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Tailgate light bar recommendations?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by GOTSAND?18, Aug 25, 2020.

  1. Aug 27, 2020 at 5:42 AM
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    Xer0 SiN

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    this and that...
    would be sick if we could squeeze a baja designs rtl in that gap under the tailgate.
     
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  2. Aug 27, 2020 at 6:34 AM
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    Some people attach the light bar using high quality velcro or magnets so they can easily pop the bar out for access to the tool hole.
     
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  3. Aug 27, 2020 at 6:56 AM
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    Yes, this.. I actually used the clips supplied (yes, a few 1/8” holes drilled. Alas, some mods require a drill here and there) plus Velcro, so can remove to access spare ..
     
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  4. Aug 27, 2020 at 7:02 AM
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    I also used the provided clips. Very secure but easy enough to pop off the light if I ever need to access the spare.
     
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  5. Aug 27, 2020 at 7:31 AM
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    That makes sense thank you
     
  6. Aug 27, 2020 at 10:34 AM
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  7. Aug 27, 2020 at 11:01 AM
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    Well crap I didn’t think about that there is a hole to access the spare I guess I’m going Velcro route .
     
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  8. Aug 27, 2020 at 11:40 AM
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    Not me my guy. I live in Cruces.
     
  9. Aug 27, 2020 at 11:46 AM
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    Welp... There's someone else here in ABQ that copied your style lol........ and mine...
     
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  10. Aug 27, 2020 at 4:22 PM
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    I bought the 3M Alfa heavy duty double lock and I’m going to use the drilled brackets they provide. Also bought the Curt wiring harness for a clean look.
     
  11. Sep 3, 2020 at 7:53 AM
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    Anybody install this one:

    https://www.amazon.com/MICTUNING-Ta...1599144606&sprefix=mic+tuning+tailgate&sr=8-4

    Someone with a 3rd Gen posted a video and it looks like it would fit and be two separate pieces so I could still access the spare tire hole.

    I also dont have a tow hitch so has anyone else hard wired their tailgate light bar directly to the tail lights?
     
  12. Sep 3, 2020 at 9:26 AM
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    Wish I saw this before I ordered my OPT7 bar. It's also slightly cheaper.
     
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  13. Sep 3, 2020 at 1:58 PM
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    I just installed the opt7 using 3m dual lock and the curt 5 pin adapter. I was super easy and I can remove the bar if I need access to the spare quite easily. It was not difficult to do at all and works really well.
     
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  14. Sep 5, 2020 at 10:42 AM
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    Has anyone hardwired their tailgate light bar directly to the taillights? The light bar uses a flat 4-wire trailer type connector with a reverse light wire. Our trucks wiring at the tail lights has separate wires for the turns and brake, but on the harness, it is combined. I cant figure out how to wire this. @caribe makaira would you happen to know how I would wire this? Thanks.
     
  15. Sep 5, 2020 at 10:45 AM
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    2014 ... My 7 pin connector on the bumper is a one piece connector. Can’t take it apart to install the Curt T harness. It’s directly wired up to a connector just above the bumper. Anyone else have this from the factory problem?
     
  16. Sep 5, 2020 at 10:46 AM
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    4 wires, but one is a reverse tap...
    Does the light bar instructions mention a STOP feature besides the TURN and Tail?
     
  17. Sep 5, 2020 at 10:49 AM
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    Here are the instructions that shows what wires to use on the lightbar.

    https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81yCVJ-p8zL.pdf

    its at the very bottom for hardwire.

    there is supposed to be a separate wire not attached to the trailer harness that i would connect to the reverse light. Not sure why that one isn't showing on the instructions.
     
  18. Sep 5, 2020 at 10:55 AM
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    Link isn't coming up...
     
  19. Sep 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM
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    Post a pic.
     
  20. Sep 5, 2020 at 11:02 AM
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    I took a screen shot of the wiring. It doesnt show the reverse but that is straight forward, its the brake/turn signals which I cant figure out. 5F313F1A-C396-4C7D-8731-EF3D430855D2.jpg
     
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