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3rd brake light install (for 92-96)

If you have a soft top or remove your top on your 92-96 Bronco you know that you lose you your third brake light and back seat once you go topless

Keeping your passengers safe and legal in the back is an easy fix. All you need to do is pick up a bench seat from a pre-92 bronco and put it in. This removes the need for the over the shoulder harness.

To keep your truck legal you need to have the third brake light mounted above your bumper. Here is an easy fix that will only take a few minutes of your time.

Parts:
Brake, Signle light combo from Kragen ($7.00) Make sure it can fit into the "hub" hole on your tire. The 3 3/4" light from kragen fit with about 1/2" spare.

They come in regular and LED. I went with the regular since the LED cost 4x more.

Wire (i used 16 Guage) ($4.00, Black and Red)


6" of C-Channel ($2.00)
(sorry no photo ) see below

First you drill two holes in your tire carrier and put two wires through. One black and one red. Since i forgot to pick up the black wire i used two red.




Drill a small hole below the tire swing mount and put wire through (do this when your tire swing is fully open so you don't break the wires when you open the tail gate next time).

Then drill another small hole on the other side (behind your side panel to push the wire through. I found it easier to remove the rear light assembly to do this. Looks like this when done.



Find the plug under the driver side panel and "tap" into the red/green wire (make sure this is the correct wire by pressing the brake light with a tester attached.) Put wire under the carpet or the black trim at the base of the carpet to keep hidden. Than ground the black wire behind your back panel. I have an amp so i used my amp ground.




Attach the 6" piece of C-Channel to the tire carrier. Drill a hole big enough to fit two wires through and mount the light to the C-Channel. Than attach wires.








Make sure you use wire grommets or something to protect the wires from being cut by the metal. I used black caulk because i didn't want any water seeping in (i had and extra tube) It should look like this when done.




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Above the bumber and your covered. Vets third brake light is the same height as the brake lights, the new Catty is the same way.


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Originally Posted by broncoflorida View Post
looks great

About 3rd brake lights since it's slighty off center to the rear, how less effective is it than a OEM 3rd light?
I tried it out last night and since it is "in" the rim of the tire, the entire Rim lights up. Its brighter than the other three brake lights combined.

Im no expert... But i think that since its a bit above eye level (if your driving a car or small truck) it should be just as effective as the OEM light, if not more. It would be as if the car/truck in front of you is over a foot to the right.

I will get a picture tonight

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Heres a night picture at about 10-15 yards away. There was some back light so your don't get the full effect.


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Just out of curiosity...how well has this held up over the last two years? I'm mostly curious about the condition of the wiring at the hinge because its out in the weather all the time and gets moved a lot. Did you put anything over the wiring there? Like that corrogated plastic tubing or anything like that? Thanks.
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So far the only thing i have had to do is re-calk the hole going into the truck...
The wires held up great. But then again, i am in CA and our weather is fairly tame.

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Right on. Thanks. I think I've decided to go this route for a 3rd brake light. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find a light that would fit like yours did. They were all either too big or too deep or small side markers rather than brake lights. So I'm actually going to mount mine behind the tire mount and the emitted light will just be going through the hole there rather than having the housing and everything on the front side. I know this isn't as good but its the best I could find. Hopefully it'll turn out as functional as yours. Thanks again for the update.
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