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How to Install Rugged Ridge Accessory Brake Light LED Ring on your 87-18 Jeep Wrangler YJ, TJ, JK & JL

Installation Time

30 minutes

Extreme Terrain
Shop Parts in this Guide

1. Remove spare tire.

CAUTION: Have another person help lift tire off tire mount.


2. Attach Accessory Brake Light to spare tire mount by sliding over wheel studs.

NOTICE: Proceed to Step 3 if installing on 2007 to 2017 Wrangler.

Skip to Step 9 if installing on earlier model.


3. Open tailgate. Using T-20 Torx bit, remove four screws attaching third brake light to factory tire mount.

4. Pull third brake light away from tire mount. Remove electrical connector by depressing tab. Set third brake light aside to be used again.


5. Cut Accessory Brake Light plug three inches from end and strip all four wires.

6. Using supplied butt connectors, splice JK Jumper Harness and Accessory Brake Light plug in one end and Accessory Brake Light in other end.


7. Connect Accessory Brake Light plug to factory third brake light harness and connect JK Jumper Harness to factory third brake light.


8. Reattach factory third brake light to tire mount.

NOTICE: Skip to Step 12 if installing on 2007 to 2017 Wrangler.


9. Disconnect battery by removing negative terminal first, then positive. Unsheathe factory third brake light wires. Cut and strip both ends.

WARNING: When removing battery cables do not touch positive and negative terminals together.


10. Cut Accessory Brake Light plug three inches from end and strip wires on Accessory Brake Light.

11. Using supplied butt connectors, splice factory third brake light and Accessory Brake Light in one end and factory wiring in other end. Reconnect battery.


12. Install spare tire and torque lug nuts to factory specification. Depress brake pedal and check for brake light functionality.

CAUTION: Have another person help lift tire on tire mount.

WARNING: Failure to tighten lug nuts to proper torque specification could result in serious injury or property damage.