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Old 11-21-2010, 11:24 PM
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LED 3rd brake light

Has anyone seen this LED 3rd brake light for Series II available anywhere? This is from one of the JDM thread but the pics are gone now so I attached them to this thread.







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I think the trunk lid is the same as the series-I.
If so, you can find these brake lights on eBay, for instance.
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Originally Posted by Tamas View Post
I think the trunk lid is the same as the series-I.
If so, you can find these brake lights on eBay, for instance.
Right, but this one looks like a Koito lens, which makes me think it's a factory light. I don't really dig those eBay ones. They look too aftermarket (cheezy) in my opinion. This one seems to match the LED taillamps better.


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Right, but this one looks like a Koito lens, which makes me think it's a factory light. I don't really dig those eBay ones. They look too aftermarket (cheezy) in my opinion. This one seems to match the LED taillamps better.


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I have the Ebay one and I have installed it on an R3 and a 2010 GT and it looks factory. Not sure where you get Cheesy from. I actually think it should be the first mod for series II owners since the tail lights are LED.

I have the Red lens one


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This is the smoked on a 07' SS (grungepup)


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Thanks for the high-res pics. eBay sellers have such terrible images, it's like they don't want to sell them.
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No prob, if you click on the image name you can get the huge full size pics from my flickr page.

Here is a grainy zoom of mine.


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Originally Posted by oltmann View Post
Thanks for the high-res pics. eBay sellers have such terrible images, it's like they don't want to sell them.
I agree, I hope you didnt take it offensive. But those Ebay pics really suck! Thanks for your images!
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No offense taken, foo the price, you could buy a few of them to keep as backup They are a 1/3rd of what they cost a couple of years ago and the quality is actually pretty good. Just make sure you use the rubber gasket from the OEM light. The gasket that comes with it is new and very stiff, it makes getting it to fit perfectly difficult.

I will try and get some close up high res pics later today.
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The eBay light is different than the one in the OP (two rows of LEDs instead of one). The eBay light can be installed in the OEM housing like that first pic though, in fact I have mine installed in the OEM housing so it has the Koito logo on it.

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I never thought of installing it in the OEM housing. Any reason you did that?
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Just to look more OEM I guess.
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Originally Posted by Aipex8 View Post
Just to look more OEM I guess.
Thanks Aipex8 and everyone else, I ordered one from eBay, swapped housings, and installed it today. If anyone else is going to swap housings, you need a couple small washers since the OEM screws are too long for the eBay light or else you may bottom out the screws and crack it.



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Looks good, like I said it should be the first mod for a series II owner.
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got a problem~!! i have installed it but it was working ones only and it is gone with my brake light and come with ABS light and DSC light.........
the tail light still fine but not brake light, any idea????
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Is yours a series I or series II car?
If series I, do you have LED tail light/brake light bulbs? Because if you do, swapping the third brake light to LED will cause the ABS light to come on. All three lights with LED require a resistor on series I.
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Originally Posted by Tamas View Post
Is yours a series I or series II car?
If series I, do you have LED tail light/brake light bulbs? Because if you do, swapping the third brake light to LED will cause the ABS light to come on. All three lights with LED require a resistor on series I.
This is not true. I have a 2004 and all my lights are LED. The turn signals are the only bulbs that require resistors. There are a couple others running the same setup as me with the same results.
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Well, my experience is different.
My car is also a 2004 and I have LED tail light bulbs. However as soon as I swapped the third brake light to use a LED bulb, I got the ABS light illuminated and the error code showed a problem with the ABS system. It went away when I swapped back the incandescent bulb.
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I have LEDS as well and no ABS light issues. I think it has more to do with the bulbs you are using.
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VLEDS bulbs everywhere. The ones mentioned in Aipex's LED bulb thread. That's what you used too?
I tried a bulb in the third brake light. I wonder if using the eBay LED third brake light makes a difference...
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i did swap them back but ABS light still there..........will see after have resistors install
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see if the abs light is still on with it unplugged.
I only ask because I don't have a third brake light and never had a problem. You might be tinkering with the wrong answer for the right equasion.
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i m sure is not ABS cause i was come up after i installed the light and move the car and my brake light still off................................
maybe need a reflash or something~
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The Aftermarket rubber gasket is harder in the smoke (aftermarket), and won't allow you to put the light deeper out to make it flush at the back:
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Aftermarket Housing Fitting (As tight as she'll go)
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Stock Housing Fitting


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Originally Posted by Tamas View Post
Well, my experience is different.
My car is also a 2004 and I have LED tail light bulbs. However as soon as I swapped the third brake light to use a LED bulb, I got the ABS light illuminated and the error code showed a problem with the ABS system. It went away when I swapped back the incandescent bulb.
I have that exact same problem. LED 3rd brake light installed: ABS, Traction Control Lights illuminate. LED 3rd brake light removed and OEM re- installed: Warning Lights go away. My LED has been sitting on a shelf in the garage until I can figure out what to do. someone said to get resistors, but at what amps/ohms? I have LED brake tail lamps installed and they present no problems. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
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Originally Posted by rx8it View Post
someone said to get resistors, but at what amps/ohms? I have LED brake tail lamps installed and they present no problems. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

depand on how many led unit~
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