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DIY: Gen 2 Illuminated 4wd switch

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by maverick491, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. Feb 23, 2010 at 1:11 PM
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    Dr. Sleep

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    It's true that they are not interchangeable, but I was able to switch out the 4Runner dial to replace the Tacoma one. I just had to use a dremel to cut the bezel to fit the new round 4Runner switch. Otherwise, the install is exactly as described here by the OP.

    IMG_0025_8bdf2b2c049d47365d3c649c10fc1ad91045bfc7.jpg

    Illuminated:
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  2. Mar 14, 2010 at 11:19 PM
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    I can't get myself to justify $87 for a switch. I hope I get lucky at a junkyard
     
  3. Mar 14, 2010 at 11:42 PM
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  4. Nov 4, 2011 at 4:06 PM
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    maverick491;30770]Continued from previous post...

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    I know the picture is crappy. I'll try to take my tripod out tonight and take better picture if I have time.

    didn't even know all the stuff lit up.
     
  5. Aug 30, 2012 at 9:20 AM
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    How well does that 4runner switch match the Tacoma radio surround color?
     
  6. Nov 8, 2012 at 1:15 PM
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  7. May 21, 2013 at 9:02 AM
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    Mine didn't bother me until I saw this thread!

    Now I'm going to have to find a wrecked 4 runner in a bone yard and do this mod!
     
  8. Jan 17, 2014 at 9:41 AM
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    would an older 4 runner switch work with a 14 tacoma? the newer tacomas can not have the switch illuminated (except for the actual knob) due to the new design. my tacoma has the 4wd switch built right into the dash....A direct fit from the 4 runner would be awesome....Here's my tacoma switch.

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  9. Feb 12, 2014 at 10:22 AM
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    Something to add to this somewhat old write up. I was able to get a 4runner switch for $15 at the bone yard. I pried the switch out of the dash and pried the blank off on the other side of the radio so I could push the heater controls out from behind and avoid scratching the dash. Behind that blank was an unused plug that had the correct terminals for the 4wd switch plug so I just cut that plug off, removed the terminals and extended the wires to connect to the dimmer circuit. The bulb was burnt out on the switch I got so I ordered a new one from toyota. The bulb is waiting for me at home today so for a total of $18 I'll finally be able to find that switch in the dark.
     
  10. Feb 12, 2014 at 10:26 AM
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    Also this is the bulb I ordered so we shall see if it is as bright as the other lights.
     
  11. Feb 12, 2014 at 5:18 PM
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    It is not as bright but at least I can find the switch now. I'm happy with the results. Anybody need a non illuminated 2005 4runner 4wd switch for cheap?
     
  12. May 4, 2014 at 5:52 PM
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    Thanks for the write up maverick491 ! I finally got around to doing this mod today. So glad to have an illuminated 4x4 switch now!
     
  13. Oct 18, 2014 at 5:58 AM
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    Maybe this will work? I don't think the guy makes these anymore but here's an idea. I will investigate this as an option for my 15 when I confirm my new one isn't lit.

    http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/61-2nd-generation-2005/336457-illuminated-4wd-selector-switch.html

    Apparently the switch was changed on the '12 models. I may have to do a little circuit design.....
     
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  14. Apr 11, 2015 at 9:14 PM
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    rwhise; how did this turn out? I have a '15 too and am interested in figuring out how to do this.
     
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    Me too! Any more word on the lit 2012+ switches?
     
  16. Oct 31, 2015 at 2:37 PM
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    Great write up. Does the kit include everything?
     
  17. Nov 23, 2015 at 2:44 PM
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    I need to do this
     
  18. Feb 13, 2016 at 7:05 PM
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    Will this work on my 2014 taco?
     
  19. Mar 13, 2016 at 6:44 AM
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    :popcorn: for '15 as well
     
  20. Mar 23, 2016 at 10:19 PM
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    Ok guys I have the 4x4 side wired up and ready to go but my hvac does not match the ops! Idk what to splice into. Someone please help I have a '15
     

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