I decided to post this up as its just a little different than the others in this section. I wrote it for a Jeep club forum I am a part of, so I figured why not post it at Jeepforum. So, here it is...
After installing my swing-away rear tire carrier, I was without a third brake light. While I believe its legal in Illinois to only have two brake lights, I still don't like it when people don't have the center high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL). So, why should I not have one? Well I shouldn't not have one! Please excuse the double negative. Anyway, from some other people's ideas, I made my own using my spare tire center hub cap, a 13 LED 2.5" truck stop/turn lamp, a gasket for the LED, some silicone glue, about 4 inches of wire, and some various wire connectors.
As you can see, I cut the top off of my hub cap and then I slipped the LED into the gasket and then placed it into the hub cap.
I glued around the inside edge of the gasket.
I then realized that my theory of running the wire through the hub cap would not work since I would not be able to slide the cap through the center hole on the wheel. Rather than cutting a large hole, I just made some "remote" connectors by adding in some wire. I drilled two holes in the bottom of the hub cap and glued everything together.
On the Jeep I just cut off the factory connectors and installed the bullet type male connectors. I then used some heat shrink tubing and plugged it in.
To remove the tire, I just disconnect the wires and the center hub will slide right out of the spare tire.
do you run into issues when swinging out the tire? Is there extra wire, or do you dico the brake light each time?
Not really, but I do have to open up the door to give it some slack before I can fully swing out the tire carrier. You can see in this pic how far I can open the carrier until I need to open up the tailgate. BTW, its just the factory wire length, I just cut off the factory connectors and crimped on my own.
And when its closed up, the wire just kinda finds its own home.