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Old 10-31-2008, 03:12 PM   #1
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ok, so iv been riding without my spare tire (33) and i like it. less gas, smoother ride. but i have this ugly third brack light just begging to come off. looks like you can easily take it off with some wrenches. i dont know how to deal with the wires tho. i dont wont to cut them, how do i disconect them properly?

also i want to take of my liscence plate holder and put it in the the middle of the tailgate. how do you remove it, and whats some good ways to install it?

ill get some before and after pics if you guys can help me out

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Old 10-31-2008, 03:18 PM   #2
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Old 10-31-2008, 03:42 PM   #3
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on a tj? its been awhile but I think the rear license plastic mount just unbolts. pretty straight forward if I remember. Then bolt your plate to the tailgate using the threaded holes that were used for the tire carrier.

the third brake light - i think I remember the wires just unplug from inside the tub. but to get the wire harness thru the grommet I cut the wires in half and pulled it thru. You could always splice or crimp the wires back together if you decide to remount it. THeres probably a better way without having to cut the wires but I'm lazy. ha
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Old 10-31-2008, 04:16 PM   #4
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Old 10-31-2008, 04:54 PM   #5
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I think it depends on the year, but here is how it worked on my '04:

1) Inside the tailgate there is a bracket that it has a plastic cover over it that is held on with one screw. Remove it, and you'll see where the wires for the rear brake light plug into the contacts. If you unplug them, you can pull the wires through the tailgate. Note: there are two contacts inside the tub that become exposed when you remove the contact bracket from the inside of the tail gate. Cover them with tape or remove them too. A friend had a metal tool box sitting in the back of his Jeep that would bridge the contacts every now and then. He couldn't figure out why he was blowing fuses so often....

2) The brake light is attached to the rear tire carrier, there are four bolts that hold the assembly to the tailgate. You can remove it as a single unit.

3) Remove the rear license plate from the bracket and you will see the four bolts that hold the bracket to the tub. You can buy a flat version of this bracket at Napa or Kragen if you want to mount the plate on something other than the bare tailgate.

Another thing to think about is lighting the plate if you live in a state that requires it. Remember the wires you took off for the brake light? You could use the contacts to get power to a light by rewiring the contacts that attach to the tub to the tail lights instead of the brake circuit.

I did something a bit different with mine, but kinda the same idea:

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Thanks for the run down Unlimited. everything went pretty smooth. the wires werent working in my direction so i just cut them. ill post some before and after shots tommarow.
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Got me all excited for nothing, I thought this was a thread about the Williams sisters or something along those lines. LOL
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hrm. what do you guys think? better or worse?





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better. i took my spare off and just strap it in the tub when im wheeling. looks better, less junk hanging off, etc

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Here is my problem i have a 1995 wrangler. I removed the spare tire and carrier along with the third brake light. I want to put the brake light back on the tailgate without the long bracket. I have not seen any pictures or ideas of how to do it need an expert to help!!!
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Here is my problem i have a 1995 wrangler. I removed the spare tire and carrier along with the third brake light. I want to put the brake light back on the tailgate without the long bracket. I have not seen any pictures or ideas of how to do it need an expert to help!!!

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