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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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dually fender clearance lights

Bought the truck new 4 years ago, everythings fine except those red and yellow factory lights. Over the years Ive replaced 3 fixtures in the fenders, they just crack and fall out. At $25 dollars each for housing and metal clip, it gets old. Recently the last factory fixture fell out and one I had put in broke loose. I am thinking of getting those Recon LED sets for $100 . Im hoping because they are LED they may attach better, will I be better off? Thanks in advance!

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When is the last time you replaced one? The original version in 08-09 trucks had a plastic compound that would get soft from the heat of the bulb, distort and crack the arm that holds it in with the metal clip. The ones that are sold through parts now are made with updated plastic, and I have yet to have a problem with them. The way to tell the difference is the older version is made of opaque plastic, while the newer version is clear. Also, you shouldn't have to replace the metal bracket unless the reflector itself broke off...which has happened to me. The metal piece is usually just hanging on the wires behind the reflector. Also, the technique you use to put it in can cause it to break early. Put the short "nub" side into the metal clip, then leverage the reflector in by pushing on it gently sideways from behind the fender until you hear a click.

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The stock lights are fine unless you drive the truck, then the darn things pop out constantly. Most recent failure for me occured in the middle of Montana. Fortunately, I was smart enough to buy two extra of each color last trip to the dealership. ARGH! Like you said, it gets really old in a hurry.

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Thats interesting tfunk, The lights I have been getting from the dealer were always white (opaque), not clear housing... I have always been very careful installing the new ones with the metal clip so only the factory lights have shaken loose, until now. The metal clip is usually gone by the time I get to do the repair, just a naked bulb sticking out of a cracked off reflector swinging inside the fender. My solution maybe to go to the dealer Saturday, ask for fixtures with clear housings. If parts dept. doesn't have them, go to Recon and get 4 LED, If they have clear housings, get 2 and repair, hope the old 2 I installed last.....I cant help but wonder though if the LED's are more rugged, If they are, I would spend the extra money! Thanks for your replies!

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have the recons in my truck for 29000 miles now with no issues will sell the oem ones for 30.00 plus shipping if anyonewants them

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I second the Recon lights! U have to weather proof the connector but the lights rule! And they stick well.

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