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2G Brown tail light socket/connector replacement?

Posted by mcubed45, Aug 4, 2020

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  1. mcubed45

    mcubed45 Proven Member

    Joined Mar 8, 2013
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Hi guys,

    I'm currently fixing up the wiring that the previous owner did for a Talon to Eclipse conversion. The outermost bulbs on either side have a brown socket that is not connected to anything. Looking at the socket, it's a 2-pin connector even though the bulb is dual filament. It's been awhile since I had my old eclipse so I don't recall if the stock eclipse tail lights used the outer most bulbs for brake/turn signal or if it was just for parking lights.

    In any case, there is no connector for the brown sockets. Is this a universal connector I can find somewhere or is it specific to the eclipse body wiring harness (which my talon would not have)?

    I think I'd like to have the outermost bulbs function the same as the inner ones so I think I might be better off just replacing the socket itself to a 3 pin one. This would also avoid the hassle of trying to find a connector for the brown socket. Do the universal 3-pin 2057 bulb sockets fit our tail lights or is it a socket specific to these cars?

    FYI I'm gonna be using a 3-wire to 2-wire tail light signal converter so I don't need to have separate "brake" and "turn" bulbs.
  2. randman2011

    randman2011 Proven Member

    Joined Feb 26, 2012
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    On the Eclipse, the outer connector was just running lights and doesn't need to be dual filament. The inner two connectors/bulbs are for brake lights. On my Eclipses, the outer bulb holder has been wired directly to the chassis harness with no connector.

    I have likewise considered running all three as brake lights (sequential turns, anyone?) but have too many higher priorities right now to fool with it. Our connectors APPEAR to be compatible with the universal ones but I have never tried. You should try that out and see. It might make things a lot easier for you. Keep in mind that our cars came with 1157 bulbs, which have a brighter running filament than the 2057, but they are completely interchangeable. The brake filament is the same between the two.

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    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM
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  3. Sniffbooger

    Sniffbooger Proven Member

    Joined Apr 12, 2020
    Torrance, California
    Nice post worthy of a screen shot!

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    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM
  4. mcubed45

    mcubed45 Proven Member

    Joined Mar 8, 2013
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Cool thanks for the info. I just ordered a pair of 1157 sockets off amazon and will wire them up in parallel with the other sockets.
  5. spyderdrifter

    spyderdrifter Freelancer

    Joined Jul 11, 2009
    Fountain, Colorado
    That outer socket is supposed to be a 1156 bulb, so having just the 2 wires is the correct wiring.

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    1996 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
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    1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
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