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

License Plate Light Delete-In-Reverse Harness (DIR)

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by daveeasa, Dec 12, 2020.

  1. Feb 21, 2021 at 10:47 AM
    #101
    daveeasa

    daveeasa [OP] Slowest crimp in the West

    Joined:
    May 14, 2020
    Member:
    #328079
    Messages:
    1,621
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    David
    San Diego
    Vehicle:
    2016 OR 4x4 DCSB MGM 6MT
    If you measure the length needed for passenger side I can make one long enough for you.

    the license plate intercept connector is on the drivers side so it’s a shorter harness that way. But it’s not a big cost to go longer.

    the preferred relay mounting location is an m6 stud which is independent from the 10mm bolts used to secure the taillight. If you post a photo of your antenna I can confirm if there will be any problems. I anticipate no conflict.

    Photos of the cavity in my BST thread installation instructions linked in the first post.

    bed stiffeners may also provide alternate antenna mounting options.

    EDIT: Ah, it’s the hassle of unbolting the antenna. Yeah, you have to suck that up I think. Or swap to custom long version for passenger side. Or get in on the bed stiffeners, Dan’s options are good quality and affordable.
     
    GarlicFarts likes this.
  2. Feb 21, 2021 at 12:26 PM
    #102
    GarlicFarts

    GarlicFarts Bang Ding Ow

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2019
    Member:
    #313138
    Messages:
    5,334
    Gender:
    Male
    Lil Rhody
    Vehicle:
    2020 White DCSB TRD OR
    SOS bolt-on sliders In-cab sleeping platform Soft Topper
    I have one of these ish. The Cali raised one doesn’t have the second part that comes down but you get the idea as far as “interference” with this project.

    https://artemisoverland.com/products/toyota-tacoma-cb-antenna-mount

    HOWEVER I just took it off and didn’t worry about it. Had to re tune the antenna soon anyway so no big deal.

    got it installed! Very easy install for an amazing feature on my truck now. I don’t have a backup anytime setup but I was able to catch a split second when I shift out of reverse and the lights come back on! Definitely an improvement and money well spent.
     
    daveeasa [OP] likes this.
  3. Feb 21, 2021 at 12:31 PM
    #103
    daveeasa

    daveeasa [OP] Slowest crimp in the West

    Joined:
    May 14, 2020
    Member:
    #328079
    Messages:
    1,621
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    David
    San Diego
    Vehicle:
    2016 OR 4x4 DCSB MGM 6MT
    Awesome. Yeah, I realized the point of your question was to save dealing with the headache vs a question of compatibility. But it took me a while to realize that part. I suspect you likely agree that the shorter run from the driver's side is a little cleaner than going from the passenger side. I think for the reverse harness feeding a hitch mount you could definitely pick either side. And, for someone with both DIR and hitch reverse light, I'd go passenger for the hitch one to even out the bulk.
     
    GarlicFarts likes this.
  4. Feb 21, 2021 at 12:59 PM
    #104
    GarlicFarts

    GarlicFarts Bang Ding Ow

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2019
    Member:
    #313138
    Messages:
    5,334
    Gender:
    Male
    Lil Rhody
    Vehicle:
    2020 White DCSB TRD OR
    SOS bolt-on sliders In-cab sleeping platform Soft Topper
    nah I am putting everything on one side. I’m taking taco lean to the next level! Gonna probably stuff my CB antenna cable down there too. That one is tbd.

    yeah install was easy and driver side definitely was the way to go. Well built and a great application. Love it - that’s what I love about the Tacoma over other trucks. Everything you could conceive of someone has already tested, done, and is selling it at a good cost. Hard to beat that!
     
    daveeasa [OP] likes this.
  5. Feb 21, 2021 at 1:01 PM
    #105
    Puppypunter

    Puppypunter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2020
    Member:
    #315086
    Messages:
    1,132
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Johnny
    Vehicle:
    2019 Black SR
    daveeasa [OP] and GarlicFarts like this.
  6. Feb 23, 2021 at 4:23 PM
    #106
    79CHKCHK

    79CHKCHK Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2019
    Member:
    #293877
    Messages:
    347
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2018 Super White TRD Pro AT
    Installed my @Puppypunter original! Pretty easy and quick...works like a charm. Thanks @Puppypunter and @daveeasa for coming up with this mod. I always disliked the fact I could barely see what was behind me when backing up at night. It is even worse on the trail when its pitch black outside! I saw someone post in one of the threads about the DIR mod that one could just turn off the head lights. That doesn't work on the trail when you and your spotter are using that light trying to avoid large boulders or even a steep drop off. I say this is a fairly inexpensive mod to increase my ability to safely reverse, both in town and out on the trail. Cheers to all those involved in the brainstorming and development of the DIR harness!
    :burnrubber:Happy Trails. Tom
     
  7. Feb 23, 2021 at 5:09 PM
    #107
    GarlicFarts

    GarlicFarts Bang Ding Ow

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2019
    Member:
    #313138
    Messages:
    5,334
    Gender:
    Male
    Lil Rhody
    Vehicle:
    2020 White DCSB TRD OR
    SOS bolt-on sliders In-cab sleeping platform Soft Topper
    I use it to back into my driveway every night. There's way more applicability than just trails :p

    Winter - it's dark when I get home from work
    Winter - if I take the dog out for a bike ride after work, it's also dark
    Winter - if I get to work early it's dark there, too (funny story - January either 2019 or 2020, can't remember now, there was an entire week in January I was getting to work early and leaving late, Sunday afternoon until Friday afternoon when I left around 3, I didn't see the sun - I was inside, we have no windows....I didn't realize until I was leaving Friday :rofl: ....)
    Summer - After work, take the dog to beach/dog park, ventures out late, backing in after dark

    Basically it's a year round use but will DEFINITELY be a big benefit in the winter up here! Especially when there's snow on the camera that would reflect the plate lights. Couldn't see S$%&
     
  8. Feb 24, 2021 at 1:58 AM
    #108
    Mokanic

    Mokanic Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2019
    Member:
    #303586
    Messages:
    322
    Two photos of backup camera with license plate lights on and off. All lights are LED including plate lights.
    Entune head unit "Camera" brightness is all the way up and contrast is all the way down.
    Not much discernible difference. Both views are useable to backup (IMHO)

    Plate Lights ON.jpg Plate Lights OFF.jpg
     
    tonered likes this.
  9. Feb 24, 2021 at 4:06 AM
    #109
    Pyrotech

    Pyrotech Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2018
    Member:
    #273741
    Messages:
    2,227
    Gender:
    Male
    Well, it done and bench tested.

    20210224_055105.jpg


    Did kinda screw up... I forgot to add the tap for the Meso Drop in hitch light. so I started to make a stand alone harness for it. and when I went to do the second side.. I pin it wrong grrr... I could have just reversed the color code for the hitch light, but... That just doesn't sit well with me and when I tried to de-pin the connector, lets just say It did not go well. time to order a set of de-pinning tools since I am doing more and more custom harness work


    options to fix it.
    buy new connectors and replace the the bad connector / redo the harness.
    I have some tiny Copper C crimps from Burndy I could use to crimp on the Tap for the reverse light
    window strip and solder in the tap.
     
  10. Feb 24, 2021 at 4:56 AM
    #110
    daveeasa

    daveeasa [OP] Slowest crimp in the West

    Joined:
    May 14, 2020
    Member:
    #328079
    Messages:
    1,621
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    David
    San Diego
    Vehicle:
    2016 OR 4x4 DCSB MGM 6MT
    Looks like you did the T off the female for reverse? They are a little tricky. Take the plastic TPA all the way out with a small screwdriver. Then use a pick tool to push into the pin latch and pry it sideways. Then something to push the female terminal backwards.

    But for reverse tap I’d just T off the male side. Hardest part there is removing the plastic TPA. Use a pick tool and some force.
     
  11. Feb 24, 2021 at 4:58 AM
    #111
    daveeasa

    daveeasa [OP] Slowest crimp in the West

    Joined:
    May 14, 2020
    Member:
    #328079
    Messages:
    1,621
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    David
    San Diego
    Vehicle:
    2016 OR 4x4 DCSB MGM 6MT
    Oh, also, use 18 TXL for all the T’s as GXL is too bulky.

    connectors should still lock fine even if mangled.
     
  12. Feb 24, 2021 at 7:45 AM
    #112
    caribe makaira

    caribe makaira Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2011
    Member:
    #51121
    Messages:
    5,296
    Gender:
    Male
    Caribbean, Puerto Rico
    Vehicle:
    05 PreRunner TRD Offroad AutoTrans
    Hood Struts, My version Fogs always ON, Map & Overhead Light Mod,

    The Terminal Retainer is NOT meant to be removed. At least not repeatedly...
    upload_2021-2-24_11-53-13.jpg
    upload_2021-2-24_11-49-42.jpg
    upload_2021-2-24_11-50-56.jpg
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2021
    Pyrotech and daveeasa [OP] like this.
  13. Feb 24, 2021 at 9:07 AM
    #113
    Pyrotech

    Pyrotech Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2018
    Member:
    #273741
    Messages:
    2,227
    Gender:
    Male
    could have used this information earlier today.
     
    GarlicFarts and daveeasa [OP] like this.
  14. Feb 24, 2021 at 10:22 AM
    #114
    Pyrotech

    Pyrotech Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2018
    Member:
    #273741
    Messages:
    2,227
    Gender:
    Male
    I can not find the connector that the wire broke off in. so I will order a new on. I think I will continue on with a standalone harness for the hitch light and tap off the passenger side for that one.

    So I went ahead and installed it. I had previously relocated the rear diff breather to the drivers side taillight cavity, and I am pleased to confirmed the relay fits as OP designed even with the breather hose in the way.

    20210224_120059.jpg

    Quick function test to confirm everything works.. now to wait until dark to adjust the head unit settings
     
    tonered and daveeasa [OP] like this.
  15. Feb 24, 2021 at 10:24 AM
    #115
    daveeasa

    daveeasa [OP] Slowest crimp in the West

    Joined:
    May 14, 2020
    Member:
    #328079
    Messages:
    1,621
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    David
    San Diego
    Vehicle:
    2016 OR 4x4 DCSB MGM 6MT
    At least the connectors are cheaper than the tools to depin them. So no financial penalty to destroying a couple.
     
    Pyrotech likes this.
  16. Feb 24, 2021 at 10:35 AM
    #116
    tonered

    tonered tacorider

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2017
    Member:
    #231055
    Messages:
    21,819
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    tony
    Lynnwood, WA
    Yeah. There's tons of room in there. The prototype TotalTails weren't even a problem.
    IMG_20181010_165405.jpg

    I wish I was smart enough to put the breather there. Instead: o_O
    upload_2021-2-24_10-34-37.jpg
     
    GarlicFarts and daveeasa [OP] like this.
To Top