If you plan on running larger tires, or just want better rear visibility, here is a cheap effective way to move the 3rd brake light down. Still completely usable, but it'll look better, won't interfere with larger tires, and increase rear visibility.
Materials & Supplies
- A dremel tool with cutoff bits
- Socket wrench and sockets
- Screwdriver with torx bits
- Drill and drill bits
- Vice or clamp
- Black spray paint for touchups
- Painters tape
Step 1: mark itWith the spare still on the carrier, put some painters tape at the level you want the light to sit. Should be visible between slots in wheel. Here is where I put mine (spare tire removed so you can more easily see it).
Step 2: remove your spare tire
Step 3: remove the brake light and mark itUnmount the brake light by removing the 4 torx screws on the back. Mark it off a few inches from the top so that it will sit at the right height:
Step 4: cut itUse dremel tool to cut it off at desired height. Here is mine, post cut.
Step 5: mark the baseUse painters tape to mark out the shape of the cuts. I have a right angle in mine, but you could do a nicer sloped cut to match the contour of the top piece.
Step 6: cut the baseMore action with the dremel tool
Step 7: remove light from housingRemove the actual light/red plastic portion so you just have the metal housing
Step 8: cut slots to fitYou'll need to cut some slots in that metal housing so it can slide over the base. Line them up, mark them off, and cut them. Here is how it should fit once the cuts are made
Step 9: drill holes for screwsUse the same size drill bit as existing holes and drill two new ones where the housing lines up now (the lower two holes in this pic)
Step 10: trim itCut off all that excess up top
Step 11: prep for paintPlace cardboard over the mount, pushing the metal thru. Tape off anything you need to.
Step 12: paint itGive it a few shots of black spray paint (I used the usual Rustoleum bed liner)
Step 13: mount itUse the original hardware and mount it back up
Step 14: put spare tire back onBe sure to check for any clearance issues as you mount it