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Old 10-11-2010, 04:24 PM
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Default Third Brake Light Rubber Seal!

So a few of us have suffered with the third brake light leak. Most have used silicone to seal around the light including myself. Well I decided today to make a rubber gasket seal for it. And here is how I did it.

First I made a template. Cereal boxes are great for making templates.


Cut out template and test fit.



I used an old innertube for the seal. Marked out the template on the innertube and cut it out and test fit.



I did glue the seal to the housing to keep it from moving around and installed.
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Old 10-11-2010, 04:26 PM
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Nice write up.
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Old 10-11-2010, 04:30 PM
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Default Re: Third Brake Light Rubber Seal!

Nice bit of "Redneck Engineering" there.

I was one of the lazy ones who just used some clear silicone instead of the gasket though.
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:03 PM
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Default Re: Third Brake Light Rubber Seal!

You guys ever have your high mount brake light harness melt? I went to replace the bulb the other day and it was burned up.
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Great how to!!
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x2. Now if I only knew how to keep the water from going in the brake light and causing condensation, then I'll be good lol
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Default Re: Third Brake Light Rubber Seal!

nice write up, im doing it. this would be great with some of that stuff people make their hurst shifter gaskets out of

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nicely done Paul!
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:57 AM
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Thanks guys for the comments.
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just did this the other day but I used some household air conditioner weatherstripping. It works great !
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:05 PM
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You guys ever have your high mount brake light harness melt? I went to replace the bulb the other day and it was burned up.
Mine's disconnected because of the bed cap, so no issues here.

I will need to look at the seal when I go to wire the cap light into the dome light wiring though. I plan to have a disconnect right there at the light for times when the cap has to come off.
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You guys ever have your high mount brake light harness melt? I went to replace the bulb the other day and it was burned up.
never, i have had a ranger since 2003, and never had an issue with my 2001, and no issue yet with the 2006
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You guys ever have your high mount brake light harness melt? I went to replace the bulb the other day and it was burned up.
I've had it happen before, not the harness though, it was the sockets that melted.
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You guys ever have your high mount brake light harness melt? I went to replace the bulb the other day and it was burned up.
ive had the bottom part of my mount melt on the inside but not noticeable until u take the bl apart lol


great write up! i have some old bike tubes, not as wide as the one you used tho. may have to try it. i think i would do two layers to be safe?

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and a harness i got recently was almost melted but works great still lol
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Default Re: Third Brake Light Rubber Seal!

I finally got tired of cleaning up water messes after a heavy rainfall and followed your (OP) lead and made a gasket, I used a piece of rubber roofing material and cut it so the rubber goes beyond the outside edge of 3rd BL. I did notice that when it was all put back together the top center edge was not clamping up tight, not too loose but enough that if I pressed on the top center edge of the light I could see a little bit of movement. I'm hoping this will take care of the problem once and for all, if not, out comes the silicone chalk.
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