Starting this thread a little early, but what the hell.
First up, props to hooduu for posting up the pic of his Recon LED smoked third brake light mod.
I saw it and was intrigued by the blacked out look, so credit where it's due.
Always thought the OEM third brake light stood out like a sore thumb, especially on a Tuxedo Black truck.
The Recon unit meets my requirement in the subtle category. lol
Took a quick look on E-bay, and prices were pretty much the same as from the dealer, so I ordered mine directly from the Recon website yesterday.
Did some research on a Raptor forum, and one thing I've found out (since putting in my order) is that the regular F150 third brake light is equipped with three wires, whereas the Raptor third brake light has seven wires.
It would also appear the wiring is not as straight forward as it seems:
RECON white to OEM black (cargo socket)
RECON red to OEM red (center plug)
RECON black to OEM white ( centre plug)
Apparently the other four wires are not necessary. Add in the fact you can't use the OEM plug....some splicing required.
A lot of the posts on the Raptor forum complained that the quality of light from the unit was not earth shattering, but I will reserve judgement until I see for myself.
There's always the option of spraying the factory unit with some sort of tint spray, I've seen it done for Mustang tail lights, so that's Option B if I'm not happy.
Time will tell, but for starters, here's a quick "before" pic ( from Feb/2011) to keep things moving......
Updates as they happen.