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Third Brake Light - Low Profile?

Like the title suggests, I'm trying to find a replacement for the third brake light that doesn't stick out as far as the OEM assembly. The original protrudes an inch or more towards the back of the truck, as can be seen in this thread:

https://www.clubfrontier.org/forums/...ersion-145801/

I'm looking for something to replace it that doesn't stick out so much.


For context, I just bought a truck cap that came off a 1989 Ranger that fits just about perfectly, but if I could reclaim that inch of space take up by the third brake light, everything would work better (no leaks, tailgate would shut easily, etc).

Can anyone help? Has anyone seen such a thing before?

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Just relocate it. It's blocked by the cap anyway. Move it to the back of the cap. Seal the holes with silicone.
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Just relocate it. It's blocked by the cap anyway. Move it to the back of the cap.
The cap is old enough that it doesn't have a brake light at all (I'm looking into window-mount options that I can stick to the inside of the glass to avoid drilling holes into it), and I'd like to be able to remove the cap without having to move the brake light assembly every time just to stay street legal.
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The cap is old enough that it doesn't have a brake light at all (I'm looking into window-mount options that I can stick to the inside of the glass to avoid drilling holes into it), and I'd like to be able to remove the cap without having to move the brake light assembly every time just to stay street legal.
Probably easier to modify the cap with a big vucking hammer to provide clearance for the existing light.
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Probably easier to modify the cap with a big vucking hammer to provide clearance for the existing light.
Nah, I don't think that'll work out. For one thing, the cap is fiberglass, so using a hammer would likely just break it.

I think a low-profile light body is the ideal solution in my case.

Anyone ever see something like that?
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If the topper is fiberglass, its going to be fairly simple to cut out the spot, flip it backwards and glass it back in place. I'd do that before I messed with the truck itself.
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If the topper is fiberglass, its going to be fairly simple to cut out the spot, flip it backwards and glass it back in place. I'd do that before I messed with the truck itself.
... cut out the protruding part of the top and turn it into a recess?

I have to admit that never occurred to me. How does one even go about doing that and keeping the top watertight?
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... cut out the protruding part of the top and turn it into a recess?

I have to admit that never occurred to me. How does one even go about doing that and keeping the top watertight?
Yep.

Fiberglass is pretty easy to work with. If you took care when cutting out the piece, it would fit back in flipped around decently. With it's location on the topper, you don't need to get fancy with the finishing or paint.
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Yep.

Fiberglass is pretty easy to work with. If you took care when cutting out the piece, it would fit back in flipped around decently. With it's location on the topper, you don't need to get fancy with the finishing or paint.
The topper itself is dated 1990, so it's not in super awesome shape to begin with. I've never worked with fiberglass before, though, and am much more comfortable with the idea of simply unscrewing the old light housing and attaching a new one. Regardless, it's an option that I had never considered, and if I can't find an easy plug-and-play solution it'll be next up, I expect.

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Yep.

Fiberglass is pretty easy to work with. If you took care when cutting out the piece, it would fit back in flipped around decently. With it's location on the topper, you don't need to get fancy with the finishing or paint.
I just took a closer look at the cap, and the tail light doesn't hit where the protrusion is - it's on a flat just below it. Since there's no opportunity to invert the protrusion, what would be the best approach? Simply disconnect the tail light and store it in the glove box with an appropriate driver to reattach it?

Actually, that sounds like a pretty good idea. I'll just have to find a brake light I can put on the shell (preferably mounted to the inside of the window so I don't have to drill any holes in it).
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