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Trigger Six Shooter by Advanced Accessory Concepts Install and Review

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by pc3coyote, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. Nov 17, 2019 at 3:17 PM
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    pc3coyote

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    Overview

    As I installed more and more accessories all around the truck, primarily lighting, it was starting to get unruly with all of the wiring. I had four individual relays, a ton of in-line fuses, and wiring all over the engine bay. For each device, I then had several wires running through the boot into the cab for individual switches. I maxed out the switches I could add left of the steering wheel and it was a little bit of a web of wiring back there.

    I wanted a cleaner, simpler solution that would also give me the capability to expand down the road and easily swap out accessories since I know I'm indecisive and will likely change things around.

    This is when I found the Trigger Six Shooter by Advanced Accessory Concepts which is a decently-priced solution when compared to some other accessory controllers on the market. Although you can save a chunk of change, it's not lacking in features.

    Highlights
    • Controller has a waterproof case
      • Withstands temps from below freezing to 250 degrees F
      • Has LEDs that indicate circuit status (blue for circuit on, red for blown fuse)
    • Supports 6 channels
      • Has six built in fuses (two 30 amp, two 10 amp, and two 5 amp)
      • Comes with six 8 foot leads for each output with pre-installed waterproof connectors (two 12 gauge, two 14 gauge, two 18 gauge)
    • RF wireless, magnetic remote with rocker-style switches
      • Usable inside or outside the vehicle
      • Can be used with included batteries or hard wired which adds a backlight option
      • Comes with switch labels
    • Bluetooth control with an iOS and Android mobile app with multiple capabilities
      • Control devices including dimming and strobing
      • Check battery voltage
      • Control the backlight of the remote
      • Set a low voltage cut off that will shut down the Six Shooter if battery voltage gets too low
    • Three input wires
      • Battery positive with 100 amp in-line fuse
      • Ground
      • Switched positive that can be connected to an ignition source or switch
    Video of My Truck

    You can checkout a video here of the Trigger Six shooter on my truck



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    Thoughts


    Overall, I'm really happy with how it came out. Install was pretty straight forward and it comes with a lot of accessories for install options. The included 8 foot harnesses are a really nice touch. Control panel mounting is straight forward and you have a lot of options for the switch as well. I like that it is wireless and magnetic so you can have it around the truck while camping. The RF connection is pretty cool so you don't have to run any wires into the cab and has worked really well. I've only had one or two occurrences where it didn't register an on/off command but once I toggled it again it registered. The app has worked great as well with some nice features. Only things I could say for improvements would be a stronger RF signal although I haven't had any major issues with it. I'd love to see the base be a little slimmer and with some Tacoma-specific mounting solutions but there's several different ways to mount it so I'm sure you can find a solution that works for you. I also like that the whole control module is pretty contained to one piece of hardware so moving it to another vehicle down the road would be pretty easy. I think it's worth the money and would purchase again. Opinions expressed here are my own!

    Consumables and Tools You May Need For The Install
    • Tools
      • 10mm and 12mm deep sockets
      • Wire crimper
      • Wire stripper/cutter
      • Lighter
      • Drill with various size bits up to 13/32"
      • Trim removal tools
      • Picks
    Detailed Install Instructions

    Wiring Diagram For My Setup


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    What I am controlling with mine:

    1. four @Baja Designs XL Sports, white, high speed spot behind the grille
    2. one @Baja Designs 20" Onx6+ light bar, amber, driving combo in the front bumper
    3. two @Baja Designs Squadron Sports, amber, wide cornering in the front bumper as fog lights
    4. two @Baja Designs S2 Sports, amber, driving combo on ditch light brackets
    5. four Ampper white rock light pods for the front and rear and two Audew white light strips for the middle/cab under the truck as rock lights
    6. two Rigid Ignite flush mount diffused lights in the rear bumper as reverse lights
      1. also triggered by stock reverse signal with a diode in addition to the switch
    Control Panel Mounting

    Remove fuse panel cover by unlatching three plastic clips

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    Use four screws to secure Trigger controller with battery leads facing the battery and outputs facing away

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    Reinstall fuse panel cover

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    Crimp on the included ring terminals for the battery positive (red) and negative (black) wires and wrap ends in electrical tape. Install onto battery using sockets

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    Use a butt connector (with wire strippers, crimper, and lighter) to connect the yellow wire a several foot long piece of 16-18AWG wire. I ran this through the boot into the cab and connected it to an add-a-circuit in the cab fuse panel with a 5A fuse (S/ROOF). I connected the add-a-circuit with a butt connector. You could also do the same thing in the engine fuse panel (INJ) or use a quick spice connector on the parking light wire of the headlight. Another option is to connect it to a switch for a master kill switch to allow you to use the Trigger when the truck is off. I didn't do this since my camp accessories (lights, water pump, etc) are installed separately from the Trigger. I talk about the various options in the section below.

    Connect each accessory to the provided harness leads. I connected the end with the Trigger-provided connectors to the Trigger first. I then cut off any extra slack. Lastly, I used butt connectors to connect to my accessories and/or another waterproof connector to connect to my accessories. I added zipties to secure the extra slack of the harnesses once everything was connected.

    Switch Mounting

    There's several options to mount the switch. At first, I had it mounted with the mushroom tape over the cubby as you can see below but I eventually switched to a hard wired option in the same location with the magnetic base which I'll show below.

    To begin, remove the cubby trim piece with a trim removal tool. Start from the side and work your way around

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    Disconnect the factory switches. For a 2017 automatic TRD Sport, I had three to disconnect

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    Line up the base on the cubby trim piece how you want to mount it and add tape to secure

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    Use a small drill bit and make two small holes using the base as a guide

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    You can remove the tape now and also remove the small rubber piece in the bottom of the cubby

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    Now we're going to make a hole for the base's wires to pass through. I chose the bottom rear corner

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    I started with a small drill bit and worked my way up to a 13/32" which was large enough for the connector from the base to pass through

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    Pass the wires from the included wire harness of the base through the trim piece's new hole

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    Connect the base to the wiring harness

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    Secure the base with two self-tapping screws or whatever screws you have around. Make sure you don't over tighten. You can reinsert the rubber piece back into the cubby as well if you'd like

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    Pull any slack from the wiring harness through the hole

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    Strip back the wire to expose the three leads

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    Cut off the wire piece you stripped leaving just the three wires

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    Switches all mounted! You can use the included switch labels for your setup. There's non-transparent rectangular labels for the top of the switches and transparent circular labels for the centers where the light shines through

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    Remove the door guard trim piece with a trim removal tool and by pulling straight up

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    Remove the side panel piece by twisting off the little and cap and then pulling towards you. You can also remove the driver floor mat if needed.

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    Run the wires from the switch plate down to the footwell area and snap the cubby trim back into place

    Strip back some of the black harness wire and crimp on a ring terminal followed by wrapping the end in electrical tape

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    Install the ground wire on the grounding location with a 10mm socket

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    Use a quick splice connector to connect the white harness wire to the green cargo lamp wire with a quick splice connector and wrap in electrical tape. This will make it so that the switch backlight comes on with the rest of your interior lights when you turn the headlights on.

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    Remove the fuse panel cover, I definitely recommend the MESO option which allows add-a-circuits to be used while having the cover installed

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    Use a butt connector to connect the red harness wire to and add-a-circuit with a 5A fuse and install in the WIPER location

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    Follow this video to set a RF passcode



    Checkout this video to see some of the features of the app. You can use the app to change the backlight color of the switches



    You're done!

    Alternative Install Options

    Controller Mounting
    • To be mounted as close to the battery as possible
    • Can be mounted with strong velcro or small screws
      • Can be mounted on top of the fuse panel cover or to a third party panel like a PowerTray
        • I chose to mount it to the fuse panel cover with screws
    Switch Mounting
    • Without base (battery power, no backlight)
      • Can be mounted with included mushroom tape
        • Can be mounted to the left of the steering wheel over the cubby area
    • With base (hard wired, utilizes backlight)
      • Can be mounted with zip ties or adhesive tape (to mount to bars)
      • Can be mounted with small screws (to a flat surface)
        • Can be mounted to the left of the steering wheel over the cubby area
          • I chose to mount it over the cubby area with screws
      • You can still temporarily remove the wireless remote and stick it anywhere metal since it's magnetic
    Controller Switched Positive Options
    • It's recommended to wire the yellow switched positive wire to a switched ignition or to a wired on/off switch when installing the Trigger
      • Switched ignition sources (can only be used when the truck is on)
        • Engine bay fuse panel
          • INJ fuse with an add-a-circuit
        • Cab fuse panel
          • S/ROOF fuse with an add-a-circuit
            • I chose to use the S/ROOF fuse in the cab fuse panel
        • Headlight
          • parking light wire with a quick splice connector
      • Switches (master kill switch, can be used when the truck is turned off)
        • Simple waterproof switch:
          • Can be mounted anywhere really with a 3/8" hole
          • One black wire < - butt connector - > yellow wire from Trigger
          • Other black wire < - butt connector - > 12V constant source like the blank spot in the cab fuse panel with an add-a-circuit and a 5A fuse
        • OEM-look backlit switch:
          • Can be mounted in the factory blank location left of the steering wheel below the cubby
          • Green wire < - butt connector - > 12V constant source like the blank spot in the cab fuse panel with an add-a-circuit and a 5A fuse
          • Red 1 < - butt connector - > yellow wire from Trigger
          • Red 2 < - quick splice connector - > green wire from cargo lamp switch
          • Black < - butt connector - > a wire with a ring terminal to the grounding location at the driver footwell
    • It can be wired directly to the battery so that it is on all the time, but this can lead to a dead battery if a circuit comes on unexpectedly. The Trigger controller also draws a small amount of current when the yellow wire has power so if left long enough it can drain the battery. The app does give you an option
    Manufacturer Links
    Manufacturer Overview Videos



     
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  2. Nov 17, 2019 at 3:17 PM
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    Wiring Diagram For The Rest of My Mods

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  3. Nov 17, 2019 at 3:18 PM
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  4. Nov 17, 2019 at 3:20 PM
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    This is some good stuff
     
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  5. Nov 17, 2019 at 4:05 PM
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    Thanks! Reach out if you have any questions!
     
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  6. Nov 17, 2019 at 6:21 PM
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    Nice install thread, will be very helpful for members future installs. I have the older version that only works with 4 lights, but for the price it is pretty amazing. Quality is really nice and the best part was no running wires through the cab. I might step up to this new 6 shooter version though, I like that hardwire backlight option.
     
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  7. Nov 17, 2019 at 6:37 PM
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    thanks! I hope it’s helpful for other members as well! I’ve learned so much from the forum, I’m happy to give back! I agree with your points and the RF is super cool. The backlight is a nice touch and the app is pretty responsive to change its colors.
     
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  8. Nov 17, 2019 at 7:50 PM
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    Thanks for the detailed write up! Looks like a nice product but also like a lot of work. How long did all of this take you to do?
     
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    Happy to help!

    Honestly not too bad at all!

    I already had the lights installed. I spent an hour or two removing all of my old wiring (relays, switches, etc).

    It took maybe an hour or so to get the control panel mounted and maybe another hour or so to install the switch. That can be a lot faster if you don't hard wire the switch for power. I was also figuring it out as I went so it may be faster following along with what I did if you'd like to do it the same way.
     
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  10. Nov 18, 2019 at 9:37 AM
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    i have one of their earlier models .. without the antenna.
     
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    ah, how do you like it? they’ve made a few updates from their earlier versions
     
  12. Nov 18, 2019 at 9:49 AM
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    their customer service is pretty good.. the RF range on the previous model is so so.. reason why they decided to add the 2 x antennas. They actually offered to replace mine free of charge but i got lazy.. lol

    But i like it .. eliminated all my engine bay to cab wiring !
     
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    well that’s good customer service on their side!

    yeah I agree, it was looking pretty scary under my hood and behind the dash with the wiring lol much better now
     
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    Had mine about two years, the only problem I have is that some mornings I get up and a set of my lights are on. Could this be that the lights are being triggered by a signal from another device such as a garage door opener? I'm forced to take out the fuses now as it happens almost daily.. Anyone else have this problem? Fixes?
     
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    An interesting product/addition to the switch accessory market.
     
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    Sorry for the delay!

    I'd reach out to their customer service. You can wire it to a fuse so that it's triggered only when the truck is on. You can also reach out to them to see if you can upgrade your controller. They told me newer models like the one I purchased frequency hop so it changes frequency to reduce the possibility of interference.

    It's great to have options! It comes in at a decent point and offers some great features that aren't out there. People can decide which works best for their needs.
     
  17. Apr 6, 2020 at 1:17 AM
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    Thanks! Hmm I’ll check again but I could have sworn I tested it. The setup is definitely inhibiting the Trigger from getting power once the truck is off. I have a 2017 without the sunroof option - not sure if that makes a difference.
     
  19. Apr 6, 2020 at 1:30 AM
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    Seems you've tapped a different circuit...
     
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    Illumination tap with add-a-fuse...

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