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Using OEM push switches for additional accessories

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by juulsuck, Sep 5, 2023.

  1. Sep 5, 2023 at 3:17 PM
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    Hey everyone,
    I have looked high and low but I can’t seem to find an answer. Has anyone used the stock OEM push switches (such as RR diff, hazards, ECT, etc.) to control lighting, air, etc.?
    I am trying to maintain a clean factory-looking interior and though it might be possible to get an additional OEM switch, wire it up to my compressor, put it in an empty switch cutout, and then try to change the writing on the switch or put a sticker on it or something.

    I know that the switches connect to a harness and I would need to also get the plug that plugs into the back of the switch and splice into the wires from it but that seems possible.

    Has anyone attempted anything like this? Or if not does anyone have any push switch suggestions that pass for OEM?

    EDIT: I’m specifically curious about 1st gens but feel free to post 2nd and 3rd gen solutions to the thread.
     
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    Ch4x4 allows you to customize the artwork and lettering and their switches fit both large and small oem locations.
     
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    This is also nice. I’ve seen people mount rockers like this in the face of the clock and it was super clean
     
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    Awesome. Glad to see you can get an amber LED too
     
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    I really want to connect the SOS safety switch into a cool lighting mode. Interior red lighting or something. Or maybe some sort of flamethrower exhaust.

    Ejection seat?
     
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    Right? I feel like it would be so cool if the wiring is possible.
     
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    I tried using the factory switches for lights and they burnt up
    Used aftermarket switches and never had an issue

    I now use nilight switches
     
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    Sounds like an amp sizing problem.
     
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    ive used this for both my led running lights and a clutch kill switch
     
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    I have two of those Toyota switches wired up to bumper and bed lighting using Deutsch DT quick connectors. They have worked well for me. My color scheme is green = ground, red = constant, yellow = switched





    Was really impressed with the connectors, I followed this video guide and bought the terminal crimper he recommended:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asWl42BPfbE
     
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    So after a lot of research, I think my best bet is to try and repurpose an additional hazard light switch. The other switches like ect, clutch start cancel, and rr diff all seem to be momentary switches that interact directly with the ecu.

    The hazard switch, however, seems like a proper on/off switch that passes power from the 15A Horn Haz. fuse to the flasher relay and then on to the turn signals.

    I think this is shown in these diagrams but I may be wrong when I have some time, I will set up a test outside of the vehicle and see if i can get the switch to work.IMG_3944.jpgIMG_3941.jpgIMG_3947.jpg
     
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    These look nice tho. If I can’t get the hazard to work I’ll probably go for this. I just love how clean the oem push switches are haha
     
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    They’re simple to open up and change out the resistors since most switches aren’t balanced to match either oem color or brightness and the dimmer control won’t change that.
     
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