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Led under dash lighting

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 2002, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. Dec 9, 2013 at 12:29 PM
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    2002

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    does anyone on here have any experience with putting like an led strip under the dash and like how tp wire it and such because i dont even know where to start
     
  2. Dec 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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    MJonaGS32

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    I made this diagram for my LED bed lights. Same concept, except in your cab :D

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Dec 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM
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    No see diagram?:confused:
     
  4. Dec 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM
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    The diagram did not show up
     
  5. Dec 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM
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    Madjik_Man

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  7. Dec 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM
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    Eh, see my Build Thread sig link. Too many mods to list.
    Adding LED strips is really, really, really easy. :D

    The hardest part is running the wiring and figuring out where to pick up your power/ground from, which isn't that hard. Really. I just have a habit of making things harder than they need to be. After you've figured that out once, adding more is easy.

    Here's one thing I've learning from doing mine:

    Say you're looking for your ignition accessory + wire. When you've found it, splice into it using a wire splice (available at any auto parts store) and a nice 10-12" long piece of wire. That way you're only spicing into the main wire once. Anything else you want to connect to your accessory switch, just splice it onto your pigtail. If you screw something up, the worse case is you are messing up your pigtail and not the factory wiring. Also, tape or cap off the end of your pigtail so you don't have an errent short from it floating around and grounding out on something.

    Do the same thing with the ground once you've found it. The same ground should work for everything. When I first started modding my Yoda, my big mistake was trying to use the body as ground. You'd think that would work (I did). I couldn't get anything to work and couldn't figure out why. It drove me crazy for days. You need to find a ground in a wiring harness somewhere and then do the same pigtail thing.

    Funny story: I was installing a backup camera. The rearview LCD is built into the rearview mirror and needs power. So I busted out my multimeter and finally found a random +12v and ground. Hot damn, it all worked! Put the Taco in reverse and the camera and LCD turn on. Until I put everything back together and went to back out and go to the store. No LCD. WTF? Pulled it back in the garage, took it all apart again and tested...and it all worked. W.T.F.? It turns out...the +12v I found was for the seat belt sensor. It's +12v when no seat belt is engaged. When I went to back out of the garage, I was a good boy and put my seatbelt on, which killed the +12v. ARRRRRRRRRRGH! So, back to finding a +12v. :eek:

    I ended up getting an Add-a-circuit and using the fuseblock under the dash.
     
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  8. Dec 9, 2013 at 2:06 PM
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    lol fail

    here u go

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Dec 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM
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    Eh, see my Build Thread sig link. Too many mods to list.
    Well, MJ's diagram is valid also in his scenario. There's a bunch of different ways to configure things, so there's not one correct answer.

    Maybe the newer Tacos are wired really different, but in my Gen 1, I was on bare metal to the frame and didn't have a good ground, which made no sense to me at all. So, your mileage may vary.
     
  10. Dec 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM
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    Yeah i have a 1st gen and all i want to do is light up where my feet go the samr color as my gauges on both sides and have a switch to turn them on and off and thats all
     
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