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So I unfortunately have crack in my driver side tail light. I cannot find many checkered tail lights, only plain red and honeycomb. I was looking at the honeycomb style tail lights from the 98-02 year Firebirds. They look extremely similar in size, and the screws are in the same placement on the back. I'm just not sure if the harness will fit into the holes. I was looking to find out if I could just go ahead and put a 98-02 set of tail lights in. Thanks!
 

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People switch to the newer honey comb tail lights all the time with no problem.

If you want the original, try this salvage yard search engine. You can search your state, region, or whole country. The yards on engine ship all the time.http://www.car-part.com
 

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Awesome! Thank you for your help, I couldn't find much about this online.
 

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Be warned. *MANY* 98-02 honeycomb lights are DEFECTIVE! The refelctive material inside flakes off rendering the lights into a huge saftey hazard. STUDY THE NEW LIGHTS WELL! if there is so much as a hint of a dark patch in them, move on. If they look blotchy, move on. The lights should appear as one uniform shade of red. Any flaking in the material will display as a dark spot in the light. The worse it is, the darker it gets. Fully ruined lights look like they were smoke tinted. *BAD*. I have been through 4 sets of 98-02 lights from Craigslist and salvage yards. Every set has been defective. When the reflective material is gone, they do not show up in the daytime at all.

I'm spending the $800 on new-old-stock 93-97 T/A tail-lights. It's worth it to me at this point. I like the honeycombs much more, but, I am so put off of them. I'd hate to spend several hundred dollars just to end up replcing them again.

Look here: http://www.ebay.com/bhp/98-trans-am-tail-light

Defective: http://www.ebay.com/itm/98-99-00-01-Pontiac-Trans-Am-Firebird-Honeycomb-Tail-Light-Lamp-GM-10282940-LH-/361419977593

Defective: http://www.ebay.com/itm/98-02-Firebird-Trans-Am-Tail-Light-Lamp-LH-Driver-Side-NEW-GM-OEM-NOS-/381452054919?fits=Year%3A1998|Submodel%3ATrans+Am

Defective http://www.ebay.com/itm/98-02-Firebird-Trans-Am-Tail-Light-OEM-RH-PASSENGER-/181890183469

Defective: http://www.ebay.com/itm/98-02-Firebird-Fomula-Trans-Am-Tail-Lamp-Light-LH-1005-3-/161864626543

Defective: http://www.ebay.com/itm/98-02-Trans-Am-Passenger-Tail-Light-/301781406547

GOOD! http://www.ebay.com/itm/MINT-Original-OEM-93-02-Firebird-Trans-Am-Honeycomb-Tail-Light-Lamp-Lens-LEFT-LH-/401003629488?fits=Year%3A1998|Submodel%3ATrans+Am

Hope that gives you an idea of what to look for. Don't get suckered into buying the lights that the original owner was going to THROW AWAY but decided to sell instead.
 

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Be warned. *MANY* 98-02 honeycomb lights are DEFECTIVE! The refelctive material inside flakes off rendering the lights into a huge saftey hazard. STUDY THE NEW LIGHTS WELL! if there is so much as a hint of a dark patch in them, move on. If they look blotchy, move on. The lights should appear as one uniform shade of red. Any flaking in the material will display as a dark spot in the light. The worse it is, the darker it gets. Fully ruined lights look like they were smoke tinted. *BAD*. I have been through 4 sets of 98-02 lights from Craigslist and salvage yards. Every set has been defective. When the reflective material is gone, they do not show up in the daytime at all.

I'm spending the $800 on new-old-stock 93-97 T/A tail-lights. It's worth it to me at this point. I like the honeycombs much more, but, I am so put off of them. I'd hate to spend several hundred dollars just to end up replcing them again.

Look here: http://www.ebay.com/bhp/98-trans-am-tail-light

Defective: http://www.ebay.com/itm/98-99-00-01-Pontiac-Trans-Am-Firebird-Honeycomb-Tail-Light-Lamp-GM-10282940-LH-/361419977593

Defective: http://www.ebay.com/itm/98-02-Firebird-Trans-Am-Tail-Light-Lamp-LH-Driver-Side-NEW-GM-OEM-NOS-/381452054919?fits=Year%3A1998|Submodel%3ATrans+Am

Defective http://www.ebay.com/itm/98-02-Firebird-Trans-Am-Tail-Light-OEM-RH-PASSENGER-/181890183469

Defective: http://www.ebay.com/itm/98-02-Firebird-Fomula-Trans-Am-Tail-Lamp-Light-LH-1005-3-/161864626543

Defective: http://www.ebay.com/itm/98-02-Trans-Am-Passenger-Tail-Light-/301781406547

GOOD! http://www.ebay.com/itm/MINT-Original-OEM-93-02-Firebird-Trans-Am-Honeycomb-Tail-Light-Lamp-Lens-LEFT-LH-/401003629488?fits=Year%3A1998|Submodel%3ATrans+Am

Hope that gives you an idea of what to look for. Don't get suckered into buying the lights that the original owner was going to THROW AWAY but decided to sell instead.
Fair enough. I will make sure to get plenty of pictures. When you say the reflective material comes off, do you mean they go dim?

Edit: my bad, I did not see those links. I understand.
 

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Saw the ls1lt1.com topic. I liked the idea of using an oven better than the heat gun; more even, less localized.
 

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I went ahead and purchased a set off eBay that looked good for $299. No cracks, no scuffs. I got about 7 pictures sent to me before I bought them to make sure they were good. I think they look great! No black spots, even though it looks like it. All the reflector is still there.

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