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Old 09-04-2011, 11:20 AM
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Default How to: Install 3rd brake light cargo lights (when its not plug and play)

credit to buggman for getting me started

how to go from a full red brake light to:


this is only for people who have this connector (green wire/black wire)

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1. disconnect your battery, unscrew your brake light, disconnect the plugs, unscrew your dome light

2. fish your 4 foot wire with your hanger to the domelight, be careful not to penetrate your headliner!
3. connect the 4 foot wire that you will connect to the dome light to the red/black wire (this is your positive)
4. connect your 3 inch black wire on the brake light harness to the black wire on the truck
im a little bit sloppy...


5. connect the ring terminal to the pos wire and then put it on the screw that will be your power. (the screw u want is the one that goes into the black/blue wire towards the back)


6. optional: tape up all your connections for better moisture protection

put everything back together and you should have......

dont be fooled by the domelight in the truck, the cargo lights are plenty bright enough with the normal 912 halogen lights



wired up the way i have it, the cargo lights will turn on whenever your dome light turns on: ie: unlocking truck, opening door, and turning the dimmer all the way up

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ps. if you want a full brake light with the cargo harness, all you have to do is connect the pos (red/black) wire to the green wire and then ground it (black to black)
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:23 AM
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nice job!
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:26 AM
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thanks man! stoked to see just how bright it is tonight! i think i see led bulbs in the future haha
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Old 09-04-2011, 12:51 PM
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:09 PM
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Default Re: How to: Install 3rd brake light cargo lights (when its not plug and play)

my dome light only has one of those connectors not two. can i still run it off that
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:10 PM
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yep, as long as the dome light works , then that connection, u can use

the 2nd one is for map lights ( not all trucks have them) i have a mustang dome light with maps and i happened to have the plug n play despite being a 04.
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Default Re: How to: Install 3rd brake light cargo lights (when its not plug and play)

i want to do this to my truck so bad haha
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:34 PM
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Looks good and nice write up

You will want to put in LED as they are not that bright at night.
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:46 PM
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yeah i think i probably will! ill find out tonight haha
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:49 PM
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Nice write up man!
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:57 PM
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very cool write up eric!
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:58 PM
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thanks man, and for once i have no problems haha
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:56 AM
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Default Re: How to: Install 3rd brake light cargo lights (when its not plug and play)

Can it be done if you have 3 wires on the truck connector? (black/red, green, black)
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:48 PM
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Anyone ever thought of rigging the cargo lights to your reverse?

So that every time you put it in reverse they come on?
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:35 PM
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Anyone?
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