Are there OEM tinted/non tinted ZJ taillights? -
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post #1 of 3 Old 11-13-2009, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Are there OEM tinted/non tinted ZJ taillights?

Here is deal, a few weeks ago, my girlfriend borrowed my 1998 Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited and backed it into another car.

Thankfully, the only damage was a broken taillight so she bought me a new one and I installed it, no biggie.

The problem is that a few days after I installed it, I was loading stuff in the back and something caught my attention....the OEM taillight was smoked, it had a light tint on it and the aftermarket one I had just installed had no tint on it at all so the colors were brighter.

So I thought maybe the 5.9 models had smoked taillights or something so I called 4 different auto parts places plus the dealer and they all told me the ZJ only has 1 part number for a left taillight. And no one has them in stock so they can't check if it's tinted unless I buy one and they order it.

Now I looked online and found this website which has 2 different models, both OEM and from the pictures, 1 looks tinted. Am I seeing things? What's the deal?? - Hard to Find Auto Parts and Truck Parts - Tail Light - For 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited 8 Cyl 5.9L

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to me, it doesnt look tinted, it looks like the lenses are different. the first two have a 'clear' lens while it looks like the second two have a lens that is more opaque.

there could have been a design change that isnt registering at the parts store..........

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It's not a dark tint, just a really light tint, like this:

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