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2012 tacoma headlight install

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by trooper12, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Feb 29, 2012 at 8:31 PM
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    trooper12

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    Fog Lights!! not headlights... I don't know how to change it, any help with this would be much appreciated


    Install of fog lights on a 2012 2.7L prerunner

    I bought this kit off of eBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/40022503339...tem=&sspagename=ADME:L:OU:MOTORS:1123&vxp=mtr

    The install went very easy, took about 45 min. except i dropped one light, which shattered into pieces :mad: but theres nothing that super glue can't fix, right?? I ordered another light, and its on the way. but i installed the lights anyway.

    I diddnt use the wiring that came with the kit, i used a 30amp relay that i had and some wiring connectors.

    sorry for the big pictures, don't want to spend the time to make them smaller.


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    First, you need to get the plastic covers off. it helps if you turn the wheel all the way out you can get all the way in the wheel well.

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    on the passenger side you can get the screwdriver through the vents to unscrew the screws. but on the drivers side you need a short screwdriver to get at the bolts.

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    when i put in the lights, the tabs would not fit in the slots the side opposite of the screws. so i had to cut the tabs, which made the light fit flush.

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    it looks like a prefect fit!! :D


    Ok, now for the wiring.
    i diddnt want to have a switch in the car, so i used a relay with the headlights.


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    I put the wire to the low beam, so the fog's turn off when the high beams are on, i wanna keep it legal. The low beam wire is the yellow and red wire.


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    and after that just wire up the relay and mount it


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    Heres the finished product!! :cool:



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    i tried to do a very clean install, the harness blends right in


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    broken light :mad::frusty:
     
  2. Feb 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM
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    Tacofornia

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  3. Feb 29, 2012 at 8:36 PM
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    Looks great! I noticed that the link shows the application for a late model Camry? Either way, if it worked out with no problems and looks stock, I'm in.
     
  4. Feb 29, 2012 at 8:39 PM
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    yea there was no problems, same part numbers. they were just cheaper for some reason.

    and if you were wondering why the lights have a blue tint is because they have the stupid blue coated bulbs in them
     
  5. Feb 29, 2012 at 8:40 PM
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    and does anybody know how to change the name of the thread?? some how it says headlights instead of fog lights
     
  6. Feb 29, 2012 at 8:43 PM
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    Sorry,I have no idea how to change the name of a thread. Thanks for the information. I'm going to go ahead and order 'em! I like how you wired them into your low beams, much better than f'n with your dash and all!
     
  7. Feb 29, 2012 at 8:47 PM
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    thats exactly why i did it, i diddnt want to mess up any of the rubber grommets in the firewall. did it on my last truck, every time i hit a mud pit water/mud would come in
     
  8. Feb 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM
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    Just ordered them! I looked at the Bling-Lights, but the mounting brackets don't look correct and another member on this board said they didn't work. Anyhow, thanks for the information and step by step instructions, including the pictures!
     
  9. Mar 1, 2012 at 10:10 PM
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    I was asked for a full write up on how to wire this up.

    So here you guys go.

    the wiring is pretty basic and you should also get some wiring connectors, they make life a lot easier.

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    First thing is that i did use some/most of the wiring in the kit. i just did not use the relay or switch in the kit.

    The wiring for the lights I used.

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    The relay and switch for the lights, i did not use

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    From the relay/switch assembly, cut out the fuse and connect a battery terminal to it and a female connector.

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    Then after that, cut all the wires that connect to the switch.

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    Then pull out the wire that says "ignition" on it. then cut off the part of the wire that branches out.

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    Next, cut off the ground wire from the relay. and attach a female connector to the end.

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    The power wire to the fog lights, has a white connector, cut the wire and put a female connector on the end. You will have to cut the wire shorter, depending on where you put the relay. you can use the extra wiring to add to the fuse, because the wires are short.

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    This is the relay i used, most relays will look like this, and will have the same numbering.

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    85- power from headlight low beam / ground
    86- ground / power from headlight low beam

    85 and 86 can be switched. does not matter.


    87- fused power from battery / power to lights
    30- power to lights / fused power from battery

    87 and 30 can be switched .

    DO NOT PUT 85 TO 87 OR 30
    AND DO NOT PUT 86 TO 87 OR 30

    this will short out the circuit and you will blow the fuse in the fog lights or the fuse for your headlights.




    Now, to get the power from the headlight to the relay.
    remember the "ignition" wire. cut the blue wire tap thing off and strip the wire.

    Disconnect the connector to the driver side headlight, it will be hard to pull off, but it comes off.

    Find the yellow and red wire.

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    Get the "ignition" wire and shove it into the hole, make sire there is contact with the wires.

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    now for wiring the relay.


    connect the ground to 85 or 86

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    connect the wire from the headlight to 85 or 86

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    connect the fused power from the battery to 87 or 30

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    and finally connect the wire to the for lights to 87 or 30

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    and the final product will look something like this.

    I used the extra wire loom from cutting the wire shorter, to clean it up and make it look nicer.

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    this is the ground i used for the relay.

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    the ground for the lights, i put it on the radiator bracket.

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    after everything is all wired up, and checked if it works. i taped up the relay to protect the wiring.

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    and mounted with velcro


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    And then you have fog lights!! :D

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  10. Mar 8, 2012 at 7:33 PM
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    Just finished my install... They look great! Thanks for the help
     
  11. Mar 10, 2012 at 9:04 AM
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    was there any gap in between the light at the plastic? i saw another one of these mods done and it didn't look as clean as yours....
     
  12. Mar 28, 2012 at 2:13 AM
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    I filed a complaint with eBay about the BlingLights ad. The picture shows a 2012 Taco with fogs in the bumper like a factory install - in fact I suspect it IS a factory install. When I checked out, the item was listed as 2012 Toyota Tacoma Xenon Fog Lamps Driving Lights 12 lamp light (250957470577)
    But as others have noted they have simple brackets that are NOT application specific. The ad also says "Compatibility: This information is not available." This is not true - they aren't compatible with ANY vehicle as an application specific accessory. At this web site http://www.blinglights.org/2012-201...-lights-foglamps-foglights-drivinglights-kit/ it states "This listing includes a complete fog lamp kit for use on the model listed (2012 Tacoma) on both sides without the factory fog lamps or as a replacement for existing factory fog lamps. This listing includes everything needed to install and requires no other parts or extensive modification even if you don't already have the optional factory fog lamps." This is just not true. You would have to BUILD your own brackets. I'm not the first to get burned. See this link http://toolhaus.org/cgi-bin/negs?User=blinglightshid&ref=neg30. I'm sending mine back.
     
  13. Aug 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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    Excellent post/thread on installing FOG lights in a 2012 Tacoma.

    My daughter just brought a 2012 Tacoma and I inquired about adding fog lights, of course the dealer (stealer) wants over $800 bucks to install!

    Thanks for posting.
     
  14. Oct 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM
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    Just did this install and it works great.

    If I wanted to wire in a switch, how would I hook that up? The relay that I have is a 40amp relay, and has a 5th prong labeled 87a (another power out??).

    I'd like to be able to switch the fog lights on/off, but only have the fog lights on if the low beams are on, as well as the switch lighted only when the lights are on.
     
  15. Oct 21, 2012 at 7:21 PM
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    yea the 87a will provide power when the headlight is off.

    as you can see in the diagram, when the electromagnet is not energized the arm is up, contacting 87a giving it power. When the magnet is energized it pulls the arm to 87 giving it power when the headlight is on.

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    for a switch, you can place it in one of two locations,

    1. in between the relay and the fog lights

    2. in between the battery and the relay

    unfortunately it would be tricky to wire it up so the foglights could come on without the headlights on. you wound need a DTDP switch to achieve this.

    but it seems like you just want to be able to turn the fogs off when the headlights are on, so placing the switch in one of those locations will probably work out for you
     
  16. Oct 22, 2012 at 8:48 AM
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    Yes, I just want to be able to toggle the fog lights on/off when the low beams are on. I also want the switch the illuminate when the fog lights are on/off.

    I think this is the switch wiring:
    1. Top - ground
    2. Power input
    3. Illumination power
    4. Bottom - Power output

    So, my thinking is
    1. ground
    2. from relay 30 (power to fog lights)
    3. power from low beam headlight (or, why not from relay 30 also??)
    4. to foglights
     
  17. Oct 23, 2012 at 8:02 PM
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    what is the illumination mean? does the switch have a light on it?
     
  18. Oct 24, 2012 at 6:34 AM
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    The switch is the 2012 factory switch, 84160-04020.
     
  19. Oct 24, 2012 at 9:01 AM
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    The illumination is wired to the lights/instrument panel. When you turn on the lights so that you can see where the switches/buttons are located. Trying to go from dark when off to lit when on. Correct?
     
  20. Oct 29, 2012 at 7:20 AM
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