I just wanted to share a little info on a switch I had seen members post here as an option for people who have filled up the switch blanks on the left hand side of the steering wheel.
I have a 2013 Off-Road, so all the left hand side switches in my truck are full, so I was looking for an option that fit under the radio/HVAC and looked OEM. I needed a pair of switches, one for the four roof lamps I'm mounting on my T-Force bed bar and one for future expansion for front driving lamps. I'm going to most likely fab up something that bolts onto the OEM bumper for now and replace it with the ARB down the road.
I had seen people discuss this switch at www.TundraPart.com as a possible solution. I had seem some back and forth about the switch, most notably about the price of the switch. Given the fact I wanted something that looked as OEM as possible, I bit the bullet and ordered a pair of them.
I test fit one of the switches in my blanks tonight. Please note, I have not powered up the light on the switch, so I cannot comment on illumination.
- Fits in snug and secure.
- Correct size.
- Correct shape.
- Comes with an OEM style connector which can be spliced into the wiring harness of your auxiliary lights.
- Glossy switch finish doesn't match matte finish of ATRAC switch.
- Feels slight cheap in action, the push panel wiggles slightly in its motion.
- Switch doesn't fit straight across. I may be able to tweak this, I haven't investigated any further, it was just my knee-jerk reaction once I put it in.
Also, please look at the following picture:
If you notice, the USB/AUX switch is keyed separate than the other switches in the pod. The blank on the left is also keyed different than the ATRAC switch. The blank on the right appears to be keyed the same as the ATRAC switch, although I do apologize that the angle of the picture doesn't show the left hand side of the furthers right switch. Reviewing pictures I have of the ATRAC switch show that it should be able to move into the furthest right location, but I did not try this when I was testing what fit where.
The reason I note this is my original intention was to shift the ATRAC to where the USB/AUX sat and then move the USB/AUX to the furthest right. As you can see, this is not possible.
As such, I will be running the aux lighting switches on either side of the ATRAC and USB/AUX switches. I could move the ATRAC to the furthers right (as they are keyed the same) but I don't know if the wiring harness is long enough to support this (I will investigate further at a later date).
But regardless, I wanted to give a quick out of the box review of the switches for members on here that want to add OEM looking switches to that location. I will have to hook up the switch soon so it illuminates to compare to the Tacoma OEM lighting, but I'm sure any discrepancies can be rectified by changing the bulbs.
I will also mention that on my old 93 Xtracab I did use the popular Carling/Daystar style switches in a Digikey panel.
To compare these two switches head to head is night and day. The Carling/Daystar style switch is a much more "solid" feeling switch with a much more positive action while switching on/off.
The reason I decided against this style switch on my new truck was simply that I wanted an OEM look and I found that the light on those switches (at least in blue) was far, far too bright, to the point of being distracting. On my old truck the steering wheel did a good job to obstruct the direct view of the blue LED into my line of vision, but the few times I caught it out of the corner of my eye, it was glaring. Had I purchased a similar switch for my Tacoma, I would have went with a red or green LED.
Please feel free to ask me any questions.