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Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by piercedtiger, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. Mar 5, 2008 at 3:17 PM
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    piercedtiger

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    I just took mine off since the damn things break too easy, and tore a section of the fender out when one snapped off.

    I'll only put flexible rubber ones back on if I want them. The stock ones don't flex enough to not shatter if they hit something. Not sure if 3" would've saved mine, but it can't hurt. They're so damn low in stock form. :rolleyes:
     
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  2. Mar 5, 2008 at 3:29 PM
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    Under warranty... did you requested a replacement? ... at the end everything it is covered... before 36K or 3yrs
     
  3. Mar 5, 2008 at 3:54 PM
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    Why? The damn things would just break off again. Would they replace my front-passenger fender as well to replace the plastic ripped out by the flap mounting bolts? Not that it matters now... I'm out of bumper to bumper warranty. Just curious though.
     
  4. Mar 5, 2008 at 4:06 PM
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    Well yes they will cover all before the 36K or 3yrs, and getting a replacement at least will work for a "BRAND NEW" sale at ebay.
     
  5. Mar 8, 2008 at 7:37 AM
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    Weather Tech window shades, Roll-N-Lock cover with cargo manager, Led interior bed lights, EZ down tailgate strut, SpiderTrax1.25" wheel spacers, tinted windows, second filter removed, Grillcraft Mesh upper and lower grill, Castrol Syntec.
    I installed this strut on my 2008 Tacoma. It works great and I love it. Installation required me to drill out the bolt in the tailgate, go to Lowes and buy a metric flat head bolt to replace it and a trip to Napa for a metric tap to clean up the threads. The OEM bolt has thread lock on it and was very difficult to remove,,, especially with a Torx drive (it stripped and would budge the bolt).

    Nice mod once it's all done though. Ends that annoying slam of the tailgate if you let it go accidentally.
     
  6. Mar 8, 2008 at 7:45 AM
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    I end up using an impact and torx socket bit to remove any torx bolts on the truck now... Breaks the thread locker loose.
     
  7. Mar 9, 2008 at 7:21 AM
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    This mod is similar to Alternating Turn Signal/Side Markers (#27), but doesn't use relays!

    From what I can tell the side markers blink with the turn signals when they are off, and opposite of the turn signals when the parking lights are turned on. I'm not sure yet as I haven't done it yet. Will post up after I try it.

    Parts:
    • 2 pieces of wire
    • 2 butt connectors
    • 2 quick splices
    • shrink tube, electrical tape, etc
    Just cut the black/white wire on the side marker and splice it into the Red/black on left. For the right cut the black/white and splice to red/yellow.

    Like this:
    th_SignalsNSideMarkersJungleman_1eef68f564f3917483852a3daf275a0fa7f32edc.jpg

    If you did the DTRL mod (#6) the the wiring will look something like this:

    th_JunglemanNTiger_33dd9495c5f10f249f293df0d9359fd7221f560f.jpg

    Green wire goes to empty hole on turn signal plug, and the white/black wire from the markers go to the appropriate red/yellow or red/black wire on the turn signal (cut, not splice the white/black one).

    Original thread here:
    Another way to get side-markers to blink? - Toyota Forums :: Toyota Nation
    Thanks to Jungleman for trying it, and others for their contributions! :D

    Edit:

    Running Lights on-alternating, Running lights off-synchronized.
     
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  8. Mar 10, 2008 at 4:02 PM
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    I did the alternating turn signal mod above today.

    Some actual pics of the mod, and a video of it in action.

    White/black wire spliced to red/black on driver side. Same setup for passenger with red/yellow wire. White/black wire was long enough to not need extra wire so I just cut both, stripped the 3 ends, and shrink tubed them after twisting together. I also applied a layer of liquid tape just to help weather proof them. Damn salt around here has a way of getting in connectors, shrink tube, electrical tape, etc and corroding the wires.

    Turn signal plug (red wire for DTRL mod)

    th_DSCF2355_2796299c2cf89adade5720b81a0cf6315c468353.jpgWire's spliced together:

    th_DSCF2352_85008b0ca540f9a020494d7294bdec67fb5b5b28.jpgth_DSCF2353_a3ebe80431c4d2974e6b28660af84986b598dfac.jpgth_DSCF2352_85008b0ca540f9a020494d7294bdec67fb5b5b28.jpg


    Video: (passenger side just DTRL mod, driver side with mod)

    th_DSCF2356_3c712fd213022a720b2b3223a823e7692c3a6942.jpg
     
  9. Mar 10, 2008 at 4:43 PM
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    Thanks! It's pretty cool! And free! :D Just swap a couple wires.
     
  10. Mar 10, 2008 at 6:28 PM
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    Don`t thank me I`ll try anything once.....

    If anyone deserves the credit it`s jeddak for posting up this link to Daniel Stern to begin with
    http://www.danielsternlighting.com/tech/markerflash/markerflash.html

    I don`t know why, but when I looked at that and the way he explained it something clicked in my head like a light bulb.

    I`ve been over and over the diagrams and just never saw it for what it was I guess.
    But then I never considered the alternating configuration of the system either. Every time I came back to that as a solution I immediately wrote it off as either a blown fuse or a blown bulb

    "That`ll never work"
    Let that be a lesson to me

    Never say "it can`t be done"

    Speaking of which
    I just had another brilliant idea.....
    wait
    lost it
    [​IMG]

    it involved something to do with having an armload of gear, walking up to my locked truck to put the gear in the passenger side, hitting the remote button once and then dropping the remote, something to do with wiring the pass. side door lock/unlock mechanism through the drivers side motor eliminating the need to push the button twice.......hmmmmmmm :cool:
     
  11. Mar 10, 2008 at 6:36 PM
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    Have to look at the electrical schematics. I wonder if you could find the wire that unlocks the driver door via remote, the wire that unlocks the rest via remote, and tie them together. Or swap the wire from passenger doors to the driver door one. I'm assuming, of course, that there's 2 wires. One that sends signal with 1 push, and another that sends after 2......
     
  12. Mar 10, 2008 at 8:28 PM
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    Hey nice work as usual, on the video it looks like the passenger side running light is not working. Did something go wrong?
     
  13. Mar 10, 2008 at 10:08 PM
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    The unlock "shares" the same power wire to both motors. The drivers side powers up on the first push, pass on the second. But the same wires carry power at the same time when using any switch other than the drivers side door key switch which is set up the same way as the remote.

    But that is exactly what I was thinking.

    If you take the unlock power from the drivers side motor and disconnect the power to the pass side motor then hook up the drivers side unlock power to the pass side motor it works.

    Splice into the blue with black/stripe wire on the drivers side motor and run it over to the pass side then cut the blue with black/stripe wire to the pass motor and attach the one from the drivers side to the motor side of the one you cut on the pass side and there you go.
     
  14. Mar 10, 2008 at 10:41 PM
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    It's late and I'm a little off. What are y'all trying to do? If you're trying to open all the doors with 1 remote press, then why couldn't you grab the power from the driver door solenoid and pass it on over to the driver's side unlock switch. That would keep the wire runs to a minimum.
     
  15. Mar 11, 2008 at 5:03 AM
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    Maybe it's too damn early in the morning and I need more sleep, but I can't figure out wtf you're saying Anthony without pictures..... :laugh:

    Lemme wake up and think about it some more.
     
  16. Mar 11, 2008 at 3:39 PM
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    I`m open to suggestions......
    please
    go on.
    where would the driver door solenoid be?
     
  17. Mar 11, 2008 at 4:04 PM
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    Had to update my pin switch setup. Not only did the bumpers move twice, but the pin switch (which I thought was tight) had be pushed further into the hole. So I tightened it down more before added the spacer, and applying some hot melt glue to the plastic bumper on the hood for more surface are to contact the switch.

    Another picture of the switch with spacer:

    th_DSCF2357_574a35d98d33ef3f06006fb29963dbb5cf1462ba.jpg
     
  18. Mar 11, 2008 at 6:14 PM
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    Hmmmmmmmm
    pin switch activated engine compartment light
    awsome
    nice work

    next up! after the Volant ram air scoop that is

    thanks
     
  19. Mar 11, 2008 at 6:26 PM
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    Hey, I stole the idea from AdrenaliNate! I just didn't want another damn switch on the dash! :D I still have a winch bumper with lights to install and only 1 blank spot left! :laugh:
     
  20. Mar 11, 2008 at 7:48 PM
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    I remeber seeing it just never saw it all done with the pin switch

    I`m to the point of dremmeling out more holes in the dash for all the switches

    yeah, someday I`m going to get that reciever mount winch........
     

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