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post #1 of 18 Old 10-14-2010, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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HELP!!! tire carrier, third light, and wiring.

First, Thanks for any help or advice given.

Ok... I plan on removing my spare tire, the carrier, the light, and wires (light) from the tailgate to put on a bumper/tire carrier combo to fit 35" tires. I am out of the country and I am going to have my buddy do it for me (just the removal of the parts).

My question, what do I do with the wires for the third light? I don't plan on putting a third light back on and the bumper combo is not being order until I find one I like. I don't want the wires just hanging around for a free ride if they do not need to be. I figured the exposed wires would get in the way or may accidently get pulled on if just hanging around.

The friend that is removing all the parts is mechanically inclined, but doesn't want to start until we make sure we have all the small stuff worked out. I can understand b/c he is working on my jeep and not his vehicle.

I checked several threads and did some searching, but couldn't really find anything on the removal of the wires. I'd rather not cut them if that is what you may say.

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post #2 of 18 Old 10-14-2010, 01:51 PM
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Coil them up and push them back through the grommet into the rear cabin?

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Coil them up and push them back through the grommet into the rear cabin?
This^^ and maybe a few wraps of elect. tape over the end of the plug to keep any moisture out.

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post #4 of 18 Old 10-14-2010, 02:36 PM
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in the tailgate, under what looks like a vent (on the inside) is a clip for the third brake light. Unhook it there, find a cap for the outside of the tailgate, and you should be good to go.
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What wires are left hanging around?

If you remove the stock carrier, don't you just first unhook the brake light connector inside of the tailgate, and when you remove the stock carrier, the brake light (and its external wires) come off with it?
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The only wires left will be the plug inside the tailgate. The loose wires aren't very long. You could tape them to the wires that connect your door locks. I unhooked the power lock plug and there is a rattle so the tape is a good idea.
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What wires are left hanging around?

If you remove the stock carrier, don't you just first unhook the brake light connector inside of the tailgate, and when you remove the stock carrier, the brake light (and its external wires) come off with it?
Thanks for posting that pic, good info.


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post #8 of 18 Old 10-14-2010, 09:05 PM
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I left the wires and just tucked them back in the hole they came out of and stuffed the grommet back in place. It does put some pressure on the wire as it is tucked between the grommet and the relatively sharp sheet metal. It will probably short out in the next 10 years and burn my Jeep to the ground. It's better than getting a little bit of rain water in my Jeep through that empty hole though.
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post #9 of 18 Old 10-15-2010, 04:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the comments/suggestions.

Thank you aristobrat for the picture. I copied it and sent it to my buddy via email so he has something to go off of when removing everything for me.
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That's cool that you have free labor for getting mods done while you're away!
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
What they said, BUT:

I don't know Louisiana inspection laws, but here, if it was made with a 3rd brake light, they won't pass it without one.
I spliced wiring onto the old leads, and have it coiled up inside the tailgate for the one day a year that I need it. NAPA sells lights that will work for ~$5.00, and I ran the wiring up through the center of the carrier itself. (Drilled one hole).
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
What they said, BUT:

I don't know Louisiana inspection laws, but here, if it was made with a 3rd brake light, they won't pass it without one.
I spliced wiring onto the old leads, and have it coiled up inside the tailgate for the one day a year that I need it. NAPA sells lights that will work for ~$5.00, and I ran the wiring up through the center of the carrier itself. (Drilled one hole).
Here's an old pic:
You can't get an inspection done without that third brake light but you don't need fenders?
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virginia is wierd when it comes to inspections (damn common wealth). they wouldnt pass mine because my offroad lights didnt have a cover on them. i just went outside and put a plastic bag between the light grill cover and the light itself. then they passed it. back on topic i just hooked up a third brake light and mounted it in the center of my spare tire. just look at it this way, its an added saftey for other drivers to see the extra brake light.


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That's what I plan to do. I'm gonna find a small round light at the auto parts store or tractor supply, and cut a hole into the wheel center that came with my wheels. I plan on connecting the wheel center permanently to the spare wheel carrierand use the original bulb and wiring from the factory 3rd brake light. It should fit nicely and legally.
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use the original bulb and wiring from the factory 3rd brake light.
From my own experience, the whole plastic POS lens cover broke into pieces with your idea in mind = no OEM light to work with


and VA doesn't require fenders, but a tree knocked it off the day of that photo
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