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1 minute ago, DesertRat1991 said:

There are a handful of options that LOOK close, but all require some fabrication to make them work. 

 

Rusty's Offroad makes a steel housing that isn't cheap:

http://www.rustysoffroad.com/rustys-metal-tail-light-housings-pair-mj-commanche.html

 

yeah I'm fine with building some but trying to keep the body side of things as "factory" as possible. I would love to put the 97+ taillights in but I think they are too rounded for the square body. do you know which ones look decent off hand?

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3 hours ago, DesertRat1991 said:

There are a handful of options that LOOK close, but all require some fabrication to make them work. 

 

Rusty's Offroad makes a steel housing that isn't cheap:

http://www.rustysoffroad.com/rustys-metal-tail-light-housings-pair-mj-commanche.html

 

These are sweet, I didn't know Rustys made them. Doesn't look like there's a reverse light though :/ 

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Agree with Shelbyluv.  Keep your factory tails and either cut and solder the old plugs to the new wiring or do some dremel work on the 97+ XJ bulb plugs to fit the MJ housings.  Not only is it waaayy cheaper, it looks much better on the truck IMO. 

 

On mine I just dremeled the newer XJ plugs and they fit great. 

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2 hours ago, crumbscomanche said:

These are sweet, I didn't know Rustys made them. Doesn't look like there's a reverse light though :/ 

 

Rusty's overseas C.R.A.P. supplier made them. They look like what they are - a poorly designed housing encasing a universal light LED fixture that costs $200.  

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15 hours ago, sinkrun said:

If wanting to keep it factory looking why not just keep the factory lights restore them if you want them to look new its not hard.

I like the look of the 97+ tails and I feel it would finish the 97+ conversion through the rear as well as most of the conversion is in the front\center. didn't know if you guys have figured anything out for this issue or not. 

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15 hours ago, DesertRat1991 said:

Early 90's Dodge Dakota lights look very similar to ours but don't quite fit.

 

Apparently, you can also get Cherokee tails to fit with enough blood, sweat, and fiberglass work:

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nice manche by the way. I just picked up my first and its a 87 sportruck 2wd 4 cyl 4 speed as of right now

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