first let me start off by saying this mod is for 2nd gen tacomas without dtrl's.
further more viet2100 is the guy who found out about this flasher module and that it works on 2nd gen tacomas. he did the research/leg work to make sure this was a solution to the dreaded hyper blinking associated with led turn signals. thanks viet for the help
heres where it gets interesting... the tacoma has 2 different flashers if your truck has factory day time running lights then you have a 12 pin flasher module that is black in color and it's located on the right side of the interior fuse panel.
if your truck does not have dtrl's your flasher module is an 8 pin design. this module is located on the back side of the interior fuse panel and this is the flasher i replaced.
viet2100 posted in another thread regarding the flasher he used model number CF18-04 from v-leds i believe. when and if they come back in stock this model will absolutely work as well for 8 pin taco's.
unfortunetly when i first started this mod myself i was under the impression that all tacomas had a 12 pin flasher. i searched for like 4 day's for one that would work. the only 12 pin led flasher i was able to find was for a cadillac lol. i never got to see however if the pin layout matches the 12 pin flasher in the tacoma but, it may work for our trucks. i found that one at napa auto parts and i'm sure some where else carries it as it seems to be a direct oem replacement part for caddies.
so back to the 8 pin module. the flasher viet posted was out of stock so i had to search for mine. i ended up at superbrightleds.com and found this.
this flasher is the one i installed. it has the same pin layout snapped right in and works great. my truck due to the arb bull bar has 6 in total leds for the turn signals and it works fine both with the hazards and the turn signals no hyper blink and a nice clicking sound from the flasher a little quiter than the stock one but, still noticeable at speed which is a nice feature! some of the modules do not emit an audible report when the turn signal is activated so check up on this before purchasing your flasher module.
the gray 8 pin flasher is located on the back side of the interior fuse panel it also has a tab that imo is a pain in the ass hole! be very gentle get a very short small flat head screwdriver and gently push it into the clip and gently pry up the tab securing the flasher in place and wiggle it free then just pop in the new one after you install your bulbs and you should be done.
the bulbs i used where putco 360 degree premium leds. they are as bright as stock in direct sunlight and at night they are imo brighter than any filament bulb i have seen. i used 3157 amber leds for the stock locations both front and rear amazon has them at a decent price. in the arb i ended up using an 1157 bayonet style bulb. 2 white for the running lights which looks awesome in person very bright at night they are almost like fog lights lol!! and 2 amber ones for the signal bulbs.
one more thing the "technical person" at superbrightleds.com told me that this flasher could in fact handle the 6 leds with no problems. he actually went as far as to say that it could do 6 or 8 filament bulbs as well. so if you ever decided to change back to regular filament style bulb you shouldn't have to change the flasher module back to the stock one.
thanks again go to members of tw and viet2100 for doing the research for us all and i hope someone finds this post useful. all of the info i needed was scattered around tacoma world in different threads and some info i had to pm other members for so i thought i would try and condense what i learned for all in one thread.
on a side note lol... i did however blow the 15 amp fuse for the turn signals twice! when installing the new 3157 leds front and rear which led me to go to pepboy's and autozone like a tard in the middle of my mod to get more fuses lol. the low profile mini fuses where not easy to come by btw so if your going to attemp this mod maybe order a low profile mini style fuse kit offline before installing your bulbs as a precaution so your not stuck with no signals like i was. leds are polaric so just becareful and read your directions and look closely at the new bulbs before installing as some can damage the bulbs themselves or the flasher module also they will pop fuses.
if you have any questions let me know. i will post up pictures of the stock flasher module so you can see what your working on and i will try to get a video up for you guy's as well so you can see the leds and how bright they are they are a big improvement in terms of brightness and style over filament bulbs just be sure you up grade with a good quality led putco v-led or super bright leds all sell some nice stuff. just consider the housing they are being installed into the 360 degree type work very well it dumbs down the bulb choices and it's what i recommend.
be you crazy kids