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cheap and easy center console light

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by moserjjx, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Dec 10, 2008 at 5:07 PM
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    moserjjx

    moserjjx [OP] Tacoma Newbie

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    I know this isn't a very sexy mod but it's very cheap and very easy. I needed a light in my center console and found this $2 light at my local harbor freight store.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=98343

    Takes 3 batteries and I just stuck it to the driver side of my console. Mine was silver in color and isn't very noticeable like the blue one in the website picture. I can open the console and touch the light (push on the bulb to turn on/off) without looking at it.

    It's 5 degrees and snowing here, in the spring i'll probably do a more permanent mounted light along with 12V outlets and ipod connector in there. but for now, $2 mod it is! I don't have a camera but i'll try and take a picture of it cuz i know i like mod pics :)
     
  2. Dec 10, 2008 at 5:35 PM
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    beastlytaco

    beastlytaco This is TW. One never knows what is a joke anymore

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    hey, well its cool that you found something that works.
     
  3. Dec 10, 2008 at 5:36 PM
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    red06toy

    red06toy Well-Known Member

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  4. Dec 10, 2008 at 7:02 PM
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    tacomaman06

    tacomaman06 Carolina Alliance: Enforcer

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    getting there....
    those lights are pretty cool. i ahve 3 round led's, similar to that in my toolbox.
     
  5. Dec 10, 2008 at 7:29 PM
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    dbbd1

    dbbd1 Well-Known Member

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    I did a similiar thing with a head lamp with a broken strap. Mine had regular and red LED's in it.
     
  6. Dec 11, 2008 at 9:25 AM
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    red06toy

    red06toy Well-Known Member

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    Their stuff is hit or miss. ive bought work gloves, ear protection, a set of lug nug sockets (not bad actually). Then I bought a bolt and stud remover kit. The actual bolt removers are well made. The bit that holds them is shit. I broke it as soon as I used it. luckily you dont need the it to use them, they are all 1/4 hex.
     
  7. Dec 11, 2008 at 9:34 AM
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    crawfishsoul

    crawfishsoul Look at my member

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    Good idea. Thanks OP. I heard a Harbor Freight opened up here in teh PHX. I know where I'm going for lunch!
     
  8. Dec 11, 2008 at 9:38 AM
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    trtripoli

    trtripoli lower management

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    Harbor Freight stuff is cheap, both money wise and quality. I used to work for a automation company. We ran into a problem that some clamps we designed for a vacuum chamber weren't putting out enough torque to properly close the vessel. We found some harbor freight torque converters for $30 a piece. The next cheapest torque converter we could find for this job was close $2000. This was a gross misuse of the product, but saved our company over 30k. Needless to say, if the torque converter wasn't aligned perfectly they would crack pretty quickly. 3 or 4 of them broke. But still well worth the money to replace them with new Harbor Freight converters.

    Moral is, I recommend Harbor Freight for times when all you want to do is just save money.:D
     
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