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Anywhere I can obtain these for cheaper?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by SkunkMan17, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. Jan 20, 2019 at 11:30 PM
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    SkunkMan17

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  2. Jan 21, 2019 at 12:41 AM
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    Look for someone parting out a truck on the toyota forums here and else where
     
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  3. Jan 21, 2019 at 1:40 AM
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    From you info looks like you have 1997 model. The tail lamp is different between 1995.5-2000 and 2000-2004. Make sure you look for the right year.

    Unfortunately that years don't get much nice aftermarket lamps. I needed clear lenses (because I had to move reverse bulb to top and blinker to the center) I had to settle up on these: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Red-Clear-...=item212655e527:g:b9UAAOSwX61ZEM9J:rk:60:pf:0
     
  4. Jan 21, 2019 at 4:17 AM
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    if you're just looking to tint them then why not just get a can of tint and do it? That'll cost a fraction of the price of new tails.
     
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  6. Jan 21, 2019 at 12:23 PM
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    Yeah, I already checked with a buddy of mine that had a slammed out 1998 with these taillights, surprisingly the 2000-2004 taillights fit on the older first gens just fine, and I like the bevel that the newer first gens have to them.
     
  7. Jan 21, 2019 at 12:25 PM
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    I already have my current taillights tinted ,but I am having issues with them leaking and cracking because I’m pretty sure they’ve never been replaced before. I tinted the ones I have now I did all myself, and I can say they look very well, but I would like a more even tint, because if I buy these eBay ones, they have equal tint on both lights, for mine, it’s hard to exactly get them as perfect as I would like them to be.
     
  8. Jan 21, 2019 at 1:49 PM
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    So what is different between 1995-2000 and 2001-2004? I like the clear 2001-2004 that is crystal clear unlike the 1995-2000 clear that is not so nice milky clear.

    https://www.amazon.com/2001-2004-Toyota-Tacoma-Clear-Light/dp/B019X66HCG
     
  9. Jan 21, 2019 at 2:03 PM
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    Sorry for my ignorance, what does it mean "bevel to them and pop out"? So the shape, mounting holes and connectors are the same? If they are direct fit to my 1995 I will grab a set next time I'm back in USA (shipping to Poland sucks big time).
     
  11. Jan 21, 2019 at 3:21 PM
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    So, the bevel means that they have a buldge to them. And pop out is the same, if you look at the headlights on 1995-2000’s, you’ll notice that they are flush with the back of the truck, and that they are flat. With the 2001-2004 taillights, you’ll notice that they have a headlight cover on them that has buldges on it, and that is not flush with the back of the truck.

    Here’s some pictures so you understand more
    1995-2000 taillights 5C299C68-58E6-4DC6-B99D-D05E3D04D07F.jpg

    2001-2004 taillights 4A8C2EDB-C463-4A03-83F8-A7C97AADE345.jpg

    See what I mean?
     
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    There is more of a difference than the shape. The wiring for the taillights changed in 01, removing a ground from the passenger taillight (or was it the driver?). This means that on 01-04 trucks, the ground on the passenger light is directly connected to the driver side light. This has been know to cause issues when the ground connections on the bulb sockets start to fail. I have 01 lights on my 99 and they are plug and play, but I did notice that the wiring is different. I also read that a lot of aftermarket light manufacturers never changed their wiring schemes when the 01 models came out.
     
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    I believe they’ll still work thou.
     
  14. Jan 21, 2019 at 5:36 PM
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    Yes, wiring is not an issue, from the picture I see the connector is the same so all it is a matter of swapping wires in the connector (I did that already for my lamp for swapping reverse with blinker on one side and replacing reverse with fog light on the other). Grounding change is in the truck's loom, not the lamp itself.

    Thank you guys. It is on my shopping list now.:)
     
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    $70 for the pair then....
     
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    Yeah but you have to understand rock auto charges an obsurd amount for shipping, if I was to buy those on rock auto I would be spending over 100$+
     
  19. Jan 22, 2019 at 12:46 PM
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    $76.28 shipped to Missoula. Looks like a pair of tail lights is going to cost you about $75 to $80 no matter where you get them

    RA.jpg
     
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    Way cheaper than OEM. While I prefer critical parts to be OEM, with tail lights it is not that critical. As long as it is decent quality and road legal.
     

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