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How to: High Mounted Stop Lamp (3rd brake light) LED Flash Module Install

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DISCLAIMER: You attempt this mod at your own risk. I nor "kiatelluride.org" are responsible for any issues/problems/injuries/death you may encounter.
  • Remove the interior top trim of your hatch using a pry tool or with your fingers.
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  • How the trim looks when pulled off.
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  • How the hatch looks when the trim is pulled off.
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  • On the right side you'll find the connector for the 3rd brake light.
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  • Unplug it and you'll have 2 wires (Black/Red is Positive and Black is Ground)
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  • Cut the positive wire and solder on the wires according to the instructions. (Some modules are one direction) Split the negative and solder on both ends of the negative wires.
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  • Tuck it in the hole and put the trim back on and your done!
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Got tired of waiting for someone to do it so I pulled the trim this morning to see what's up. Pretty simple wiring back there haha.
 

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Excellent job and thank you for the how-to.
 
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Thank you for sharing this, which kit did you purchase and can the strobe speed be adjustable?
 
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Thank you for sharing this, which kit did you purchase and can the strobe speed be adjustable?
It's a generic GS-100A LED strobe module I had laying around from an old build. It is not adjustable. However, they do sell adjustable ones out there, just remember to look for LED specific modules.
 
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@utmeep do you know if this brake light mod is legal in CA? CHP's can be total jerks where I live.
I live in Southern California. LA/OC area where CHP are the worse. Never had any problems with the 3rd brake light flashing. However, technically it is illegal as flashing red lights in California are reserved for emergency vehicles.
 
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Great idea and thanks for doing this. Do you happen to have some video?
 
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I live in Southern California. LA/OC area where CHP are the worse. Never had any problems with the 3rd brake light flashing. However, technically it is illegal as flashing red lights in California are reserved for emergency vehicles.
ok thanks, I'm in Riverside
 
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California vehicle Code 25251.5.

(c) Any stoplamp or supplemental stoplamp required or permitted by Section 24603 may be equipped so as to flash not more than four times within the first four seconds after actuation by application of the brakes.
 
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California vehicle Code 25251.5.

(c) Any stoplamp or supplemental stoplamp required or permitted by Section 24603 may be equipped so as to flash not more than four times within the first four seconds after actuation by application of the brakes.
good to know
 
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Nice work. Did you ziptie the module so that is doesn't bounce around?
 
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California vehicle Code 25251.5.

(c) Any stoplamp or supplemental stoplamp required or permitted by Section 24603 may be equipped so as to flash not more than four times within the first four seconds after actuation by application of the brakes.
Thank you.
 
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Nice work. Did you ziptie the module so that is doesn't bounce around?
Didn't need to. It's a light object. If it's bouncing around I can't hear it lol.
 
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"not more than four times within the first four seconds"...so that's why I have it flashing on my motorcycle about four times in one second. ;)
 


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