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Installing/wiring taillights

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by jcdevivero, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. Feb 27, 2009 at 7:43 PM
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    jcdevivero

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    Just recently my taillights were stolen off my Toyota Tacoma. Apparently there was a sweep of many trucks the same night. I'm just glad no other damage was done.

    I bought a pair of new taillights and want to install them myself. I thought it would be a straight forward job until I noticed the wiring colors didn't match.

    The colors on the Taillight itself go as follow:

    1:Green w/yellow line
    2:Green
    3:White w/ black line
    4:Green w brown line
    5:Red w/ blue line
    6: empty

    The colors from the wiring on the truck are:

    White w/ blue line
    Blue
    Blue w/ black line
    Green
    Red w/white line


    Help! What colors should go with which? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Feb 27, 2009 at 8:03 PM
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  3. Feb 27, 2009 at 8:10 PM
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    You have got to be kidding, stole your tail lights?? What the f--k is wrong with people! This is why each person should be allowed to knock off or take out a certain number of two legged animals each week.:fenforcer:
     
  4. Feb 27, 2009 at 8:18 PM
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    After market, humanoid. I was going to buy them off Toyota, but they were 167 each and I bought these aftermarket for 85. I'm poor, so I had no choice.

    Yeah, fletchaka, it sucks.
     
  5. Feb 28, 2009 at 6:04 AM
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    What year is your truck?
     
  6. Feb 28, 2009 at 12:16 PM
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  7. Feb 28, 2009 at 5:45 PM
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    I guess I just need someone with a 2006 Tacoma willing to look at their tail lights and let me know how the wiring goes.
     
  8. Feb 28, 2009 at 6:05 PM
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    Wish I could help, but I have an 04 :(
     
  9. Feb 28, 2009 at 6:35 PM
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    Thanks, maybe someone with an '06 will read this.
     
  10. Feb 28, 2009 at 6:52 PM
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    Blue is the + for the stop lamps
    Red & Wite is the + for the back up lights
    Blue & Black is the + for the Left Hand Turn signal
    Blue & Yellow is the + for the Right Hand Turn signal
    green is the + for the tail lights

    Wite & Black is - for all the lights
     
  11. Feb 28, 2009 at 8:34 PM
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    Hey Chris thanks for the response. Where did you get this info?

    I'm still a bit confused because some of the colors don't match the ones I posted for the wires coming out of my truck.

    Blue is for the stop lamps
    Red w/white is for the back up lights
    Blue w/black is for the left hand turn signal
    Green is for the tail lights

    BLUE & YELLOW is for the right hand turn dignal, but I don't have a BLUE & YELLOW.

    AND what do I do with the RED w/ WHITE line?

    Thanks, dude. I really appreciate the information.
     
  12. Feb 28, 2009 at 8:42 PM
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    if you really want to get it right, get a test light and test all the wires.

    What ever you probe into, will light up when you do a certain thing

    FOR EXAMPLE, blue will light up when you step on the brakes.
    red w/white will light up when you put the truck in reverse
    blue with black will light up when you put the left blinker on
    green is for the running lights(tail lights as you put it)

    So you have pretty much narrowed it down to all you have left is the red w/white line. Wouldnt you think thats the right hand blinker?
     
  13. Feb 28, 2009 at 9:03 PM
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    Thanks, I think I'll buy one of those test kits. Any will do?

    Anymore answers on the wires are still welcomed. = ) I've also thought about just buying one tail light from the Toyota dealer to check the colors and then returning it.

    Are you a wildland firefighter? I used to be one a few years ago.
     
  14. Feb 28, 2009 at 9:24 PM
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    I got the wire codes from the FSM. You are better off getting a light, and checking the idividual wires out.
     
  15. Mar 1, 2009 at 9:47 AM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    and yea, any will do.

    Just make sure not to get a cheapy one if you plan on doing alot of electrical stuff. I got one from my matco dealer for like 25 bucks..you can go to advance auto and get one for probably around 10-15
     
  16. Mar 1, 2009 at 1:17 PM
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    Thanks everyone for the feedback. I'll check back if I have anymore questions. I still have to figure out how to wire the harness clip part.

    I was Initial Attack.
     
  17. Mar 1, 2009 at 1:43 PM
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    how to get it apart? Theres a little prong you have to push down, and it should slide apart
     
  18. Mar 1, 2009 at 2:10 PM
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    The tail light came with it's harness clip, BUT I had to buy one for the truck's wiring because that was also stolen. So now I have to figure out if I can just splice the wires in slip into the harness clip that I bought for the truck's wiring.

    I guess a picture would make more sense. I'll have those by tomorrow, cause my camera won't be charged by the time I have to go to work.:confused:
     
  19. Mar 2, 2009 at 7:15 PM
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    jcdevivero

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    Here are some of the pictures I finally took. Can someone tell me if I just have to splice the wires and slide them in the matching holes in the harness?

    LEFT SIDE:
    [​IMG]

    RIGHT SIDE:
    [​IMG]

    Taillight:
    [​IMG]

    Harness off the taillight:
    [​IMG]

    Harness:
    [​IMG]

    :D

    The tail light starts with 7 wires and ends with 5 on the harness. Is the white w/ black line ground or running lights? I still need to match them.
     
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