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weren't these kind of taillights the cool thing to have back in the 90's?
i seem to remember every other truck having these.

i dont think they're terrible, just a bit retro
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do you have any that will fit the cornering lights? im really turned off by how sexy my lights look during the day then i see that ugly amber bulb sticking out lol
You do realize that you can use red for your turnsignals right? If so and you want to switch them to red then the answer is yes. I don't have them in amber. PM me if you want a pair.
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Do you have any that will fit my car? I need six of them haha.

Yes, I can get you 6. But, you will need to do the mod a lil bit different in a Mustang compared to a ranger. You have to modify your stock sockets, or buy some at the auto store and modify those. (Actually it is better this way because you can reverse the mod on demand)

I did this exactly this way for my bosses Corvette Z06 that the wanted my tail lights when he saw them at the shop.

If you know how to solder and use basic tools its not that hard. You will need some JB weld for the sockets, or some epoxy. PM me if you want them.
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ohhhh... i wonder how red signals would look with a 8 or 10k hid kit... are they on constantly or just on when i turn the signal on?
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ohhhh... i wonder how red signals would look with a 8 or 10k hid kit... are they on constantly or just on when i turn the signal on?
I thought you meant red in the rear, its illegal in the front. In the back you can have amber or red signals in the states. Amber only in Japan. All running lights have to be red.

I don't have clear tails, I have (red) Evo-look-alike tails on my truck. Here is how they look with the L1224R's, supa-dupa bright.

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i was kinda wondering how id get away with red turn signals lol
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Yes, I can get you 6. But, you will need to do the mod a lil bit different in a Mustang compared to a ranger. You have to modify your stock sockets, or buy some at the auto store and modify those. (Actually it is better this way because you can reverse the mod on demand)

I did this exactly this way for my bosses Corvette Z06 that the wanted my tail lights when he saw them at the shop.

If you know how to solder and use basic tools its not that hard. You will need some JB weld for the sockets, or some epoxy. PM me if you want them.
I can solder and use basic tools lol...so I don't need to modify my housing in any way correct? Just the bulb socket which I will canibalize from a cheap bulb from Advance?

Also...will I have to change my 'blinker' fuse or anything like that? PM me some pricing info as well.
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I can solder and use basic tools lol...so I don't need to modify my housing in any way correct? Just the bulb socket which I will canibalize from a cheap bulb from Advance?

Also...will I have to change my 'blinker' fuse or anything like that? PM me some pricing info as well.
Yes, your stock tail lights will be in tact completely, if you want to revert back to stock you will need to just resolder the stock harnesses back on. I use heat shrink on every wire I cut.

You most likely will need to buy resistors to put in parallel to pull more current due to the fact that your S197 has current-metering circuitry that controls it, not a ranger-style blinker (better actually) - My Evo has the same shortcoming. I run resistors on the car, and a flasher on the truck (better) - No biggy.
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Yes, your stock tail lights will be in tact completely, if you want to revert back to stock you will need to just resolder the stock harnesses back on. I use heat shrink on every wire I cut.

You most likely will need to buy resistors to put in parallel to pull more current due to the fact that your S197 has current-metering circuitry that controls it, not a ranger-style blinker (better actually) - My Evo has the same shortcoming. I run resistors on the car, and a flasher on the truck (better) - No biggy.
Sounds a little intense haha.
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Here is the completed work. Take a look and I think you will understand.


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Welcome to eBay and the internet......those have been around for years.
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I say do what ever you like... its your truck but my 0.02 there kinda ugly
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I can solder and use basic tools lol...so I don't need to modify my housing in any way correct? Just the bulb socket which I will canibalize from a cheap bulb from Advance?

Also...will I have to change my 'blinker' fuse or anything like that? PM me some pricing info as well.
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You're looking for LEDs too?

Let me know what you need.

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How can you say illegal?
As long as he has red and amber bulbs he should be fine.
Needs to have atleast a red reflector to be legal. If they are all clear like that but have the prper colour bulbs, they are still illegal until they have a red reflector in them.

I went through all that BS with my B2200 as I had all clear tail lights like that on it. Got hassled all the time and nearly had my truck taken off the road.

I personally love the look of the old skool all clear tails, but then, I love old skool stuff.
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what i don't understand doesn't the lexus? suv came from the factory with all clear tails?
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all the vehicle code states is that you have to have colored bulbs for the right things
red for brake
yellow or white for turn signals
and white for reverse... i dont see how they could have any reason to pull me over.. theyre just like NS'd tails but clear
theres a difference between what the vehicle code states and what bull**** CHP will come up with when they pull you over

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weren't these kind of taillights the cool thing to have back in the 90's?
i seem to remember every other truck having these.

i dont think they're terrible, just a bit retro
well its a mid 90s truck so its at least timely

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what i don't understand doesn't the lexus? suv came from the factory with all clear tails?
yes and they are DOT approved because they have red reflectors in the bumper.
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You need a red reflector in the rear, it does not need to be on the tail light itself. I could find too many vehicles that have them somewhere else than the tail lights themselves.
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look again at the picture of my integra earlier in this thread ... i had red reflective tape on the trailer hitch ... still got hassled

this is california where customizing is a crime.
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what i don't understand doesn't the lexus? suv came from the factory with all clear tails?

Look closely next time you see one, and you'll notice they have red reflectors in the bumper or on the hatch/tailgate.

The aftermarket all clear tails are legal if you have some sort of red reflective warning on the back of your vehicle. You'd be able to use that red and white tape they have on transport truck trailers.
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