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Switch Kit and Ditch Lights

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by frodoz737, Mar 3, 2021.

  1. Mar 3, 2021 at 3:59 PM
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    For reference please see this thread.

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/real-dirt-on-2016-trd-off-road-suspension-upgrades.548028/page-2

    So...my Son is moving out of State soon to his new Crew in Oregon and purchased https://caliraisedled.com/products/vehicle-accessory-8-switch-control-system-blue-backlighting and a pair of Baja Design S2 Sport ditch lights (amber). He did this on his own, so please refrain from the normal forum woulda/shoulda/coulda critique as the info I seek is to work with the situation/parts given...thanks. So I will be driving about 4 hours to his current location to "assist" with the install and the ONLY thing I need to figure out before leaving is where to hook up power wire off the included fuse panel (not the battery terminal) to a "switched on" buss...so he doesn't "accidentally" kill his battery using these and other lights in the future off a hot battery buss. The kit is provided with a blade fuse adaptor and I would prefer to use it without piggy backing to another currently "used" fuse/circuit. Vehicle info is provided in the linked thread. Lots of info out there, but I'm time crunched between work tonight and leaving Thursday night/Friday morning.

    If someone would point me in the right direction so I don't have to tag the wire guy at the Dealership...it would be much appreciated.

    Mods feel free to move this to the more appropriate section if needed.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. Mar 4, 2021 at 11:49 AM
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    Just to clarify, looking for an ACC circuit (preferably unused) to tap/fuse into on a 2018 LBDC OR Premium so that his ditch lights "and future add-on lights" will only work when the vehicle is powered up.

    Thanks.
     
  3. Mar 4, 2021 at 1:11 PM
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    If you have the trailer towing battery charger, remove the relay, place the tap (tape or heat shrink any metal exposed that the connector will not cover). Re-insert the relay, place the connector on the tap. Route the wire as you see fit.
     
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  4. Mar 4, 2021 at 2:10 PM
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    Thank you. Looking in to it now. Got a print from my Service Dept showing the ACC relay and inside the interior C/B panel. Interesting your illustration shows tapping in to leg 2.
     
  5. Mar 4, 2021 at 2:16 PM
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    The ACC relay is soldered to a PCB (Junction Block) in the cab. Not an ideal location to tap.
    upload_2021-3-4_18-16-13.jpg
     
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    yep...that's the print I have. Don't know if he has the trailer towing battery charger you referenced above. Suggestions? I want to keep this install clean and professional.
     
  7. Mar 4, 2021 at 2:35 PM
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    Find out what the vehicle has first...another choice is the inverter relay right below the battery charger relay.
    upload_2021-3-4_18-41-59.jpg
     
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    I ordered this truck and know he does have the tow pkg...if that qualifies the vehicle having that relay.
     
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    Thanks, but I need it tonight or tomorrow at the latest. Checking auto parts stores now.
     
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    You could strip the insulation and solder then insulate from below. Then route the added wire with rest of the original bundle.
    upload_2021-3-4_19-29-32.jpg
    Or wedge a male crimped terminal into the space between the original relay connector and tape in place.(blue wire next to lime green one) Then run the wire out to where it's needed.
    upload_2021-3-4_19-34-1.jpg
     
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    It almost looks like I can use the "regular style" fuse tap and just bend it to clear the relay. Still searching.

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    Problem I see with those is they stretch the receiving connector, not that it would be regularly removed.
     
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    Not to get personal, but you sound like wrench/sparky as well.
     
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    Many hats...
     
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    Thanks again for all your help, but the clock is ticking and I have to get on the road. I hate doing ghetto, but for now I'm going to try P/OUTLET NO 1 or 2 inside with his kit supplied "tapafuse".

    Will check back later.
     
  19. Mar 5, 2021 at 5:17 AM
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    It's probably too late at this point, and I know you said you didn't want to tap into a used fuse, but I did almost the exact same setup using an add-a-fuse to the #3 TAIL light fuse and it's worked flawlessly. It doesn't get much easier than that.
     

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