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Old 10-24-2010, 07:17 PM   #1
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How many of you have removed the 3rd brake light?

...the spare tire mounted brake light...I hate the thing, I say it's gotta' go....wife says leave it alone...what say you?

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Old 10-24-2010, 07:19 PM   #2
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I did since I had to but replaced it with one of these.

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Old 10-24-2010, 07:20 PM   #3
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I dont have one either...

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Old 10-24-2010, 07:21 PM   #4
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If momma ain't happy ain't nobody happy. Just "accidentally" knock it off on a tree. lol
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:24 PM   #5
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I personally think they're rather unsightly. I haven't taken mine off though, I hear some states require that any vehicle factory equipped with a 3rd brake light must have it.
When I get my swing-out bumper on, I plan on getting something like what Jp90Talon has.
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:41 PM   #6
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I'll worry about that when the '3rd brake light police' pull me over..., but I can't do the one like Talon, I like my new spare-tire cover too much! ...Think I like Gate53's option.

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Old 10-24-2010, 08:03 PM   #7
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I took mine off on day 2 when I put on the tire carrier. Don't worry about the law no one even notices that you don't have one.
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:25 PM   #8
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I took mine off on day 2 when I put on the tire carrier. Don't worry about the law no one even notices that you don't have one.
Unless ya find a LEO who likes finding the slightest reason to pull anyone over and then write ya up for every other little thing they find.
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:42 PM   #9
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Ditched mine when I put on the new swing-out.
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:49 PM   #10
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Ditched mine and the spare a while ago.... I like a nice clean rear end..
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:02 PM   #11
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Ditched mine and the spare a while ago.... I like a nice clean rear end..
Had a smart@ssed remark but, Nope not going there lol
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:08 PM   #12
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Git rid of the POS!
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:31 AM   #13
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Had a smart@ssed remark but, Nope not going there lol
Thank you! I realize I set myself up for many with that post....
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:40 AM   #14
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You would be harassed in Virginia over it... It seems like everytime I take the Caddy out I draw cop's attention, and it came from the factory with out one.
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:53 AM   #15
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I removed mine after putting the large spare on but decided I would like the extra safety since so many people drive with their head lodged elsewhere so I modified the bracket and put it back on.
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:57 AM   #16
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They are just about required in every state. Cops may not bother you about it until your rear ended then may be enough to make it a your fault accident

I think 3rd brake lights are required on anything made after 1986
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:03 AM   #17
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Ditched mine and the spare a while ago.... I like a nice clean rear end..
How do you get your top folded so perfectly?
Mine usually looks like a caveman ruffled it, but then again my passenger side arm for the mid track bar broke(weld from factory snapped, having friend reweld it).
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:04 AM   #18
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if you have a hard top and you take your 3rd brake light off how to you get your rear glass to stay shut. ive noticed everytime i take my top off that it just slides open on its own. do you have to buy anything special?
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:06 AM   #19
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You close the top before you close the tail gate....... iirc, the tailgate is supposed to hold the glass shut.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:17 AM   #20
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I have a home built tire carrier with 2 nice and bright red LEDs as my third brake light. I like it much better than the stock.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:49 AM   #21
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haha makes sense. jus thought id ask
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:08 AM   #22
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They are just about required in every state. Cops may not bother you about it until your rear ended then may be enough to make it a your fault accident
Nope, if you have at least one working brake light you are good to go. You are more likely to get a ticket for a nonworking third brake light than you are for not having one. But if you are rear ended, and the rear ender says your brake lights dont work they'll ask you to tap the brakes, if any light up, you are in the clear.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:01 AM   #23
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Took mine off a long time ago and have never heard anything about it from po-po. The grommet in the tailgate is where I run my CB co-ax through since my Firestick is mounted through one of the 3rd brake light bolt holes.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:06 AM   #24
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wont get away with here in masshole but then again we don't get away with much anyways.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:29 AM   #25
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Mines been gone for over 10 years ! No one has said anything to me.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:08 PM   #26
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Had mine off for most of the summer, but put it back on when I mounted my spare. Never got harassed, but I believe they are required in NY. I'm going to do flush mounted tail lights at some point, so when I do that, I intend to come up with some other solution than the stock third brake light.
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:41 PM   #27
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:26 AM   #28
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Took mine off first thing when i bought it.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:51 AM   #29
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mine's gone although i keep meaning to install one in the wheel
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:58 AM   #30
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I added a cheapo truck signal light, and tied it onto the spare with some zip ties. This is one part I would really rather not be without. When I'm slowing down or stopping, I want to make sure that people know it.


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