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DIY: Wiring after-market lights

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by rhoppas, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. Mar 11, 2012 at 3:36 PM
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    I know you suggested using a coat hanger to get the wires from the engine bay to the interior...I looked from both sides of the wire loom there already. Looks super tight. So if you're pulling three wires through for a switch how the hell did you get them through that grommet with the loom already there? Looks daunting.
     
  2. Mar 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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    Get some wire lubricant used for pulling wire through conduit. Sold in most hardware stores. Will make it much easier to pull the wires through to boot surrounding the wire bundle that is there.
     
  3. Jun 4, 2012 at 2:23 PM
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    ok so what size fuse do i use from the fuse box to my switch? i have a lighted switch i think its 15 or 20 amps. i already bought everything but i gotta go back for the fuse it self. so any ideas?
     
  4. Sep 8, 2012 at 5:47 AM
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    Subd! Awesome and very straight forward write-up
     
  5. Oct 30, 2012 at 3:52 PM
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    Thanks for the info on switches and fuse taps. I bought a lighted rocker from the dealer
    $12.00, and installed some auxliary lights mounted under the rear bumper. I connected
    to the battery when I could have used a fuse tap and made it a little simpler. WB
     
  6. Feb 17, 2013 at 8:27 PM
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    I just bought the amazon kit made by kramer acc. I would like them to behave like the oem lights. (As in they go out when the high beams come on.) I am looking at the service manual diagrams and it looks like if the fog relay switch in the kit is powered from the RH LO HEAD 10A fuse location (using the add-a-fuse) then it would have this behavior. (Instead of the tail fuse.) It looks like this would simply mimic the factory wiring. I have linked the manual pages below. Any comments to support or disagree?

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  7. Mar 22, 2013 at 10:43 AM
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    Can I buy a OEM fog light switch and mount it in the blank slot?
     
  8. Mar 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM
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  9. Apr 2, 2013 at 11:15 PM
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    Once again this website will save me money by doing it myself instead of paying someone else. Thanks!
     
  10. Apr 2, 2013 at 11:30 PM
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    Hell yeah! That's what I love about TW, I've saved thousands not having to pay people, plus It feels better knowing you did it yourself and learned along the way.
     
  11. Apr 16, 2013 at 7:15 AM
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  12. Apr 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM
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    There is one 20 amp inline fuse and one mini fuse tap used. As far as the other questions, I cant help you. Sorry.
     
  13. Apr 28, 2013 at 11:13 AM
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    You can remove one of the firewall grommets, cut it and then feed the wires through it.

    Reinsert the grommet back into the firewall to keep things waterproof and add a bit of silicone sealant on the wires when done.

    You do NOT need to use the Wire Loom bundle.

    The grommet I used is approx. 6 inches closer to the passenger side of the car from the wiring bundle. The grommet is in the firewall and seems to serve no purpose other than to seal the open hole in the firewall.

    I do not know why the hole is even there.

    Will try to take a picture or two and post here - I used this hole in the firewall to wire my RIGID light bar.

    BTW you also need to make a SMALL hole in the carpet to get the wire into the cabin. If you do it on a sunny day it's super easy to see where the hole needs to go since the light will shine through the carpet.

    I used an XACTO knife to slit the carpet but I would guess your could use a sharp pencil to push through if you needed to.
     
  14. May 25, 2013 at 10:54 AM
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  15. May 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM
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    Do yourself a favor & make it simple. Go to www.okledlightbars.com and buy their $20 pre wired harness with relay. You're probably going to spend that much in supplies anyways...
     
  16. Oct 7, 2013 at 8:46 PM
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    OK im a little lost....or a lot. im in the process of putting 4or5 2x2 led pods on my truck but im getting lost in all this. How many relays would i need? can i use the same process as in this thread? will that much light kill my stock battery? if so should i get a second battery or can i get a bigger/better battery. i think this is most of my questions but if not ill bring them to the table.
     
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    Ok so should I wire 2 kc daylighters and 2 hella 500s on the same 5 pin relay or use 2 4 pin relays? I want to wire them to turn on either or, or turn on all 4. So I think I would need 2 switches? How would I wire that?
     
  19. Oct 9, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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    Hi! I just joined, had my 2013 Tacoma about 2 months now. I am installing fog lights, and the wiring is giving me some problems mainly no instructions or wiring digrams. Any one know what to do with this mess of wires?
     
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    A picture or a diagram of what you have might help
     
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