1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Ignition Light Ring Mod help!!

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

  1. BigOly

    BigOly Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2012
    Member:
    #78148
    Messages:
    417
    Gender:
    Male
    Bay Area, NorCal
    Vehicle:
    04 TRD DC V6 SR5 4WD
    So here's an update:

    My order of white LEDs (5 led -3 on top 2 on sides- 360 angle type) came in the mail so I had to rush home from work to get going on replacing the weak green incandescent bulb in the 4Runner light ring. Here it is connected to the light socket:
    [​IMG]

    On my way home I hit ratshack and got me 2 packs (I only really needed one pack but never hurts to get an extra) of 1 watt 100 Ohm resistors:

    [​IMG]

    Then I took a pair of them and secured them together using a couple of butt connectors:

    [​IMG]

    Plugged everything together and the white LED lit up!! WOOT!!!;) I also notice that the ring light blinking issue I posted earlier went away when turing off the dome light. WOOT X2!!!! :D

    [​IMG]

    I have two more of these white LEDs that fits snug in the 4Runner light ring that I don't need so if anyone needs one PM me (you will still need resistors if you do this mod) otherwise I'll just keep them as backup. I'll sell them at $5 each shipped first class anywhere in the USA.

    [​IMG]

    White LED ignition ring all wired up in all it's glory:
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2013
  2. Taco Man in HD

    Taco Man in HD DC TRD MallRunner

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2009
    Member:
    #27494
    Messages:
    799
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Evan
    Ohio
    Vehicle:
    2004 DC Tacoma PreRunner
    33" BFG A/T's, All-Pro rear bumper, Avid PreRunner Bumper, and other fun stuff.
    ^looks great! mine is on it's way. :turtleride:

    did you dremel the existing black plastic ring around your ignition to fit with the light or does it replace the black plastic part?
     
  3. BigOly

    BigOly Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2012
    Member:
    #78148
    Messages:
    417
    Gender:
    Male
    Bay Area, NorCal
    Vehicle:
    04 TRD DC V6 SR5 4WD
    I used a black plastic surround off an old 3rd gen 4runner limited. The existing black surround of the taco will not fit, the surround is to large/hole is to small.

    You could probably dremel the existing surround to make the ring fit but not sure how well that would look, unless you have really good dremel skills (mine suck). A detailed install of how I put it all together here.
     
  4. SteveFaust

    SteveFaust Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2013
    Member:
    #94247
    Messages:
    71
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Poway, CA
    Vehicle:
    1995 XtraCab XL 2.7 4x4
    Okay my electrical engineering skills aren't up to par -- what do the resistors do re the LED bulb?
     
  5. SteveFaust

    SteveFaust Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2013
    Member:
    #94247
    Messages:
    71
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Poway, CA
    Vehicle:
    1995 XtraCab XL 2.7 4x4
    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?
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2013
  6. BigOly

    BigOly Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2012
    Member:
    #78148
    Messages:
    417
    Gender:
    Male
    Bay Area, NorCal
    Vehicle:
    04 TRD DC V6 SR5 4WD
    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. :)
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2013
  7. BigOly

    BigOly Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2012
    Member:
    #78148
    Messages:
    417
    Gender:
    Male
    Bay Area, NorCal
    Vehicle:
    04 TRD DC V6 SR5 4WD
    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.
     
  8. BigOly

    BigOly Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2012
    Member:
    #78148
    Messages:
    417
    Gender:
    Male
    Bay Area, NorCal
    Vehicle:
    04 TRD DC V6 SR5 4WD
    Here ya go :) :
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    More detailed pics are on my build here.
     
  9. TacoDell

    TacoDell Truck ~n~ Tow

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2008
    Member:
    #7448
    Messages:
    978
    Gender:
    Male
    SoCal
    Vehicle:
    '00 Tacoma SR5 4X
    Donahoe CO's, Deaver leaf paks, Lockright Locker, All Pro body armor ( sliders, front and rear bumpers ), All Pro under belly skids, Warn M8K w/Masterpull synthetic line, Dual Optima battery system, 4 ea LightForce Striker 170 offroad lights, 8 ea wired rock lights, and plenty more I'm sure
    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 ?
     
  10. BigOly

    BigOly Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2012
    Member:
    #78148
    Messages:
    417
    Gender:
    Male
    Bay Area, NorCal
    Vehicle:
    04 TRD DC V6 SR5 4WD
    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.
     
  11. PcBuilder14

    PcBuilder14 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2011
    Member:
    #58522
    Messages:
    19,700
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brent
    Missouri
    Vehicle:
    2003 Tacoma TRD/SR5 4x4
    Suspension: Front - Bilstein 5100's/Eibach coils Rear - All Pro Expo Leafs/Rear Icon Remote Reservoir Shocks Wheels & Tires: 33x12.50x15 KM2's/Summit Racing 85 Black 8 Series Wheels/15x8/3.75" Backspacing [U]Armor:[/U] - [URL="http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/relentless-fabrication/152694-just-released-re
    Hmm, really cool mod....
     
  12. SteveFaust

    SteveFaust Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2013
    Member:
    #94247
    Messages:
    71
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Poway, CA
    Vehicle:
    1995 XtraCab XL 2.7 4x4
    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""?
     
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2013
  13. Taco Man in HD

    Taco Man in HD DC TRD MallRunner

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2009
    Member:
    #27494
    Messages:
    799
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Evan
    Ohio
    Vehicle:
    2004 DC Tacoma PreRunner
    33" BFG A/T's, All-Pro rear bumper, Avid PreRunner Bumper, and other fun stuff.
    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.
     
  14. BigOly

    BigOly Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2012
    Member:
    #78148
    Messages:
    417
    Gender:
    Male
    Bay Area, NorCal
    Vehicle:
    04 TRD DC V6 SR5 4WD
    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.
     
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2013
  15. BigOly

    BigOly Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2012
    Member:
    #78148
    Messages:
    417
    Gender:
    Male
    Bay Area, NorCal
    Vehicle:
    04 TRD DC V6 SR5 4WD
    Diameter is just a little over an inch-
    [​IMG]
     
  16. buzzard1992

    buzzard1992 Yep

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2010
    Member:
    #43343
    Messages:
    2,418
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Alex
    Summerville, SC
    Vehicle:
    01 4wd trd, 255/85/16 km2s
    5100's with eibachs. And 255/85/16 km2s
    Is this why when I put LEDs in my dome light they just started flashing or go really dim?
     
  17. BigOly

    BigOly Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2012
    Member:
    #78148
    Messages:
    417
    Gender:
    Male
    Bay Area, NorCal
    Vehicle:
    04 TRD DC V6 SR5 4WD
    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. ;)
     
  18. synth505

    synth505 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2011
    Member:
    #57954
    Messages:
    74
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Georgia
    Vehicle:
    04 PreRunner SR5 DC V6
    Build page to begin soon...
    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?
     
  19. SteveFaust

    SteveFaust Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2013
    Member:
    #94247
    Messages:
    71
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Poway, CA
    Vehicle:
    1995 XtraCab XL 2.7 4x4
    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
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2013
  20. synth505

    synth505 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2011
    Member:
    #57954
    Messages:
    74
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Georgia
    Vehicle:
    04 PreRunner SR5 DC V6
    Build page to begin soon...
    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.
     
To Top