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OK I did it again, I added a power outlet in the cab

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by krlang, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. Jul 3, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    krlang [OP] NewEnglander

    Sep 3, 2007
    Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    03 2WD 2.4L Tacoma Reg Cab
    Chrome Bumpers F&R, Grille & Corner Lights, Wheel Skins, Red/Clear LED taillights, Remote start, PDL, Cruise, K&N, All Kenwood, DNX-5120 6.1" NAV/TRAFFIC/DTV/DVD/XM/BLUETOOTH/USB/IPOD/SUB/rear cam, Tint, Air Band radio, Class 3 Hitch with 4/7 pin harness, Transmission Cooler, Red Top Battery, "Deck Plate" mod.
    I was bored the other day and I decided I needed an Inverter in my truck.
    Of course I couldnt just install it into the lighter socket and be happy, I had to look into the wiring diagrams and do something completely nuts, and waste a beautiful Holiday doing it.

    OK, I ordered a 300w inverter from Amazon.com, a jenses, for short money.
    I had a $25 gift card and free shipping brought my total to $3.95
    I liked the idea of being able to charge my computer in the truck.

    I looked at the wiring diagrams on here, and I noticed the 30a fuse in the cabin fusebox is wired to three separate items in the truck, I do not have power anything, so the fuse slot, which is supposed to hold a little pink box, was empty. The prongs for the fuse were there, so I was assuming that it was hot, and it was. Now I needed to find the output from that fuse. Heres what I got.

    There were 4, 3 through an ignition switch operated relay, which was not there, and one that is hot all the time. I didnt have an extra relay this time so I went with the hot leg. I have been chomping at the bit wanting to look under my seat to see if the truck was prewired for power seats, and then the big let down came, the wires were not there either. Here comes the tough part.

    I looked for ways to put a new socket into the connector at the fusebox, I came up with nothing, so I went to the junkyard again. I took a couple of connectors out of a camry, the sockets looked the same. I popped off a clip on the connector, inserted a pick and the sockets popped out. I took the largest size wire, and the smaller sized socket, popped the clip out of the connector in my truck and added the socket, then reinstalled the clip.

    I then put the connector back in my fusebox, butt spliced the wire to the wires going to the new outlet, added the fuse to the fusebox and checked the outlet for power.

    Now when the inverter shows up, I can mount it where it fits best and secure the outlet under my seat.

    Here are a few pics....




    Fuse installed...




    BTW, Pay no attention to the fuse tap in the last pictures, I already have plans to get rid of that!;)
  2. Jul 3, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    luk8272 Poodoo

    Feb 24, 2008
    First Name:
    Kaplan, Louisiana
    07 Silver4dr. 4x4, V6 Shortbed
    5% Tint, Bug flector, vent Visors, Removed secondary air filter, Rear Spring TSB w/ Wheeler's Add A Leaf HD Pack, Icon 2.0 rear shocks, Toytec 3" lift up front with Total Chaos UCA's, Debadged, Billet Grille,TRD Offroad rims/17x9 Pro comp 6001 rims, Duratracs 265/75/16 or 285/70/17, Fog light anytime mod, Tailgate hose clamp mod, Pro-dry AFE filter. Extended Differential Breather, ABS on/off, 6000k LEDs from CSJumper, heads/fogs, ScanguageII, Devil horns, Devil horns on third brake light, Mounted 60" Highlift, Mounted Tool Box, Wet Okole Front/Rear Seat Covers, TW sticker, Midland Handheld CB,Painted engine cover, Revenge Fab Sliders, ARE Topper, Weather tech Floorliners.
    Lots of thought went into this I see. Good deal I was thinking about doing something similar as well.
  3. Jul 3, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    STLharry Lube: It's the key to penetration.

    Oct 11, 2008
    First Name:
    Yeti Rescue Package with 270k miles
    '95-'97 camouflaged, ARB bull bar, RAT Products skid plate kit, sliders, Green Mountain Customs rear tube bumper and overland bed rack, King coilovers with Icon neoprene covers, defenestrated sway bar, OME Rear Suspension: CS046R leafs + AAL/5125 shocks/NWOR greasable hardware/U-bolt flip kit; S13WL Tundra calipers/pads/rotors, IPF H4 lenses and bulbs, IPF 968 DCG 100W lights, clapped out CB radio, Aussie-spec FJ60 inclinometer, ARB CKMA12 compressor, Superwinch S9000 with 12V Guy clock switch, 4' Hi-Lift, deckplate mod/grey wire mod/dif breather extensions, Duratrac tires, Sockmonkey bedside decals, boat cupholder, Dakine bike pad
    ive always wanted to do something like that but i probably wont because i hate electrical work.

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