(approx) 15 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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Hey guys. Today we're gonna be taking a look at and installing the Axial Smoked LED Third Brake Light for 1999 to 2004 Mustangs except for the Cobra.This is a smoked LED third brake light. So not only are you getting a smoked third brake light for a dark appearance but you're also upgrading to LED lighting. There are 12 LEDs in this third brake light. They're gonna be stronger, brighter, and last longer than your factory bulbs will. This is a direct plug-and-play replacement. So it's very easy to install. I'll call it a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It cost about 40 bucks, and we'll go ahead and show you how to get it on your car now. For this install, we used a 3/8 drive impact gun, a deep 10 millimeter socket, and a short extension. All right, guys, to start the install you're gonna pop your trunk. Your third brake light obviously is right here. So if you pop the trunk, there are going to be two 10 millimeter nuts that are holding this light in place. We're gonna go ahead grab a deep 10 millimeter socket and undo those. And now we're gonna disconnect our electrical connection. From here, we'll be able to remove the taillight. So before we move the third brake light, we do need to remove the bulbs in the sockets from the third brake light. So, you'll just need to rotate these and then they'll come right out. Obviously, I'm just turning them to the left a little bit and then the socket and the bulb will pop right out. All right. And now we can pull the third brake light. All right. So we can pull our trunk down a little bit. We're just gonna push on the back of the third brake light and it'll come right out. All right, guys, so here we have our factory third brake light on the table compared to the axial third brake light. You can see, there is a pretty big difference in the appearance. First of all, the axial brake light has a smoked lens on it. So you get that dark look from this. You're also upgrading to LED lighting here with this. So you have 12 LEDs throughout this entire third brake light. They're gonna be brighter and stronger and last longer than the bulbs in your factory third brake light. They're rated for up to 100,000 hours of continuous use. So the other cool thing about this third brake light is that is completely plug and play. So if we spin it around here, you can see your LED bulbs are already in here. All you have to do is unplug the bulbs from your factory harness, plug them in right here, and then plug your overall harness back in. Bolt this thing down and you'll be good to go. So, before we get this installed in the car, we're gonna grab our factory harness and remove those stock bulbs. So all you have to do is pull each bulb out of the socket. So I'm just gonna grab them and they'll out easily. And now we can move to the car. All right. So at this point, we are going to set our third brake light in place and then we're actually gonna plug in our harness after the third brake light is in place. All right. We're gonna get the third brake light installed in the trunk. All right. So we're actually gonna get our 10 millimeter nuts in place right now too. These don't need to be too tight, but I will tighten them a little bit. All right. And from here, we can grab our harness. All right, guys, so now we're gonna go ahead and just plug in our LEDs into our socket. The way to do this is you're gonna wanna wiggle back and forth and then they'll plug right in. One thing to keep in mind though is that before we finish up our install, we will need to test to make sure that we have the polarity of these correct, meaning these can plug in this way or we can actually flip them 180 degrees and they can plug in this way. Your LED lights will only work one way though and there's no way to tell unless you just plug them in and test it. So once again, I'm just wiggling these back and forth to get them plugged in. If it doesn't feel like it wants to plug in, I'll rotate them 180 degrees and try to plug in the other way.There are four sockets that we're plugging into. The fifth socket is gonna keep the stock bulb because that's actually gonna be our trunk light. All right. So now we're gonna take our factory bulb. Get this up into place for our trunk light. We'll plug our factory harness back in and we'll go ahead and test the lights real quick just to make sure they're all working. So we just tested our third brake light, and luckily, we got all of the polarity correct. Once again, I'll remind you, make sure you test your third brake light. And if any of your LEDs aren't lighting up, all you have to do is disconnect from the socket, rotate 180 degrees, and then plug back in and it should work for you. That's gonna wrap up this review and install. Keep in mind that you guys can always check out this third brake light more online right here at americanmuscle.com.
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February 15, 2020
Kind of difficult to get the light bulbs out bust after that it was easy. It cam3 with simple instructions.Helpful (0)
January 31, 2020
It was so easy to install. Watched the video on you tube. Only took about 15 min and got the lights on the 1st try no reverse polarity mix up. Looks great.Helpful (0)
January 26, 2020
Easy install, easy to follow instructions, excellent fit and finish.Helpful (0)
January 22, 2020
Easy to install
Easy to install but one of my light are dim so im gonna will wait till spring and either fix it or request another one. I dont think its AM s Fault so things just have flaws.Helpful (0)
January 21, 2020
Fits perfectly and looks great definitely a good upgradeHelpful (0)
January 21, 2020
Axial LED Third Brake Light
easy install.. nice and bright.. compliments other ledsHelpful (0)
January 12, 2020
Bought one from eBay was built the same this one is better. Easy to put in.Helpful (0)
January 04, 2020
Axial Third Brake Light
Love this light, gave the stang a new and improve look. The little things stands out a lot. easy install and great value.Helpful (0)
January 03, 2020
Nice LED 3rd Brake Light
getting the LED connectors in the existing plugs is a bit tricky, but shouldnt take you more than 30-40 minsHelpful (0)
December 16, 2019
getting the old one out was the biggest hassle due to age and wear.Helpful (0)
I did not see this question asked, but I am curious what is the difference between this and the Raxiom?? Other than 30 dollars? To me they both appear identical both are led and both are smoked. The description itself is basically the same, so I would like some clarity. Thanks
While they are both similar in design, this third brake light, item number 398336, is not DOT compliant, whereas the Raxiom third brake light, item number 49136, is DOT approved under Compliant #QR1300241.
Has there been any reports of lights staying on all the time due to the low voltage of LED bulbs?
Very sorry to hear of your issue. It is possible the resistors in the item are defective. Please contact customer service at 1-877-887-1105 between the hours of 830 am and 11 pm Eastern time to arrange a replacement.
Do I need new bulbs?
This third brake light kit will replace the factory bulbs with LEDs.
this product isn't appearing like a plug and play. I have a 03 gt coupe and when I try to use factory harness and plug in the ends from the axial led brake light, they don't seem to fit or go into the factory plug. Afraid that they will hurt my connectors and then I have to buy another 3rd brake light. Any clues or ideas are appreciated.
You will need to simply connect each of the LED light sockets into the factory sockets. For further review of the install process please check out this great guide here: https://www.americanmuscle.com/axial-smoked-led-third-brake-light-9904-excluding-cobra-manu-install.html
can this be connected to remain on at all times other than just braking?
This would function just like the OEM brake light and would only light up when braking.
We would recommend checking with a shop as we have not tested this. The light is designed to only be on when applying the brakes.
It is possible you have too many LEDs and overloading it yes. Please contact us for more details.
These are not directly compatible with Cobra models without modification.
While both the Raxiom and Axial look similar. Only one went through the extra steps to have the requirements to be D.O.T compliant. The Raxiom light has all the requirements to be D.O.T compliant and was approved to receive that D.O.T. number for that part.
The Axial Smoked LED Third Brake Light will be unaffected by the Raxiom Modified Turn Signal Flasher, or Sequential Tail Light Kits.
The Axial Smoked LED Third Brake Light will include a gasket.
This Axial Smoked LED Third Brake Light is a direct replacement and will install using the factory harness to the harnesses included in the kit.
(approx) 15 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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