screw is the same screw as all the screws on the 01+ trucks. It'll need to be a 'deep' one, like 1" total length j-nuts or whatever.

You'll need 13-15 of those(don't remember how many) and screws. and you'll need the headlamp sliders i posted above. Get an electronic flasher made for LEDs and eliminate one of those front turnsignal/running lamp bulbs. No hyperflash if LED flasher is installed.
Ah ok, thanks shane...Thats all i need then, i reckon..Where can you get that Flasher, and if i DONT install that what my trun signal will blink faster??
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Ah ok, thanks shane...Thats all i need then, i reckon..Where can you get that Flasher, and if i DONT install that what my trun signal will blink faster??
I know if it doesn't have a bulb in it you will get hyperflash. Yeah, that annoying really fast blinker.
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whats that
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And imo...eliminating a bulb is alot safer than letting a bulb 'hang out' or wrapped up in electrical tape and hangin out.

Autozone is where i got mine....EP17.....and it says 'LED' on the flasher, but not on the package.

The ebay headlamps or the replacements should come with adjuster rods. I know the eBay ones come with 'em.
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EP17 is that a bulb or what, what is it exactly a module?
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It looks like a relay, I think the stock one is blue, you can find it under the dash in the driver side.
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EP27. EP17 was a typo...my bad. IT is an EP27.

Located under your dash, under a plastic cover that's above your accelerator pedal. To the passenger side of the steering column. Stock flasher is blue. Has 5 prongs and looks just like a relay.

Pics pending...
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I did my conversion.. . .ill post a picture in a lil here. . .my puppy just woke up, damn it
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Only took me an hr to do, i'll take more pictures later on how to do it
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