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how to wire bed lamps:

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

  1. Jun 15, 2011 at 9:23 AM
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    MotoXTacoma

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    Did this mod to my Tacoma and it turned out great! I mounted my switch in the cab, next to the power mirror adjuster in an open panel. Turned out great! Highly recommend this to anyone who camps, rides MX, or just wants to light up your bed in the dark.
     
  2. Jun 15, 2011 at 10:00 AM
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    Drunknsloth

    Drunknsloth Indffrnce will be the fall of manknd but who cares

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    Want to light it up even more :D
     
  3. Jul 20, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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    dayNnite4

    dayNnite4 We can't stop here, this is bat country.

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    any specific way to pop out those seemingly pointless side pocket/cubby?
     
  4. Jul 21, 2011 at 6:37 AM
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    I just pulled on mine and it came out. Though on one of them the tab broke so now it comes out much easier!
     
  5. Jul 21, 2011 at 8:26 AM
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    MotoXTacoma

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    I popped mine out with a flat screwdriver. Also broke a tab on each....to keep them in place after installing the bed lamps I used industrial strength velcro. Just cut the velcro down to size with a knife or scissors and apply to the edges of the box. This way the boxes stay in place with the added weight of the bed lamps and allow for easy access if need to be removed for any reason.
     
  6. Jul 22, 2011 at 10:17 AM
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    dayNnite4

    dayNnite4 We can't stop here, this is bat country.

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    that damage doesnt sound too bad. i hate how crappy all those plastic tabs are...
     
  7. Jul 22, 2011 at 10:37 AM
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    Veccster

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    I hate plastic clips. I broke a ton of them while taking everything apart to install sound deadener on my doors and back wall. I dread installation of things because of those damn clips!
     
  8. Oct 12, 2011 at 6:22 PM
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    Nick701

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    I mounted lights today, figured i would post here so everyone can see options.

    $10 for harbor freight fog lights
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    Drilled holes on bottom
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    Ill post more pictures to show switch and light up at night
     
  9. Oct 12, 2011 at 7:12 PM
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    saugus

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    gj:proposetoast: Wonder how water proof they are.
     
  10. Oct 13, 2011 at 5:55 AM
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    I was wondering the same thing, they dont look very waterproof, ill update when they are on a little longer
     
  11. Oct 14, 2011 at 9:11 AM
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    At night...
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    absolutely brilliant! well done.
     
  13. Nov 20, 2011 at 12:00 PM
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    [​IMG] That's off the hinges! I love it and I know what my next mod is going to be.
     
  14. Jan 20, 2012 at 2:55 PM
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    looks nice
     
  15. Jan 27, 2012 at 8:45 PM
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    now that some of you guys have had yours in for a while, are you pleased with where you put your switches?

    After I first saw this I went to HF and bought some of the lights the OP used, and planned to follow his writeup exactly, because I'm awful with electrical stuff. I finally got though the rest of the pages and am thinking I may try to get a little more detailed with it, find some nicer led strips, do two switches, and possibly mount the rear one somewhere easier to reach but I'm curious if the 'best' spot for the switches has been settled on.
     
  16. Jan 28, 2012 at 12:20 AM
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    used your write up and did the same thing on my truck and they work and look great! thanks!
     
  17. Mar 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM
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    Gabassman Drive it like a 4WD

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    How would i be able to put two switches on the lights one in the cab and one in the bed?
     
  18. Mar 3, 2012 at 3:38 PM
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    Yeah just wire them parallel,
     
  19. Mar 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM
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    Went this morning and bought the same Harbor Freight lights as the OP, current price without any coupons was $19.99, easy install, work like a charm. Thanks.

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  20. Mar 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM
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    Quick question for anyone who's done this in their truck. Are you guys running the main power line along the bottom of the truck, or is everyone running it through the cab? I initially planned to just run it along the bottom, but I really wasn't sure what was the safest way to do this once I started to looked. I thought I saw what looked like a good spot down to the frame, but then I realized it was running right by the exhaust pipe so I canceled that idea. I looked a bit for the instructions to get to the wires through the cab but I haven't found them yet, I know I've seen them before though so I'm going to keep looking.
     

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