|Item Weight||4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||18 x 7.5 x 5.5 inches|
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|Item model number||86615|
|Manufacturer Part Number||86615|
|OEM Part Number||86615|
|Mirror Lighting Type||automotive-exterior-brake-light-bulbs|
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Rampage LED Third Brake Light Kit (CHMSL) universal Tire Mount third brake light assembly with adjustable frame and bright LED light fixture. Light assembly has bright LEDs in polyurethane housing.
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About Rampage Products
Driven by passion, Rampage Products focuses on providing innovative, premium parts and accessories for automotive enthusiasts. Rampage Products prides itself on its quality products that improve functionality.
Rampage 86615 Universal LED 3rd Brake Light and Extender
Adds character with safety in mind
The Rampage 86615 Universal LED 3rd Brake Light and Extender is for more than just looks. This light is a practical solution for your safety needs. This fully functional light gives people following you an additional warning that you are about to stop. Adjustable 3rd brake light kit
- Universal for Jeep Wrangler
- Wiring harness with four-prong trailer plug
- Multiple bulb LED light
- Easy installation
Doesn’t Just Look Cool
The Rampage 86615 Universal LED 3rd Brake Light and Extender not only adds character to your Jeep, it also makes driving your Jeep safer. Many people focus on the 3rd brake light when following a car, which some older Jeeps do not have. This adjustable 3rd brake light helps ensure that people will see when you hit your brakes.
Adjustable for Your Convenience
Some people like their tires bigger while others prefer the traditional ones. No matter your tire preference, this Universal LED 3rd Brake Light and Extender will fit your Jeep. This 3rd brake light comes adjustable to both wheel depth and tire height.
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First the bracket,overall design expect to make changes to adapt to your needs as there are many different brackets to support spare tire,in my particular jeep,I drilled an extra 1/4 " hole and bolted it,otherwise the self adhesive supplied tape is just a gimmick not worthy to consider it.I am very critical of the engineer who placed that useless tape.
Once the bracket is fixed the light fixture draws your attention,and yes,is a very basic,cheap enclosed LED strip,that more likely will let water intrude into the casing,solution of course is to reseal it with silicone,not biggie.
there are couple of screws and nuts that need to be changed for a set of stainless one,again,inexpensive solution,again not sure who has designed an outdoor fixture with cheap metal fastenings that will corrode at the first rain.
Unfortunately there is a second set of screws and nuts that came from the casing inside,they cannot be replaced and will just have to bear with it,
There is also the issue of all these protruding screws threatening the back vinyl window,plan to cover all the this area with some foam layer.
Now on the electric wire,mine was supplied with a standard trailer 4 wires hookup,now once connected ,NO LIGHT,
Initially thought sending the unit back,but already spent time on the install so decided to diagnose the problem.
This is interesting,the standard wiring colors did not match the two wires going into light fixture.
Found the supplied harness ran about 6 inches long,then they are spliced to the two wires conducting the power to the LED,with different colors!!,and to top it up,they sliced the wrong wire and left the black live wire cut out!!!
Once I cut the two dead spliced wires and replaced it with the proper hot conductor I HAVE LIGHT.
Completed the electric part with proper insulation and now I am OK.
It is a shame this unit made it out of the factory and was sold .
Bought it as "used wharehouse product",with a discount,suspect this unit was sent back as faulty by a previous buyer,and suspect it was repacked and sold again,shame on Amazon.
Any ways,if you are retired with nothing else to do with your time,plus a basic set of electrical,mechanical skills this could be the unit for you,however
Why 2 stars?
well was able to make it work,so is not totally useless
While the metal composing this unit seems sturdy, I chose not to follow the recommended installation instructions. The unit consists effectively of two parts: the upper light bracket (with the light mounted on it) and the lower bracket, which mounts WITH TAPE to the front of the spare tire rack. I realize the tape is there to hold it in place when the tire is off, and the pressure of the tire mounted to the rack with the lug nuts tightened is the way the unit will be secured to the rack 99.9% of the time, but this will not hold up under off road conditions over time. And with my Jeep being in a dry and dusty desert environment, the tape will not last long. Also, you get only one chance to get the height adjustment correct with this method. Get it wrong the first time and you’ll be pulling the lower bracket off from the front of the tire rack and ruining your fastening tape in the process. For these reasons, I decided to use only the upper bracket mounted to the top of the tire rack.
As is, the upper bracket is not long enough to cover any two holes used by the original OEM light bracket, so options are to drill another hole in the spare tire rack which lines up with the bracket OR widen the bracket slot so the original bolts (with large diameter washers) can be used, along with a short strip of flat slotted steel to lock the bracket in place. The spare tire rack has nuts welded to it and the original bolts are much sturdier than what is sent with the light, so I went with the latter option.
On my 2005 TJ, the top surface of spare tire rack is not level, but rather slopes downward at a slight angle. The bracket and light will need be bent backward slightly at the 90 degree bend in order to be in a perfectly vertical position when mounted.
This unit also comes with a modular plug designed to fit into the towing light receptacle. Since I occasionally tow a trailer, this was not a workable option for me. The OEM light also did not have any modular plugs for an easy disconnect. In fact, the only way to remove the OEM light and bracket was to cut the wires. This worked for me since I removed the modular plug from the new light and soldered male/female connectors on to the wires to hook up the new light.
The metal in the bracket is fairly sturdy and painted black which makes it mostly weather proof. The LEDs are plenty bright - much brighter than the OEM brake light as well as the taillights - and visible from a distance.
Other reviews have noted that the light is not sealed very well and rain is able to render them ineffective until any water that's seeped into the unit dries. Since my Jeep is used in the Sonoran Desert, I don't expect water and humidity to be an issue. I've used LED lights on boat trailers, completely submerged them, and found them to be fine, so my experience differs from other reviewers.
With the mounting method I used, it raises the level of the center brake light by about two inches.
Overall, it will do the job, but if you've got a TJ, you'll likely need to make some simple modifications to make it work for you or suffer the fate of a poor mounting design.
So, what is wrong with it? Well let me compare it with the original incandescent light. The original lamp is covered by a hood that limits the amount of water reaching the lens, not on this lamp. On the original the lens is screwed to the hood creating a better seal, on this lamp the lens is just glued to the body creating a defective seal. On the original the cables come out through the bottom of the hood assembly using a tight grommet, on this Rampage 86615 Universal LED 3rd Brake Light the cables come out through the back using a grommet that is not as tight as the original lamp, so a lot of water or humidity leaks inside and the lamp stops working.
My recommendation, don't waste your money on this lamp. If you really need to replace your original lamp, just buy a brand new lamp or go to a junk yard and buy a used one.