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How To: Install a USB Charger/Connection Port in a Factory Blank

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by ElectronMan, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. Feb 11, 2010 at 5:00 PM
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    comatosed

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    Hey everyone honestly there's a super simple way to get the usb in the black insert.

    The backside has a long rectangle sized rod coming out of it with a cross support inside, if you match up a usb plug it is the same exact size.
    Then what you have to do is trace it on the front. Cut the front out, and then go into the back and cut the supports out.
    A small round file was very handy, and I imagine one with a straight edge would make it even cleaner. Only hollow it out enough for the usb plug to fit super tight.
    Put a little super glue on the usb cord and jam it in until its flush with the front.
     
  2. Feb 11, 2010 at 6:55 PM
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    bummer deal... post up when ur done with ur project
     
  3. Mar 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM
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    Hmmm any hiccups found with adding in the Tundra USB port? I might pick one of those up...looks pretty sweet :D
     
  4. Mar 15, 2010 at 3:57 PM
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    Other than the fact that you cannot use the 3.5mm jack found on the Tundra port, there haven't been many issues. I've actually sorted through them all installed the port prior to me selling my truck. I have been meaning to write a How-To or give some guidance. I've got a lot of pictures documenting the process. I'll try real hard to put it up this week.
     
  5. Jul 20, 2010 at 12:43 AM
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    I to have a 2007. I plan on switching out the radio to an aftermarket radio but am still interested in this mod. Does the 2009 lower panel fit on the 2007? Anyone know the part number of this piece, I am not even sure if Lower Panel is the correct term for it. I was looking forward to this little project when we were buying out truck. It didn't even occur to me that not all of the 2nd generation trucks didn't have this console until I got the truck home after I purchased it.
     
  6. Dec 14, 2010 at 6:21 PM
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    "13) The the lower driver side dash panel can now be disengaged by pulling towards the rear of the vehicle. There are about 5-6 clips that hold this piece. Remove electrical switches, tire pressure monitoring switch, and hood release latch for complete panel removal."

    Is it possible to access the blank switches above this location when you pull out the dash panel? I'm considering installing the Blu Logic BT button in one of the blanks next to the fog light switch.

    Thanks for your help,

    -steve
     
  7. Feb 16, 2011 at 11:45 AM
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    Superb post!. I am using your pictures and directions it to install my temp gauge.:D
     
  8. Sep 14, 2011 at 9:10 AM
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    Great work!
     
  9. Jul 8, 2012 at 11:34 PM
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    i have a 2008 tundra with the stock am/fm cd radio jBL). would like to buy a new lower panel with the blank switch holes and the USB/Aux switch and connect the switch to the radio, is this even possible? are our radios able to handle the USB/Aux features? is this what others have in mind too?
     
  10. Jul 9, 2012 at 11:00 PM
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    That's quite an ancient post bump. But that's OK. The original post is a good one and worth bringing back. I'd personally never seen this particular writeup before.
     
  14. Jul 9, 2013 at 10:11 PM
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    For anyone still waiting for the write up it can be found here:
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/au...tereo-input-tacoma-aftermarket-head-unit.html
     
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