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3rd Gen Center console switch panel mod

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Movementwarrior, Oct 13, 2021.

  1. Oct 13, 2021 at 6:36 PM
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    Movementwarrior

    Movementwarrior [OP] TACOTIME

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    Hey everyone!


    Ive been doing a lot of little projects on my '21 OR Taco! It has been pretty awesome to learn how to do everything from electrical to welding etc. As far as this mod goes:

    Ive been wanting to get rid of that freaking wireless charger out of my center console as I don't use it and I've heard/ read a lot of issues with bubbling etc.

    So originally, I installed a keyed kill switch and switch on the left driver control panel. for my rear bed rack pod lights. Pic below:

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    Once I started adding more accessories (ditch lights, more pods, VHF-- more to follow) I wanted to have a centralized location for all of my switches/ accessories.

    I bought a 6 gang switch panel (here) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08GS36N35?ie=UTF8

    Im not a complete fan of the quality of the plastic or the carbon fiber look but this was my test run.

    I ended up having to do a lot of cutting, adjusting and making a bracket/ faceplate for the switch panel

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    So far, its ran pretty nicely. I will try and post more photos tomorrow when its light out but here are some photos of the wiring and panel.

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    I ran conduit from the firewall on the drivers side in the engine well. I used two L brackets to mount a separate fuse box that all of my accessories will go on to. This is so that I can keep my aftermarket things separate and also will be able to control when power is ran to them. Just extra and redundancy that is probably not needed but hey ‍♂️ I enjoy it.

    Let me know if you guys have any questions or want any details on how the wiring/ install was done!!


    Thanks,


    K
     

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  2. Oct 13, 2021 at 7:06 PM
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    TACOHAWG13

    TACOHAWG13 Never as easy as the install video

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    That’s what I’m talking about!!! Looks great! Way better than a stupid useless Qi charger pad!
     
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  3. Oct 13, 2021 at 7:07 PM
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    Movementwarrior

    Movementwarrior [OP] TACOTIME

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    Thank you!!!

    I gotta clean it up some, and have been doing some more stuff but man. doing this project was so much fun! learning how to use all these new tools and get this stuff done for actual use rather than some useless charger! love it!!
     
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  4. Oct 13, 2021 at 8:36 PM
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    CT Yankee

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    Only aesthetic mods so far Leer 180 cap & Clazzio covers on order.
    Agree with your thinking on an independent electrical grid for mods, given the many Taco electrical idiosyncrasies I read about.
    Have been pondering the same concept - oversize (as appropriate) conduit thru firewall AND to the rear of the bed. Maintain pull strings in both to facilitate running wire for new devices.
    Good job on the panel. I would miss that potential storage cubby however.
    So far my mods are simple and inconsequential.
    Love sensible creativity!
     
  5. Oct 13, 2021 at 11:07 PM
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    Ruminator

    Ruminator Chairman of the Bored

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    Lots of good stuff.
    Very nice. :thumbsup:
     
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  6. Oct 15, 2021 at 6:57 PM
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    Thank you!
    It’s been a fun project! Making your taco, or any other thing yours feels great.
    I’ll always run an extra wire through so I can use it as a pull string or even as a repair in a pinch if something fries etc. so it’s a great idea! To have that pull string!
     
  7. Oct 15, 2021 at 7:03 PM
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    Tacospike

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    Yeah, and
     
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  8. Oct 15, 2021 at 7:11 PM
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    5nahalf

    5nahalf I build dumb things

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    I see you installed the aftermarket jellyfish launcher. What brand did you go with?

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