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3rd Gen - AC Outlet in Cab and 400w Anytime

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by djembefola, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. Aug 12, 2017 at 9:42 PM
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    djembefola

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    Backflip MX4 Tonneau N-Fab Nerf Steps Pro Grill Backup camera anytime 110v in Cab 400 W anytime Interior LED Hondo radio knobs Kicker Tweeters Partially debadged
    The point here is to use the factory inverter to run an AC outlet inside the cab, where one might actually use it. In the process, you can make it so the inverter stays on 400w when you shift from Park instead of kicking down to 100w as designed.

    I searched around and only found the full write-up for this on 2nd Gens. For 3rd Gens, the info was a little spread out between different threads. So for anyone trying to do this on your 3rd Gen, I hope this helps.

    My apologies if I'm stepping on any toes here. But I am really hyped about this mod and want to share in case it helps anyone else. Thanks to @mr_ash and this thread, and @kashtyaatsi and this thread for being the source of most of the info I needed when I was bouncing between 4 different threads as I did the mod.


    From what I've seen, most folks who do the AC outlet mod use this guy:
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    But I picked this one up from Lowes for the extra USB outlets:
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    1. Start by pushing down the chrome ring on the shifter, then twist the shifter knob to unscrew and remove. Obviously standard models will be different when it comes to removing the center console. This thread explains removal on a manual.


    2. Gently lift the console up starting at the front near the cup holders being careful not to break any clips as you pop them up. When you get to this part, you'll need to disconnect this plug on the passenger side:


    3. As you pull up the front part of the console, you'll need to gently slide the "leather" up and over the e-brake handle. It requires some force and patience:


    4. To remove the back part of the console, remove the two 10mm bolts under the rug inside the compartment:


    5. Next you'll need to disconnect the 12v outlet for the compartment, and remove this little clip that holds the wires:


    6. As you lift up the back part of the console, you'll see that it sort-of "hinges" here. When you get it up a little, it will come right up and out:


    7. To cut the hole for the outlet, I measured carefully, used a drill for the corners, then carefully and patiently cut the shape out with a Dremel. To get this to look good, you have to take your time and use fine sand paper to smooth the edges. This is why a lot of folks use the other style outlet I mentioned - it covers the edges. But because the outlet will end up down by the passenger's feet, I wasn't too concerned about the appearance. I lucked out and it turned out looking decent:


    8. For the 400w Anytime Mod, first locate these wires right below the e-brake:


    9. Cut the PURPLE wire, and cap off both ends:


    10. Cut the PINK wire. Cap off the end that runs toward the front of the vehicle. Ground the end that runs toward the inverter:


    11. Here is where I grounded the PINK wire. I also grounded the AC outlet here:


    12. Locate these wires coming from the inverter. Run the BLUE wire to the Neutral, and the WHITE to the Hot on the AC outlet. I cut the wires and used butt connectors to splice the wires to the outlet.


    Put everything back together. If you did everything right, you'll see that the inverter stays in 400w mode when you shift out of Park:




    Hope this helps you. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.
     
  2. Aug 12, 2017 at 9:50 PM
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    KTJO 4x4

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    Did you use 14 Gauge Wire? I actually have been in the process myself of flipping back and forth between both threads as well. I'm also trying to install three cigarette lighters in my console instead of just the one.
     
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  3. Aug 12, 2017 at 9:59 PM
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    I used 18 gauge. I'm sure you've noticed the factory wires from the inverter are smaller than you'd expect - like 22 gauge or maybe smaller.
     
  4. Aug 12, 2017 at 10:16 PM
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    KTJO 4x4

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    Awesome. I have 18 Gauge Wire currently. I have it in all sorts of colors: Blue, Green, White, Yellow, Red, and Black. You just use a butt splice then to connect them together? Also, when you cut the wire in half, how did you cap the Wires off?
     
  5. Aug 12, 2017 at 10:28 PM
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    Yes, like 1 wire in 1 side of the butt connector and 2 wires out the other side. Wire Nuts to cap the cut wires.
     
  6. Aug 13, 2017 at 7:38 PM
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    Great write up, thanks for putting it all in one place! If only you had done it a couple days sooner, so I could have used it yesterday :D
     
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  7. Aug 13, 2017 at 7:57 PM
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    Sub'd. It would really be nice if someone would come up with a mount or bracket that didn't require cutting into any interior pieces. Maybe something that mounts under the dash?
     
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  8. Dec 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM
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    I've done this on my secound gen and to avoid cutting any trim I just used a black extension cord and cut off the male end. Then cut the length I wanted and attached under the console. I keep the short cord coiled on the floor when not using it. Probably will do the same if I get a gen 3 in the next few months.
     
  9. Dec 2, 2017 at 1:56 PM
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    Why would I want the 400w plug in the cab? For the small inkling of time I would use it is when I spend my time outside of the truck, not inside it. Great write up for those who actually find the need.
     
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    To charge laptops and a multitude of other small electronics on long trips.
     
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    ^^^^ this right here. It's not uncommon for my wife to want/need to use her laptop when we're going out fo town for a long weekend to wrap up some stuff and it lets her be able to plug it in.
     
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    Toyota, take note... you skimped out on another detail. Interior power management options... the vehicle already has an inverter, should of done this from factory... USB and power in the back is almost standard now days.
     
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    For anyone interested in doing this mod, I thought I would share this slick little Ford OEM power socket I found on Amazon. It has a cover and a little LED to tell you if it is getting power. However, since this is Ford we are talking about, the quality may be questionable (just kidding). If someone beats me to installing it, please let me know where you put it. I really want easy access from the front passenger seat (wifey's seat) so the OP's mounting location is a no-go for me.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0031C11DY/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I1784GOP9RA4LR&colid=2YLXGMOC0OJDG&psc=0

    [​IMG]
     
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    It would be nice to source some OEM connectors also.
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    Thanks @djembefola for the detailed description of the console removal ... the best one here on TW. I found pulling off the handbrake boot the hardest part. Added a 2nd 12V outlet yesterday and may add an AC outlet when I pick one up. I’m not sure I’ll bother with the 400W anytime mod ... it’s easy enough but I mostly use the inverter to charge cordless batteries and that’s well under 100W, even for my 40V charger. I was actually surprised I could cut 4x4’s (at idle, 400W) with my circular saw which is rated at 10A but now I have a cordless saw which works great for small jobs. But thanks for documenting it in case I change my mind.
     
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    I need this mod in my life... one for driver too!
     
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    Nice work DJ. I need to add an outlet in the back and it doesn't look too bad.
    Sure would have been nice for Toyota do have already installed one.
     
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    I used this one from Amazon (was only $10 when I got it) but just left off the chrome trim.
    https://www.amazon.com/Cabinet-Insert-Socket-Standard-Outlet/dp/B01N5O8GVW/
    71bGiALQ1pL._SX522_.jpg
    I much prefer one that installs from the exposed surface, so that it hides the hole you cut if it isn't perfect.
    (Also has a wire on it already, so I just cut off the plug and spliced it in)
     
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    I am currently in the process of doing this and must ask if you know what the big 8 gauge blue wire is coming from the left plug of the converter. If that is the line going to the bed outlet then how can using 18 gauge for this mid be safe?


     
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