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How to install 2008 taillights on your 99-07 SD

I took a look and didnt really see any write ups explaining how to do it so im going to write one up.

First remove the old taillights by removing the two 8mm screws, Then pull on the taillight to free it from the clips. *note* sometimes they like to stick so when pulling be ready for a sudden release.

You are also going to need to buy 2 new light sockets because the new taillights will have smaller holes and the stock 99-07 are too big. you can get the parts at autozone Dorman Part #85814 I also recomend buying the 922 lightbulbs since they are much brighter

Next you have to take the sockets and cut down 3 of the tabs on the side. they will not fit unless you do so. you do not need to cut off alot, If you have trouble getting them to twist in bend the base of the socket up a little to give the tabs more room to fit into the taillight

Cut the old reverse light socket off and expose the wires on the new socket and on the wires coming from the truck

You can connect the wires however you feel by soldering using butt splices ect. polarity is not an issue. I chose to use solder and shrink wrap for durability

After that install the socket into the taillight and install! the new taillights will be a perfect fit and should not give you any issues going back in. Make sure the 4 tabs on the taillight line up with the holes in the truck.

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Good job, thanks for taking the time to do a write up.
This should be added to the 7.3 tech section for reference.

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Good right up, is there any light benefit to doing this or is it just looks?
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Good right up, is there any light benefit to doing this or is it just looks?
People usually do it because it looks a lot better. I have heard some say that the reverse lights work better on the newer tail lights as well.

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The reverse lights work better and there is a pre-drilled spot on the taillights that has a sticker over it where you can put a strobe bulb. I bought the sockets from Ford and didn't have to cut anything. The lights themselves don't sit in the bed quite the same but they look ten times better than any aftermarket or OE taillight from our year trucks.

I've been using them for a couple years now with strobes and no problems.

Just be carefull not to strip the plastic threads when installing them.

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