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Ignition Light Ring Mod help!!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by KerlyQ, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Apr 18, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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    I picked up one of these from a '99 4Runner thinking it would fit my '95 Tacoma but hole too small to fit over my ignition. CRAP!!
    This one also has the ACC / IGN, labels on the black outer ring of the light ring and my truck has these on the metal ignition.
    Any idea what other vehicles/models/yrs I could look for that would fit? I see Camry ones regularly but never an actual Tacoma one.

    BigOly do you have fully lit picture (not in the dark) showing final fit?
     
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  2. Apr 18, 2013 at 11:44 AM
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    Since you have an earlier first gen (>01) you probably are lucky and will not need any resistors. The LED problem seems to stem with the latter 01-04s.

    I would first try swapping out the incandescent bulb to LED and test it out before purchasing resistors. I have one of the latest 1st gen tacos that requires resistors otherwise I get a lower weak flicker on my LEDs. A more technical description of this issue can be found in this long thread. :)
     
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  3. Apr 18, 2013 at 11:54 AM
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    Interesting...that sucks, I didn't know they had different variations of light rings between the 3rd gen 4runners but I wouldn't be surprised. My parts were pulled off a 2000 4runner limited. I think I have a closeup pic handy...if not I'll take a pic today and post it here.
     
  4. Apr 18, 2013 at 11:59 AM
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    Here ya go :) :
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    More detailed pics are on my build here.
     
  5. Apr 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM
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    cool to know... but I prefer it green

    'cause green means go ;) :p

    the white light looks like it could be harsh on the eyes...
    probably visualized from orbit :eek:

    what's the oem bulb size ? 194, 164 ?
     
  6. Apr 18, 2013 at 6:10 PM
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    Ya, I'm still 50/50 between white and green. The ring light stays on only till I start the engine. Also it's really not as bright as looks in the pic. The night shot I took makes it look brighter then it really is. The plastic ring diffuses most of the brightness.

    The oem bulb size for the ring light is #74.
     
  7. Apr 18, 2013 at 6:11 PM
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    Hmm, really cool mod....
     
  8. Apr 19, 2013 at 7:52 AM
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    Thanks BigOly. Yours looks like the Camry one I was watching. There was a Camry one like yours and a 1999 4Runner one I was about to pull the trigger on the Camry one and thought, "well the 4runner one must be correct as it's the same platform" ... NOT. I'll be measuring the inside hole diameter now and start the hunt over again. If anyone needs an ignition light ring for a 1999 4Runner Limited I have one for $20 :cool:

    I'm thinking that my Gen1 (1995.5) Tacoma might have a different ignition switch -- can you tell me the diameter of the ignition switch bezel (the metal part that says, "Lock ACC ON Start""?
     
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  9. Apr 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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    The light ring that I got was from an 02 4runner and it fits perfectly over my 04 ignition.

    I already have it installed and wired, and I am just waiting on the #74 amber led and the black bezel piece to get delivered.
     
  10. Apr 20, 2013 at 6:29 AM
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    Very nice! If you get a chance, hang up a snap shot of the orange when you get it plugged in. If it's an orange LED, remember that since you have a later model '04 like mine, you may need a couple of resistors in order to get the LED to work, but go ahead and try it without buying resistors first.
     
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  11. Apr 20, 2013 at 6:39 AM
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    Diameter is just a little over an inch-
    [​IMG]
     
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    Is this why when I put LEDs in my dome light they just started flashing or go really dim?
     
  13. Apr 20, 2013 at 8:04 AM
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    I'm pretty sure that's the reason why. Hit your local ratshack and grab a couple of resistors and that should fix your problem. ;)
     
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    This would be a cool mod... I've been searching high and low for one of these light rings and the black bezel for it. Only light rings I can find are off a 02 camry and a 03 tundra. Do you guys think the tundra ring would fit?
     
  15. May 21, 2013 at 12:09 PM
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    snyth505 -- I picked up one advertised as from a 1999 4Runner thinking it would fit my 1995.5 Tacoma but it doesn't. If you're interested I'd send it to you for $20 + the cost of shipping [​IMG]

    I'll measure the inside diameter of the light ring and post it.
    What's the outside diameter of the metal on your ignition switch?

    1999 4Runner Limited - light ring d.jpg
     
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    Looks like the face of the lock cylinder measures right around 1 1/4 inch. The diameter for the black bezel is around 2 1/4 inch. I think the problem is the bezel.
     
  17. May 22, 2013 at 7:29 AM
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    Crud, forgot to measure out the one I have, :smack: sorry about that...
    ...got caught up in doing new stereo head unit install until about midnight. I'll measure it tonight when I get home.
     
  18. May 22, 2013 at 8:11 AM
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    Heh, thats funny.. my new head unit comes in Friday. I hate to get off topic but what head unit did you go with? I got the Kenwood ddx470. Technically thats why im trying to do the ring mod now. I only want to disassemble the dash once to change out all the lights with red leds. Already did the gauge cluster.
     
  19. May 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM
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    Man...I want to do this too now. Where to find the right one...hmmm..
     
  20. May 22, 2013 at 2:37 PM
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    SQUIRREL... I went with the Alpine CDE-147BT (wanted phone connection and charging via remote USB). The 143 also good, it has USB on front of unit instead of rear with cable. Can also save $ if you don't need CD and go with a digital media unit with no CD. That Kenwood looks like a solid unit!!

    This is suppose to be my weekender beat around task truck so hard pressed to go all out on the system. My wife thinks I've spent too much on it already (and that's just the stuff she knows about). :yay:

    09 Alpine CDE-147BT head unit.jpg
    10 - Alpine CDE-147BT installed.jpg
     
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