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Ryan: This JKS Spare Tire License Plate Mount Kit with light is for those of you that have a 1987 all the way up through the most current model year Wrangler that are looking for a way to remove your license plate from the factory location and put it in the center of your spare tire. Now, you might wanna do that just because you like the look, maybe you broke your factory license plate mount because they hang off the side of the Jeep a little bit and you're not interested in spending the money to replace it, or maybe you have a tire carrier, whether it will be bumper-mounted or tub-mounted that doesn't allow for you to run that factory license plate in the factory spot, maybe it has some interference there. Whatever the reason may be, this is going to be a very well put together kit that will allow you to put that license plate in the center of the spare tire. But maybe, more importantly, it includes a light and a spot to mount the light so you're going to be able to stay legal as well. You do have to have a light on your license plate so this is going to provide you with just that.And if you have the JK and you're moving that factory mount off of the rear fender, you have a block off plate that you can put in that spot that's gonna give you a really clean installation as well. So you get a lot with this kit. This is going to be a fairly easy install but I'm gonna have to give it a two out of three wrenches because of the wiring involved in getting the light set up, but that's something that we're gonna walk you through in just a second. So again, I think that this is a pretty quality kit. It's a pretty well-built kit. It gives you a good bit of adjustability. So depending on your lug pattern, your wheel and tire size, and backspacing and all of that, you're gonna have plenty of adjustability to get everything installed. It does come with that block off plate and the light and you're going to get it all at what I think is a pretty good price for the quality.This whole kit is going to be made out of 10 gauge steel. It's all CNC formed, bent, laser cut, covered in a black powder coat finish. All, as I said, very high-quality stuff. The way that it fits together, the fit and finish of it is very, very nice. As you can see on this piece here, this does work on 5 on 5 and 5 on 4.5 lug patterns. So whether you have a YJ, TJ, or JK, this is going to work for you. And you are gonna get a couple of different pieces in the kit, starting with this one that I'm holding in my hand here. So you'll remove your spare tire. This goes between your spare tire mount and your spare tire, leaving this piece sticking out through the center of the wheel. This piece here actually gets attached on to that part that sticks out through the center of the wheel here and then gives you your two holes for mounting your plate and your spot to have your light. And as you can see, this is slotted and this has multiple holes for mounting as well. So again, regardless of your mount, of your tire and wheel width, your backspacing, whatever it is, you're still gonna be able to make this kit work for you.And then over here, you actually have the light. It gets mounted right here. And this is an LED light, this has two surface-mounted LEDs in the inside of it so you're gonna get a nice bright light out of that. Everything here is metal. Of course, the housing for the light and lens for the light, they're gonna be plastic. And you do have a two-wire pigtail on the light. This does come with a couple of connectors, but you are gonna have to do a little bit of work to get this actually wired up and working on your Jeep. And finally, the last piece, if you do have a JK, is that block off the plate when you remove the factory mount off of your Jeep, this is gonna go in that place, give you a nice clean install. This kit runs you $50 and I think that is a very, very fair price for what you're going to get there. The block off plate, the adjustable mount, the light, the fact that this is very high quality, very well-built. This isn't something that's just stamped out and thrown together, doesn't fit quite right, you have to massage it. This thing's gonna fit perfectly. The quality of the powder coat on it is very, very nice. I like everything about this kit, especially the price. Now, I'll have the member of our install team show you how you get this installed on your Jeep.Tony: For this install, the tools we used goes as follows, an electric screwdriver or a regular screwdriver, a 19-millimeter socket, a 7-millimeter socket, a Phillips head screwdriver bit for your electric screwdriver, an 11-millimeter wrench, a set of wiring tools included cutters, crimpers, and strippers, an impact gun or a ratchet. To begin, we're gonna go ahead and remove our license plate and factory license plate holder and we're gonna go ahead and cover it up with the supplied plug that covers up the original hole. Now that we got our license plate off, we're gonna go ahead and remove our factory license plate holder using a 7-millimeter socket. We're gonna go ahead and take our harness and just go ahead push it inside the body and tuck it away. Now that our factory license plate frame is removed, we can go ahead and put in our filler panel that is supplied with your kit with the two button head screws that come with it. Now to do this, you're just gonna go ahead, line it up over the factory holes, get your screws started, then snug them down. Now that this part of our installation is complete, you can come in here with a little bit of cleaner wax and clean up this area. You might have some light scratches from your factory license plate.Now, let's move on to our next step. Next, we're gonna go ahead and get our spare tire out of the way and once we do that, we're gonna go ahead and remove the center cap from our spare tire because that's where your new license plate frame holder is gonna poke through. Now that we got our spare tire off, we're just gonna reach behind, pop our center cap out. Now, we're gonna take our license plate bracket and just slide it over to studs on our tire carrier like so. Next we're gonna lift our spare tire back on it and secure it down with our lug nuts. We're gonna install our license plate mounting bracket on the bracket we previously inserted on our spare tire holder. Now to do this, we're gonna use the supplied hardware that comes with it. These are carriage bolts. As you can see in our supplied bracket here, they have square holes so you can just go ahead and slide these in, slide your bracket over top of them, and secure them using the supplied nuts. Using an 11-millimeter wrench or socket, go ahead and snug them down so you don't lose your license plate.Next, we're gonna mount up our tag light to our frame and then we're gonna get our license plate mounted back up and I'm gonna show you how to wire this up. Using the two supplied Phillips machine screws, we're gonna slide the two wires through the hole, sliding these two screws, and secure them with the supplied hardware. Using a Phillips screwdriver and a 3/8 wrench, go ahead and snug them down. Don't overtighten them. You do not wanna crack your new light housing. Next, we're gonna go ahead and get this wired up. I'm gonna skip putting the license plate on, for now. That's a very simple task to do. We're gonna move right into the wiring. It's a little bit more important. The reason I chose to keep our third brake light when putting this on is because in a lot of states, it is required by law to have your third brake light because your vehicle was manufactured with it.Okay, now to do the wiring on this, you're gonna need about 6 feet of 18 gauge wire and we're gonna do this with two different colors, this way we remember which is positive and which is negative. Now I'm using red and black. Your black is gonna go to your black on your light, that's gonna be your ground or your negative cable. And I'm also using red, that's gonna go to the white which is gonna be your positive or your power cable for your light. Now, this extra wire is not supplied with your kit but wire's cheap. Go to the store, pick yourself up a small spool of it, and you'll be good to go. The kit does, however, supply a couple connectors so we can make this quick disconnect when you gotta get to your spare tire. We're gonna begin this by stripping back the ends of our wires, then we're gonna go ahead and put our connectors on. You always wanna give them an extra little tug just to make sure that they're nice and connected. When I do a wiring job like this, I like to make sure that I make my wire staggered. Now, I don't mean staggered as in one one length and one the other, I mean as one connector. For my positive, I put on the male end, my negative, I put on the female end. Now, why did I do this? When you go to disconnect it later and then reconnect it, you can't get your wires mixed up because you can't put a male on a male and a female on a female. They'll only go on one direction and you never have to worry about mixing them up and causing an electrical issue with your vehicle.Next, we're gonna go ahead and put our wire connectors on the ends of our lights then we're gonna connect the wires together and I'm gonna go show you how to run them through your tailgate to the proper connections. Now, since I put the male end on my red wire, I'm gonna put the female end on my white wire. And once again, I put my female end on my black wire, so I'm gonna put the male end on this black wire. Give it a little tug, make sure they're nice and tight, now we're good to go. Plug our wires in with each other as such. Later down the line for any reason you should need to take your spare tire off, just go ahead, pull these apart, you remove your two 11-millimeter screws, pull your license plate frame off, pull your spare tire off, and then replace everything when you're done. Next, we're just gonna go ahead and fish these wires through the center of your tire carrier. Now, to fish these in through your tailgate, I'm gonna go through the grommet that's already supplied to us by the factory on our third brake light. I'm just gonna go ahead and poke a couple of holes in it and slide these wires through. Now, I pulled our grommet out of our tailgate. As you notice, it's pretty thick. Yeah, this is a pretty thick rubber on here. So what I'm gonna do, put a small slice in it carefully, I'm gonna pass our wires into our tailgate, and then I'm gonna put those wires in that small slice that I made and tuck our grommet back into our tailgate. Now after this, maybe you wanna go back, put a little silicone around there to make sure and be safe that it is watertight.Okay, for our next step, we're gonna go ahead and remove this panel on the inside of our tailgate to gain access to our factory harness so we can go ahead and run our wires and follow that factory harness. Very simple, just reach under it, give it a slight tug. You'll feel the clips release and as you see right underneath of it, there we go. There's our harness. Next, we're gonna go ahead and pass our wires through the hole in the back of our tailgate, being careful that we don't snag anything or cause any damage to our wiring. We're gonna follow our wires along the inside of our factory harness. We're gonna secure this with a few pieces of black tape or zip ties. In order to do our next few steps, I'm gonna go ahead and get our rear window and the one side of our top out of the way. This is easy enough. I'm sure most of you have removed your top before. If not, you've at least put it down.Now that we have our top out of the way, I'm gonna go ahead, we're gonna pull this panel back to gain access to the wires that go to our passenger side taillight. This is what we're gonna tap into to put power to our tag light. And we'll just grab ahold of a piece of it, pull on it until I feel the clips release, just pull it out of the way here, and now I have complete access to our wiring harness that goes down to our taillights. Okay, now we're all ready to get our wiring done. We're gonna go ahead and zip tie these wires here to our factory harness. Now that we got our wires ran, we're gonna go ahead and get these hooked up to our taillights, using a set of these, these are called vampire clips. These are not supplied with your kit but you can get these at any parts supplier.Now, as far as wires go, our black wire in our harnesses are gonna be our ground. Then we're going to take our white with a violet stripe on it, this is gonna be our running light. This is what we're gonna hook our red wire up to. I'm gonna take my wire strippers and I'm not cutting completely through my wire, I'm just gonna strip back the sheathing on it just a little bit, just to gain access to the bare wire. For our vampire clip, I'm gonna slide my vampire clip over, lining up the little metal tab inside with where I just stripped back the wiring. Next. I'm gonna take our red power wire, just trim it to length that I need it to, strip the end back slightly, slide it in the other side of our vampire clip. Push it all the way forwards until it stops. When doing this, I like to use a pair of pliers to push this down. Then we fold over the top of it, using the pliers to lock it down. This will make a safe and secure connection. And we're just gonna repeat this for our ground wire. Now that our wiring is done, you can go ahead and put your interior back, put your top back on, and you're good to go. We're gonna go ahead and get our license plate on next. Using the new supplied hardware that comes with your kit, go ahead and get your license plate mounted up. Well, that wraps up the installation of our new tire carrier mounted license plate bracket with tag light. I hope you enjoyed the video. For more parts and videos like these, make sure you come visit us at extremeterrain.com.
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