5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
Installing LED Taillights - 5.0 Tech Inspection
S197 Sequential Taillights
For the last five years, the neo-retro interior/exterior styling of the '05-'09 Mustang has been a landslide "hit" characteristic of the latest-generation Pony. Enthusiasts sing high praises of the S197 'Stang's front appearance, and its body lines and tail section, which all strongly resemble late-'60s fastback Mustangs.
The 'Stang's rear fascia is the area we're focusing on this month. Our project, installing Moss Muscle's Chasing LED Taillights (PN 059-795; $249.95), sort of brings the unique and cool taillight technology full circle for Mustangs, as the sequential tails actually date back to '68 Shelby GT350 and GT500 'Stangs.
While there are many bolt-on, aftermarket taillight systems made for Fox-body, SN-95, New Edge, and S197 Mustangs (some sequential and many non-sequential), we are really interested in evaluating Moss' new kit because of its simple composition (six Flamethrower LED modules, two sub-harnesses, and six wire-tap connectors) and equally simple plug-and-play installation process, which we think is perfect for the 'Stang owner just getting into personalizing his Pony, who is looking for a straightforward, DIY-style project.
Since we're throwing the term "sequential" around quite a bit here, let's take a moment to initiate the uninitiated on sequential taillights. Basically, the upgrade is designed to enable each bulb in the turn-signal system to activate in sequence-blink individually starting with the innermost bulb (closest to center of the car) and moving to the outermost bulb-for the left and right turn signals and when the hazard lights are activated..
Installing Moss Muscle's Chasing LED Taillight's definitely will change the way others view the back of your S197 Mustang; literally, and especially from an impression standpoint at night when the system's Flamethrower modules are at full brightness. The sequentials are not new technology by any means, but they really are cool technology for '05-'09 Ponies that help you keep up with the '10 Joneses and their factory sequentials. Plus Moss' system doesn't require removing or replacing any of the factory taillight wiring, and it just requires three hand tools to complete the installation.
Chris Balster of GTR High Performance demonstrates the quick-and-easy install in these photos and captions. The minutes saved on the taillight conversion afforded us the time to also install Cobalt's chrome, Double-Bar Strut Tower Brace (PN 059-390; $189.95), which further enhances the show appeal of Lalo Chavez's S197.