Mike "Wuzzy121". Rest in peace, brother

Go Back   Tacoma World Forums > Tacoma Garage > Lighting

Notices

Wire reverse lights to switch in cabin

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-20-2011, 11:43 AM   #1
franzcars [OP] franzcars is offline
I'm different, in a different way
franzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
franzcars's Avatar
Name: Justin
Joined: Mar 2011, #52165
Location: ST.louis MO
Gender: Male
Posts: 338
franzcars's Tacoma Gallery
Wire reverse lights to switch in cabin

I drive a 5 speed but when i back up i normally just coast down where ever i am but i want to have my reverse lights on a switch so people know im moving. I know i could put it in reverse but i'd rather keep it in neutral just because it's easier. So i was thinking i would just wire one in parallel with the one in the trans and put it next to the switches in the cabin.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 12:08 PM   #2
JEP JEP is online now
Resident Lurker
JEP is one of the sharper tools in the shedJEP is one of the sharper tools in the shedJEP is one of the sharper tools in the shedJEP is one of the sharper tools in the shedJEP is one of the sharper tools in the shedJEP is one of the sharper tools in the shedJEP is one of the sharper tools in the shedJEP is one of the sharper tools in the shedJEP is one of the sharper tools in the shedJEP is one of the sharper tools in the shedJEP is one of the sharper tools in the shed
Joined: Aug 2011, #61005
Location: Madison
Age: 33
Gender: Male
Posts: 554
JEP's Tacoma Gallery
I would take a SPDT switch and put it into the middle of the power wire going to the reverse lights. Cut the power wire going to the reverse lights and place the end going to the reverse light onto the middle of the SPDT switch and place the other wire end on one end of the switch. Place a constant power (or power that is on when the ignition or acc. is on) on the opposite end of the switch. Fuse your constant power of course.
This single throw double pole (SPDT, or ON, OFF, ON) switch prevents any voltage from feeding back to your OEM reverse switch. This will allow you to have the reverse lights either ON with switch, OFF, or NORMAL operation

Just my $.02 and perform at your own risk.

  Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 12:28 PM   #3
franzcars [OP] franzcars is offline
I'm different, in a different way
franzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
franzcars's Avatar
Name: Justin
Joined: Mar 2011, #52165
Location: ST.louis MO
Gender: Male
Posts: 338
franzcars's Tacoma Gallery
Quote:
Originally Posted by JEP View Post
I would take a SPDT switch and put it into the middle of the power wire going to the reverse lights. Cut the power wire going to the reverse lights and place the end going to the reverse light onto the middle of the SPDT switch and place the other wire end on one end of the switch. Place a constant power (or power that is on when the ignition or acc. is on) on the opposite end of the switch. Fuse your constant power of course.
This single throw double pole (SPDT, or ON, OFF, ON) switch prevents any voltage from feeding back to your OEM reverse switch. This will allow you to have the reverse lights either ON with switch, OFF, or NORMAL operation

Just my $.02 and perform at your own risk.

thanks, sounds good, when the weather gets beter ill go take a look at it.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 04:31 PM   #4
Senior Member
iroc409 is a splendid one to beholdiroc409 is a splendid one to beholdiroc409 is a splendid one to beholdiroc409 is a splendid one to beholdiroc409 is a splendid one to beholdiroc409 is a splendid one to behold
Joined: Jul 2009, #19444
Location: Washington
Gender: Male
Posts: 446
iroc409's Tacoma Gallery
Hmm... what about when you forget the switch? I would go for a momentary switch, or a latching relay on a timer or something.

I would look for a SPDT switch in on-(on) configuration, as "on" in parentheses is momentary.

That way you won't forget and leave them on, but you'll have to hold them on when you are reversing without reversing. I would not get a switch with an "off" position as suggested above, because then they'd possibly be off when you expect them to function normally.

Edit: You might actually check the power requirements of the rear lights. If you did this with a standard SPDT relay, it would be perfect!

Connect the SPDT relay in the existing reverse light circuit such that the NC connection leaves the factory wiring essentially intact.

Then, connect a switch (preferably momentary) to switch the relay. Use the NO connection of the relay to add in auxiliary power like above. Then, they'd come on when you hit the switch, or operate normally (and still not backfeed power into the factory circuit).

I can't remember how much power the factory reverse lights use, but relays are often preferred. It's probably only 5 amps or so in this case, though.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 04:46 PM   #5
Senior Member
2000GTacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shed2000GTacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shed2000GTacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shed2000GTacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shed2000GTacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shed2000GTacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shed2000GTacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shed2000GTacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shed2000GTacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shed2000GTacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shed2000GTacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
2000GTacoma's Avatar
Joined: Jan 2011, #50183
Location: Snow Hill NC
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,128
2000GTacoma's Tacoma Gallery
maybe just put in reverse have lights on anyway?
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 06:06 PM   #6
franzcars [OP] franzcars is offline
I'm different, in a different way
franzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shedfranzcars is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
franzcars's Avatar
Name: Justin
Joined: Mar 2011, #52165
Location: ST.louis MO
Gender: Male
Posts: 338
franzcars's Tacoma Gallery
thx iroc, and the reason i just coast down is so i can leave it in first so i can start going faster as to not hold trafic. this gives me a project to do over winter break
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
RECIRCULATING CABIN AIR switch not working skyking007 Technical Chat 2 01-19-2012 07:50 AM
Fog Switch - 3 contact toggle switch to 4 wire Toyota female plug SirGeoff 2nd Gen. Tacomas 14 11-01-2011 05:10 AM
wire routing out of cabin for add-ons supralight 2nd Gen. Tacomas 9 04-26-2011 07:04 PM
HID Reverse with SWITCH 2K6 Taco 2nd Gen. Tacomas 25 10-24-2010 06:06 PM
Reverse wire behind dash strengthcoach4 Audio & Video 6 01-26-2010 05:19 PM


Copyright © 2014 Tacoma Forum. Tacoma World is not owned by, or affiliated with Toyota Motor Corporation.