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Two/Four High/Low Switch Visibility

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Hard Taco2, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. Dec 19, 2010 at 3:55 PM
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    Hard Taco2

    Hard Taco2 [OP] Active Member

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    My 2006 Tacoma is a superb little truck and I'd buy another in a minute if i could afford it, but there is a small problem. at least for me, with this truck. I'm not talking about illumination, I'm talking about the wheel and my right hand blocking any view of the switch, unless I twist my head round , something I don't like doing when i need to grab four wheel drive in a hurry when confronted by a semi overtaking me or approaching me or both, in bad snow conditions in the mountains. Staying in four high all night or day is not a solution, but a smaller wheel would be. Am I alone with this problem and it is simply caused by my long arms, short arse stiff neck, or do even a few of you admit to having not a clear view in oder to avoid having to find it like Braille, night or day? And what is your solution?
     
  2. Dec 19, 2010 at 3:56 PM
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    memario1214

    memario1214 Vivid Illumination Vendor

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    My solution would be to buy an RCBS204 lighted switch!
     
  3. Dec 19, 2010 at 4:03 PM
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    DevL

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    Once you own the truck and use the switch enough you quit having to look to see it.

     
  4. Dec 19, 2010 at 4:05 PM
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    rex99

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    correct me if i'm wrong, but you're complaining about the steering wheel being too big and blocking your sight of the 4X4 switch?? :notsure:
     
  5. Dec 19, 2010 at 4:12 PM
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    skistoy

    skistoy Make mine a Double!

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    there are threads on how to light the switch

    Probably the best option
     
  6. Dec 19, 2010 at 4:14 PM
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    05Moose

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    Yep, light the switch.
     
  7. Dec 19, 2010 at 4:38 PM
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    vermintrex

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    I really don't understand the problem everyone seems to have with the switch. Sure it would have been nice to have it illuminated, but seriously...it has 3 frickin positions people ! You should be able to use it blindfolded ! If you don't have the 4-wheel drive light lit up on your gauge cluster...guess what ? 2-wheel drive ! You have to push it in and crank it all the way to the right to engage 4lo ...easy peesy, no looky !

    Come on !!

    :D :homer:
     
  8. Dec 19, 2010 at 4:47 PM
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    supralight

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    Now that I am used to it's location, I don't even have to lrave sight of the road when switching 2HI/4HI
     
  9. Dec 19, 2010 at 4:47 PM
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    rex99

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    QFT:homer:
     
  10. Dec 19, 2010 at 4:50 PM
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    jandrews

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    lol @ half the replies talking about lighting, which the OP states is clearly not the issue.
     
  11. Dec 19, 2010 at 5:00 PM
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    Beerrun

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    I'm glad his steering wheel is too big. I just learned of and ordered a new lighted switch.:D
     
  12. Dec 19, 2010 at 5:01 PM
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    skistoy

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    Why not??? ... If the conditions call for it.

    There are times here where im in 4hi for days at a time.
     
  13. Dec 19, 2010 at 5:08 PM
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    toyotatacomaTRD

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    If it is something that is a big issue for you, I suggest you practice reaching for it when you have it parked somewhere.

    Similar to when I got my first pistol and wanted to be comfortable taking it out of the holster. Repetition is the key.
     
  14. Dec 19, 2010 at 5:12 PM
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    damn toyota, how dare they make such a huge steering wheel that blocks my sight of the 4X4 switch

    i hate how it also blocks my view of the hood release:mad::mad::mad::mad:

    they better come out with a TSB and make a smaller steering wheel:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
     
  15. Dec 19, 2010 at 5:26 PM
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    OffroadToy

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    I got the rcbs204 lighted switch...makes it easy to see. I still need to move my head over to get a clear view but at least I can find it now in a hurry.
     
  16. Dec 19, 2010 at 5:35 PM
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    Super Werty

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    you could probably extend the wires and put in on the center console near the cupholders
     
  17. Dec 19, 2010 at 5:54 PM
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    SmilingMark

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    If you need to "grab" 4wd in a hurry, then you're not driving under control. If the semi is overtaking you, he wants to go faster than you. Let him!
     
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