Best quality tail light lenses

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Interested in purchasing tail lights and likely all lenses while I'm at it for a new k10 project. Have a 77 GMC K15.



What I'm wanting to know is who is selling the best or highest quality lenses right now.



I have catalogs from LMC, NPD, Classic Parts, Classic Industries and Brothers. Also aware of Year One. Open to all others.



If you don't have multiple experiences I'm open to hear what was worse than factory and why, and what was identical to factory.



Thanks ahead of time. I plan to make purchases on Monday.
 

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Picked up my replacements awhile ago from Rock Auto. Look very nice but they're in a brown generic box with no clue as to what brand or where they're made.

So many of the aftermarkets look pinkish or just plain cheap. These look like the originals. I'll see if there's any embossment on the lenses as to what brand they are.
 

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Interested in purchasing tail lights and likely all lenses while I'm at it for a new k10 project. Have a 77 GMC K15.



What I'm wanting to know is who is selling the best or highest quality lenses right now.



I have catalogs from LMC, NPD, Classic Parts, Classic Industries and Brothers. Also aware of Year One. Open to all others.



If you don't have multiple experiences I'm open to hear what was worse than factory and why, and what was identical to factory.



Thanks ahead of time. I plan to make purchases on Monday.
Are you looking to buy just lenses or the entire Taillight assembly?
AUTOANDART (auto and art) makes a good lens.. if you can find ‘em.
There’s many different grades of replacement taillights. Depending on what you’re looking for and your budget.
CJ Pony parts sells high end sequential LED assemblies.
Of course you can’t beat OEM parts. They’re still around
 

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Picked up my replacements awhile ago from Rock Auto. Look very nice but they're in a brown generic box with no clue as to what brand or where they're made.

So many of the aftermarkets look pinkish or just plain cheap. These look like the originals. I'll see if there's any embossment on the lenses as to what brand they are.
Thanks
 

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Are you looking to buy just lenses or the entire Taillight assembly?
AUTOANDART (auto and art) makes a good lens.. if you can find ‘em.
There’s many different grades of replacement taillights. Depending on what you’re looking for and your budget.
CJ Pony parts sells high end sequential LED assemblies.
Of course you can’t beat OEM parts. They’re still around
Looking for lenses, gaskets, and screws. I have the housings
With that said, I am shooting for an oem look. Nothing aftermarket on the style. Brothers and Year One I believe have GM housings plus tails, although one of them also states its a reproduction. Not sure If it's a wording error or what or if I misunderstood. I had no luck contacting either one of them, nor Classic Industries. They're in the $50-$70 range. I'm not opposed to this route if there are fitment or color differences though in the $10-$20 lenses. I want my purchase to be nice, not tacky.

So when you refer to OEMs are you referring to NOS, or currently produced parts or are you referring to parts truck take-offs?
 

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Looking for lenses, gaskets, and screws. I have the housings
With that said, I am shooting for an oem look. Nothing aftermarket on the style. Brothers and Year One I believe have GM housings plus tails, although one of them also states its a reproduction. Not sure If it's a wording error or what or if I misunderstood. I had no luck contacting either one of them, nor Classic Industries. They're in the $50-$70 range. I'm not opposed to this route if there are fitment or color differences though in the $10-$20 lenses. I want my purchase to be nice, not tacky.

So when you refer to OEMs are you referring to NOS, or currently produced parts or are you referring to parts truck take-offs?
OEM.. used authentic GM parts. Salvage yards and swap meets are your best resources.
I’ve stumbled on some NOS pieces at swap meets and eBay and still get sticker shock !
Like others have mentioned, some of the cheap (Chinese) aftermarket lenses have low quality color. I paid around $80 for a decent reproduction pair of full assemblies through Brothers.
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The lenses I got with my led kit from lmc are nice imo. They're the correct shade of red and had all the diffusion and what not on the inside like the factory. They've held up for a few years now too.
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Ended up ordering today. Went with new GM lenses from Year One, new housings and gaskets from Classic Industries, and new screws for housing and lenses from Classic Parts of America. Was going to get the housings from brothers as they're stamped USA made but they're out of stock til the 28th and I need these now. May order them anyways and flip the ones I ordered when I get them. I'll post pics for reference when they arrive. Thanks for the replies.
 

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