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post #1 of 26 Old 02-15-2012, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Spare Tire Delete with License Plate Relocation and LED Brake/License Plate Light

What are we doing?

Removing spare tire, relocating license plate to cover tail gate opening, legalizing it with license plate light and brake light, and 'cleaning up' the voids with painted plugs.


Why?

I wanted to clean up the look of my rear while dropping 130 lbs of weight. My goal was to make this completely reversible so the spare tire can be thrown back on at any time.


So where is your spare tire?

That's not what this thread is about.


What do I need to buy?
(about $100 worth of parts)

ORO LitePLATE - License Plate Light and Third Brake Light - $40
MOPAR License Plate Delete Plug - $16
Front License Plate Bracket (Napa) - Part Number 'BK 7302450' - $12
License Plate 'Snap-in' Fasteners with Screws - $8
MOPAR Touch Up Spray Paint - $11
Plastic/Nylon Hole Plugs (Napa) - $10
Rubber Weather Stripping (Home Depot) - $10
Spring Toggle Bolts w/ Washers (Home Depot) - $10
Flat Metal Bracket with Holes (Home Depot) - $5


How did you go about it?

I'm not going to go over every step, but I'll summarize with a few notes and pics...



Spray paint license plate plug and plastic hole plugs with body matching touch up paint (several coats, let dry between coats).



Remove spare tire, spare tire mount, third brake light (unplug connector, don't cut), air vent, and license plate w/ holder. You will need to remove both brake lights in order to access the license plate holder and ORO LitePLATE power connections.



Prepare license plate mount: Snap in plastic fasteners into plate mount, cut/bend pre-drilled metal bracket just long enough to fit vertically in tailgate opening, attach metal brackets to license plate mount with toggle bolts. Cut and attach weather stripping to top and sides of the license plate mount's back side. This will keep moisture out of the tailgate opening while letting the interior breathe through the bottom portion of the license plate mount.











Fish ORO LitePLATE wiring from tailgate opening through the hole that leads to the interior side of the tail gate. Route wiring behind plastic cover and through the cloth sheath near the tail gate hinge.







With the LitePLATE loosely hanging, start to install the license plate mount by inserting the metal brackets inside the tailgate opening. The bolts should be just loose enough to be able to fit the metal brackets without scratching/hitting the tailgate opening itself.







Once the two metal brackets are inside, start tightening the toggle bolts.







Once everything is lined up, finish tightening the plate mount. (In this pic, I've already installed the painted plastic plugs to fill the spare tire mount bolt holes.)







Now slide in your license plate and secure the plate with screws. This also secures the LitePLATE.







Now it's time to wire in the LitePLATE. Pull up the passenger side carpet right behind the tail light. Remove rubber wiring harness plug leading to the fender in order to gain better access to the wiring. Two of the LitePLATE connections (brake light power and ground) can be spliced in at the tail light wiring harness (harness pictures on the left).

LitePLATE black + tail light black
LitePLATE green + tail light white w/ purple stripe

The third connection (license plate light) is taken at the harness that routes through the tailgate (pictured on the right side).

LitePLATE red + tail light white w/ a gray stripe (other years may different, such as white w/ brown stripe, in some cases).







Tuck away wiring, reinstall carpet, reinstall the tail lights, install painted license plate delete plug along with all other painted plastic plugs, ensure license plate light and brake light work, ???, profit.








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Nice work- looks good!

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looks good. i need to do that soon as the weather breaks.
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That is nice and clean. Good work

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What year is your jeep? I have an 07 and I am installing this next week


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Looks great. Nice idea. One observation though... It's a bit off center (to the right). Was this intentional, necessary, or just an oversight?

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Looks great. Nice idea. One observation though... It's a bit off center (to the right). Was this intentional, necessary, or just an oversight?
I ended up centering it after I noticed it in the pics.

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good job... looks very nice!
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The vent opening is not the same in the '07s. The opening is vertical.

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I'm stealing this idea till my tailgate gets done! Thanks
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Looks great. Was it hard fishing the brake light wires into the vent area?

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ok i just used this, and the plate light works but the brake light doesnt. You got any ideas? TIA
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That's sick. Planning on doing this or something along the lines as this. DO you know if that 3rd brake light DOT approved or whatever? Like meaning any legal issues?
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That's sick. Planning on doing this or something along the lines as this. DO you know if that 3rd brake light DOT approved or whatever? Like meaning any legal issues?
... OEM 3rd lights arnt stamped DOT.

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Nice clean work!

I didn't relocate the licence plate but did delete the spare tire for city driving and fabricated my own cover. I have a compressor and tire plug kit on board if I get a flat, but I always throw the spare in the back when off-roading or on long trips. I just ratchet strap it down to heavier tie downs i installed in place of the stock ones in the back.

I like not having the spare tire on the tailgate. The "Jeep Purest" may frown on this but it creates less of a blind spot and I like the looks of the back without it.

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Nice clean work!

I didn't relocate the licence plate but did delete the spare tire for city driving and fabricated my own cover. I have a compressor and tire plug kit on board if I get a flat, but I always throw the spare in the back when off-roading or on long trips. I just ratchet strap it down to heavier tie downs i installed in place of the stock ones in the back.

I like not having the spare tire on the tailgate. The "Jeep Purest" may frown on this but it creates less of a blind spot and I like the looks of the back without it.
What did you use to plug where the 3rd brake light wiring comes out through
The tailgate?
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This is pretty cool idea, but why would you want to remove your spare tire? Besides saving roughly 130lbs, is that really making a difference?

Just curious...
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Nice job looks really clean I did something similar to mine except I used the vector off road back plate and mounted two spot lights as well. Name:  ImageUploadedByAG Free1377029314.868218.jpg
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This is pretty cool idea, but why would you want to remove your spare tire? Besides saving roughly 130lbs, is that really making a difference?

Just curious...
Yeah, it really increased my gas mileage. I average 20mpg to 21mpg

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Plus it makes things look more centered, and I can center my back up camera as well.

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This is pretty cool idea, but why would you want to remove your spare tire? Besides saving roughly 130lbs, is that really making a difference?

Just curious...

It is nice to be able to see out of your rear window, to keep the COG low, and to have one $500+ object easily removable or vandalizable... is that a word?

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This is how mine came out
Can anyone tell me where I can get this plate? Like the clean non etched/design look.
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Can anyone tell me where I can get this plate? Like the clean non etched/design look.
Here you go: https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=87867

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