Installing A 3rd Brake Light Pulser In Your 2010-2013 Ford Mustang

The first mod we did on our new 2013 GT project car was Webelectric’s plug-in 3rd brake light pulser for 10′-13′ Ford Mustangs. This is an extremely easy and fast install for those of you who aren’t really comfortable taking things apart. Simply remove the trunk lid liner and plug the small harness in. Simple as that! You can find the part on our store by following this link:  Webelectric Brake Light Pulser for 10′-13′ Mustangs

Tools Needed:

Flathead screwdriver

First step is to remove the trunk lid’s felt liner. This liner is held on by a bunch of plastic clips, use the flathead to remove the clips gently as these will be used to replace the liner when the install finished.

After removing all the plastic clips, this is what you should see. Be sure to pull the emergency trunk release through the liner’s opening.

Next, remove the plug that powers the 3rd brake light.

Clip the pulser harness into the car’s plugs. You’re done!

Before reinstalling the inner trunk liner it’s a good idea to have someone put their foot on the brake to ensure the pulser is working properly. After you’re sure it’s working as intended, reinstall the trunk liner and the clips holding it on. Simple as that!

Below is an animation of how the pulser works. Please note that the light will only flash if you’ve been off the brakes for over 15 seconds as to not distract drivers in stop and go traffic or at a light.

Installing StangMods 99-04 Vinyl Tail Light Decals

Mustang Tail Light Decal Installation (Flamed, Outline & Honeycomb Kits)

Tools Required:

  • Squeeggee
  • Spray bottle
  • Liquid soap
  • Terry cloth or towel

Use rubbing alcohol to wash all dirt and road grime from the surface of your tail lights.

Mix your soapy water solution by adding a few drops of liquid soap to warm water in a spray bottle.

Generously spray the solution over the lens you are working on. Then remove the vinyl decal from the paper backing and apply it to the lens.

While the solution is still saturating the tail light lens, align the decal for a correct fitment and use your squeeggee to remove any excess solution from underneath the decal. Start from the center and move your way out.

Wait a few minutes, depending on the temperature, and then try to remove the transfer tape (top protective paper) from the vinyl. If the paper comes off and the vinyl stays in place, then you are good to go and you can move on to the next one. If the vinyl comes off, rather than staying on the car then use your squeege to apply the decal over the lens again.

Finish up by wiping off any excess solution from the body of your Stang.

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Fabricating HIDs Into 1999-2004 Non-Halo Projector Headlamps

In this write-up, we go over the process of fabricating an HID kit into a Non-Halo Projector headlight for 1999-2004 Mustangs. The install is very similar to the Dual Halo Projector + HID write up we did earlier. It is important to note that the Non-Halo Projectors in this write up use an H3 bulb while the Dual Halo Projectors use an H1 bulb.

 

Tools Required

  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Dremel Tool with Circular Bit
  • Adhesive Sealant

Your first step in fabricating the projector housings is to remove the cover off the back of the headlamps. This is done by removing the five phillips head screws as shown circled below.

Once you’ve removed the five screws, the cover will pop right off and the picture below shows exactly what your left with. You’ll need to remove the black ground wire and stock halogen bulb (both circled in red) to prepare the housing for the new HID bulb and wiring.

Give the black wire a gentle tug and it will come loose. The bulb has to be removed from the housing by releasing the metal clip holding it in place. Depress the metal clip and the bulb will come free. Once you have the bulb free from the housing, you want to remove it from the blue power wire. This is done by taking your needle nose pliers and gently opening the female connector as shown below. Just a slight opening will allow you to remove the bulb.

Now, you are left with one blue power wire and one black ground wire as shown below. The HID bulb is now ready to be installed into the projector.

Insert the bulb in the projector and secure it by re-installing the metal clip. Please note,  the bulb fits into the housing correctly only one way. You should not have to force the bulb for it fit. This is what the headlamp looks like with the HID bulb installed.

At this point, we are almost done. Now you need to create an opening in the cover that you removed in the first step. This is required for the HID wires to pass through. Take the cover and measure 2″ from the top and 3/4″ from the right side exactly as shown in the picture below. Mark the intersection of these two locations. This is where you will need to create your opening. Please note, we are measuring from the top where the three screw tabs are located. If you accidentally take your measurements from the bottom side, then your opening will be in the wrong location.

We are using a 300 series dremel to make quick work of the opening. Notice the bit we are using.

You want to create an opening that is roughly the diameter of a quarter. It does not need to be pretty or perfectly circular. Your main concern is creating the opening in the right location. Use the dremel tool at a moderate speed and take your time.

Once you’ve got your hole cut and you’ve verified its large enough, pass the two wires coming off of the HID bulb and the blue power and black ground wire from the headlamp through the opening and re-attach the cover using the five phillips head screws you took off in the first step.

Use the adhesive sealant to seal up the opening in the cover. Be generous with the material and overlap the edges to create an air tight seal.

Your final step in the fabrication process is to connect the power and ground wires from the headlamp and HID harness. Take the red wire with male connector from the HID harness and plug it into the blue wire with female connector coming from the headlamp. Next, take the black wire with male connector coming from the HID harness and plug it into the black wire with female connector coming from the headlamp. The connections are shown below.

Pull the silicone sheathing over the connections to avoid contact between the power and ground wires as shown below.

Follow the same procedure outlined above for the other headlamp and your fabrication will be complete. The last step is to obviously install them in your Mustang! Here is the projector on our workbench with a 10K HID bulb installed.

Installing StangMods Bixenon HIDs in 05-09 Ford Mustangs

In this edition of writeups we go over the process of installing a Bixenon HID kit on a 2009 Mustang GT. This very popular modification was easy to install and required only a 10MM socket.

Tools Required:

  • 10MM Socket
  • Socket Extension

First take the wiring harness and position it on the passenger side near the fuse box cover. A majority of the connections will be made in this location.

Run the longer side of the harness over to the driver’s side of the vehicle. It is not important to tuck it away at this point.

Go back to the wires laid out on the passenger side. You’ll see two O ring terminals. You may have to push back the wire cover but you’ll see one is red and the other is black.

Using a 10MM socket, remove the bolt located on the inner fender. This is the location where you’ll connect the black ground wire with O ring terminal. Slip the O ring over the bolt as shown below and re-install the bolt.

Remove the cover on the fuse box located under the hood. There is a 10MM bolt circled in red below. Attach the red power wire with O ring terminal to this bolt. This is your power source.

The picture below shows our red O ring terminal power wire attached.

Next, you’ll want to remove the stock passenger side bulb. Simply turn the bulb counter-clockwise and it will come undone from the headlamp housing. Once you have the bulb removed, you’ll need to disconnect it from the stock harness. Use your thumb and press in the tab as shown below. While pressing the tab, gently pull the bulb away from the harness.

Take your new HID bulb and install it in the headlamp housing by turning it in clockwise.

Now, we’ll be connecting the H13 headlight plug from the HID harness to the stock passenger side harness as shown below. Simply plug the two connections in.

One of the last few steps for the passenger side is mounting your ballast. The picture below shows where we placed ours. There is more than enough space to drop in the ballast. Do not zip-tie it or bolt it in place just yet. The StangMods kit comes with both zip ties and brackets with hardware to mount your ballasts.

To finish up the installation on the passenger side, there are three plug-in connections that need to be made. Each of these connections are polarized; meaning they can only be plugged into each other one specific way. The first connection is from the bulb to the harness as shown below.

The next is the two separate plugs from the bulb to the ballast.

Finally, there is one remaining square plug from the HID harness. Connect it to the ballast as shown below.

Before buttoning everything up, check to make sure your passenger side HID bulb comes on and works.

After confirming the passenger side works, you can zip-tie all of the connections in place. Once everything is tucked away, it’ll be hard to notice the HID wiring.

Now we’ll begin on the driver side. We routed the harness over to the driver’s side following an OEM harness as pointed out in the picture below. Run the harness from HID underneath the radiator shroud cover.

To give us more space with the driver’s side headlamp area, remove the bolt holding the intake cover in place (use 10 MM socket and extension). You do not have to undo the intake completely. Simply remove the bolt and move the intake out of the way.

Remove the stock driver’s side bulb the same way you did the passenger side bulb. Undo the bulb from the harness and zip-tie the stock harness out of the way. It will not be used. You can now install the new HID bulb.

Now place the ballast in the location as shown below. There is just enough space for the ballast to fit in snugly. You can zip tie it to the large harness to keep it in place.

Next you’ll connect the driver’s side ground to the bolt on the inner fenderwell as shown below.

Finish up the process by making the same three plug-in connections that you made on the passenger side. Reinstall the stock intake and zip-tie any loose connections out of the way. This completes the full installation of your new HID kit.

Click Here to find our 05-09 Bixenon HID kit on StangMods.com

 

Installing Chrome/Amber Bulbs In 1999-2004 Mustangs

In this write up, we go over the installation process of the chrome/amber turn signal bulbs. Installation is very simple and no tools are required. These bulbs complement clear corner headlamps and turn signals very well. We installed the bulbs in our smoked clear corner headlamps for the 99-04 Mustang. The bulb will fit any application using a 3157 bulb type.

Tools Required:

  • None

First remove the two headlamp pins that secure the headlamp to the vehicle. Simply place your finger under the tab as shown below and pull up. There are two pins per headlamp. These are the only items securing the headlamp to the vehicle.

Once the pins are removed, gently slide the headlamps away from the body of the vehicle. It may take some effort, but eventually they will work free. Once you have some space, unplug the wiring harness from the headlamp bulb. Simply pull up on the tabs and gently release the harness.

Next, remove the wiring harness connected to the turn signal bulb. Depress the sides of the harness and gently pull it off the turn signal bulb. The picture below shows the harness removed from the bulb.

Turn the bulb counter clock-wise to remove it from the headlamp. The picture below shows the bulb partially removed from the housing.

The picture below shows the stock turn signal bulb located in its base. Gently pull the bulb out of the base to prepare for re-installation of the new turn signal bulb.

Take the new chrome/amber bulb and re-install it in the adapter. Be careful not to touch the bulb with your bare hands or fingertips. The new chrome/amber bulb installed is shown below.

Finally, reverse steps one through four and your installation is complete.

The new chrome/amber turn signal bulb shown in action below.

You can find our chrome/amber replacement bulbs here – http://www.stangmods.com/Chrome-Amber-3157-Bulbs-p/00729.htm

Installing Clear Or Smoked Rear Side Markers & LED Bulbs In 05-09 Mustangs

In this write-up we add a set of clear rear side markers and red led bulbs to our 2009 Mustang GT. Installation is very simple and takes virtually minutes to do. You can find our rear side marker/LED package here – http://www.stangmods.com/Mustang-Rear-Side-Marker-Lenses-Red-LED-Bulbs-p/00980.htm

Tools Required:

  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Terry Cloth or Towel

The first step is removing the stock side marker. This is done by wrapping the end of a flat head screwdriver with a towel. Insert the end into the small gap where the sidemarker meets the body of the car and gently pull outward.

The sidemarker will be attached to the wiring harness from the vehicle. Depress the tab shown in the picture below and release the harness from the lens.

Now, remove the stock bulb housing from the lens by turning it counter clockwise. This is what you’ll be left with after removing the housing with bulb inside.

Now its time to get the clear lens and LED bulb ready for installation. Simply pull the stock halogen bulb out of its base and insert the new LED bulb. It’s important to note that the LED bulb will fit in the bulb housing two different ways, but only one way is correct. After installing the LED bulb in the small black housing, plug it into the sidemarker wiring harness. Use your key fob and unlock your doors. This will cause the LED bulb to come on. If it does not light up, then flip the position of the LED in the bulb housing.

Once you’ve done this, remove the bulb housing from the wiring harness and re-install it into the new clear side marker as shown below.

We’re almost done at this point. Take your new sidemarker with LED bulb installed and plug the sidemarker wiring harness back in.

The clear lens has an OEM fit. Simply push the lens back into place and you should hear/feel it snap in. It does not require much force to get it on so don’t force things!

Your installation is now complete!

You can purchase your sidemarker lenses and red led bulb from StangMods.com

Installing StangMods HID Foglight Conversion On 2010-2012 Mustang GTs

In this write-up, we go over the process of installing StangMods’ HID foglight kit in your 2010-2011 Mustang GT. We’ve gone over the write up for the headlight kit which can be found HERE.

The fog kit needs no wiring harness and uses the factory wiring harness plugs to get power to the ballasts. As you can see with the grill installed there is very little space behind the grill. It’s not possible to do this install without removing the grill. Removing the grill is the most difficult part of installing this HID kit. You have to remove two bolts that hold the grill on and then pop the grill loose from the retailing tabs all around the grill. Take care to not scratch your paint during the removal process.

Once the grill is removed, you can access the bulbs easily. You need to twist and remove the factory bulbs from the housing of the fogs and then install the HID bulbs into the housing by pressing them into the opening and twisting to lock. The HID bulbs again have a black and red wire coming off for connecting to the ballast.

Once you have the bulbs installed, you are ready to install the ballasts for your fog lights and connect the wires. The factory connector to the fog light plug connects to one of the connectors running off the ballast. This is the only confusing part of the install. The factory harness for each of the fogs has two different colored wires. On each side, the power wire is different color than the ground wire is. You have to be sure that the ground wire of the factory plug is aligned with the side of the HID harness that has the black ground wire. In my case, the ground wire was a grayish color with a yellow stripe. If you hook this backwards, the HID fog lights will not work. Be sure you test the fogs to ensure they work before you reinstall the grill.

The installation for both the right and left fog lights is the exact same. All of the connectors except the one where the factory fog light harness plugs in that I just mentioned are keyed. The other wiring connections can’t be installed wrong. Once you get the ballasts hooked up and the fogs work you can route the wires and reinstall the grill. I pushed the wires though a small opening between the radiator and the headlight assembly rather than wire the ballasts inside the radiator area. You can put the ballasts wherever the will safely fit and be secure.

After installing the wires, reinstalling the grill, and securing the ballast you are ready to reconnect the battery, put the radiator cover back on and you are done. The lights look really good and have lots more light than the factory halogen bulbs. Keep in mind when you look at the before and after photos below that my headlights and fogs are blackout tinted.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

 You’ll notice the HIDs provide a crisper, cooler-white light that makes night time driving safer and aesthetically pleasing.

You can find our many HID conversion kits for all years and models of Mustangs by clicking here: Mustang HIDs at StangMods.com