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Converting Sliding Rear Window to Power

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Engineerlt, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. Dec 11, 2009 at 5:52 PM
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    Engineerlt

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    Hey I have a DBL Cab 2010 Prerunner and that manual rear window was just about useless. So I looked at the available window from CR Lawrence and didn't want to drop that amount of coin, plus when you pull out a glued in window you scratch the heck out of the window frame, so I found another way it only cost me $115.00 dollars. I bought a mini linear actuator with a 12 inch stroke and a momentary on/off/on switch. It just so happens that the slider glass only travels about 12.125 inches. The linear actuator was capable of moving 8lbs and the rate of travel was 1.5in/sec. So it opens and closes at a decent pace. The actuator isn't visible from inside the cab, it tucks behind the upper edge of the rear seat. it works like a champ.... The only issue is the actuator is a little noisy, but I figure I can handle it for about 8 seconds. Has anybody else came up with a way to open and close the rear window?
     
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  2. Dec 11, 2009 at 5:56 PM
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    ^^Pics ?
     
  3. Dec 11, 2009 at 6:00 PM
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    Nice first post. Welcome to TW! Pics or it didn't happen. :D
     
  4. Dec 12, 2009 at 6:13 AM
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    Nice!
    Definately....get some pictures and more info. Wish I had more time to do all these neat mods I'd love to have.

    How did you deal with the snapping mechanism? Not sure what you call it, but when the window snaps closed so you can't open it from the outside?
     
  5. Dec 12, 2009 at 6:32 AM
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    MadeInMaine

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    Agreed....

    nice mod.

    what did you do with the snapping mech?
     
  6. Dec 12, 2009 at 6:45 AM
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    dexterdog

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    Not really needed since the actuator would hold the window closed and would make it difficult to manually slide it open.
     
  7. Dec 12, 2009 at 7:25 AM
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    Death_Stalker

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    definately need to see the picture of this ....
     
  8. Dec 12, 2009 at 7:46 AM
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    Interesting idea :cool:
     
  9. Dec 13, 2009 at 12:48 PM
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    Here is the information for the actuator Mini Style 12" Stroke 8lbs Force Linear Actuators 12v [FA-MS-8-12-12"]$59.00 (on Sale), Mounting Bracket for all Mini Actuators (FA-MS SERIES ACTUATORS ONLY)[MB4] $12.00, Manual "Momentary" Rocker Switch [MAN-RS2] $18.00, Source of supply; www.firgelliauto.com. I had the wire and connectors on hand, I don't think it took more then about $115.00 to purchase everything and get it operational.

    From Outside web.jpg
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  10. Dec 13, 2009 at 12:59 PM
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    Looks nice man, i will have to see about it on a 1st gen.
     
  11. Dec 15, 2009 at 7:15 AM
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    hello & welcome to TW
     
  12. Dec 15, 2009 at 7:19 AM
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    great idea
     
  13. Dec 15, 2009 at 7:33 AM
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    sirius satilite radio, more on the way when i get more money. oh ya removed the secondary filter
    welcome to tw. awesome idea. i might have give this one a try
     
  14. Dec 15, 2009 at 7:37 AM
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    Very nice work.
     
  15. Dec 15, 2009 at 1:41 PM
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    i've been interested in something like this never looked into it though hmmmm next mod maybe?
     
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    Nice idea!
     
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    any reason you chose to have the actuator extended when the window is open? seems like it would less obstrusive if it were retracted when the window was open.

    How do you deal with locking the window? I'm pretty sure you can force one of those actuators open when power isn't going to it. if power is going to it, it would kill your battery over night and then opening it would be just as easy.
     
  18. Dec 15, 2009 at 3:23 PM
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    Cool! Welcome to TW, way to get rep on your first post.
     
  19. Dec 15, 2009 at 3:23 PM
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    oh wait, I broke that rule again...
     
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    The actuator only has power going to it when the switch is depressed. The design of the actuator is an acme thread which is not easily forced; it would be easier to break the window. I chose to have the actuator fully closed when the window was closed due to the flexibility of the actuator when it’s fully extended (it is rigid but not as rigid as you might think). This way when I am out bouncing down the road the actuator isn't bouncing into the window. So if the window was open when the actuator is extended the bouncing around won't make any noise as the window is open and there is nothing for it to bounce against. Well that was my thought process; I looked at it both ways. All I can say is it was pretty easy, didn't break the bank and it actually works.
     
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