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Advice on permanently wiring a Whelen LED Dash Light

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by BarefootBandit, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. Sep 13, 2010 at 12:56 PM
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    BarefootBandit

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    I'm going to hard wire my Whelen LED Blue Light. I'm trying to decide on how I will go about doing this.

    The blue line is how I would prefer to have it run. The only problem is I don't know if it is possible to run a wire through defogger ducts and then to the switch panel where the fog light switch is etc.

    The red line is a alternative. I would like to do this if I could find a grommet that would make it look clean.
    I would need to know how thick the dashboard is, and the correct size grommet for SPT-1 wire.

    Any input or advice for me? how would YOU do it?

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  2. Sep 13, 2010 at 1:26 PM
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    Pugga

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    I'm not sure what that unit is but you can run a wire between the plastic piece of the dash and the windshied damn near out of sight. You run the wire along the bottom of the windshield and press it with your fingers so it stays in the crevice between the glass and plastic. Once you get to the driver's side, then you can go behind the dash. Otherwise, your 2 options are fine. If you run it in the duct, secure them so it doesn't make noise and drive you crazy (not sure if it actually would but a law named after Mr Murphy says it will). The grommet idea is a good idea but personally I'd avoid drilling the dash unless you're going to own the truck til it dies.
     
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    what kind of radio/handheld is that? Brand?
     
  6. Sep 13, 2010 at 3:56 PM
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    I was looking at getting a wire up there too. My advice is to find the directions in the audio section on how to pull out the head unit. From there you have direct access to the air vent and are in a good position to drill a small hole in it. From there you could pull power from... anywhere.
     
  7. Sep 13, 2010 at 4:25 PM
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    The head unit is very simple to remove so don't let that be a limiting factor by any means. You could probably get in behind the head unit and drill into the defroster duct and fish a wire up through the defroster cover by the windshield. That way no one would ever know there was something mounted there when you're done. It it was going to be a permanent install, that's what I'd do. And also make a better mounting bracket so it's not suction cupped to the windshield.
     
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