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"cock pit mod" for a manual transmission?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BSP4x4, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. Oct 20, 2009 at 12:46 PM
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    BSP4x4

    BSP4x4 [OP] Guest

    I done a search and can only find LED interior mods for autos. Most people are tapping into the shifter light in the console. I have a minual and can't do this....can anyone help:

    So I want to add some LEDs into the interior of my Manual Transmission Access Cab. I want to add a few in the center console cup holders and a few in the door cup holders, and maybe some in the rear cup holders or in the Access Cab area. Maybe some down by the floor/feet area up in the fron?

    I have the following materials:


    A bunch of 12v LEDs from radio shack (assorted colors)
    Some red/black power wire (18 gauge)
    A bunch of crimp splices
    Heat wrap
    A factory Toyota fog switch

    I was wondering if someone could help me with this mod…I’m new to wiring!

    I pulled the center cup holder unit out and I see a group of wires under there?

    I’d like to rig everything so when I flip the fog switch the lights come on.

    I’m just not sure who to wire everything up…could someone please help?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Oct 20, 2009 at 5:31 PM
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    BSP4x4

    BSP4x4 [OP] Guest

    anyone?
     
  3. Oct 20, 2009 at 6:57 PM
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    rockinray

    rockinray Well-Known Member

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    I just recently installed a couple led's in my "manual" 09 Access cab. I put one in the middle part of the cup holders facing forward and one on the bottom side of the ledge under where the climate controls are facing downward. I connected both into the illumination for the climate controls. I have not had a chance to take photos yet as I am still trying to decide if I am happy where they are or if I want to add a few more. I may also mount one in the overhead console pointing down over the center console. Hope this helps you out to start anyway.
     
  4. Oct 20, 2009 at 8:47 PM
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    AZFizik

    AZFizik Slowpokeologist

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    For interior lights, I'm not a big fan of standard LED's. They're too directional and really bright (not always what you want at night in the dark)

    Be warned that randomly grabbing power from existing interior light circuits can overload them, popping fuses. Look at the mA rating of the LED, and make sure the circuit you use can handle the load you are placing on it.
    It's a good idea to get +12v from an existing high current circuit, like Ign1, or the marker light circuit under the hood.
    Wiring is simple, just remember that LED's are Light Emitting Diodes, so they're sensitive to which way you wire them...the flat side is Negative. Remember to fuse your power source between +12v and the switch.
    I would recommend soldering all the connections, with heat shrink tubing and quality wire ties to keep everything neat. Avoid the vamp taps (scotchlok connectors) at all costs, they're trash.

    The stock foglight switch in our trucks is a LOW signal switch, meaning it sends a ground rather than sending +12v to turn the fogs on.
    You can run a relay to flop the polarity if you know how, or get your signal elsewhere.
    It kinda sounds like you should probably get some hands on help with the project, but it's your truck...you probably won't set it on fire.
     
  5. Nov 29, 2009 at 5:16 PM
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    JAG

    JAG Well-Known Member

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    BUMP! This will be cool. Maybe you can change the title to 'cock pit mod' and you might get more hits... from the automatic guys.
     
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