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how to wire bed lamps:

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jefferson, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. May 22, 2009 at 1:17 PM
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  2. May 22, 2009 at 1:23 PM
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    toyota brand hitch and uhaul wiring harness, fog lamps on anytime, bed lamps, map lights on with dome, day time running lamps, remove secondary air filter, painted bumper grill, Double Din touch screen stereo, Sockmonkey custom SR5 decal, door & seatbelt bells disabled, painted engine cover, installed compass/temperature overhead console, failed mod: passenger side auto down window switches, weathertech front mats, RedLine hood struts, Cheap Beep piezo buzzer locking beep, 5100s in the front set at 2.5, 5100s in the rear, AAL, hitch safe, revenge fab sliders, bed bar, prerunner light, cb wired
     
  3. Jul 10, 2009 at 9:41 AM
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    Step rail, Grill guard, bug deflector,bed lights, Window Deflectors.
    Hey thanks man, now that's give me idea what to do with that cubby holes.
     
  4. Jul 10, 2009 at 9:46 AM
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    jefferson

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    toyota brand hitch and uhaul wiring harness, fog lamps on anytime, bed lamps, map lights on with dome, day time running lamps, remove secondary air filter, painted bumper grill, Double Din touch screen stereo, Sockmonkey custom SR5 decal, door & seatbelt bells disabled, painted engine cover, installed compass/temperature overhead console, failed mod: passenger side auto down window switches, weathertech front mats, RedLine hood struts, Cheap Beep piezo buzzer locking beep, 5100s in the front set at 2.5, 5100s in the rear, AAL, hitch safe, revenge fab sliders, bed bar, prerunner light, cb wired
    thanks! Your grounding wire location will be different because you have a short bed double cab, so do understand search out that before starting!
     
  5. Aug 5, 2009 at 10:47 AM
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    Jeff

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    Nice 6spd,V6, very solid truck
    None currently, but I would like a better sounding exhaust and perhaps a cold air pack and some color coded step bars
    Interesting mod, great job, GREAT COLOR on you TRD/Taco

    Jeff, 06, V6, SR5, 6spd, Radian Red, Bone Stock (still)
     
  6. Aug 5, 2009 at 10:50 AM
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    jefferson

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    whatttt youre coping me ;)
     
  7. Aug 5, 2009 at 11:27 AM
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    Excellent work! Rep for the write-up and clean install!

    I would go this route but the cost of that kit is a bit higher than I care to pay ($89 on Amazon - with no warranty).

    My search continues....
    And I like the LED options - I do not want regular lights (fog, reverse, etc).
     
  8. Aug 6, 2009 at 5:11 AM
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    Nice 6spd,V6, very solid truck
    None currently, but I would like a better sounding exhaust and perhaps a cold air pack and some color coded step bars
    Originally when I was looking for my Taco, I had insisted that the dealer find me a bright red taco with a 6spd and a trailer hitch( that wasn't a TRD model). Even though they were interested in a sale they were not all that interested in doing a whole lot of leg work.
    I finally found one, what would be typically called a left over with in 20miles of my house and told the salesman "get it, if you want the commission" two hours later he called me and said they would do it.
    Jeff, 06,V6, 6spd, SR5 Radiant Red
     
  9. Aug 6, 2009 at 8:10 AM
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    I got mine on a fluke. I knew i wanted a tacoma and saw it on the lot and loved it.. actually.. heres after my first test drive. I walked away that day and came back 2 days later and haggled her to be mine!

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Aug 6, 2009 at 10:58 AM
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    Love that truck. I would send a pic if I could only figure out how to attach it to this site.

    Jeff , 06,V6,6spd, SR5 , bone stock.....still
     
  11. Aug 6, 2009 at 11:19 AM
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    None currently, but I would like a better sounding exhaust and perhaps a cold air pack and some color coded step bars
    [​IMG]

    Here's my truck, taken a few years ago outside my apartment. Thanks unholycumulus for the tip!!
    Jeff , 06, V6, 6spd, SR5
     
  12. Aug 6, 2009 at 11:33 AM
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    Fixed it for ya ;)
     
  13. Aug 17, 2009 at 9:57 PM
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    nice mod, ur tires are badass what kind are those and what size, im bout to buy some tires for my taco and need some advice
     
  14. Aug 18, 2009 at 8:13 AM
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    you talking about my tires? Theyre nice looking. Wranglers.. but they wear badly and are loud. I'm gonna get the BF Goodrich tires.. i forget the name but these are them:

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Aug 19, 2009 at 11:32 AM
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    hey how about that football game yesterday???:rolleyes:

    oh yeah this thread is about bed lights!

    :stayontopic::annoyed::p:p
     
  16. Aug 19, 2009 at 11:59 AM
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    I won an ebay auction for a strip of bed lights. It started at $.99 and went off for $3.25. It's a 4' strip and the seller has 'buy it now' sales going for $15. I got a great deal on it.

    Hell, judging by the stamps, it cost $4.75 just to ship it from Hong Kong.



    Anyway, I don't think I am going to use them. They are flat and real small lights. Would work well underneath a motorcycle or something. I'm looking for rope lights a bit brighter and protected by a clear tube (much like rope lights you can buy at Wal-mart).

    I may just break down and order the tubes that Tigerfan used in his install. I think their $50 or so. I don't want or need the wireless thing and will not use the converter. I just want to wire them straight through 2 (3 pole switches) switches, a fuse and directly to the battery.
     
  17. Oct 10, 2009 at 2:59 PM
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    Installed last week and they came in handy when I was loading my truck for the dump at 9PM. Thanks for the write up.
     
  18. Oct 10, 2009 at 3:23 PM
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    I installed mine last weekend as well. They are awesome but already stopped working :mad:

    I could not find spade connectors small enough for the tabs on the back of the switch. Not being familiar with soldering, I just squeezed them on. Well, I guess one popped off.
    I'll pull the switches out and dab some solder on there to secure them.
    The LED lights looked awesome while they were working.

    I wired a switch in the cab and in the bed. Either or both can turn them off or on. It's a great setup.
     
  19. Oct 10, 2009 at 6:50 PM
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    glad they worked! They've been AWESOME for me.. using for camping/bbqing and so on.. wish toyota had them installed already. you dont always have to soder everything though, just make sure all connectors are pressed firmly, check your connections, and then wrap in electrical tape. You'll be set then
     
  20. Oct 14, 2009 at 10:43 AM
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    Just a suggestion to make those lights more efficient. Here is a link to someone who has done the same project as you

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2n...-lights-w-tailgate-pin-switch.html#post894370

    what he did was put a door pin in so that when he opened the tailgate, the would turn on. He also put a manual switch in the cab so that he could turn them off if the tailgate would be open for a long period of time



    So maybe this is something you would want to look into, who knows. Just thought i would help!
     

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