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Adding Outside Temp

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by IL14TacoGrey, Feb 1, 2021.

  1. Feb 1, 2021 at 4:13 PM
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    IL14TacoGrey

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    I have been looking at several different posts and was wondering what your recommendations would be for adding an outside temp display to a 2014 Taco.

    Is is easier to install the overhead console or to get a auto dimming Gentex mirror, or what are the other options that I am missing.
     
  2. Feb 1, 2021 at 4:17 PM
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    Clearwater Bill

    Clearwater Bill Sometimes when I close my eyes, I can't see.

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    You should first verify your truck is prewired behind the dome light area before shopping for a mirror.

    I 'think' '13 was the last year for that prewiring, but I could be very wrong.
     
  3. Feb 1, 2021 at 4:52 PM
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    IL14TacoGrey

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    Do you know what color plug they typically have there?
     
  4. Feb 1, 2021 at 5:01 PM
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    Clearwater Bill

    Clearwater Bill Sometimes when I close my eyes, I can't see.

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    Mine was white 7 pin. I added the mirror with autodim, temp and backup display
     
  5. Feb 1, 2021 at 6:28 PM
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    I ordered a $20 unit from Amazon, extended the thermocouple wires and made a small housing out of Kydex for it. The black duct tape will be replaced one day but it's been working great for a couple of months now.
     
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  6. Feb 2, 2021 at 8:41 AM
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    KactusJack

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    Another cheap - er, INEXPENSIVE option...

    I got this wireless unit at the suggestion of another TW poster. I used sticky-back Velcro to mount the sending unit on a flat surface on the backside of the grill, in front of where the factory sender mounts. Didn't know where to mount the display unit without it standing out like a sore thumb, then I discovered that it would fit inside the front glasses holder. It kinda jams in, and has held in place just fine. Of course, I need to open the glasses holder to see the display, but for less than 20 bucks, I can live with it.
     
  7. Feb 2, 2021 at 5:03 PM
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    My 14 was prewired, I went with the Gentex auto dim mirror from Bobs Mirrors.
     
  8. Feb 3, 2021 at 5:22 AM
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    My 15 was prewired, I went with the Gentex auto dim mirror.
     
  9. Mar 6, 2021 at 4:02 PM
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    IL14TacoGrey

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    I finally got around to checking and mine is prewired. Are there any other options other than the Gentex mirror?
     
  10. Mar 6, 2021 at 4:31 PM
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  11. Mar 6, 2021 at 5:52 PM
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    What does your overhead console have instead of the display?
     
  12. Mar 6, 2021 at 7:48 PM
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    Do you have a link to the mirror?
     
  13. Mar 7, 2021 at 4:46 AM
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    Clearwater Bill

    Clearwater Bill Sometimes when I close my eyes, I can't see.

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    No, sorry. Bought it in the BST forum here.
     
  14. Mar 8, 2021 at 9:48 AM
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    I have an extra pocket for sunglasses. Can you get a display that mounts in the 2014?
     
  15. Mar 8, 2021 at 10:40 AM
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    The 2014 has two sunglasses holders? Mine is an 06 which is slightly different and incompatible with 2009 and later, but with the 06 the display should fit where the garage opener goes. You may have to replace the entire overhead console if it doesn't fit in yours. Maybe someone else has swapped the display into those overhead consoles if you do more searching.
     
  16. Mar 8, 2021 at 11:07 AM
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    I've been thinking about adding outside temp and possibly a compass as well. The entune 'weather' sucks. I like the idea of stashing it in one of the sunglass cubbies. I figured it would probably be easier to run a hidden temp sensor wire from headliner to A pillar and then out somewhere instead of trying to utilize factory wires but maybe not. Maybe you can just splice into the correct wires (temp and power?) But I really don't need temp so bad as to buy a 200+ dollar mirror
     
  17. Mar 8, 2021 at 11:16 AM
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    On a short research, it looks like the overhead displays weren't a thing in 2014. I wonder how hard it would be to modify the 2009 ones to work or if the hardware is all there for it.
     
  18. Mar 8, 2021 at 11:58 AM
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    I believe the overhead display went away in 2012
     
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