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Super Ultimate 3rd Brake Light Build

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by MESO, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. Jun 2, 2019 at 9:41 AM
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    stiles88

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    I'm having an issue with two of the red lights in my BD5. One of the lights is working intermittently and the other one looks like it is running at about 50% power. I'm fairly confident my extremely amateur wiring skills are to blame. Would you guys think it's the ground or the power wires that I need to rewire? I'm assuming power because the two white lights seem to work perfectly. Thanks for the help!
     
  2. Jun 2, 2019 at 12:41 PM
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    Do yourself a favor and pick up a some quality heat shrink butt end connectors, a ratcheting crimper, and a heat gun. It will be $50 spent today that will pay dividends for years to come. I’m not necessarily recommending the tools linked below, just providing a couple modestly priced examples. Happy modding!

    Titan Tools 11477 Ratcheting Wire Terminal Crimper https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0069TRKJ0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_5tc9CbBZ9QZQ1

    REXBETI 1800W Dual Temperature Heat Gun, 140℉-1210℉(60℃-654℃) High Power Hot Air Gun, Ergonomic Body Design, 2 Nozzle Attachments, Fast Heating In Seconds, No Smoke Issue https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0759MHB45/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_svc9CbXTNYED3
     
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  3. Jun 2, 2019 at 7:17 PM
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    JdevTac

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    Post a pic or a diagram of what you have so we can see what you have going on.
     
  4. Jun 3, 2019 at 5:43 AM
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    I might have a housing already made up and ready to wire in if you're interested.
     
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  5. Jun 3, 2019 at 9:14 AM
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    Wengel21

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    If that's the tool to crimp the pins for the all weather connectors I THANK YOU SIR!! I've been looking for that tool forever!
     
  6. Jun 3, 2019 at 10:11 AM
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    Wiring is one of those things where having the right tools makes a HUGE difference. I used to struggle and curse my way through it but now I actually kind of enjoy it...
     
  7. Jun 3, 2019 at 10:31 AM
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    Wengel21

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    The curse for me is not knowing the right terminology for the electrical wiring and not having any supply shops for wiring where I can just as them the question lol
     
  8. Jun 3, 2019 at 10:41 AM
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    If you are using the run of the mill crimp connectors then yeah, but if you mean the weatherpack/Delphi type connectors then no.
     
  9. Jun 3, 2019 at 2:33 PM
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    I don't have a wiring diagram unfortunately. My lights go like this: Red-White-Red-White-Red. I have the power wires for the two white lights connected together, then the power wires for the three red lights connected together, and last the five ground wires connected together essentially making three separate wires. I can't remember the colors from the stock wires, but everything was connected and working previously.

    It's going to be kind of a pain to undo those wires and reconnect, so I guess I'm just looking for validation that starting with the power wires for the three red lights makes the most sense? The two white lights seem to always work, so I'm assuming there is a bad connection in the power wires for three red lights.
     
  10. Jun 3, 2019 at 2:40 PM
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    Idk to be honest. I’d start with the connections but to me the LEDs shouldn’t be like 50% dim and then one unit not lit at all. If the connection was crap I would’ve thought they’d be on/off not in between but idk. LEDs aren’t exactly the same as incandescents. If wired in parallel they do have the ability to hog current. Maybe that’s what’s happening but I would think a lot more people would be having that issue.
     
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  11. Jun 3, 2019 at 2:48 PM
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    Thanks man, I appreciate the response. That's why it's kind of weird to me. If the connection was bad for the three that are connected together, I would expect all three of the lights to be having issues. Not one working at 50% power, one working correctly sometimes but not at all at other times, and one working correctly at all times.
     
  12. Jun 3, 2019 at 5:49 PM
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    Thanks for the offer, think I'm still on the fence about the ultimate 3rd brake light. I really like the KC5 design its so, in your face when lit up. I just worry about durability.
    Meso, hasn't had his housings subject to the most extreme environments like Texas in the summer for months on end. least I haven't found anyone to put a review up on his housing. Ive seen reports of corrosion on the KC lights along with water intrusion this concerns me especially when the existing factory light is such a dork design.
    Love the KC5 design it is very functional fits the body lines of the Tacoma well. But for four hundred plus to replace my light I'm slightly apprehensive. If Meso, has a bonafide affordable, Ip69 rated LED he's designing from the ground up thats easily obtainable (for spares) and replaced then the HEX series will be the ultimate 3rd brake light I'll invest in. But again thanks for the offer.
     
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  13. Jun 3, 2019 at 9:13 PM
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    Anyone know the best way to remove the “KC silkscreen logo”? from the lens without messing it up? I’m thinking acetone would probably ruin it.
     
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  14. Jun 3, 2019 at 9:28 PM
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    haha thats so killer dude. everytime i look at it i like it more. :thumbsup::woot::yes:
     
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    I guess this is one step closer to my dream of a @MESO designed light bar.
     
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  16. Jun 4, 2019 at 1:09 AM
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    *********************************************** MESO Customs Mods ([USER=148809]@MESO[/USER]) *********************************************** The Gasshole Ultimate Map Lights Ultimate Dome Light Headlight Trim Plates Coin Tray Ultimate Turn Signals (not installed) Ultimate 3rd Brake Light (BD4-CAM) Puddle Pods Stage 2 Tails Minimalist Key Fob *********************************************** 100% LED Lighting Conversion *********************************************** Fog Lights: - Morimoto XB LED High Performance Projector Fog Lights (H11/5500K) Headlights: - Morimoto XB LED’s Brake Lights: - Meso Stage 2’s USR Revi Turn Signal Switchbacks w/ DRL Operational *********************************************** Interior *********************************************** Dashtop Multi Mount (DMM) from THE TACO GARAGE ([USER=201659]@FreshMexicanTaco[/USER]) Pitaka Magnetic Wireless Charger AJT Cement AC Vent covers *********************************************** Exterior *********************************************** N-FAB EPYX Side Steps PlastiDipped all badges *********************************************** Tint *********************************************** Windshield: 80% XPEL Front Windows: 35% XPELPrime XR Ceramic Back Doors, Back Window, Sunroof: 5% XPEL Prime XR Ceramic *********************************************** Front *********************************************** Anytime Backup Camera (Full Kit w/ Front Facing Camera) PlastiDipped Stock Grill Stealth Scoop Light w/ Amber DRL from Spartan X Customs *********************************************** Back *********************************************** Lockable Truck Bed Compartments Tailgate Removal Deterrent (Ideal Turn-Key Clamp 5Y020V 3/4"-1 3/4") Additional D-Ring Tie Down Points HitchSafe HS7000 Key Vault Yakima - Overhaul HD, Truck Bed Rack (55" Load Bars + SB Side Bar) 7.5’ Foxwing Awning (Alibaba, $125) DIY Pressurized Water Tank (5 gal) Goodyear i8000 compressor (for water tank) *********************************************** Under The Hood *********************************************** Redline Tuning QuickLIFT Hood Struts (PLUS) [USER=172624]@Mr.PowerTrays[/USER] (Blue Sea 12 Circuit PowerTray) *********************************************** Wheels *********************************************** Stock TRD Sport (Plastidipped Matte Black/Plastidipped Emblem Gray) Spidertrax WHS007 Blue Wheel Spacer Kit (x4) *********************************************** Tires *********************************************** Stock P265/65R17 *********************************************** Misc. Stuff *********************************************** AJT DESIGN Injection Fob Case (2nd key)
    Exactly...
     
  17. Jun 4, 2019 at 1:10 AM
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    Nice!!!!
     
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    Acetone will hase the clear plastic. I would use goo gone myself if it bothered me but I do not know if it will damage the lens.

     
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    Car stereo installers... they will know/speak the language.
     
  20. Jun 4, 2019 at 5:53 AM
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    The one I posted earlier has red, blue and yellow dots that correspond with various size heat shrink connectors. It won’t work for weatherpack terminals. Here is the right tool for that job.

    Delphi Packard Weatherpack Crimper Tool Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002CCAEJ6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_GIM9CbBZ06FQN
     
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