For those who choose to delete or relocate their spare tire but want to keep your third brake light functional, the ACE Gate Plate with Factory Third Light Provision is a great way to finish the rear of your JK. It comes with an 1/8" black powder coated steel plate designed to cover the vent opening in your tailgate and a mounting bracket and hardware to attach your existing 3rd brake light. The steel plate has the ACE logo cut-out, giving this Gate Plate a great look. The light is designed to work with JK's with horizontal rear gate vents. For those with vertical vents, modifications will need to be made in order for the light to fit.
The fit and finish of this item is great. However, the JK's high mount (3rd) brake light will NOT fit without cutting off the plastic arm, making this a one-way mod. That cut is easily done if you have a grinder w/cutting wheel (and a grinding wheel to smooth rough edges down). The tail gate plate's opening for the brake light is also larger than the light's housing, so the light can be knocked crooked fairly easily, even if tightened down in the included mount. This would have been a MUCH better product (and installation) if it was sold with a light that fit the plate properly, without the need for customer fabrication. Or if the description was upfront about the level of effort and modification to stock parts that was needed.
This indicates it comes with "a mounting bracket and hardware to attach your existing 3rd brake light." And it certainly comes with a mount. But the 3rd brake light on a 2013 JK seems to be all one huge piece that includes the spare tire carrier and the vertical arm holding the 3rd brake light. Removing the torx screws to the 3rd brake light just grants access to the brake light wire and plug. I see nothing indicating that there is a third brake light in a case that can be removed from that long arm, giving a brake light housing that would fit into this tail gate plate. Does the installation require cutting that aluminum spare tire carrier to separate the brake light? Because nothing like that is indicated in any description of this product.
Asked by Camisade from Mason, OH on
Hey Camisade, on the back of the factory third brake light there are 2 bolts that hold in a detachable housing that you would then attach to this plate. Thanks for your question.
Answered by Devin B. ext 4835 from Mason, OH on
I have a 2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara unlimited. Will this product work on it ? Wasn't sure if my wrangler had the horizontal vent or not.
Asked by B from on
Hi B, This ACE Engineering Tailgate Plate with Factory Third Brake Light Provision fits the Jeep JK's with the horizontal vent. In '07 the Jeeps usually have this horizontal vent, you'll need to see what you have. Thanks for your inquiry.
Answered by Jim G Ext 4806 from on
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