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 Posted: Fri Oct 20th, 2017 12:26 am
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One question I get all the time is what tail lights will fit my ranger?
Since I don't have as much experience with the pre-93 rangers, I'll ask the community to help fill in the blanks.
If you have a 95-97, you will have what I call the 3 bulb tail lights. One bulb for brakes, one bulb for turn signals & one bulb for reverse lights. The brakes & turn signals will use a 3157 (dual brightness) bulb while the reverse lights will use a 3156 single brightness bulb.All year tail lights from 1993 to 2011 should physically fit, however 2001 and newer tail lights will have only 2 bulbs. More on this later...
Many people like the look of newer tail lights like the 2001-2005 & 2006-2011 on their 93-97 rangers, but find out that they have one too many bulbs for those housings.There are a couple ways to remedy this. One would be to add an additional bulb socket opening to the newer tail light housing & use all 3 of your bulbs.Another way would be to convert your tail light wiring to a 2 bulb setup by installing a trailer "T" connector & wiring your bulb sockets into those.
For 2001-2005 rangers, you will have what I call 2 bulb tail lights.One bulb is for brake lights & turn signals & one bulb for reverse lights.The brake/turn bulbs will be 3157 dual brightness and the reverse bulbs will be 3156 single brightness bulbs.The 2001-2005 tail lights will be a direct swap for 2006-2011 tail lights.
For 2006-2011 rangers, you will have the 2nd generation of 2 bulb tail lights. The layout & look is slightly different than the previous version, but use the same bulbs.
In a nutshell, you can swap several years of tail lights (1993 - 2011) but you may need to adapt your wiring or slightly modify your tail light housings.



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So i could easily fit some 2006+ tail lights to my '02?



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yup. bulbs & sockets should be the same. only thing you might need to do is cut some of the wire loom if the connectors are a little tight.



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What about the 98,99, & 00?.



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I think 00 had their own 1 year specific tail lights. Similar to some explorers of the era but they have a kinda bubble shape to the lens.

98 & 99 should be similar to each other as well.

I need to get some pictures of each version for visual effect.



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I put one together at home on my laptop. Pictures of all years lenses. If it still exists I will post it.

Yes the 00 had a specific tail light and I like it best of all!



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Here's some images I found...
1993-1997 Tail Lights:


1998-1999 Tail Lights:
 

2000 Tail Lights:


2001-2005 Tail Lights:


2006-2011 Tail Lights:


I'm 99.99% sure on the 95-97, 98 & 99, 2000, 2001-2005 & 2006-2011 but the 93 & 94 Rangers may have the same as the 95-97 style



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Since I don't have as much experience with the pre-93 rangers, I'll ask the community to help fill in the blanks.  
They are 3 bulb. (At least in 91)  
1 - White 3156-  Reverse 
2 - Red 3157 - Turn / Brake / Marker   

Ill get some pics tomorrow of them.I plan on converting them to LED, but that's a future project (if not plug and play). 
This is a stock pic of a 88-92 Tail... 

Last edited on Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 09:54 am by loomdog32



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Do'h Buggman beat me to it.



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haha! i hate starting a post & not delivering some pictures.

we'll have to dig up pictures of some of the aftermarket tail light options too. lots of cool looking stuff out there & some... not so good looking.



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well, I was wrong..

1 Red Bulb for Turn / Brake / Marker Lights
1 White Bulb for Reverse

The majority of the lens is a reflector.
ANd thanx! She finally drew blood. Pulling the Lens to take these pics!!



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Finally found my version, just posting it so you know I'm not full of bull LOL.


Attachment: ranger_taillight.png (Downloaded 38 times)



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buggman wrote:
1998-1999 Tail Lights:
 

2000 Tail Lights:


2001-2005 Tail Lights:



 

TOO funny.  For YEARS I always thought people had their damn taillights on upside down.  Having an 01' my taillights were the bottom, with reverse lights up.  When I saw the first picture on trucks I always thought they just had them on the opposite side, it never made sense why I saw ones up and ones down...etc.  Now it all makes sense.  Had no clue they were completely different. 

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Yeah, it's funny how they refreshed them a lot back then, seems they weren't quite happy with each redesign.

Additionally, i love how much more modern it makes the back of the truck look with the '06 lights.




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