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I have some new carbon tail lights- 3 bulb set set up for my 03. The oem is 2 bulb. I know I dont need to use it but I was going to splice into the brake light. But where the socket would go is silver so Im thinking reverse light. If I go reverse or brake does anyone know what color are the wires I need to tap into off the top of their head?

Has anyone done anything differant or have any other ideas?? I guess the brake light is the safe idea.
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leave it alone
just plug your bulbs in and ride
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leave it alone
just plug your bulbs in and ride
I cant just leave it- that will bug the hell out of me
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I have some new carbon tail lights- 3 bulb set set up for my 03. The oem is 2 bulb. I know I dont need to use it but I was going to splice into the brake light. But where the socket would go is silver so Im thinking reverse light. If I go reverse or brake does anyone know what color are the wires I need to tap into off the top of their head?
Option 1: combined brake/turn signals

Obviously, the easiest way would be to simply run one or both sets of red lights off the current wiring.

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Option 2: separate brake lights and turn signals

For 2003, the 3-bulb wiring does not exist right at the taillights but it might be at the rear of the truck. Although not all Rangers are wired for it, my 03's main harness is configured to accept either the 2 wire or 3-wire taillight subharness. Look for an 8-pin connector near the end of the driver's side frame rail. If it has 8 wires on the front and 5 on the back, then the truck has the wiring at that point for either type of taillight.

Of the eight available wires, an 03 Ranger uses 5 but a three bulb truck like an 03 Mazda would use 6, some them different.


These six are used for a Mazda with 3-bulb tails:

Orange/light blue: Right turn signal only
Light green/orange: Left turn signal only
Light green: Brake lights only

Brown: Running lights
Black/pink: Reverse lights
Black: Ground

These five are for a Ranger with 2-bulb tails:

Brown/yellow: Right rear brake/turn
Dark blue/white: Left rear brake/turn

Brown: Running lights
Black/pink: Reverse lights
Black: Ground
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