2001-04 Ford Lightning Headlight Installation Instructions

Replace, or upgrade your Lightning's headlights with a fresh OEM set from Late Model Restoration!

Parts Needed:

  • 7mm socket
  • Ratchet wrench

Installation Instructions

Step 1:
Pull up on the 2 retaining clips holding your headlight in place

Step 2:
Once they're up, slide the headlight out of it's hole, and unplug the headlight bulb

Step 3:
Remove the retaining screw holding in the side marker with a 7mm socket, and ratchet

Step 4:
Pull the side marker forward out of the hole, and unplug the side marker bulb

Step 5:
Remove the bulb and light assembly from the old side marker, as you will need to reuse these for the new side markers

Step 6:
Install the bulb socket, and plug the connector back in

Step 7:
Install the new side marker housing into the hole, and reinstall the retaining screw, using a 7mm socket, and ratchet

Step 8:
Plug in your new headlight, and line the housing up with their associated tabs

Step 9:
Slide the new headlight into place, and reengage the headlight retainers

Step 10:
Repeat these steps for the opposite side

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F-150 SVT Lightning Headlight Install

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Published on 2013-08-16
Our SVT Lightning headlights are available in factory original (99-00 style and 01-04 style), Clear Diamond and Projector. Headlight installation on the 99-04 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning is extremely easy and only requires 8mm socket and ratchet (an extension is needed for non-deep style sockets). NOTE: This process is the same for all 1997-2004 Ford F-150s.

We chose to use the 2001-04 Ford SVT Lightning Headlight Kit(Part# FTP-13008BK). Kit includes both driver and passenger headlights and side markers and includes housings, OE style clear lenses, new bulbs, and adjusting studs.They are OE Style replacements with Clear Lenses, amber reflector sidemarkers that are DOT compliant. This kit is a popular upgrade for older 1999-00 style Lightning headlights! This headlight kit comes with a 1 YEAR NO HASSLE WARRANTY.

Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - 1999 (99), 2000 (00), 2001 (01), 2002 (02), 2003 (03) & 2004 (04)
Ford F-150 - 1997 (97), 1998 (98), 1999 (99), 2000 (00), 2001 (01), 2002 (02), 2003 (03) & 2004 (04)
JONATHAN MCDONALD: '99 TO 2004 Lightnings had two different styles of headlights-- the '99 and 2000 style, and then the '01 to '04 style, which is more of an ultra-clear design. Now it's a very common swap for '99 and 2000 guys to upgrade to the '01 to '04-style headlight set up, which is exactly what we're going to do on this white 2000 Lightning we've got behind us here. Now these new headlights, regardless of which direction you go, are covered by our no-hassle warranty. The headlights themselves include new bulbs and retainers, but you will have to transfer your existing bulb sockets and bulbs from your existing side markers to the new ones.

Now removing the headlights and side markers from your Lightning is extremely easy. All you want to do is grab hold of the two retaining clips that hold on the headlight, pull those up, then slide the headlight out of its whole and unplug the headlight bulb. Once you have the headlights set out of the way, grab you a 7-millimeter nut driver, or ratchet and socket, and remove the retaining screw for the side marker. With that out of the way, you can go ahead and pull the side marker forward, unplug the socket, and then remove the bulb-and-socket assembly from the old side marker.

Go ahead and grab your new light kit. On the side marker, you're going to want to go ahead and remove the protective backing, install your bulb socket, plug it back in, clip the side marker into place, and reinstall the retaining screw. With that done, grab your new headlight. Remember, it already comes with a new bulb, so you can just plug it in, line up the adjusters with their associated tabs, slide the headlight into place, and re-engage the two retaining clips there.

Now for just a little bit of time and not a whole lot of money, we greatly improved the appearance of this 2000 Lightning. You can do the same to yours. Now don't forget the fog lights. Check out our fog light replacement video so you can swap out your fog lights to match your new headlights. For more Lightning lighting options, check out latemodelrestoration.com.