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Super Ultimate 3rd Brake Light Build

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

  1. Jul 2, 2019 at 9:05 PM
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    Toxic518

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    Awesome. I’m in. 4B/5C
     
  2. Jul 3, 2019 at 9:20 PM
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    I do not know if it has been asked, but do the hex lights have switchback possibilities?

    Was thinking of a 3\3/3 set up.
    3 on the left and right would be turn amber switchback with reverse and cargo, and the 3 in the center would be just brake lights.
     
  3. Jul 3, 2019 at 9:25 PM
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    MESO

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    No they will not. 1 color per pod. Internal room is already tight, and if I cut the number of LED's in half to run a switchback output would be sacrificed. Good news is you have 9 of them, so the color combinations are endless.
     
  4. Jul 3, 2019 at 11:30 PM
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    I see, thank you for the quick response.
    Can't wait to see everyone's own personal combination.
     
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  5. Jul 4, 2019 at 11:46 AM
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    FishnTx Father of the one they call Asher

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    trd pro grille, pro tail lights, baja designs wide corner fogs ,ditch pro spots, v led micro headlight v led turn signals, all brand new painted gloss black badges all rockford audio 2x t2 components t 600 x4 with cap and 360.3 processor sound deadened doors and back cab with custom box( 2 t1s1 10s )t500 per sub, total chaos bed stiffeners, sliders coming soon, jack mount , ax and shovel mount rod holder mount numerous meso mods...
    My bd4 has finally shipped from paint!!:D
     
  6. Jul 5, 2019 at 11:14 AM
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    redtacomeat

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    Another in that MESO trap house.
    Finally completed this project with the day off yesterday! The paint match is still growing on me.. black would have probably looked better with the BR.
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    Only issue was this thing was the final step of mounting the bolts. They are wedged up against the two outer lights, so much so I couldn't get the left one alligned and it's causing the housing to bow out. Is my only option drill the holes on the cab a little wider and go with a jack nut?
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  7. Jul 5, 2019 at 4:37 PM
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    PapaRee

    PapaRee And now I'll do what's best for me

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    I think the color match looks great! My truck is black, so mine already matched.
    I had to drill out the cab holes to get everything to line up. Didn’t want anything in a bind. I just drilled them larger then used a little paint to prevent rust. I also put a bead of RTV silicone on the housing, around the wiring and around the mounting bolts for the lights to help seal everything.
    I love my KC-5 light!!
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  8. Jul 5, 2019 at 4:54 PM
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    I over drilled the plastic housing. Mine was bowed in the middle as well.
     
  9. Jul 5, 2019 at 5:51 PM
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    Another in that MESO trap house.
    Did you end up still using the supplied metal brackets? They seem to be maxed out at width.
     
  10. Jul 5, 2019 at 6:05 PM
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    Skydvrr

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    Oh you're saying the throat isn't deep enough to go outward? Mine seemed to be centered in the cab holes. Just seemed the holes were too narrow on the plastic brake housing. Over drilling allowed the bolts to come closer together and remove the bow.
     
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  11. Jul 5, 2019 at 6:12 PM
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    PapaRee

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    Yea, I used them. When I was drilling the cab holes, I went ahead and drilled the light housing holes too. I just made sure that I had enough “slack” to not put anything in a bind. I was able to use the supplied metal clips and screw the bolts in by hand.
     
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  12. Jul 6, 2019 at 1:42 PM
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    I missed the first ordering, but I managed to snag the BD4-NMO from the spring cleaning sale. :bananadance:
    I finally got it installed:

    I'm using the weBoost Drive Reach Fleet cell phone signal booster.
    I'm planning to do a write up eventually. The long story short is it might have been too much effort (and price :eek:) for a clean cell booster install, but I'm happy with it overall. Thanks, Meso! :thumbsup:
     
  13. Jul 7, 2019 at 9:36 AM
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    Hi folks, doing an install for my brother's truck...

    Need MESO installation advice for 2nd Gen DCSB, 4 light KC MESO w/NMO for a cell phone amplifier also for bed light:
    1. Is there a gasket between the light and the truck, should I order a new dealer gasket?
    2. Does anyone have pics instructions on dropping the headliner?
    3. Has anyone run a switchable 2 gen bed light? Where did you pull power from/did you go to the fusebox? Where did you place the switch?
    4. Has anyone run a cell amplifier w/NMO antenna in their 2nd Gen? Where did you place the amplifier and how did you route the coax from the MESO light?
    I would appreciate any pm's photos or links to anyone that documented a bedlight and/or NMO install on a 2nd gen. This thread is really long and I'm not finding (yet) the info I need.

    Thanks!

    JL
     
  14. Jul 7, 2019 at 10:36 AM
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    I can help you on some:

    1. There is indeed a gasket. You will need to order an aftermarket one (only saw 1 company making them selling on Amazon) or you can make your own with something like EPDM rubber, neoprene rubber or whatever. You cannot buy just the gasket from Toyota. It comes as a full brake housing assembly. The alternative is if your stock gasket didn’t get torn up on removal you can just leave as is and hope it’s water tight, or run a bead of silicone.

    2. Follow this for 2nd gen headliner. You really only need to remove the attachments from the rear grab handles rearward. Your goal is just to drop the rear headliner unless you really want to drop the whole thing. Be careful with the clips within the C-pillar trim. You will have to remove the rear storage bins too.
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/2012-dc-interior-head-liner-removal-write-up.247104/

    3. I ran my 2x KC white LEDs to power at an auxiliary fuse box in my engine bay. You can do an add-a-fuse to the in-cabin fuse box under the dash if you don’t have a standalone aftermarket panel. I ran ground to a bolt holding the rear seat in.

    4. I run an NMO for a 2m radio but not a booster. Either way, ran coax through toward the headliner and over to C-pillar and down to floor. Zip tie secured along the way. My radio is mounted at my center console so I went all the way to the dash and back to the shifter area under the door panel trim at the floor where all the stock wiring is run, but of course this all depends on where you want your booster.
     
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  15. Jul 7, 2019 at 2:34 PM
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    Avid front bumper guard OVtune HPS Intake Tube Meso designs counting
    Not a great pic, but it's raining..again, so it's in the garage till the silicone cures. Thanks for the awesome product @MESO I went with 3 white to see how much it'll throw at night when messing around with things behind the truck. Also, thanks to @cruiserhead for a great write-up, my light was already cracked so I did not mind trashing it at all..:smash:3rd light.jpg
     
  16. Jul 7, 2019 at 7:05 PM
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    Thank you much!!
    Very helpful
    JL


     
  17. Jul 7, 2019 at 7:19 PM
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    I installed the cell booster under the driver's seat following the same routing as @JdevTac except stopping under the seat. I installed the power supply under the dash using an add-a-fuse. You can see below the power is the red line and the external antenna is the green line.

     
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  18. Jul 7, 2019 at 7:25 PM
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    Awesome! Thanks!
    Is the booster w/external antenna noticeably better performance?
    JL


     
  19. Jul 7, 2019 at 7:46 PM
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    Based on what I've read, cell signal runs between -50 dBm (perfect) to -120 dBm (no service). I don't know if it's linear or not. I've checked it a few places and I'm getting about 30 dBm better on average (getting -85 dBm with booster vs -112 dBm without).
     
  20. Jul 8, 2019 at 3:44 PM
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    MESO

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