Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > > >
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #1  
Old 11-08-2010, 11:06 PM
buggman buggman is offline
Do not touch the trim!
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 3,004
Default My Custom LED Modded 3rd Brake Lights (KY)

As seen in my original post HERE I've been working on some LED mods with 3rd Brake Lights.

Here's a LINK to my 3rdBL pages on photobucket in case these pics get moved or lost.

Here's a LINK to Clinton's thread where he just received #0001

Here's a few pics of my original design:









As you can see this was one with the cargo lights that where I disassembled the lens from the main body to mount the led panels inside.
My newly re-designed mod mounts the LED panels from the back side of the modded housing. Sorry, no pics yet.

Removing the lens was WAY too much work & comes with a HUGE risk of breaking the lens during the process. I've found that my new design allows me to install the same number of LEDs in each of the outer sections, while only losing about 4 LEDs in the red center section.

For the all red style, I'm planning a couple different versions.

1) All 3 sections have separate led panels. Each panel can operate independent of the others. If you want to connect the two outer sections to your turn signals.

2) One large led panel. This panel will cover the vast majority of the back of the 3rd BL. It will be one large brake light panel. If you just want the most amount of red light from your 3rd BL.

3) A slightly lower cost version of the single large panel idea using a different type of LED's. Still brighter than the old incandescent bulbs, but not as bright as the full blown LED mod versions.

PRICING:
For the Cargo Lights version: $1,000,000.00 (cue Dr. Evil mad laugh)

For the All red versions: $1,000,000.00 (cue Scott Evil maniacal laugh)

(pricing may be updated depending on demand & market conditions)
Forum rules state you must have a price.

Shipping costs will depend on location since the Post Office keeps cranking up the fees, I'll need your zip code (PM me) to get you a quote. I'm guessing somewhere in the $6 to $8 (estimate only) for Priority shipping in the USA, Canada will probably be a little more.

I plan on making these as simple to install as possible, yet I'll offer a few options as well.

1) T10 base bulb holders. These will simply plug into the factory bulb sockets. You may or may not be able to get the factory sockets back into the 3rd BL housing. Simple plug-in connection, although there's a slight chance the bulb holders may work their way loose over time.

2) Direct connection, easy. I'll include quick connectors so you can crimp the 3rd BL wires onto your factory wiring plug. Pretty simple, if you can use a pair of pliers, you're good.

3) Direct connection, permanent. I'll include butt connectors crimped onto the wiring of the 3rd BL, all you need to do is cut off the sockets from the factory harness, strip the wires & crimp on the connectors. Still pretty simple, but it's a permanent mod... unless you have an extra wiring harness.

If you don't know the wiring colors for the factory 3rd brake light wiring harness is....
For ALL RED 3rd bl's: Green = Positive, Black = Negative

For RED/WHITE cargo light 3rd bl's: Red center section: Green = Positive, Black = Negative, White outer sections: Black/Pink = Positive, Black = Negative.

My wiring will generally be: Red = Positive, Black = Negative. Sometimes Positive wires will be red, orange or some variation red, while Negative wires will be black, black/some stripe, green, etc. If I have to use an alternate color wire, I'll include a note or label the actual wires.

In an effort to reduce the number of leaky Rangers, I plan on running a bead of silicone around the back side over the original foam gasket. I CAN NOT guarantee 100% that yours won't leak, but I'll do my best.

My current mod includes voltage regulators to ensure the LED panels receive 12v +/-. If your truck is only able to produce 12v max, your LED modded 3rd brake light will not achieve maximum brightness... it will be close, but not quite 100%. If your truck is like mine & produces 14.4v +, your LED modded 3rd brake light will be running at maximum brightness.

I'll be updating this along the way.
Currently, I have one cargo light version that is nearly completed & I hope to get some pics later this week.

As I mentioned, the all red 3rd bl's will have a couple variations depending on what you want & how elaborate you want to get.

PayPal is good for me. I'm PayPal Verified with over a thousand transactions.
__________________
'96 XLT, 4.0L, 4x4 Auto, Super Cab, K&N Filter, Dual Exhaust, 200a Alt, Clear Corners, BUGGMAN LED's, Expo Power Seats & Console, LED modded '01 Tails

Need LED's? Send me a PM
LINKS... Click 'em - - -> BUGGMAN PICS - - -BUGGMAN'S YouTube Channel - - -BUGGMAN'S FaceBook

Last edited by buggman; 11-21-2010 at 11:00 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-09-2010, 02:34 AM
edgeman4.0 edgeman4.0 is offline
THE COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 3,962
Default Re: My Custom LED Modded 3rd Brake Lights (KY)

Do you have serious pricing, for those that are actually interested?

Otherwise it's too early for this 1,000,000 bs.
__________________
2001 Ford Ranger Supercab (4dr), Oxford White, 4.0 Sohc, 4x4, Manual trans (hurst equipped), 4:10's, 3" body lift.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Demon-FX4 View Post
The Edgeman sees his prey and strikes out from the darkness.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rango88 View Post
Dont f+ck with Ch+ck
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-09-2010, 07:43 AM
ranger024x4 ranger024x4 is offline
dumpster fire
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 5,330
Default Re: My Custom LED Modded 3rd Brake Lights (KY)

Quote:
Originally Posted by edgeman4.0 View Post
Do you have serious pricing, for those that are actually interested?

Otherwise it's too early for this 1,000,000 bs.
x2
__________________

2012 Buick Regal GS- 6mt
2017 Mustang gt premium.. auto, 3.55LS, Lightning blue
1995 Bronco Eddie Bauer.. 351 4x4.. project

Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-09-2010, 08:53 AM
brokenIN brokenIN is offline
Ford Truck Driver
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 77
Default Re: My Custom LED Modded 3rd Brake Lights (KY)

x3
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-09-2010, 09:10 AM
stephen stephen is offline
Ford Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 3,267
Default Re: My Custom LED Modded 3rd Brake Lights (KY)

x4
__________________
2008 Sport Black 3.0 V6 2WD.
Build Thread

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-09-2010, 09:17 AM
4evermodding 4evermodding is offline
Modding To Continue >>>>
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,114
Default Re: My Custom LED Modded 3rd Brake Lights (KY)

BUGGMAN when you are up and ready, I all in, I have over 7 pairs of the cargo lights and would love for them to have leds, mine are a combination of brake/cargo
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-09-2010, 09:39 AM
bilko1 bilko1 is offline
01 green XLT 4x4
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 80
Send a message via AIM to bilko1
Default Re: My Custom LED Modded 3rd Brake Lights (KY)

Sooooooooooo, How much in american $$$$$$s
__________________
2001 XLT 4x4, 4.0, Thunderer M/T X Treme 245/75 16
KN air filter, air silencer mod. Fog light mod. upgraded radio to SONY Explod with usb & Ipod capabilaty.
reworked cobra 29LTD classic, and GMRS capability.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-09-2010, 10:30 AM
buggman buggman is offline
Do not touch the trim!
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 3,004
Default Re: My Custom LED Modded 3rd Brake Lights (KY)

I knew a $1,000,000.00 price tag would get ya

Seriously, I'm looking at around $50.00 each + shipping for now.

I may get a little behind on the cargo light versions... my supplier couldn't fulfill my order of 5mm white leds, so I'm looking for a new supplier.
__________________
'96 XLT, 4.0L, 4x4 Auto, Super Cab, K&N Filter, Dual Exhaust, 200a Alt, Clear Corners, BUGGMAN LED's, Expo Power Seats & Console, LED modded '01 Tails

Need LED's? Send me a PM
LINKS... Click 'em - - -> BUGGMAN PICS - - -BUGGMAN'S YouTube Channel - - -BUGGMAN'S FaceBook
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-09-2010, 10:30 AM
Jp7 Jp7 is offline
DISABLE ADBLOCK: LOLZ
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,438
Default Re: My Custom LED Modded 3rd Brake Lights (KY)

Buggman - I need a nice mint all-red 3rd brake light that is in really nice condition (unmodified) so I can make my red-superflux light. (if you have one)
__________________
Looking for a professional retrofitter to add HIDs or LEDs to your Ranger? PM me if your looking to have work done, and have cash to spend.

Quote:
Originally Posted by FireRanger View Post
I'm dying to see this at night. Someone go tell the sun to give up already.
Quote:
Originally Posted by beef08 View Post
Your the man, you bring our dreams to a reality within the lighting spectrum
Quote:
Originally Posted by BCobe View Post
Jp7 you always do AMAZING work! Hats off to you sir
Quote:
Originally Posted by FireRanger View Post
People so often confuse "hating" with "knowing better".
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-09-2010, 10:49 AM
buggman buggman is offline
Do not touch the trim!
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 3,004
Default Re: My Custom LED Modded 3rd Brake Lights (KY)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jp7 View Post
Buggman - I need a nice mint all-red 3rd brake light that is in really nice condition (unmodified) so I can make my red-superflux light. (if you have one)
PM sent
__________________
'96 XLT, 4.0L, 4x4 Auto, Super Cab, K&N Filter, Dual Exhaust, 200a Alt, Clear Corners, BUGGMAN LED's, Expo Power Seats & Console, LED modded '01 Tails

Need LED's? Send me a PM
LINKS... Click 'em - - -> BUGGMAN PICS - - -BUGGMAN'S YouTube Channel - - -BUGGMAN'S FaceBook
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 11-09-2010, 08:47 PM
buggman buggman is offline
Do not touch the trim!
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 3,004
Default Re: My Custom LED Modded 3rd Brake Lights (KY)

UPDATE:

#0003 is just about finished, just need to add silicone around the insides.
It's spoken for, but #0004 & #0005 should get started by the weekend.

They're going to be the cargo lights version.

On to pics of #0003...














I noticed some markings on the top of the red section after the final buffing. They look like cracks, but there wasn't a mark on it after final wet sanding @ 1000 grit. Nobody will ever notice them unless you have a lowrider or if a big rig pulls up next to you.

After these pics, I've installed T10 bulb bases to the wiring for an easy plug-in install. They can easily be removed & hard wired into your factory wiring connector if wanted.
__________________
'96 XLT, 4.0L, 4x4 Auto, Super Cab, K&N Filter, Dual Exhaust, 200a Alt, Clear Corners, BUGGMAN LED's, Expo Power Seats & Console, LED modded '01 Tails

Need LED's? Send me a PM
LINKS... Click 'em - - -> BUGGMAN PICS - - -BUGGMAN'S YouTube Channel - - -BUGGMAN'S FaceBook

Last edited by buggman; 11-09-2010 at 10:44 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 11-13-2010, 08:43 PM
buggman buggman is offline
Do not touch the trim!
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 3,004
Default Re: My Custom LED Modded 3rd Brake Lights (KY)

Not the greatest night time shot, but here's one after it's installed.

__________________
'96 XLT, 4.0L, 4x4 Auto, Super Cab, K&N Filter, Dual Exhaust, 200a Alt, Clear Corners, BUGGMAN LED's, Expo Power Seats & Console, LED modded '01 Tails

Need LED's? Send me a PM
LINKS... Click 'em - - -> BUGGMAN PICS - - -BUGGMAN'S YouTube Channel - - -BUGGMAN'S FaceBook
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 11-13-2010, 09:46 PM
DangerRanger379 DangerRanger379 is offline
B. A. M. F.
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 483
Default Re: My Custom LED Modded 3rd Brake Lights (KY)

im intrested in seeing how well the white leds light the inside of the bed, can you post some pics?
__________________
2003 | XLT | Extended Cab | V6 | 4x4 | 4.0L SOHC | 3 Inch Body Lift | Cranked T-Bars | TJM Wench Bumper | Blacked Out Heads | Fog Light Mod | Surround Delete Mod | Blinker Mod | Custom Center Console | OHC | Pacer Bullet Rims | 33x12.5 All Terrains | 1 Inch Wheel Spacers
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 11-13-2010, 10:12 PM
buggman buggman is offline
Do not touch the trim!
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 3,004
Default Re: My Custom LED Modded 3rd Brake Lights (KY)

I'll have to differ to Clinton on how well it illuminates the bed... he's got #0001 with cargo lights.

Mine's all red.

One of these days... the outer red sections will be connected to my turn signals. I just have to clean out my garage to get the truck back in there this winter to run the wires & get it all connected.

Clinton also has a hand in #0005 (#0004 took a back seat) which is his old 3rd bl that he nightshaded & now has my led mod. There's some pics on my photobucket truck stuff/3rd brake lights page.
__________________
'96 XLT, 4.0L, 4x4 Auto, Super Cab, K&N Filter, Dual Exhaust, 200a Alt, Clear Corners, BUGGMAN LED's, Expo Power Seats & Console, LED modded '01 Tails

Need LED's? Send me a PM
LINKS... Click 'em - - -> BUGGMAN PICS - - -BUGGMAN'S YouTube Channel - - -BUGGMAN'S FaceBook
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 11-14-2010, 10:19 PM
Clinton Clinton is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 14,049
Default Re: My Custom LED Modded 3rd Brake Lights (KY)

Quote:
Originally Posted by DangerRanger379 View Post
im intrested in seeing how well the white leds light the inside of the bed, can you post some pics?
I will try to get you some pics, But I can tell you that my wife was in her car behind me and we stopped at a stop sign and I turned them on. She yelled at me cause I blinded her LOL!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New LED 3rd brake light C Jizzle Vehicle Snapshots 15 01-10-2011 05:22 PM
3rd brake light LED project buggman Exterior Tech 14 11-08-2010 11:06 PM
For Sale: Best LED 3rd brake light ever! (in IL) Jp7 Exterior Parts 16 05-10-2010 09:44 PM
[SOLD] 98-04 Black Anzo Tail Lights - LED Smoked 3rd Brake BiggChris Exterior Parts 10 03-02-2010 05:08 PM