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MESO Puddle Light build

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

  1. Sep 26, 2019 at 10:47 AM
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    TacoJetMech

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    Just getting started...
    Didn’t see it, sorry. I can see some screws underneath. Any of those need to come out to remove the panel?
     
  2. Sep 26, 2019 at 10:48 AM
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    LivinOnEdge

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    Nope, the switch panel (giant rectangle with switches with window switches) comes off with a push from the back or a pull from the front. No clips. No screws.
     
  3. Sep 26, 2019 at 10:50 AM
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    MOTHERF-..... hahahaha... yup, popped right out. That really should be changed out in Meso’s instructions. lol Thanks bud, if I were closer I’d buy ya a drink.
     
  4. Sep 26, 2019 at 10:51 AM
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    LivinOnEdge

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    Instructions were made for the "CORRECT" way to do things. But here on TW we always find shortcuts and everyone has different methods. The guide is a guideline to help get you on your way. Glad I could assist though. I had this issue too, I got frustrated and found out this method on my own and was super stoked. Now future speaker upgrades will be super easy.
     
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  5. Sep 26, 2019 at 11:12 AM
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    Why are so many people having an issue removing the switch? Use plastic trim tools to pop it out, pull it out alittlebit, unclip the harness and go?
     
  6. Sep 26, 2019 at 11:13 AM
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    LivinOnEdge

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    It's not the switch people are having trouble with, its the clip holding it in. Many don't know you can pop the switch out completely first.
     
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  7. Sep 26, 2019 at 11:14 AM
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    pc3coyote

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    When I made the guide, I was figuring it out as I went and it was a first stab at documenting what to do. Some trial and error and maybe not everything was the most efficient :)

    You guys are awesome though and have figured out some better ways to do a few of the tasks especially now that so many people have gone through the install process. If anyone wants to take a few pictures and write out their deviations from the instructions, we can get that over to @MESO and @LivinOnEdge to update the PDF if it makes sense.
     
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  8. Sep 26, 2019 at 12:47 PM
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    When I put mine in, I struggled with that plug for a good 5 or 6 minutes. Then I examined the switch assembly. I pulled the little silver screw and took the entire assembly out. Once it was off the door panel I was able to use a small screw driver and push below the release button and the silly plug slipped out nice and easy. I put the switch panel back onto the door panel and continued with the install.

    Some of the Toyota plugs seem to have a release trigger that is a hair too short to release the plug or a locking hoop that is a bit too shallow. Had the same issue with my reverse bulb sockets when I put in my Total Tails prototype as well as the Total Tail V1's. I found a small flat blade screw driver took very little effort to release the plug.
     
  9. Sep 26, 2019 at 12:50 PM
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    Yes the paint on my truck started peeling with the curse words I had for Toyota and their shit connectors..
     
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  10. Sep 26, 2019 at 12:57 PM
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    Thankfully their plastic is also sub par and flexy :)
     
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  11. Sep 26, 2019 at 1:23 PM
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    Thats what it seems like to me too. I used a pick right at the locking hoop.
     
  12. Sep 27, 2019 at 4:21 AM
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    I recently had a Lexus UX as a loaner car, when my truck was in service.
    One of the most interesting feature, was the turning assist spotlight.

    If you turn the steering wheel, or have your turn signals on it would illuminate the area you are turning too.
    It even turns on both spotlights when in reverse to help you see your surroundings.

    I was wondering, would it be possible for the puddle lights to mimic such feature?
    Since the puddle lights can basically illuminate your entire left and right.
     
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  13. Sep 29, 2019 at 4:39 PM
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    Installed mine today in the sun along with meso's turn signals.
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    Took about 2 hours total. Snapped off a couple of the tabs on the driver pod mount so it has a gap (message in to meso to buy a new one) but it was at out of 10 install. Time consuming but not too hard. Honestly the tough part is getting the wire through the rubber tunnel and up the door. Everything thing else was okay.
    Followed the PDF and the YouTube vid I found on how to install.
    Definitely a fan of meso products!!!
    Test video here:
    https://photos.google.com/share/AF1...?key=ZS13Z0hJZWI3TG45bXJJNkp4Um0xcVBsZDNfbVhn
     
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  14. Sep 29, 2019 at 10:12 PM
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    Off topic but I’m assuming you’re a corgi owner by your SN. Here’s my guy

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  15. Sep 30, 2019 at 12:02 PM
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    long time Cardigan owner...just have a swedish vallhund now (and well a first grader which is why the wife says no to another corgi right now)
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  16. Oct 5, 2019 at 3:22 PM
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    This just saved me from cutting all the wires. The harness release tab was faulty and could not get mine out without seeing it.

    Should make this post more prominent somehow.
     
  17. Oct 5, 2019 at 3:46 PM
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    Interested in this too, because.... old man eyes and all.
     
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  18. Oct 6, 2019 at 3:59 PM
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    Got my puddle pod last week.

    My review:
    1) plastic clips for covers are brittle. Broke 2.
    2) The LED lights dont sit flush in the recess.
    3) I ran the passenger cord under the carpet, too short.
    4) As others have mentioned, have fun getting the cord through the accordion boot. I used ALOT of electrical tape.
    5) Gap on the drivers side cover, couldnt live with it... Had to run a small bead of black RTV.

    All in all a good product, expecting perfect OEM fit for this version is not posssible. Overall 7.5 out of 10. Minor tweaks could make this a better product.
     
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  19. Oct 6, 2019 at 4:11 PM
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    I duct taped mine to a metal kebob skewer, and sprayed a bit of WD-40 down in the boot. Slid right through. Took longer to get the duct tape off than it did to remove the boot and push the cord through.
     
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  20. Oct 6, 2019 at 4:14 PM
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    Ah, the ‘old metal kabob skewer to the rescue’ trick. Been there, done that many times.
     
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