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Old 07-27-2004, 01:10   #1 (permalink)
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Changes in BA Ute rear bumper and tail lights

Did a search on this and couldn't find anything.

Just wondering what the story was behind the alterations made to the ute rear bumper, the relocation of the reverse lamp from the bumper to the main tail light units and the indicator lens colour being changed to orange.
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Old 07-27-2004, 01:45   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Changes in BA Ute rear bumper and tail lights

Basically the lights are the same as the F series lights, and they changed them in the US. I have heard that it had something to do with the introduction of the RTV, which coincides with the changeover as well.
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Re: Changes in BA Ute rear bumper and tail lights

Just that I really prefer the old design and I've been seeing the newer design getting around.
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Re: Changes in BA Ute rear bumper and tail lights

i actually like the new design better. I think now the whole cluster together looks neater.
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Re: Changes in BA Ute rear bumper and tail lights

Ford Oz saved a big chunk of cash by making the AU ute use the tail lights out of the the just superceded model F150.

So the original AU lights were from what was I guess the 1997 F150. This was then superceded by the 2001 F150, which had the blinker and reverse light in the one cluster, so now that the 2004 F150 has come out those lights have been switched to the Falcon.

I'm not sure if that made sense but basically out tail lights are one model cycle behind the F150.

But with a whole new design light in the 2004 model, that may change at the next facelift...
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Re: Changes in BA Ute rear bumper and tail lights

Thanks for the explanation mate, it's not the all in one look that I don't go for, I just have a bit of a thing against orange coloured indicator lenses!
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Re: Changes in BA Ute rear bumper and tail lights

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Thanks for the explanation mate, it's not the all in one look that I don't go for, I just have a bit of a thing against orange coloured indicator lenses!
Doesn't your own car have a orange coloured indicator lense?!
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Re: Changes in BA Ute rear bumper and tail lights

The old AU type had clear indicators, but I think the new type looks better without the red part around the indicators not to mention getting rid of the reversing light in the bumper. Without having driven one, I would imagine having a reverse light on each side would give better illumination too.
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Hey TJS-81...

Got any pix of your Envy ute..? I checked your user gallery but it's empty.

I'm interested to see what a green Ford XR looks like as I like the green in the SS variant..

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