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Old 03-31-2010, 12:58 PM   #1
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Talking Playschools "My First Build"! :or: adding a 12V outlet

OK. Here we go...
I just said goodbye to my 99 Taco at the dealership and I took everything I could salvage off of it before I said a tearfull bittersweet goodbye.
One of the pieces I took was the accessory 12V outlet from the front of the center console. You see, it's nice the new Taco has 2 of them as well; but now with the full back seat I can & will cart the kids around.
My daughter has a Nintendo DS and along with it a car charger, so I thought it would be nice to have a dedicated rear 12V oulet to eliminate cords all over when we drive.
1. First I removed the back of the center console:

2. I found a socket from my set that was just the right size for a template & VERY CAREFULLY with a dremmel I cut out the hole for the new outlet. I pushed the new outlet through the hole and then flatened the connections:

3. the wiring was simple - I just spliced into the existing 12V outlet that housed the cigarette lighter (which I won't use anyway - I quit about 4 months ago!)
4. I then simply put the whole gig back together...

Here's another shot:

This whole thing took about an hour & a half. (only took that long because I was very careful cutting that hole) It cost me nothing but time because I recycled the pieces from my Junked 99 Taco! It's kind of neat that I still have a piece or two from that truck on my new one. I LOVED THAT TRUCK!
I hope this inspires someone out there... I know I've been inspired by some of you!
Thanks!!!!
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Old 03-31-2010, 01:00 PM   #2
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i need to do this..plus one in the elbow compartment.
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Nice dude! Was it the frame rust buy back program?? Or just traded it in?
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nioce! az needs to start salting the roads haha
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I was told by the guy that was doing it that he still sees at least 1-2 per day on this issue.... At least now I've got a new project!
I have the letter from Toyota in my glovebox, but I know I wouldn't fail. 150% KBB isn't half bad though. Hmmm maybe I should move then for the next winter
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It's a great way to get a TOP DOLLAR down payment on your next Taco! Although it felt a bit shady...
Eh I'd either get a new Taco or a Rubicon.
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diggin' up bones.....

i would like to do something in this line EXCEPT i do on occasion use the cig lighter(charging phone...etc) the other outlet in my 06 is used for my radar detector, will using 2 12v outlet off the same circuit be wise? upgrade the fuse? if i do the 12v rear outlet i foresee a plug in inverter.....thoughts?
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diggin' up bones.....

i would like to do something in this line EXCEPT i do on occasion use the cig lighter(charging phone...etc) the other outlet in my 06 is used for my radar detector, will using 2 12v outlet off the same circuit be wise? upgrade the fuse? if i do the 12v rear outlet i foresee a plug in inverter.....thoughts?
Holey shit this is like one of my first threads!

It will work off of this... Mine still does.
There are plenty of better write ups though.
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