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Corner Light / Blinker Conversion

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by davidpick, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Aug 22, 2011 at 4:40 PM
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    davidpick

    davidpick [OP] Well-Known Member

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    For all you first-genners out there putting on aftermarket bumpers, here's an idea. This is still in the "experimental" stage -- my dad and I bench-tested it -- but I'll have an actual, working update in 2 weeks when I get my Elite front bumper installed.

    I wasn't happy with the idea of hacking up my corner light housings to fit a larger, 2 filament bulb or any of the other options, so in talking with my dad and a little trial-and-error in our bench testing setup, we've devised this plan:

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    The Setup
    Using a 3-2 wire tail light converter (most often used for trailer tail light/turn signal applications), we can combine the corner light and blinker signal for each side into the oem bulb and wiring.

    This will allow the corner light to be on and then blink when the blinker for that side is activated, then return to off or on (depending on whether or not the headlights are on)

    Parts:
    - A 3 to 2-wire Tail light converter (Link)
    - Lengths of wire (varies, depending on how you route the wires)
    - Various tools (wire stripper, needle-nose pliers, solder gun, etc.)

    Wiring:
    I'm terrible at drawing schematics, but hopefully, this graphic gives an idea of what's going on here. It's pretty simple. Basically, the blinker lights are wired as marked and then you run the corner light signal to the tail light input on the controller.

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    Enjoy! I'll be updating this post with pictures and video when I do the actual install.
     
  2. Dec 29, 2011 at 5:40 PM
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    JRockTaco

    JRockTaco Just some guy

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    Did u ever try this out ?
    If so, how were the results ?
     
  3. Apr 24, 2012 at 8:39 PM
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    Will this mod work for 2012 Taco with DTRL? Thankx:bananadance:
     
  4. Apr 24, 2012 at 8:51 PM
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    Sub.... Please do follow up soon I'm about to rip into mine this weekend.....would love to save the headaches if possible .....
     
  5. May 4, 2012 at 6:50 PM
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    has anyone tryed this yet if so do ya have pic or vids ya can share
     
  6. Jan 7, 2013 at 9:25 PM
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    Bum.. anyone know if this will work. ..
     
  7. Dec 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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    hey, totally forgot about this thread! it *did* end up working. i no longer have that truck and it appears i deleted the wiring diagram from TW. i'll see if i have it on my home computer.

    on my new truck, i ended up swapping the running light bulb and socket for a new dual filament 1157 bulb and socket. now the corner lights come on with the parking/head lights and blink brighter with the turn signals. it requires a little dremeling to fit the new bulb and socket in, but it's a much cleaner job over all.

    EDIT: Here's the writeup I used: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st-gen-tacomas/81243-fog-light-mod-how-pics.html#post1545613
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2013
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