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Old 08-04-2017, 10:58 AM
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Unless you buy the adapter, that previous post is the solution
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^^There's an adapter? Where do I find one/what are they called?

It was easy to find an adapter box to add a 4-way flat trailer plug (with combined stop/turn bulbs) to my '97 Ranger (with the separate, amber blinkers) but I'm not having luck finding the right search terms for one to go this way?
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Old 08-04-2017, 02:31 PM
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There's no easy way that I know of... went through that on a headache rack recently
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Old 08-04-2017, 02:43 PM
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An internet search turned up a suggestion that there's a capped green wire "somewhere under the fuse box" that does what I need...but I didn't see it at a quick look. Plan "B" might be to try to find the wire that runs to the third brake light above the rear window and tap into that.

I'm also toying with the idea of getting the middle piece of a set of rear clearance lights (the one with three red lights on a bar about 15" wide) and wiring it up with the outside lights on their respective taillights, and the middle one on both taillights...which should give me "high-mount blinkers" and a three-piece stop lamp. A little worried it'll just look stupid, but it'd be pretty easy.
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...this truck just has red stop/turn lamps on the rear...which means if I tap into the "brake light" it'll blink with one of the directionals. Which I won't tolerate.

So...there's got to be a solution to this....but I'm not familiar with what it is?
This has come up a handful of times on the other truck forum I frequent and I think the answer is still to buy "the box". Could always do a search over there, wasn't too many weeks ago the subject came up (again).

Edit: Tap into the wire running to the 3rd brake light. The harness is inside the vehicle, among locations it will run on the left side of the center hump, if like mine you could tap into it in the back but there are several great places. Pull the left seat, remove the carpet to body trim along the lower door opening, lift carpet and do what comes naturally.
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You should be able to pull the 3rd brk light on the truck, and tie into that wire.
Drop it back into the cab, and "sneak" it into the interior. Go dow to the rubber plug above the body mount, and poke a hole, stick the wire through, then down the frame you go
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I didn't really want to run a wire all the way from the cab, but finding the "logic box" was proving damn near impossible...until I had a brainstorm.

WalMart sells a geezer-style receiver hitch cover that's an "extra" taillight. Comes with a logic box- for $13. I'll toss the light assembly. Seeing as I don't have a trailer, I may just leave it set up to plug into my four-way flat connector for now...it's cheating, but 100% reversible if I ever want to do it right later on.


*It took me a minute to understand how the thing worked, but I did finally figure it out. Long story short it'll light up only when it sees something from both sides...so the CHMSL will flash with the four-ways, but that's OK- just as long as it doesn't go with the directionals I'm happy.
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I didn't really want to run a wire all the way from the cab, but finding the "logic box" was proving damn near impossible...until I had a brainstorm.

WalMart sells a geezer-style receiver hitch cover that's an "extra" taillight. Comes with a logic box- for $13. I'll toss the light assembly. Seeing as I don't have a trailer, I may just leave it set up to plug into my four-way flat connector for now...it's cheating, but 100% reversible if I ever want to do it right later on.


*It took me a minute to understand how the thing worked, but I did finally figure it out. Long story short it'll light up only when it sees something from both sides...so the CHMSL will flash with the four-ways, but that's OK- just as long as it doesn't go with the directionals I'm happy.
That's a sweet short cut, nice find.

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X2, good job on repurposing an easy to find item!
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