LED third brake lamp....installed

scottsbro23

New Member
[quote name='PBratton']Looky what got dropped off at my door today!!!



If I weren't busy building an Ark, I'd be putting this baby on the Titan!!![/quote]



Thats going to look sweet!!



Where can I buy the Tickets for the Ark...and how much are window seats...2 adults 2 children 1 dog (the dam fish is on his own) and 1 Mountain Bike. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/009.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt018' />
 

jaho1979

New Member
Hey Pbratton, is that the clear one? I can't really tell from the pictures.



Thanks, can't wait to see it installed!!
 

mcginkleschmidt

Active Member
My 3rd LED tail light arrived today by US Postal Service and I installed it late this afternoon. Unlike V's installation, it took me about 20 minutes without any beer as opposed to his five minutes, with beer. As V said, first pluck out the plastic plugs inside the cab. I found a simple open ended nut driver, 5/16 inch, to be the perfect tool to loosen the nuts through the open holes where the plastic inserts were removed. The nut driver was just long enough to do the job.



The removal of the OEM light was more problematic that I first would have thought but V's suggestion of pulling the light assembly up as opposed to rearward was helpful. After the old light assembly was pulled out of position I disconnected the electrical plug union from the OEM light assembly.



The installation was simply the reverse of the process.



After plugging the electrical connector and placing the new light assembly into position, I went inside the cab to start the nuts on the threaded posts on the new light assembly. When I tried to start the nuts on the threaded posts it caused the light assembly to lift out of place on the outside. After trying this twice and having to go back outside to reposition the light, I resorted to using, you guessed it, duct tape. I tore off two 12 inch lengths of duct tape and ran tape across both ends of the new light assembly between the top of the cab and the sliding window to temporarily secure the light assembly.



The duct tape did it's job and it was easy to start the nuts on the threaded post of the new light assembly. I tightened the nuts inside the cab, replaced the plastic plugs, removed the duct tape from the light outside and I was done.



I waited until dark to go out to check the brightness of the light. The cargo bed light is much, much less illuminating that the older OEM cargo light. The white cargo LED's light is bright to the eye but it fails to project the light and the truck beds appears to be in a shadow. The cargo light is a disappointment but V had talked about already but the light is much dimmer and less useful than I would have believed.



Previously when I unlocked my truck with the key fob, I believe that both the white cargo light and brake light were illuminated at the same time. Someone might confirm this for me. Now only the white LED comes on when I unlock my truck with my key fob. I haven't checked the brake light as I need somebody to step on the brake so I can view the light intensity.



I would take some pictures but it is dark and raining outside and besides V has already posted pictures. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/dance.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt002' />
 

baseballfanz

New Member
Just got home and the light was waiting for me, took about 5 minutes start to finish. I like it alot, thanks V for the link. How hard would it be too take the 6 white LED out and swap it with some red LED and rewire it to work with the rest of the brake LED? Them cargo light don't do anything for me. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/003.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt003' />

As for the install, I just roll down the rear glass and use one hand to hold the light down and the other hand to tighten the nuts. No duct tape needed.



I wish they would make some all red LED without the cargo lights. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/003.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt003' />
 

mcginkleschmidt

Active Member
LOL, it never occurred to me that I could just open the rear sliding window and hold the light assembly with my hand to keep it from popping up while trying to start the nut.



So, it was a 5 minute job for you and V and a 20 min job for me. Like V, did you also have beer to help lubricate the process? <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/003.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt003' />
 

PBratton

New Member
[quote name='jaho1979']Hey Pbratton, is that the clear one? I can't really tell from the pictures.



Thanks, can't wait to see it installed!![/quote]



Yup. it's clear.
 

QWIKWHIP

New Member
[quote name='mcginkleschmidt']Previously when I unlocked my truck with the key fob, I believe that both the white cargo light and brake light were illuminated at the same time.  Someone might confirm this for me.   Now only the white LED comes on when I unlock my truck with my key fob.   I haven't checked the brake light as I need somebody to step on the brake so I can view the light intensity.[/quote]



That is the way it works on teh OEM as well. Just the cargo lights come on, not the brake light.



So after all the reviews here I may be holding off on this one. As I use my cargo lamp quite often. It works great when hooking up the camper and loading and unloading camping gear in the middle of the woods in the dark. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/002.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt003' />
 

Havock

New Member
[quote name='VShortt']It's very simple.  The back of the brake lamp is only attached with two nuts that can be accessed from inside the cab.  You simply remove the two plastic cover plates from inside and stick a socket (I can't remember what size) on an extension and remove the two nuts.  Once removed, go to the bed of the truck and grab the lamp.  it actually comes out by pulling more in an upward motion than an outward motion.  Once out, it is simply plug and play.  Unplug the harness from your brake lamp and plug in the new ones.  As far as the lights, they all work exactly as yours do now.  The cargo lamps only come on if you turn them on from inside the truck or when you disarm with the keyfob.  The brake lights only come on when the brake pedal is depressed.  Check all the pics above.  There's a picture with only the cargo lamps lit.  That should clear it up for you.[/quote]For the record, it is an 8mm socket.



Just installed mine. Biggest issues were removing the plastic caps and getting the socket on the bolt up inside the holes in the dark while working around a bigas$ carseat. Also my stock lamp was adhered to the top of the cab, so it took me a while to pry it up.
 
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