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MESO Puddle Light build

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

  1. Mar 11, 2020 at 6:22 AM
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    CementTacoPA

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    There shouldn’t be any problems if you get all the clips back in place. I’ve pulled my door panels, and dash apart several times and they seem well designed to pull off and go back easily.

    Here’s the biggest tip(s): the trim piece that covers the bolts for the mirror has little white clips that secure it. Typically they will stay in the door when the trim is pulled out but then get pushed through into a black hole when you push the trim back on. So the tip for that is to carefully remove the white clips from the door and put them on the trim piece prior to putting back.

    Second tip is just to make sure all the door panel clips are still on the door panel and not the door, they should come off easy but if they stay in the door that portion won’t snap back in.

    Third tip, from my experience, the panels that cover the wiring going to the door boot were clipped in hard and I broke them when removing but luckily not bad enough that it wouldn’t clip back enough to stay. So I’d just say take your time with that part, someone else might now which direction to pull to make it easiest.

    And finally, if you have any questions during install, just ask! Someone will likely see it quick and respond.

    Edit: as for weatherproofing, as long as you follow the directions on the install guide (on MESO’s website) it’s all going back like it did from the factory except for where the pod is. Some people seal around the LED pod so water doesn’t get up in, but that seems pretty unlikely that lots of moisture would get in.
     
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  2. Mar 11, 2020 at 7:26 AM
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    I would add two things to this, which he covered the major things people forget.
    1. I took the window control panel off before taking the door off. Seemed to me it was easier to unplug the connections, instead of having to unplug them while the door is dangling there while you hold it.
    2. I took my door speaker off and went through there instead of taking the vapor barrier off. That way I knew the barrier was good and sealed. P.S. it helps if you roll your window down about half way. That way you can grab the mirror when you take the bolts out
     
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  3. Mar 11, 2020 at 7:43 AM
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  4. Mar 11, 2020 at 8:57 AM
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    I would also like to add, lower your windows prior to disconnecting battery
     
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  5. Mar 11, 2020 at 12:51 PM
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    Well my Meso Custom Switch Panel arrived a day early and it so happened to be my day off. I had the switch ran, grounded, and plugged up waiting on the switch to come. About 30 minutes later it arrived and I finished up my 2 in 1 Meso install. My only hiccup is that I broke the fastener for the oem clip in the A pillar but a zip tie did the trick.

    I was disappointed at first because the switch didn't light up. I was thinking that I somehow ended up with a 1st batch puddle pods for some reason. Then I noticed that none of my switches were lighting up. Turned on the headlights and I'll be damn. We have light.

    Oh, and no more A Pillar bulge.

    Thanks Stew. Love it.

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  6. Mar 11, 2020 at 4:03 PM
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    Still having issues installing my puddles in my 2020 Limited.

    Sent Drew a bunch of photos and info with no response. Also got the updated harness at his previous advice.

    Lights stay on... Electrical charging notification.

    No stray grounds.

    Have plug photos if that helps

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  7. Mar 11, 2020 at 6:03 PM
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    My experience is that you need to pull the door panels hard and fast to avoid breaking the trim clips. I peeled the first side off one clip at a time and broke half of them. The second side I ripped the door panel off hard and in one pull and didnt break a single clip. I had extras on hand because I bought some new ones on Amazon for another project.
     
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  8. Mar 11, 2020 at 6:05 PM
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    Can you caption each picture so we know what we're looking at?
    I assume the first one is to say your ACC is on. Not sure what the second picture is supposed to show us (unless you're trying to show us that the dome lights are off). And the third is showing us that your puddle lights are on (and you have the new 2020 camera system).

    And can you state what your problem is?

    Do you have the MESO switch to turn them on manually? If so, I'll ask a dumb question: is it in the ON position?
     
  9. Mar 11, 2020 at 6:13 PM
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    I had two wires crossed on my harness. Didn’t cause the lights to stay on but had to cut and fix to get them to work. Not sure of your electrical experience... I mean without being there and pin checking with a multimeter your guess is as good as mine :notsure:
     
  10. Mar 11, 2020 at 6:36 PM
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    Connected everything per the PDF instruction with the plug in the driver A pillar.

    Truck is a 2020 Limited

    Pods were of a version that does not have the V5 turn signal plugs on the harness.

    Pods are constant on when I reset the door switch after connecting everything as the electrical times out when I was installing them.

    Remote would not lock or unlock, truck would long beep when trying to use the smart touch handles.

    Tried disconnecting the battery to reset the system with no luck. And the pods stayed on even when the interior lights turned off. Which is what the photos show.

    Truck also says to turn power off after starting initially with everything connected.

    Tried the original and updated harness from MESO with same results and checked for grounds in the puddle wiring as ran.

    Disconnect the T-harness and everything goes back to normal.

    Grounds and stray 12V in the pod harness checks were as follows:
    Disconnected from the truck wiring but ran in place
    Lead one in cigarettes lighter ground
    Verify ground continuity at door hinge bolt with lead 2
    Check Male pins in t-harness with all puddle wiring connected with no ground continuity signal with lead 2
    Reverify ground continuity with lead 2 at door hinge

    Repeat with checking for 12V and still nothing.

    Drew suggested tonight to check with the T-harness connected and the splitter out for the electrical charge issue fault and go from there. Pretty sure the updated harness is correct but will be verifying when I do this check as well.

    This is all without a switch installed so none of that comes into effect.
     
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  11. Mar 11, 2020 at 6:59 PM
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    little bit of here and a little bit of that...
    Makes me a little nervous about installing now, but I m sure I can rig it. Just thought pnp was straight forward, so I purchased
     
  12. Mar 11, 2020 at 8:45 PM
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    If the truck is long beeping when you try to touch lock it, are your keys still inside?

    Keep us posted on more findings, this is intriguing.

    Shouldn't be that bad, but maybe Toyota switched up some wiring, which would suck.
     
  13. Mar 12, 2020 at 1:34 AM
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    No, on my hip
     
  14. Mar 12, 2020 at 2:48 AM
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    Nothing yet lol
    I’m interested in the puddle pods/switch combo also for my2020 limited, but I’m waiting to see how this plays out. I’m sure it’s something simple that @MESO will figure out.
     
  15. Mar 12, 2020 at 4:46 AM
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    Nothing against @robb1887 because hey, stuff happens, but you two will be fine. Majority of puddle pod buyers have install happen without any hiccups and function perfectly, but as you can read there are a couple stray dogs every now and again but MESO is one of the best with customer service so I have no doubt any issue will be resolved. Plus you have all of us to help you too :D
     
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  16. Mar 12, 2020 at 5:57 AM
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    My guess is 2020 changed something. We'll get to the bottom of it eventually, but I think they have valid concerns being both 2020's and one being a Limited. Not sure how the Pro would be affected, if at all. Will keep everyone posted.

    Their (MESO's) willingness to help trouble shoot isn't being questioned.
     
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    No issues with my 2020 install on the trd pro, but some lessons learned like others have said above. Ensure the wires are tight in the housing clip for puddle pod wires, retain the corner clips inside the door window and pull them out before reinstalling, go through speaker instead of the smaller hole above for routing wires in door, roll window halfway down, use a blunt object to help push the rubber housing from the inside of the kick panel to the door, and route the passenger wire pod above and not touching the two metal tubes above the gas pedal (they get really hot and could damage the wire). I routed mine on the plastic housing along the firewall for the said tubes.
    Seriously considering doing a short video on these because life would've been a lot easier. lol
     
  18. Mar 12, 2020 at 7:54 AM
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    good to hear, I was just going to ask if anyone with a 2020 has successfully installed yet. I’ve got a 2020 OR and have the pods but haven’t installed yet.
     
  19. Mar 12, 2020 at 8:02 AM
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    Nothing yet lol
    yeah I definitely don’t think anything negative in any way towards MESO:)
    He/They are #1 in my book.
     
  20. Mar 12, 2020 at 8:32 AM
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