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DIY: Installing Power Inverter Inside The Truck

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by sytfu510, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. Oct 16, 2011 at 7:44 PM
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    sytfu510

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    Disclaimer, this write up is fairly simple since the idea is simple. But you do so at your own risk.

    Today I installed ( Hardwire ) a spare 400w Power Inverter into my Tacoma. This method can be used for pretty much any inverter that will fit under the seat as long as you match the gauge of the wire to the inverter.

    Stuff Needed:
    -Zip Ties
    -Wire Loom
    -Wire ( got the wires from home supply, it's similar to the dual cord wiring on home lights )
    -Ring Terminals
    -Inverter
    -AC plug splitter ( optional )
    -Fuse Block ( If you didn't have one already )

    1. First you're going to want to disconnect the negative terminal of the battery.

    2. My Fuse Block was already installed so I don't have any pictures of install. But here it is:

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    3. Pop off the door sill panel ( driver side )

    4. Un-clip the the carpeting

    5. Lift it up and you'll see a grommet to run the wire through, run the wire up from the bottom of the truck and into the cabin and through the opening where the factory wiring comes out under the seat.

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    6. Connect the wires to the inverter.

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    7. I attached Velcro to the bottom of the inverter to have it "stick" to the carpeting.

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    8. Mount the inverter under the driver seat in the middle, or whichever side you prefer.

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    9. Use the wire loom to cover the wiring under the truck and route it along the brake lines and zip tie as you go along. My fuse block is located on the driver side so I routed the wires up that way.

    Example from under the truck:
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    10. Connect the Positive wire to your fuse block and ground the other wire. ( mine is grounded under my fuse block as there are two 12mm threaded holes )

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    11. Double check make sure none of the wiring will get caught anywhere under the truck or under your seat.

    12. Install a matching fuse in the fuse block that goes with your inverter.

    13. ( Optional ) plug in a splitter to make it easier to plug stuff into:

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    14. Connect the Negative side of the battery and enjoy having power inside..

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    Hope this can be helpful to anyone thinking about doing this. I know there are write-ups for tapping into the OEM inverter but I wasn't too sure about doing it myself and since I had this laying around I did it this way.
     
  2. Nov 19, 2011 at 12:25 PM
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    TurboGT

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    Just did mine too.... Photos in the Live thread
     
  3. Nov 19, 2011 at 12:28 PM
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    I need to get this done one of these days
     
  4. Nov 19, 2011 at 12:30 PM
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    Ouch to the OP

    I'll get around to it someday.... along with the alarm write-up, window mod write-up, Leather seat kit install, and all the other stuff I've done.

    I think the first write-up i'm gonna do is the WeatherTech digital fit floor mats... I think I can get that done in an hour or so :D
     
  5. Nov 19, 2011 at 3:39 PM
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    lol no worries, I couldn't do mine like the other one as I have the OEM inverter there already so this was my next option, and I wasn't too sure how good I'd be at cutting into my center console. Hope this was of use to someone at least haha although there's nothing in this that isn't fairly common.
     
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