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  • New to AEV: Love your Lifts, hate your 3rd brake lights!

    Well after buying my first set of tires, I decided to try out the procal module. That's when i learned all about AEV and your products. I really like your approach for your lift kits. I'll be soon a happy AEV lift owner. I haven't decided 3.5 vs 4.5 yet but as soon as my project is done, I'll share the pics.

    In the mean time, I have a bone to pick! I had the 3rd brake light from AEV and unfortunately after a year, it stopped working. After taking out the LEDs out of the housing, I learned that the circuit board holding the resistors and the leds corroded right through! Kinda expected for a poorly insulated housing. After calling customer service, I realized that it will cost something like $40 to replace so I ended up buying the delta lugnut LEDs instead. They're insulated against the weather pretty good.

    That doesn't take away from the quality AEV builds or deters me from using AEV products since it was a dinky little LED lights made in China but just I thought I would share this with you.


    IMG_0786 by pierre-m, on Flickr


    IMG_0781 by pierre-m, on Flickr

  • #2
    Interesting. We've been selling those lights for about 10 years, I've never seen that but will take it into account. You know we would have sent you a new one no problem, right?

    Sorry about that.

    dh
    2015 Ram 3500 Cab Chassis SRW
    2009 Brute DoubleCab 5.7VVT Supercharged, 37s
    2015 KTM 1190 Adventure R
    2013 KTM 450XC-W

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    • #3
      Originally posted by AEV Dave View Post
      Interesting. We've been selling those lights for about 10 years, I've never seen that but will take it into account. You know we would have sent you a new one no problem, right?

      Sorry about that.

      dh

      Hey Dave, I know you guys could have and your support was pretty fast in getting me quote but the shipping quote came in for $30 for a $10 light.. $40 in totaljust didn't make sense at the time knowing that it might happen again. I am guessing you guys didn't design or build the lights and it seems like its an off the shelf component. The bracket is also way over designed to hold such small lights. The housing when I openned it seemed like the only weatherproofing it had was some hot glue injected to hold the circuit board in place.

      I'm planning on using the bracket for another reason. I'm gonna mount a rear view camera so in a way its not a total waste.

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      • #4
        The light is an over the counter item that they include with the bracket. A while back I saw the light at a truck stop.

        I know that compared to the stock CHMSL is is a much cleaner and sleeker design that is less noticeable. At the same time it doesn't have nearly the same light output.

        I have had mine on my Jeep for 4 years now, and I just took it off the bracket so I could repaint the bracket. The AEV items that don't have the textured powder coat don't seem to like the MagCl on our roads in the winter time. At the same time I don't think that many companies could do any better.
        Jon

        2008 Rubicon Unlimited
        4.5" AEV lift, 37" Nitto Trail Grapplers, AEV front/rear bumpers, AEV Corners, Factory Ten Axle Shafts.

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        • #5
          I'd like to mount this kind of third stop light on a custom rollcage.

          I am not interested in the AEV bracket. Where can I buy this small red LED light separately?

          Thanks

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          • #6
            Originally posted by cko98 View Post
            I'd like to mount this kind of third stop light on a custom rollcage.

            I am not interested in the AEV bracket. Where can I buy this small red LED light separately?

            Thanks
            This light is an off the shelf item. I know West Marine sells them. I've got several spares in my shop as I use this same light on my boat.
            Ben Hedrick
            www.BenHedrick.com
            HEDRICK Speedsports

            "Ive got a Jeep problem"
            2007 5.7L HEMI Sahara Unlimited - Sold
            2010 6.1L HEMI Rubicon Unlimited - Sold
            2011 6.4L (392) HEMI Rubicon Unlimited - Sold
            2002 4.0L AEV Brute - Sold
            2003 6.4L "Stroker" HEMI AEV Brute - Sold
            2005 4.0L SC AEV K9 Brute - Sold
            2014 345 HEMI Rubicon Xpo Adventurer
            2000 4.0L AEV 112 Long Wheelbase
            2006 4.0L AEV Brute Rubicon

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            • #7
              This one appears to be fairly close if you need a replacement.

              http://www.vectoroffroad.com/3rd-brake-light-p-78.html
              2009 Black JKU AEV bumpers, beadlocks, hood, 4.5 coils, Supercharger, etc, etc

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FrostByte View Post
                This one appears to be fairly close if you need a replacement.

                http://www.vectoroffroad.com/3rd-brake-light-p-78.html
                Yes, I also believe that is the same light.
                Ben Hedrick
                www.BenHedrick.com
                HEDRICK Speedsports

                "Ive got a Jeep problem"
                2007 5.7L HEMI Sahara Unlimited - Sold
                2010 6.1L HEMI Rubicon Unlimited - Sold
                2011 6.4L (392) HEMI Rubicon Unlimited - Sold
                2002 4.0L AEV Brute - Sold
                2003 6.4L "Stroker" HEMI AEV Brute - Sold
                2005 4.0L SC AEV K9 Brute - Sold
                2014 345 HEMI Rubicon Xpo Adventurer
                2000 4.0L AEV 112 Long Wheelbase
                2006 4.0L AEV Brute Rubicon

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                • #9
                  Exactly what I was looking for.
                  Thank you both!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AEV Dave View Post
                    Interesting. We've been selling those lights for about 10 years, I've never seen that but will take it into account. You know we would have sent you a new one no problem, right?

                    Sorry about that.

                    dh
                    Hi Dave,
                    My AEV third brake light just failed, the camera is still working fine. I have a JK250 that was delivered in Feb 2014. Can you please help me replace this?
                    Thanks,
                    Jay

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