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DIY: Wiring after-market lights

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

  1. Drunknsloth

    Drunknsloth Indffrnce will be the fall of manknd but who cares

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    A picture or a diagram of what you have might help
     
  2. TACO FOR LIFE

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    ok so i followed this to the T and no lights when i hit the switch. im wondering when i check the relay for power it has it going in but i checked the other prong with the lights on it and the one with the switch and neither have power. does this mean i have a bad relay or could something else be wrong:confused::confused::confused:
     
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    Make sure you have a good solid ground first, re check everything step by step
     
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    yeah, check grounds, swap out relays to see if that's it, possible switch could be bad too
     
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    sub'd. just bought some kc's
     
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    I've got some Hella Blacks in the mail right now. I have no doubts this will be a huge help to me. Thank you.
     
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    Dondy52 US Patriot

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    Great thread and very thorough. I will be ordering some lights this week, as I am still doing some more research on quality lights. I'm wanting two mounted in the front and a flood light mounted on the back on the cab.
     
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    Working on getting a bunch of switches wired up.
     
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    Just adding a few photos to demonstrate where I tapped into the engine compartment fuse box for power to the relay and ultimately to power the light bar, as well as how I wired my illuminated dash switch to the fuse panel inside the cab all using 3 add-a-circuit (fuse taps).

    Wiring steps; 1. power lead and ground from aux light to relay. 2. Relay power lead (with in line fuse) to EFI #2 on engine fuse panel and ground to car body. 3. yl wire from relay to illuminated light switch in cab. 4. As the photo shows, my illuminated OEM looking switch has 4 wires - ground, illumination, power lead to relay and power from (in cab) fuse panel to switch.

    EFI #2 allows circuit to disconnect when ignition is off. This assures the aux light will be off when you turn the key off.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=270844&stc=1&d=1399428863

    The 2nd photo is how it looks with the fuse tap in place.

    fuse tap to EFI #2.jpg
    Grnd connection.jpg
    firewall access.jpg
    empty switch location.jpg
    fuse panel.jpg
    switch.jpg
    switch with extended ground wire.jpg
    ground wire.jpg
    with fuse taps.jpg
    switch installed.jpg
    light bar installed.jpg
     
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    This fuse tap just made my life so much easier.
     
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    been looking around for a little while for the easiest and most correct way to wire aftermarket lights for my truck. this was very clear and concise thanks
     
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    I got a curved 50" light bar, and I need mounts for the roof. Any suggestions on where to buy them? 2014 taco
     
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    I have a 2014 DCSB. I am trying to wire LED halos into my DRLs so that the LED's have power while my DRLs are on. There are three wires coming out the back of my DRL: Green, White with a black stripe, and Blue. I need to know which wire is which so I can splice the proper wire for the LED into it. I called at least 6-7 dealers and they all refused to tell me cause they can't give me information that would help me mod my truck. Green, White, Blue. Which wire is which?
     
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    What type of fuse tap did you use 10amp ect?
    Also in section 7. What/ Where is the 20a inline fuse?
     
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    Awesome thread. Great, thorough instructions. I will definitely be using this to install my new lighting once my other kit shows up!
     
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    Sub'd for later reference, great write up!
     
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