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How do I access the upper switch blanks left of steering wheel???

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by wtbthree, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. Jan 6, 2011 at 3:37 PM
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    wtbthree

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    Hey all,

    Just started wiring up some lights, and I'd like to mount the switch right next to the fog light switch, but I can't figure out how to easily access those blanks.
    Also, using an add-a-circut, is it ok for me to use the 7.5A ACC fuse slot to power my switch? Thx

    Thanks
     
  2. Jan 6, 2011 at 3:44 PM
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    Rufus

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    I'll be adding some lights too, so ima gonna sub.
     
  3. Jan 6, 2011 at 3:46 PM
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    You have to remove the panel. See the instructions on my website. they are for removing the gauges, but will get you there.
     
  4. Jan 6, 2011 at 3:51 PM
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    In the upper bank, I had all blanks. Each one popped out individually. I used a small, flexible blade to slide between blank and dash, being very careful not to gouge the wall of the opening or the finish around it. You may have to use two...but once it has started to come out, you can get ahold of it with your fingers and pull it out.

    So easy, even an old fart did it! Good luck!
     
  5. Jan 6, 2011 at 3:54 PM
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    Ah, I ws hoping I wouldn't have to do that, but thanks
     
  6. Jan 6, 2011 at 3:57 PM
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    As previously posted, you have to remove the lower dashboard section to get to the upper blanks. I put fog lights on mine last week and put the switch where the factory does. If I remember correctly, there are only two bolts holding the lower dash on. One is hidden behind a little plastic piece under the emergency brake lever and the other is behind the little vertical piece that sits next to your left leg when driving. After that it was just a matter of pulling gently. It took some good pulling but you have to watch to make sure you don't pull too hard in the wrong place and brake something. Once you have the lower section removed you can at least reach up from behind the bank of blanks and feed wires through.
     
  7. Jan 6, 2011 at 3:59 PM
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    I just pried mine out as above to install my foglight switch...

    Truck 012.jpg
     
  8. Jan 6, 2011 at 4:01 PM
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    i popped out my change holder and pushed them out with my finger. then i dremeled a hole just enough for the switches i was going to use in them and put them back in.
     
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