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MESO Puddle Light build

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

  1. May 15, 2019 at 2:56 PM
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    SgtPuddin

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    Is it possible for you to say how many sets you are selling?
     
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  2. May 15, 2019 at 3:13 PM
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    I'll guess, more than 13.
     
  3. May 15, 2019 at 3:18 PM
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    Thank you! Just a tip next Friday is my payday! Lol :p
     
  4. May 15, 2019 at 3:22 PM
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    UNACCEPTABLE...:argue:

    ...that you thought you had to give us a heads up. I like when shit gets dropped on a dime out of no where. Gives me a rush.:woot:
     
  5. May 15, 2019 at 3:26 PM
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  8. May 15, 2019 at 7:57 PM
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    @MESO Puddle Lights
    These things are awesome! Quality is amazing and an OEM finish. The trim piece tucks the LEDs in incredibly well where you'd have no idea that they were there or weren't stock unless you were looking for them. The lights are super bright with a nice crisp white light. The distribution of light along the whole cab is great with no dead spots. The harness is good quality with more than enough cable length and plug-and-play connectors so no cutting/splicing of any kind is required. Installation isn't terrible at all and is pretty straight forward. The only pain in the ass part is getting the wires through the door boots, not a major feat but takes some patience. These have been awesome to have already at nighttime when approaching the truck or unlocking the doors.

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    Instructions

    PDF version of instructions: here

    Parts List

    Removing the Door Panels
    1. Disconnect negative battery terminal with 10mm socket
    2. Remove felt in cubby with pick
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    3. Remove plastic behind door handle with pick
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    4. Remove three fasteners securing door panel
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    5. Remove two Phillip screws
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    6. For the plastic insert, push the center button in and then pry outside with pick
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    7. Remove the upper mirror trim piece with trim removal tool
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    8. Remove door panel with trim removal tool starting at the bottom pulling hard and sliding up towards the window
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    9. Slide out two door handle cables
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    10. Disconnect the two electrical plugs, the larger one has a release tab you press down and a collar that slides back, the smaller one has a release tab you press down,
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    11. Set door panel aside
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    12. Repeat Steps 2-11 for the passenger side
      1. Passenger door has two electrical plugs to disconnect as well but both just have a release tab you press down
    Installing the Puddle Lights
    1. Disconnect mirror plug
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    2. Remove three black tape pieces covering the bolts securing the mirror with pick
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    3. Remove three nuts off the mirror bolts passing through the door with a 10mm socket while holding the mirror on the outside of the door so it doesn't fall
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    4. Remove the mirror from outside the door by sliding the bolts through the door once the nuts have been removed
    5. Disconnect the 10” extension from the meso harness
    6. Remove the tape on the mirror cable pass-through
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    7. Remove lower mirror trim piece with pick
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    8. Fish 10” extension through mirror trim piece and then through mirror arm
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    9. Connect the extension to the puddle light and snap it into place
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    10. Pull out slack of cords and push the trim piece flush onto the mirror
    11. Rewrap the cables coming out of the pass-through with electrical tape
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    12. Reinstall mirror from outside door with 10mm socket to reinstall the nuts onto the bolts while passing the cords through the door and holding the mirror in place
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    13. Repeat Steps 1-12 for passenger side
      1. If the passenger pod does not sit flush, use a pair of snips or a dremel to remove a notch in the plastic so there is clearance for the new light. Not all trucks will have this extra plastic "rib" inside on the passenger side.
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    Installing the Harness Leads
    1. Overall wiring
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    2. Remove floormat
    3. Remove lower kick panel trim piece with tool
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    4. Remove twist cap nut with your hand and then pull side footwell panel trim piece out
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    5. Disconnect three plugs in the driver footwell
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    6. Between the door and the cab, pop off boot from door with pick careful not to hit wires by slowly prying around the edge
    7. Pop off boot from the cab side by prying on around the edge on the outside with the pick and pushing from inside the cab and cut the electrical tape securing the open end of the boot that goes into the cab
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    8. Take the shorter lead side of the meso harness and add some tape around the extension connector and its wires (if required) so the wires don’t pull out and so the connector release tab doesn’t snag on the boot as you push it through
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    9. Feed the meso cable through the cab passthrough to outside
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    10. Push the connect through the boot which is a little bit of a pain in the butt but have patience, it helps to have one hand stretch the boot as you use the other hand to push the connector through with your finger from the backside of the connector, once you get it more than halfway you can roll the opposite side of the boot back to expose the connector (needle nose pliers may help to grab it) and pull it the rest of the way, be very careful to not rip any of the factory cords or damage the boot
    11. Fish the cable into the door now that you have it through the boot
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    12. Make a small cut in the door plastic lining to reach your hand into the door to pass yourself the meso cable
    13. Pull the cable through and connect it to the end of the extension that's coming through the top of the door
    14. Feed the longer lead side of the meso harness through the small hole of the carpet under the console to the passenger side
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    15. Feed cable under carpet in passenger footwell, it just lifts up
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    16. Repeat Steps 2-13 for the passenger side
      1. There's only two plugs to disconnect for the passenger footwell
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    Installing the Harness to OEM Connections
    1. Remove the three 10mm bolts holding the lower dash piece in place with the 10mm socket
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    2. Gently pull the lower dash piece down to disengage the 11 clips holding it in place
    3. Use the pick to remove the plastic piece in the a pillar that is covering the bolt
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    4. Use the 10mm socket to remove the bolt and pull the a pillar cover off
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    5. Feed the large end of the meso harness behind the dash towards the a pillar
    6. Disconnect the OEM harness and plug the OEM female into the meso male and the OEM male to the meso female, you may need to cut the zip tie securing the OEM harness to do this
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    7. Tuck the extra slack of the meso harness in ensuring nothing is getting in the way or possibly interfering with the airbag
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    Final Steps
    1. Reconnect battery negative terminal with 10mm socket
    2. Test by opening and closing your doors and unlocking and locking your doors to ensure the puddle lights come on with the map/dome lights (ensure the map lights switch is set to the center function to be triggered by the door)
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    3. Tape the meso harness to the existing mirror harness in the door
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    4. You can add tape if needed to the plastic lining on the door if you had to cut it to pull the meso extension wire through
    5. Reconnect the door panel electrical plugs and the two cables for the door handle ensuring you snap the ends of the connectors for the door handle wires into the trim on back side of the door panel, the door handle wire connectors have notches for this
    6. Lift the door panel back onto the door starting at the top near the window and sliding down before pressing all of the plastic clips into place
    7. Snap the top mirror trim back into place being careful to not lose the three plastic clips that secure it in the door
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    8. Screw back the two phillips head screws in the door, the larger screw is for the cubby and the smaller one is for behind the door handle
    9. Snap the plastic insert back into place
    10. Reinstall the felt and plastic trim pieces for the doors
    11. Push the rubber boot back into the door and cab
    12. Repeat Steps 3-10 for the passenger side
    13. Reinstall the a pillar trim piece using the 10mm socket and snapping the cover back over the bolt
    14. Snap the lower dash piece back into place and secure with 10mm bolts
    15. Tuck any extra wiring up behind the lower dash piece and secure with tipties (if required)
    16. Reinstall the side footwell trim piece and tighten with twist nut
    17. Reinstall lower kick panel
    18. Reinstall floor mat
    19. Repeat steps 14-16 for the passenger side
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    Below has the meso puddle lights on plus my rock lights with a @DSIM dome light harness which you can read about in his thread and my wiring write-up
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    If you happen to lose the felt pieces for in the door handle cubbies, they are ~$2 to replace. Part # 74222A for driver and 74221A for passenger.

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    If you also lose the clips that hold the mirror trim on the door panel they fall in the door easily), part # is 67491E. You can retrieve them by pulling the vapor barrier back and reaching in the door. They are around $2.50 each if you can't find them that way. There are three per door. My recommendation is for when you reinstall that trim is to remove the three white clips from the door and clip them on to the back of the mirror trim piece. There's three little protrusions on the back of the trim piece that snaps into the middle of the white clips. If you do that, there's no way they can fall into the door.

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    Lastly, if you lose any of the 10mm bolts holding the lower dash panel, part # is 90080-11353. They should be less than $1.

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    All of these are likely special order at your dealer's parts department but they should have it within 1-2 days with free shipping if you pick it up.
     
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  9. May 15, 2019 at 8:12 PM
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    Very nice step by step. This will help a lot of people install these. Luckily I'll be able to use my current puddle light wires but great write up.:hattip:
     
  10. May 15, 2019 at 8:13 PM
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    Rexus Ranger

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    Cable management. Love it. Nothing a couple of zip ties and electrical tape can't fix. I'll be glued to MESO website. Hopefully, I'm fast enough to snatch one on the first run.
     
  11. May 15, 2019 at 8:22 PM
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    Is that the dsim harness?
     
  12. May 15, 2019 at 8:25 PM
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    The meso harness shown and the connected puddle lights work perfectly on their own and is plug-and-play.

    I do have DSIM's V1 of his harness, not shown in the write-up, for my rock lights which I've had for a year. It compensates for the fading of the dome light circuit for the rock lights which are powered by a relay since they draw more power since I have them all around the truck. If you don't have a relay for rock lights, and don't have ones that draw a lot of power), you don't need the rock light harness. If you are using a relay for rock lights, and/or want to be able to power them on at any time with a switch in addition to the dome trigger, then you need the DSIM harness.

    I'm using them both together with no issues.

    MESO's t-harness will be used in future versions of DSIM's harness I believe.
     
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  13. May 15, 2019 at 8:26 PM
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    Looks too complicated, I'm out!
     
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  14. May 15, 2019 at 8:28 PM
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    It's my harness I designed and had made specifically for this kit. I did offer DSIM to use them for his rock light kit which he will be doing on his newest version.
     
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  15. May 15, 2019 at 8:30 PM
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    Ok i purchased his harness for interior courtesy lights. Could i tie your puddle lights also into his harness
     
  16. May 15, 2019 at 8:30 PM
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    I try and make it as simple as possible, but the bottom line is the wires that are needed for puddle lights just don't exist in the door. My kit is 100% plug and play. It's no different than running LED light bar wires, installing door speakers, or anything else really.
     
  17. May 15, 2019 at 8:35 PM
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    @MESO I messaged you on IG about a mount... lmk when you can bro
     
  18. May 15, 2019 at 8:41 PM
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    It really isn't too bad at all. I was overly detailed in showing every step so it probably looks more complex than it really is. Everything is plug-and-play. Biggest thing is running the wires into the doors but that's not a big deal and is similar to changing out your speakers.
     
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  19. May 15, 2019 at 8:45 PM
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    TRD Pro Grille. KC Hilites G4 amber fogs. KC Cyclone Hood Lights Baja Designs S2 Pro Ditch Lights Meso KC Third Brake Light Meso Gashole. Meso Map Lights Meso Light Plates Meso Fuse Cover Meso Switchpro Cover Switchpros 9100 Forum member seat risers. Still sussing out headlight options.
    Thats the greatest god damn write up I’ve ever seen.
     
  20. May 15, 2019 at 8:50 PM
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    I second that, very nice to have a detailed write up before going into it. I’m rather newbish with taking apart trim but confident I will be able to make it happen now. Thank you @pc3coyote !
     
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