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Installing Resistors for LED Turn Signals

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by RDBarker, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. Jan 18, 2014 at 5:39 PM
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    RDBarker

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    I have a 2010 Tacoma and want to install LED Switchbacks for my front turn signals and DTRLs. Where is the best place to install the resistors and what is the best method to fasten them? I'm a newbie to this type of stuff and need some good ideas. Thanks
     
  2. Jan 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM
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    I was also wondering the same thing. Anyone?
     
  3. Jan 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM
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    I did my back turn signals and the resistors get really hot real fast that's why I haven't done my front turn signals. I have DTRL's and I've heard that the resistor wires melt because of the heat from being on all the time.
     
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    I did my rear turn signals LED and I double sided sticky taped the resistors on the metal body of the truck where the taillights are. Not sure how good that would hold up on plastic though since they can get super hot.
     
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    I actually drilled and screwed the resistors into mine to help disperse the heat.
     
  7. Jan 22, 2014 at 2:27 PM
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    Do you have a pic of the resistors? Are they mountable?
    Any METAL surface will conduct the heat.
    There is also a conduction paste available-"HEAT SINK COMPOUND"-It is cheap and should help.
     
  9. Jan 22, 2014 at 2:40 PM
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    I don't use any resistors. I bought the LED flasher module that eliminates the need for resistors. I would look at SuperbrightLED.com for their flashers. This is a list of the ones they have: Flasher modules.
     
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    Could you show where you plug these in at?
     
  11. Jan 23, 2014 at 2:44 PM
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    That won't work for DTRL trucks right? We would need a 12 pin flasher for DTRL's to still work.
     
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    You just put it in place of your turn signal flasher. It replaces the factory one.

    I believe someone makes the flasher for the 12 pin DTRL Toyota. I will see if I can find the seller. It was a website that I found it on. Maybe Google "Toyota led flasher" and search around.
     
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    Do the flasher mod. Its simple.
     
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    Details on flasher mod?
     
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    +1 Resistors are rated in Ohms of resistance - but there's a secondary rating which is their current capacity.
     
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    Not enough.
    Wattage rating is key when you have heat issues with a resistor. They come in 1/4 1/2 1 watt ratings.
     
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    I can't drag the link. There's a whole long post on it. You remove the flasher and grind about half of the resistor loop down. It works great. Look for my post."LOOKING FOR LED 1437 BULBS" TRY: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2n...]256783[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=full]256784[/ATTACH]
     
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    An update. The flasher mod is NOT ideal for models 2009 and up with Daytime running lights. It will only work when the DTRLs are not lit. (in my case) I've done the DTRL delete now. No more DTRLs and no more issues.
     
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    Mine work fine. I would guess you didn't take enough material off of the loop.
     
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