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MESO Puddle Light build

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by MESO, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Jul 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM
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    Ennui

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    The issue I reported is strictly the puddle lights not turning on by proximity or by unlocking the door by pressing the key fob unlock button.

    My doors lock/unlock PERFECTLY, just that once in a blue moon the puddle lights do not turn on until I open the door physically and it doesn’t have that issue until once every two weeks maybe..

    Hope I did not confuse anyone :)
     
  2. Jul 2, 2019 at 2:29 PM
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    My puddle lights will not turn on if all 4 doors are already unlocked, even if I push the unlock button on the fob again it will only beep and the lights flash but no map light or puddle lights. If I push lock then push unlock again then it will work.
     
  3. Jul 2, 2019 at 2:31 PM
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    LivinOnEdge

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    Why? No reason to have a mechanic on these trucks, they'll last forever. :D
     
  4. Jul 5, 2019 at 5:00 PM
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    The puddles would be helpful for me during solo boondock camping -- although to preserve night vision a red filter lens would be nice.

    However camping with nearby neighbors presents a problem. Since the puddles cannot be turned off, a kill switch on the +12 constant signal seems like the best solution. Otherwise, neighbors are automatically hit with 5500K high lumen glare when I walk by or open the truck?

    @MESO , I know dimming is not in your vocabulary. Is color?
     
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  5. Jul 5, 2019 at 5:47 PM
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    Camping does Pose an issue haha
     
  6. Jul 5, 2019 at 6:15 PM
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    Amber would be easy for everyone’s eyes.
     
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  7. Jul 5, 2019 at 6:26 PM
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    MaukatoMakai4V6tacoma

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    I thought that puddle lights can be turned off by the dome light switch?
     
  8. Jul 5, 2019 at 6:48 PM
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    Nope
     
  9. Jul 5, 2019 at 6:52 PM
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    This is not a puddle light issue. This is how the dome circuit is in the Tacoma(since the puddle basically emulated the dome). You will notice the dome doesn't turn on that way either.

    Had some people ask about a red light version. I won't be able to redesign the internals, but I might look into a red lens overlay. A "OFF" switch wouldn't be a bad idea, I just haven't had enough requests in order to make it an option.

    Negative. Although the puddles tap off the same DOME circuit, it taps off BEFORE going up to the overhead console. So any switch position overhead does not affect the puddles themselves
     
  10. Jul 5, 2019 at 8:24 PM
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    Oi just finished this install. 6 hours top to bottom. During the install I was cursing everything under the sun. “This is absolutely not worth it”. Now that they’re installed I gotta say. Absolutely fucking worth it.

    For those who haven’t installed yet, pages 141 and 142 of this thread are important. @Ennui dude you saved me hours with that god damn door panel harness. Your tips really helped. I was praising your name during the install.

    Lastly, buy this tool.
    https://www.amazon.com/General-Tools-70399-Lighted-Mechanical/dp/B002RHP7TS
     
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  11. Jul 5, 2019 at 10:46 PM
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    Don't feel bad with the 6 hour install, I think I got you beat lol.

    Glad the tips helped, and like you said after 100% successful install it is abso-fuckin'-lutely worth it :p
     
  12. Jul 5, 2019 at 10:48 PM
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    Why buy that tool?
     
  13. Jul 5, 2019 at 11:54 PM
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    Here I thought my 4 1/2 hour install was long, I was trying to be so damn careful with the mirrors, not to drop em or scratch anything. Plus I had to watch the door panel removal video a few times :D

    For that tool I'd guess to fish the wire/connector through the drivers side boot..? I thought somebody said to use a big zip tie or something but idk where that tip is.
    I of course did neither, used a somewhat firm wire and just trying to get it through the boot took me about 10 min and a couple of ripped nail beds. I think that tool or maybe the zip tie thing are prob the best way to go.
    Passenger side boot is cake.

    Btw I don't remember the complete instructions but does it say to roll down the windows before you start removing the door panel? Yea , learn from my mistake lol
     
  14. Jul 6, 2019 at 1:17 AM
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    Camp where you don’t have neighbors :thumbsup:
     
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  15. Jul 6, 2019 at 8:48 AM
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    I used this tool for fishing the wires through the door boot and more importantly fishing the wires from the floor up behind the dash to the pillar. There is a video of the entire install in here. Proved very helpful to me.
     
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  16. Jul 6, 2019 at 9:04 AM
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    Going through the driver's door, I am glad I completely removed the boot from the door and frame. It is simply too full of other wires to get the MESO connector through. My hands weren't as enamored with me doing it, but it is the only way I would do it. No way I am going to find out some time in the future that I nicked a random wire while doing this install.

    I just used a piece of electricians fish tape for other needs...going through the center dash, going up to the A-pillar.
     
  17. Jul 6, 2019 at 10:01 AM
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    Lots of helpful information in this thread. Like taping your socket to prevent the mirror nuts from falling into the door. Another one of my favorites was removing the little white clips that hold the triangle plastic mirror trim on the door and placing them on the cover for reinstall. This prevents you from pushing them through the door frame and loosing them into the door. Read, watch, install. Love my meso puddles. I would like the option to leave them on like the rear cargo light, but the fade in/out with the dome lights is a far more useful feature. So if I can't have both, I prefer the fade.
     
  18. Jul 6, 2019 at 6:12 PM
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  19. Jul 6, 2019 at 6:21 PM
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    drivers window seal down in the back corner of the door. mine came off too
     
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  20. Jul 6, 2019 at 6:23 PM
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    First pic is correct orientation. Far end of the door. Bottom corner
     
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