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Swap 98-00 headlights into a 97?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by phidauex, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. Aug 14, 2009 at 8:29 AM
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    phidauex

    phidauex [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hi all,

    I've got a '97 with the sealed beam headlights. I know there are sealed-beam to H4 conversions out there, but for a more stock look, I was wondering what would be involved in changing the headlights out for a set from a 98-00 Tacoma, which I can surely find very cheap around here.

    The body is the same around there, with only minor differences, so I figure it should fit without too much craziness, though I'm not sure if there are different mounting points, things that would need trimming, different headlight plugs, etc.

    Any insight?

    Thanks,
    Sam
     
  2. Sep 3, 2009 at 1:58 PM
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    TightShirts

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    i'm getting ready to pick-up a 97 4x4 and was wonder the same thing, i found a tread on another forum where a guy was wanting to swap for the 01-04 grill and lights and someone told him to do 98-00 instead because it would be a straight swap since the mounting holes were the same, but there was no other talk of it. from the looks of things it appears to be possible- let me know if you find any info or try it!
     
  3. Sep 3, 2009 at 2:04 PM
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    higherlux

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    have to change the grill, filler pannles, ans raidator support to get it to work
     
  4. Sep 3, 2009 at 3:50 PM
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    TightShirts

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    by filler panels you mean the little piece that goes under the headlight?
     
  5. Sep 3, 2009 at 6:09 PM
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