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Is it possible to install the later louvered taillights that came on the 82/83 280zx onto the earlier 79-81 models?

If so is that tough to do or do they literally bolt/plug right in?
 

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Based on what I've read (had a cracked rear tail light that needed replacing on my 1980) when I was looking for a tail light is any year ZX tail light can be installed on any year, but you will need the backing plates for those tail lights. So, if you have a 79-81, you can just swap any 79-81 tail light. If you want to go to 82-83 tail lights on the 79-81, you will need the backing plates as well.
 

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Based on what I've read (had a cracked rear tail light that needed replacing on my 1980) when I was looking for a tail light is any year ZX tail light can be installed on any year, but you will need the backing plates for those tail lights. So, if you have a 79-81, you can just swap any 79-81 tail light. If you want to go to 82-83 tail lights on the 79-81, you will need the backing plates as well.
A backing plate is what? Is that used to mount the lights to the body or something?
 
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