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USB port

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by 2000GTacoma, May 15, 2011.

  1. 2000GTacoma

    2000GTacoma [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I want to mount a usb port on my 2000 tacoma somewhere so i can use it to charge various electronics. (digital camera, cell phone, ipod, etc) i know there are several options for cigarette lighter styles that plug in and have a usb port on back. i have one of those but i would like to intergrate that port into the truck somewhere looking for ideas. i also want it on all the time. I am good with electronics and fabrication just need ideas.
     
  2. Enigmaaron

    Enigmaaron All your soul are belong to us

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    Do the 2000's have the two blanks to the right of the extra lighter ports under the the ash tray? One is for the alarm option but I think the other is always empty. Could be a good spot.
     
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    It may be different for you earlier model truck, but there should be a couple open spots below the ashtray that you can use. Or there is a spot behind your headlight switch/turn signals that you can use, although that would be kind of inconvenient. If anything, just try to find some sort of one-piece adapter that converts the cig lighter into a usb port, like so:
    http://www.amazon.com/Cigarette-Lighter-Adapter-Players-Charger/dp/B000CC6I5W
     
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  5. 2000GTacoma

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    no my truck doesnt have the blank spot option otherwise i would go that route and i have a similiar adapter but i want the usb intergrated into the truck and on at all times because the cigs are not. i know relays and such and be jumped to make them on all the time but id rather run wire and not mess with my factory harness
     
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    bump any other ideas
     
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    I jumped mine and havent had a problem yet
     
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    just dnt want to do that
     
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    i do not want to jump relays thats the whole point of integrating a usb port into the truck with a 12volt to 5 volt stepdown
     
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    thanks for the vid now im thinking about making a plate out of aluminum and mounting in right under the ashtray in that little pocket. just need to look into that a little further. any more ideas anyone?
     
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    If you do make one let me know how it comes out im thinkin about making one also
     
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    alright i have access to a milling machine and possibly a waterjet which would be awesome for me all i would do is cut a hole for a usb port but also have the plate removable by say a couple screws and also do it without cutting anything that is factory. as in remove and could never tell it was there but like in the video in the space im looking at a single 110v could be added with say 2 usbs hmm something im going to have to think about and play with but ill let u know
     
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    any more ideas from the night crowd?
     
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    take pictures of ...? the panel im thinking of making?
     
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    How about something ran into the center council so that you can keep your electronics out of the way while recharging?
     
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    That's a great idea. I have a usb plug in my head unit that I use to charge my phone if my ipod isn't plugged in. It works well, but gets in the way. Inside the console would be a good solution.

    Use the search function, I know a few people have integrated 110v / usb plugs in their trucks in a few build ups.
     
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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    How about taking one from a computer and mounting it to a panel, glove box, etc?
     
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