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$10 DIY Power Lock Tailgate

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by MESO, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. Jun 29, 2020 at 8:48 PM
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    RobP62

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  2. Jun 30, 2020 at 4:38 AM
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    I'm just saying that working on your truck isn't hard and everyone should do it. Everyone can crimp a wire.

    Now if I could only find that AC leak on the ranger I could sell the damned thing.
     
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  3. Jun 30, 2020 at 6:19 AM
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    I get it and I do, work on mine. I was just waiting for & encouraging more rhetoric on the pro's and cons of each process. I learned to solder last year and I am definitely more proficient at crimping. I think it's due to my shoddy iron. it was part of a cheap kit I bought to see if I did well before investing more money. Maybe I need to upgrade it. Even though it says it heats up to 400 degrees to me it seems the solder never wants to melt onto the wire fast enough. I also can't stand the wired aspect. I constantly fight with it.

    So, anywho, I have this mod to do this weekend and now I am second guessing soldering. I have to wire up a bunch of lights too and considering crimping for those too.
    :popcorn:
     
  4. Jun 30, 2020 at 7:27 AM
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    Tip: Make sure your soldering iron's tip is tinned (clean) and put a drop of solder on it. The solder will help transfer heat to the wire. Once the wire gets hot, add a drop of solder to make a good joint.
     
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  5. Jun 30, 2020 at 7:48 AM
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    Honestly, soldering is fine, but then you have to clean the soldered joint, then shrink wrap and all that other jazz and its messy, hard to do upside down in the truck cab while reaching behind the dash, and its just not as good as a proper crimp. Go ahead and solder away this time, but you should order up a ratcheting crimping tool and some pins/plugs to be ready for the next mod!

    Granted I come from the BMW OCD community where parts are cheap, available everywhere online, and all the BMW schematics and wiring diagrams are readily available, (At least on the ones from 10+ years ago when they weren't hideously ugly) but with a proper pin remover tool, which a set is like 8 bucks, and the proper pins/plugs you can make everything super clean and factory looking with the same if not less effort than soldering. I generally reserve soldering for circuit boards and micro-controller projects. I have a nice bench solder station that's digitally adjustable to 1000+ degrees, and an assortment of solder. You have to get the right kind of solder for the application etc etc. Its not one size fits all. Soldering can be very complicated and cause issues down the road with corroding wires etc. None of which is really a concern of yours with truck mods.

    All manufacturers use properly crimped pins as well as just about every high end shop and badobsessionmotorsports project binky which you should watch if you haven't seen it.

    For example, I cut off the Toyota foglight plug and made my own harness with some nice watertight connectors I got from digi-key for a few bucks. I have it so my light bar comes on with the fog lights, IF the light bar switch is on. Its just fun mucking about with cars. Its your truck so mod away and have fun with it. Do I need another set of 12 inch light bars behind the grill or should I get some strobes to go with the dash switch of a girl dancing on a pole? Both. Both is good. Happy modding!
     
  6. Jun 30, 2020 at 8:40 AM
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    I'll keep soldering but to each their own. I've been known to crimp and solder also :thumbsup::cheers:
     
  7. Jun 30, 2020 at 11:52 AM
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    Knowing/determining the right pins can be half the challenge...but agree if you have them, it makes for a much nicer install.

    EDIT: Parts for this mod are on the way, probably install this weekend.
     
  8. Jun 30, 2020 at 12:24 PM
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    I feel you there. I looked everywhere for Toyota parts and guys on the forum straight up said I wasn't going to find them. So I just got all new plugs/pins from digi-key and removed the Toyota stuff. You wouldn't know if I didn't point it out. Its just another wiring plug.

    Toyota parts are hella expensive compared to BMW parts and that seems counter intuitive. BMW mods are hella expensive compared to Toyota mods, which is why this damned truck is so addictive.
     
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