As many of you who have Gen II's with aftermarket rear bumpers know, you either have to go without reverse lights or incorporate one into the new bumper because the stock US setup uses reverse lights built into the OE bumper instead of in the tail lights. Thanks to Toasty's insight, I learned the European spec Pajero's have an integrated reverse light in the main tail light housing.
After a bit of searching on eBay I found a new replacement set of European spec light housings including bulbs for only US$65 + US$32 shipping from abs24shop. I purchased them on 5, July and received them via mail two weeks later on the 17th. Here are the first pics, hot off the presses...
One of the 2 light assy's.
Part of the package markings with their part number. I haven't looked anything up but I'm pretty sure this is just the aftermarket manufacturer's part number and not the OEM part number.
For those wondering it took no more than 20 minutes to r&r the lights.
Step 1: Open rear door.
Step 2: Remove lock clasp cover using a flathead screwdriver(see pic below)
Step 3: With the cover removed, unscrew the two screws that hold the light in place. (note... these are the only 2 screws for light housing)
Step 4: Simply pull the light back and off. Be careful when you pull it off. You'll need to disconnect the power cables before it will completely come off.
Here are the 2 lights, removed and placed side by side for comparison.
Front of housing
Rear of housing
One key thing I want you to notice on the rear of both housings are the 3 rubber drains in the OEM light housing. You want to be sure to transfer those over to the Euro spec light housings. There are 3 identical water outlets in the same locations on the new housing where the drains fit.
Gen 2.5 owners, notice there are screws visible which hold the outer housing in place. The gen 2 inner housing itself is supposedly the same as the gen 2.5. This means you can swap the outer housing and use this light on your gen 2.5 body. Thanks goes out to Toasty (Adam) who was able to figure this out.
Step 5: Install the new housings in place. You'll need to push them in enough so that the 2 tabs on the outer part of the housing (unseen when in place) lock the outer part of each light in. Then the two screws on the inner side of the light can be screwed in. If the screw holes don't line up with a just little persuasion, then it's possible the tabs aren't locked in.
That's about it.
Oh and for those with Gen 2.5's who didn't read my description in depth above, let me repeat it... the gen 2 & 2.5 outer plastic piece should the only thing different between a gen 2 & 2.5 rear tail light. You can simply unscrew & swap the wider outer plastic piece over and this will work for your rigs too.