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Instructions: How to replace driver side cubby with switch panel!

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by ZekeR7, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. Feb 7, 2018 at 9:55 PM
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    ZekeR7

    ZekeR7 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    This thread will have which switches and panels needed to do the mod WITHOUT removing the lower dash trim.

    END RESULT:
    Switch panel.jpg
    (Picture from Cali Raised LED website)

    STEP 1:

    Pop out the trim by simply using a pry tool to get the clips off
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    (This picture was not taken by me. It was on a different thread that I had found a while back. Would tag the member if I could find it again)



    STEP 2:

    Remove four corner screws that is holding the cubby.
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    (Thanks to @HappyHour for the pics)


    STEP 3:

    Align switch panel and install the same screws you removed on the same spot that the cubby was attached to. (Again, sorry. Don't have picture)

    The switch panel I used was from Cali Raised LED. Here is the link:
    https://caliraisedled.com/collectio...016-2018-toyota-tacoma-oem-style-switch-panel
    They are only $15 at the time of this thread and be delivered within a week. A lot of people seem to link the Shapeway website, but that is a bit more and will have a lead time.



    STEP 4:

    Install your switches and start wiring!
    You can purchase your switch directly from Cali Raised LED:
    https://caliraisedled.com/collections/2016-toyota-tacoma

    If you want more options like I did, I went on Amazon:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EOOMDGG?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Each switch cost $10-11 from both websites.

    Size of switches from Amazon: 21x39mm
    Size of switches from Cali Raised LED: 20x39mm
    The amazon one was pretty snug, which I like. It still goes into the panel but if you are having a hard time, you can just file the sides of the hole on the panel a bit. I did not do this, nor have I ran into anyone else on this forum with an issue.



    Final Step:

    Pop the trim back into place and you are done!



    *I created this thread since a lot of people have been asking about it lately. I didn't take pictures of my install since I didn't know there was so many people still posting threads; asking about it and half of the replies were telling people to remove the lower dash trim.

    If there is already a thread that compile all this information, please delete.
     
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  2. Feb 8, 2018 at 10:37 AM
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    ZekeR7

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    Here is a switch from the Amazon link I have attached to the original post that I recently received:

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  3. Feb 11, 2018 at 3:24 PM
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    I am not able to put the all three switches in because they are to wide. So I am going to have to file. I bought these from Amazon.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012WH6228/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    The switches are cool with back led but I wired straight to battery. I heard both sides to this but I guess I am going to have to wire to a HOT line but I am not sure which to use. All the wires are so tiny. I am kinda afraid to touch it. Any suggestion?
     
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  4. Feb 11, 2018 at 3:28 PM
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    Thanks for the instructions. This will come in handy
     
  5. Feb 12, 2018 at 2:32 AM
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    ZekeR7

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    I had a local shop did my wiring since I didn’t have tools to route my roof rack LED, but my LED came with a wiring harness. It has its own kit that went straight to the battery with a fuse mini fuse box and my switch was connected to the wires that were meant for em.

    That switch looks like a CH4x4 size. Caliraised used to make a panel for it, but since the other one was a lot more popular, I think they stopped production for that switch panel. You can try Amazon to see if they have it.

    The panel I had on the original post is not plastic so you are aware.
     
  6. Feb 14, 2018 at 12:42 PM
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    ZekeR7

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    It was never taken out. We were talking about the rocker panel switch that holds ch4x4 switches. That is the OEM switch panel that is on my instruction. The reason why they probably sent an email out is cause they made the panel that I had on my original post only about 3 weeks ago so it’s fairly new, but they Never marketed it. I just found it by chance when I was looking for their ditch pod bracket.
     
  7. Feb 26, 2018 at 11:38 AM
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    Anyone know if there is inserts for buttons for this open middle section?

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  8. Feb 26, 2018 at 12:32 PM
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    There definitely are, that's where the A-Trac, traction control, and locker switches are for models that have those options.

    PS Sweet sunglasses holder! :burnrubber:
     
  9. Feb 26, 2018 at 12:58 PM
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    Lol you don’t like the sunglass’ Holder?
     
  10. Feb 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM
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    My understanding was only manual transmission trucks had that, but I see you have a Limited which is automatic only. So I guess only the manual Off-Roads have the sunglasses holder. I love mine!
     
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    Yeah I love mine too.
     
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    Sub’d so i don’t lose this thread. Trying to make sure i can make rigid wiring harnesses hook up to the CH4X4 switches
     
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  13. Mar 7, 2018 at 7:45 AM
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    I also have a possibly dumb question, as I haven't added extra wiring and switches to a vehicle since around 2002...

    Do any of you all use relays in these light circuits, or do you all just wire these switches directly inline with whatever hot/power source you use? Back in 2002, when adding a couple extra sets of various lights to my previous truck (non-Toyota), I wired my switches to relays (which I added), which were directly in the power circuit. Just curious...
     
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    I used inline fuses
     
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    I'm waiting on one to be designed. I have the locker one already there and I'm moving the rear window switch so that it's next to sunroof controls.
     
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    Nice How too! I actually got my switch panel from ShapeWays link HERE. It was originally made by @forty2 link to original post HERE

    I got my switches from CH4x4 which is a great place for tons of variety and options on switches. Link HERE

    I hooked up a 32" LED light bar in the bumper, Some @CaliRaisedLed LED pods on the front and some small 4" pods on the bed.

    switch panel.jpg front pods.jpg rear pods.jpg

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