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Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com, and today we're taking a closer look at and installing the sequential LED tail lights in the smoked finish, available for the '99 to '04 Mustang, excluding the '99 to '01 Cobra models. You should be checking this out if you're looking for a stealthy, more aggressive rear-end with a modernized tail light that still maintains that iconic tri-bar design. Now, as you know, the '99 to '04 generation of the SN95 here uses that tri-bar tail light using incandescent bulbs inside of a red or reflective interior lens, with a clear lens on the outside. So that is a lot more of a traditional tail light. And if you're looking for something darker, something that's a lot stealthier, this is, in my opinion, one of the stealthiest options in the category.Now, this is gonna use a complete LED upgrade. So every brake light, tail light, turn signal, and hazard light are all gonna use an LED red, bright, attractive light. Now, those are gonna push straight through that smoked lens. Now, just the tail lights themselves, no brake lights or turn signals. They may look pretty dim at first, but once you hit those brake lights and once you hit the turn signals, they will light up completely bright. You don't have to worry about the smoked finish hindering any of that light output. Now, the nice thing about this is, it's a sequential light, something that the factory lights didn't come with at this older generation. It's something you see a lot more with factory tail lights in some of the newer generation Mustangs and other vehicles alike.Now, the sequential is already built into the harness inside of these tail lights. You don't have to pick up a separate harness, like some of the other lights require you to do in the aftermarket. So being built-in, you'll get a sequencing light for the tail lights. When you hit the brake lights and the hazards, of course, it'll blink from the inside out. Now, these are actually gonna brink pretty rapidly. They're pretty quick, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3. Some modifications can be made in the aftermarket if you're looking to pick up a module that can actually slow that down, if you're looking for a slightly slower sequence. I personally like the quick flashing light. I think it looks really good. It looks very similar to some of the newer vehicles, like I said, and that's already built-in, you don't have to mess with it. It's something I like, but obviously, if you wanna slow it down, you can do so yourself.Now, this light here is gonna come in right around at 250 bucks for the pair, making them a super affordable aftermarket tail light. Some of them can be 300, 400 bucks for the set, and given that everything's built in, ready to go right out of the box, I think it's a perfect price to pay for such a huge difference. Now, the install for this, I'm giving it one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. No splicing involved, no cutting, no wiring. None of that nonsense. You're just gonna transfer over the factory harness from the back of the stock tail lights over to the new one and the LED harness plugs into one of those bulbs, and I'll walk you through that process in just a minute. Overall, it'll take you about 30 minutes to an hour from start to finish. I'll walk you through it. Let's get started.Tools used in the install include a 1/4-inch ratchet, 10-millimeter and 11-millimeter deep sockets, and a Phillips head screwdriver. First step here, pop your trunk, grab a panel removal tool. And we're gonna remove this plastic trim by the trunk clash. Now, you can get around this by just pulling back the liner on the left and right side, but you may end up cracking it. Now, to avoid that, you wanna remove this and then the liner in one piece. So we're gonna grab our panel tool, we're gonna pry up and remove these push pin clips. These are pretty much Christmas tree clips. And by pulling them back, you can see they come straight out. Get all four of them off.All right. From there, this panel comes off. Now what we wanna do is on the top left and top right of this entire trunk liner piece, we wanna remove those clips as well. So you can see we have one here and then the same on the other side. Pops right off. All right. It might be easier for you, if you ever in trouble, you can unthread it. Sometimes they're threaded in, and you can pull back. All right. From here, this piece comes off in one piece, and what I like to do is just push it forward. You don't have to do too much with it. Just push it a little bit forward. Now there are four nuts we wanna remove. One here, one here, and then if we pull this down, you can see one at the top and one on the far side. Grab an 11-millimeter socket and get these off. Really, once you break them loose, you can get them off by hand. You wanna set these aside to be re-installed later.All right. Once you have all four of these off, you're gonna come back to your tail light harness here. What you're gonna do is pull back and disconnect. There's a little tab there that you just need to pull back on, and you pull and disconnect it. It's pretty simple. At this point, we can pull our tail light. All right. From here what you'll do is pull straight back, and you can see this is still connected. What we wanna do is disconnect the harness completely. Now, as you can see, there's a rubber grommet going through the hole. From the inside, you can really just push and also pull back on that grommet and it'll disconnect just like that. All right. We can set our factory one aside.So we got our factory tail light off of the '99 GT behind me and it's on the table next to our new LED sequential tail light. And I wanna take you through some similarities and differences between the two kits here. And the first thing I wanna start off with is the technology. Now, the factory tail light has the traditional incandescent bulbs for the three tri-bar lights there, brake lights, and turn signals. And they're not gonna be as bright, they're not as attractive. It's definitely not as modern as the LED option here, which is, again, a complete LED replacement with the exception of the reverse light, which will reuse the factory incandescent one for that. Now, this guy is gonna not only be brighter and more attractive, but it's also gonna look a lot more aggressive inside of a black housing with a smoked lens.Now, that isn't gonna impede any of the light output because these LEDs are so bright and vibrant. Sometimes if you're using a smoke lens over a factory bulb like the incandescents, it can really diminish some of that light output. Not really the case with the LEDs here, just because they are so bright to begin with. That's gonna give you the stealthier look at the rear as well, given the black housing on the inside and the smoked lens on the outside. So it's really a darkest of the dark there. Now, when it comes to the sequential operation, it's something that the factory tail light doesn't offer whatsoever. That's gonna be built into the harness, already pre-wired into the tail light here, so when you turn on your turn signals, when you hit your hazard lights, and when you press your brake pedal, these will illuminate and sequence pretty quickly, as a matter of fact. It's gonna illuminate from the inside out in 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, just like that. And, of course, your factory light only blinked with two lights for those as well.Now, this isn't gonna require any wiring or anything like that. Like I said, it's all pre-wired. The only thing we do have to do is transfer over all of the factory harness from the back of the stock tail lights. We're gonna remove all of the bulbs, however, from the sockets before installing them onto the new tail light, just because there isn't gonna be any clearance in there with all the LED chips that are inside of the tail light and we don't need those bulbs anyway because it's LED. The only one we're gonna be leaving again is the reverse light, which will stay on the bottom of the tail light. We are gonna plug in at this plug-and-play harness on the back of the tail light to one of the two bulb sockets on the back that have a black socket connector, and I'll show you guys that in just a second. The only other thing I recommend doing here, that you're gonna need to do, is remove the resistor box. The resistor box is screwed in with two Phillips head screws. There isn't enough clearance to get the studs all the way through the housing on the vehicle, so we're gonna pop that guy off. And then you have 3M tape on the back. I recommend just sticking it to the inside or sticking it to the vehicle there, of course, just to make sure it's out of the way and making sure the tail light mounts properly.With that said, let's uninstall this box first and we're gonna swap over at the harness. Next, looking at the back of the new tail light, let's get that resistor box off. Just grab a Phillips head screwdriver. You're gonna remove the two screws, again, one at the top, one at the bottom. This is gonna help give you some clearance when installing it in the vehicle. All right. I'm just gonna keep uninstalling that screw. Same thing on the bottom. All right. I'm actually just gonna put those screws back in, just in case we ever wanna return to stock and you wanna put this back together like it was out of the box, you can have those little Phillips head screws still in there for later, and in case you ever wanna go put it back.I'm just gonna make sure that I put them all the way down so they don't impede on any clearance issues going into the vehicle. Now, of course, this guy, I'm gonna recommend just tucking up in there, but we're gonna wait till we're in the vehicle just to make sure it has some clearance. From there, let's transfer over the factory harness. From here, on the back of the factory tail light, you're gonna look at all three of these bulb connectors and then there's a reverse light on the bottom. You're gonna twist counter-clockwise until you hear that click, pull it straight back, do that for all three. Now, for these three, these are your tail lights and your turn signals. Pop those bulbs right out of the socket, just like that. I'm just gonna pull from the base. Don't pull from the bulb. You might end up cracking it and that can obviously cut yourself, but pull from the base just like that on all three. Boom.Now what we can do, is do the same thing for the reverse light. Counter-clockwise, pop it out. but we're gonna leave that bulb in because we're gonna need that transferring it over. All right. Now, these harnesses are pinned in, so you may need to pull them out, just like that. Now we can swap them over. Next, what you can do is pop the reverse light into the bottom socket. I'm gonna do that first because that one still has the bulb in it. Just rotate it around until it pops into place, just like that. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place. Next, we can bring up the tail lights, starting with the gray connector or the tan connector. I'm just gonna put that guy off to the side here.Lock that in place. Now, you can see, for these two, we have one harness coming out that actually has a connector. The top one there doesn't have anything. So I'm gonna put the top connector. I'm gonna put the top socket in first, lock that in place. For the last one here, you're gonna take the LED harness and you're gonna plug it into the bulb socket. Now, it doesn't actually matter which of these you actually go to, just because it's just pulling power to make sure it sequences properly. Right? So you're just gonna plug that into where the bold was, make sure it seats all the way, and then you can seat that socket into the housing. Lock it in place. That's gonna draw power. Make sure it sequences properly. Just make sure it's plugged in. While we're here on the table, we might as well take care of that resistor. Peel off the backing on the 3M strips. I'm gonna go right to the inside. And, again, you can put this anywhere as long as it doesn't impede on the light actually being installed. Stick it right onto the inside there. Now we can install our tail light.First step for the install here, we're gonna start by taking the new wiring harness, feeding it through the hole, and making sure the grommet seals nicely into that hole, and then we'll just mount all four studs back into the vehicle and tighten it down from the inside. All right. With that harness fed through, you wanna pull it from the inside to make sure that that grommet seals. You can even push it from the outside to make sure it clips all the way in there. Make sure the wiring harness is out of the way and not gonna impede on those studs pushing through. And then you can just put that guy back into position. Just like that. Take the factory nuts and tighten them down to all the studs. All right. I'm just gonna kind of go here. Then there's one here and then there's two on the inside. Peel back your liner, do the same thing for the inner ones.All right. Now we can reconnect to that connector. Make sure you hear that snap. Pull your carpet liner back in place here. Repeat on the other side, and you're good to go. That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the sequential tail lights in a smoked finish with the LEDs, available for the '99 to '04 Mustang, excluding '99 to '01 Cobras. Get yours right here at americanmuscle.com.
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Modern Style and Lighting. An excellent way to revamp your 1999-2004 Mustang's appearance while enhancing your safety is to use this pair of Sequential LED Tail Lights; Smoked. These tail lights feature high-intensity, ultra-bright sequential LEDs for an effective warning for the motorists behind your car. Furthermore, these lights will give your Mustang a more prominent and sleek visual appeal.
Sequential LEDs. Each tail light is designed with premium components that not only looks awesome, but also contributes to your safety when out cruising. When activated, the turn signals or hazard lights will sequence from the center light out and repeat until switched off. This is specifically useful to catch the attention of distracted drivers trailing your vehicle.
Tough and Reliable. These Sequential LED Tail Lights are built to withstand harsh outdoor elements while giving you superior quality visibility. Each assembly comes with a high-strength, smoked lens that matches your muscle car's dynamic lifestyle. Moreover, this pair of lights features high-quality LEDs that are enclosed in completely sealed housings to prevent potential damages when driving on sandy, rainy, or snowy roads.
Plug-and-Play Installation. Designed for easy installation, these Smoked Sequential LED Tail Lights directly bolt to the factory mounting locations of your Mustang. It requires light mechanical and electrical skills to complete the installation.
Meets DOT Requirements. This pair of tail lights not only boosts your Mustang's sporty stance and fierce exterior, but also meets the quality standards set forth by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), making them legal for street use.
Application. The Sequential LED Tail Lights; Smoked fit all 1999-2004 Ford Mustangs, excluding 1999-2001 Cobra models.
Fitment: 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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