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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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    :popcorn:
     
  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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    willconltd

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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!
     
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  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:
     
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  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.
     
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  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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  9. Jul 10, 2020 at 9:53 PM
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    Finally got around to doing this today. I used these parts:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CZBQCR2

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Carlon-4-in-x-4-in-x-2-in-PVC-Junction-Box-Gray-E989NNJ-CAR/100404097

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LZRV0HV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Wire taps I had around, and a screw / nuts because it didn't sit low enough with the junction box. As is normal for me it took me more than twice as long as anyone else doing the same thing. Also got some dirt in my contacts, with safety googles on. Yeah, I'm that special :eek:

    Ran the wire up the passenger side, entered though the grommet by the passenger front door.

    Total cost less than $30. Would have been less but I was out of wire. Didn't have any sound deamping on hand and didn't see any that was only for a small amount. Not too loud with the junction box. Love this forum. Thanks OP and everyone who contributed to the thread.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68Cn-XF_Trw&feature=youtu.be

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  10. Jul 20, 2020 at 6:06 PM
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    I’m doing this install and for some reason the actuator isn’t doing anything... am I tapping the right wires?
     
  11. Jul 20, 2020 at 6:33 PM
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    This video will give you a visual on where to tap in. It's not the only option, but I used this location and it works.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehiS8HVTRkc
     
  12. Jul 20, 2020 at 6:52 PM
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    I would assume you tested it with an external 12v source already but if you haven't I would start there. Good luck!
     
  13. Jul 20, 2020 at 6:59 PM
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    Thank you! I’ll give this a try tomorrow. I was trying to tap by the B pillar...
     
  14. Jul 20, 2020 at 7:01 PM
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    I haven’t... I don’t have a way to test it. I did have another actuator and hooked it up to see if the one installed was bad but also didn’t work...

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  15. Jul 20, 2020 at 9:19 PM
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    I know this is a 3rd gen forum, but has anyone seen this on an early second gen? Looking for a good spot to put the actuator. The inside of the tailgate doesn’t have the same mounting points.
     
  16. Jul 20, 2020 at 9:52 PM
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    A crimp is much more reliable, when the proper pressure is applied it actually forces the metals to bond which is why the military and all other respectable Harness builders do so. Soldering can also change the resistance of a wire and generate excess heat, it’s more difficult to inspect to verify a proper solder, and as said above changes based on the application. You can solder on top of a good crimp if you want to but it’s not recommended. Google solder vs crimp there’s plenty of info.
     
  17. Jul 21, 2020 at 12:00 AM
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    tagging for later- Awesome easy 1st mod! thx
     
  18. Jul 21, 2020 at 2:07 AM
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    Great work. Exactly what I was looking for
     
  19. Jul 22, 2020 at 7:28 AM
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    Finally done! No drill install. First wired mod. Modeled and printed a box that attaches to existing bolts.


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  20. Jul 22, 2020 at 10:44 AM
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    This guy.. showing us all up :eek:

    Nice work man, looks factory. I think you won the thread. :D
     
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