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guys with tailgate brake light bar

hey guys just wondering what you did with your tailgate light bar it looks like to me in order to see it you have to cover up the whole used to get to the spare tire.
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Yes, you do. The light bar has a little plastic lip on it. I've seen people cut the lip but I didn't like the way it looked it I worked around the spare tire hole so I just covered it up and figured if I was in a situation that I needed to access the spare then I would just rip off the light bar 'cause that would be the least of my concern at that point.
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if I was in a situation that I needed to access the spare then I would just rip off the light bar 'cause that would be the least of my concern at that point.
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Yes, you cover up the whole. The whole bar itself is attached to 4 plastic pieces, which are 3M taped to the sheetmetal underneath the tailgate. Where the bar is attached to the 4 plastic pieces, there are 4 screws. You simply unscrew the light bar assembly at all 4 points, and the light bar pulls off, and then you can get to the lock/hole for the spare tire.

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so basically, if i have to get to the whole, i unscrew those 4 screws and that allows the whole thing to come off so only the tape will be left on the surface
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just wanted to make sure i could get the bar off before covering the hole up, thanks guys.
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Yep... it's pretty easy to remove... and if you ever plan on lifting the truck that hole becomes useless as it no longer lines up with the spare tire (and the spare tire is smaller than the ones actually on the truck) so it ended up not mattering for me in the end that the hole is covered.
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so basically, if i have to get to the whole, i unscrew those 4 screws and that allows the whole thing to come off so only the tape will be left on the surface
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ha, when me and my Dad put mine on we notched a spot out of it, so you could still get to the spare tire hole. If you do that, just becareful not to go too deep
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ha, when me and my Dad put mine on we notched a spot out of it, so you could still get to the spare tire hole. If you do that, just becareful not to go too deep
I did the same thing. Used a large diameter whole saw and a Drill Press. Smoothed the edges afterwards and was all set. Seemed easier than having to take apart the light or rip it off if I ever needed to get to the spare IMO.
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i just put it on, i can handle having to unscrew it to get to my spare. Yay for having an ugly tail gate with rust at the bottom to set it off lol
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make sure you have a screwdriver !!
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i just put it on, i can handle having to unscrew it to get to my spare. Yay for having an ugly tail gate with rust at the bottom to set it off lol
Ha, Mine too,
The only rust on the body, under the tailgate.
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its def not the only rust i have lol. Dang ohio salty roads
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I made my own light bar. bought some led lights and wired them up on a white piece of metal.

and yeah, it covers the spare tire release hole. i took that black plastic thing out of the hole and riveted this over it.

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