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Looking for a set of metal tail light guards for my 02 Ranger. Been searching for months and still empty handed. If anyone is willing to part with a set or has a pair from an old build please forward my way! Willing to overpay and also paying a finders fee for anyone who leads me to a sale! Only way to get these are used, not a single company still produces these.

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Black horse seems to make most of the metal tailight guards I found. I would reach out to them and see if they'll make a set or 2 for you. They make a Toyota guard, you could check to see if it would be similar in size.



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See  https://www.accessories-4x4.com/Proion/1432-220-563/Stainless-steel-tail-light-guards-tessera-4x4-accessories



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I emailed this company, they are based out of Greece and stated that these tail light guards will not fit on the US models. I already tried a few months ago! Thanks!

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Definitely worth a shot. Thanks!

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02RANGERDANGER wrote:
Definitely worth a shot. Thanks!
Still looking. Let me know!

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Have you taken picture of one and a tail light to a local fab shop and asked if they can make you a pair. They look pretty simple in design. 

If you want to cover your cost just make a few more sets to sell...



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If I may, what are you doing, to need a protection screen on the taillights ?

The idea was big back in the 80 and 90s but seem to not be many around anymore.



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If I may, what are you doing, to need a protection screen on the taillights ?

The idea was big back in the 80 and 90s but seem to not be many around anymore.

Personally I think they look fantastic and add something extra to the rear of the boring ranger. And also to protect my $175 LED tail lights from branches and such in the trails near me. Upstate NY is very wooded.

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02RANGERDANGER wrote:
Scrambler82 wrote:

If I may, what are you doing, to need a protection screen on the taillights ?

The idea was big back in the 80 and 90s but seem to not be many around anymore.

Personally I think they look fantastic and add something extra to the rear of the boring ranger. And also to protect my $175 LED tail lights from branches and such in the trails near me. Upstate NY is very wooded.

Didn't mean to offend anyone, just curious, haven't seen many of them around.

If I find or see something for sale I will post up !

Ltr

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02RANGERDANGER wrote:
I emailed this company, they are based out of Greece and stated that these tail light guards will not fit on the US models. I already tried a few months ago! Thanks!

I would bet that unless its a alignment issue with a specific screw or bolt there isnt much difference in the tail lights, especially considering nearly every tail light from 93-12 is interchangeable with the extra effort of swapping wiring harnesses and bulb sockets.  it may be the closest you're going to get and you could always.., IF you had to have them get them modified here by a fabricator worse case scenario, you have a model part to work from with a fabricator. 


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02RANGERDANGER wrote:

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If I may, what are you doing, to need a protection screen on the taillights ?

The idea was big back in the 80 and 90s but seem to not be many around anymore.

Personally I think they look fantastic and add something extra to the rear of the boring ranger. And also to protect my $175 LED tail lights from branches and such in the trails near me. Upstate NY is very wooded.

Didn't mean to offend anyone, just curious, haven't seen many of them around.

If I find or see something for sale I will post up !

Ltr


Dont think he was offended, I think he's just aiming to be "period correct" in his build.

At the end of the day here's some perspective and sadly reality for us as Ranger owners prior to the T6 and the New 5th Gen Ford Ranger.  I saw the same thing as a Honda Civic Hatch owner even in mid to late 2000 when sourcing parts from what best place ever? Japan... It was hard then to find any good quality parts from vendors and distributors peddeling Mugen or original JDM parts, even silly things like the dash tray that existed where the passenger side airbag was for the American counterparts.

Our vehicles are old, reason why most of us have them are either because we're too cheap to buy anything new or we don't want anything new because most of the new vehicles have something that makes us not want to buy anything else newer unless its old enough still not compatible with the latest and greatest. On top of that, the elephant in the room would easily say that the early generation of Ranger owners doesn't support its own and with the advent of newer models too, the money to sustain a business is in catering to the latest and greatest. Market support continues to dwindle, what was once great, good, and loyal machinery is being replaced sadly. ONLY those willing to put serious time and effort into a full on build from baja to overlander remotely benefit and one of the reasons for that is because the same vehicle isn't their daily grinder.... Its a Project vehicle.  Not to say there arent any exceptions to the rule, just stating fact. You can see it in the cost and availability of replacement parts and near total loss of aftermarket support.  Most items used cross pollinate in use or are universal. A rack is a rack.. does the company make support legs for us, sure.. great we have a supported product. Brackets for lights, same.

Few people really Mod a truck/car anymore, its almost already done at the factory level and unless your Chip Foose or a part of some cable TV car mod show dumping $45k into a vehicle to get advertising for car companies and auto parts manufactures, ummm yah, no. Back in the day, a modification in terms of the Hot Rod Association was defined as "something that could not easily be reverted back to stock". Hence why people threw   fits calling "De-Badging" a mod when you could practically lick the emblem back and slap it to the paint and it would stick again (being facetious here). Changing out light bulbs to LED's isnt a modification, that's an improvement in technology at best. Putting a tonneau cover on our trucks isnt really a modification. Does it count as doing something, "accessorizing" to the truck.. sure. but its NOT A MODIFICATION. 

Now back to the OP, Most of the metal guards went away, if you really look at those guards, take into consideration which way branches will whip back and forth at a tail light. You'll quickly realize that they arent very protective and the rails should ideally be vertical, NOT horizontal to really only highlight the separation of colored lenses. They MAY have at some points in time been accused of or thought to be a protective item but unless your looking for something that just catches on whispy tree limbs.. Automotive Darwinism has shown such things to really be damage multipliers at best, but they look cool and meaty like but my 'personal opinion'* living in both desert and highly wooded environments, I could think of more worthwhile ambitions to chase or accessorize with. ; )









*Personal Opinions = really don't matter to anyone but me and should not reflect the sole intentions of anyone else in this thread. (lol)

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