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Old 03-13-2011, 12:35 PM   #1
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How do I remove drivers kick panel??

I'm trying to hook up my Brake Controller and I can't see the trucks connector above the kick panel, so it must be behind it. I've pulled off the foot rest, unscrewed the bolt which holds the kick panel under the foot rest. So the forward end is loose. I've lifted up the front of the sill, but i can't loosen the rear of the kick plate.

I looks like a plastic part of the toe kick, is holding it to a metal bracket close to the top, just inside. I can't free that strap with a long screwdriver. I've already stretched it--i can see, and i certainly don't want to break it.

any help will be appreciated,
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You first need to remove the "scuff plate" or sill. It pulls straight up out of about 8 snap-in pins, Start at the back, then work your way forward. You don't need tools. The forward end of the scuff plate captures the "Cowl Side Trim" or kick plate.

You already have the footrest off and the clip for the cowl side trim removed. The cowl side trim is held in by that clip and 2 snap-in fasteners at the edge of the door. Lift the cowl side trim off the threaded stud in the floor and pull it straight back. No tools.

When you reinstall that cowl, make sure the little metal clips didn't stay behind in their mounts. If so, remove them and place them back on the cowl or it won't reconnect properly.

I had to remove all this stuff when I installed the factory tow package wiring harness. It isn't difficult.

Also see: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/tec...stall-oem.html
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Terry--thanks much for the reply. I had done all you said to do, but there is something holding the kick panel from coming rearward. It feels to me like it is being held in 1 spot, very close to the top and probably with that "strap". The kick panel has to be removable--but not by me pulling it backwards. maybe something changed for 2011???

So when all else fails---RFM!!! In my 2011 owners manual on page 224 is a description & a drawing where the Service Connector is. It is towards the rear and above the top edge of the kick panel, taped to a big wiring bundle---facing the outside of the truck. I could not see it, but i felt around for it--and sure enough---it was there.

I'm writing the following--just in case someone with a 2011 with Factory Tow Package wants to install a Brake Controller. Hopefully if they search this forum they'll find this thread.

And for what it's worth-- I'll probably install the controller in the pocket above the gas pedal. a nicer install would be in the center pocket in front of the shifter--but that will require more disassembly and splicing an extension into the Taco to controller harness.

I looked at the link/pix of the kick panel. Mine could be the same thing--but it really does not want to be removed. I looked down from the top, in the 1/2" opening and i saw what looked like plastic being stretched--kinda of a lighter color where it was stretched, and i thought--this isn't right. so i stopped. maybe the metal clippies are extra strong on my rig. Thanks for posting the link/pix.

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Talking Kicker panel trouble

Ron, who has probably fixed it by now, so for everyone who hasn't,
I have a 2012 DCLB the kicker panel had the same trouble. Just get a hold of the outside and inside of the panel itself, and with a quick jerk pull strait toward the bed of the truck. If you pull slow it won't work, the clips are strong so you will need to give it a good tug (more than what you would expect).
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