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Weekend Project: Tacoma LED Bed Lights

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by ChrisK7UND, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. Jul 15, 2017 at 1:45 PM
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    ChrisK7UND

    ChrisK7UND [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Well, I finally got around to installing the factory LED kit to the bed of my Tacoma. For those of you that have a cover, you know how hard it is to see under there at night. I took my time and tried hard to make it look professional.

    Using the instructions, you cut out the template and place as described.

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    Next, drill the holes and run the wires through the larger 7/16 hole.

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    Secure the LED lights and housings with supplied screws being careful not to overtighten.

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    Here is where I diverted from the instructions. I am not a fan of all the extra wire and connectors etc. I cut and soldered everything near the spare tire. You will have a hard time finding the added lights from stock harness.

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    Sealed up

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    Last but not least, make the connection to the factory harness to tie into the cargo circuit. Again, I soldered and taped the connections vs. the wire clip that came with the kit. I don't trust those. I soldered and taped the connections at the kick panel.

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    Wires put back in their loom

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    The finished product. Overall I am very pleased with these lights.

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    Some night shots

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    Another angle

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  2. Jul 15, 2017 at 3:29 PM
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    BrotherBudro

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    First time I'm seeing these. How do you turn them on/off? Does the key have to be in the ignition?
     
  3. Jul 15, 2017 at 3:33 PM
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    CRCs Reality

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    That's a nice kit, source?
     
  4. Jul 15, 2017 at 3:38 PM
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    ChrisK7UND

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    The kit comes with instructions to tie into the cargo light circuit. So when you open the door, unlock the truck or use the cargo switch they come on.
     
  5. Jul 15, 2017 at 3:39 PM
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  6. Jul 15, 2017 at 3:40 PM
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    motodude95

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    Yeah any link to these? Also how did you get the lights to turn on like that on the third brake light?
     
  7. Jul 15, 2017 at 3:47 PM
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    Kennedyusmc

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    These are South East Toyota add ons.
    Not quite OEM, but oem quality and designed for the Tacoma.

    I have these and MattGeckos under the rail lights.
     
  8. Jul 15, 2017 at 5:49 PM
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    Bama_fan01

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    Those look sharp. I put them on my Amazon wish list...probably going to be my next Taco project!
     
  9. Jul 15, 2017 at 5:55 PM
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    I'm also installing mine tomorrow.
     
  10. Jul 15, 2017 at 8:58 PM
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    mlevinson

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    These were installed on my truck when I bought it. I didn't really want them when I saw them listed as a dealer installed option, but I'm glad I have them now. They do a great job of lighting up the bed.
     
  11. Jul 15, 2017 at 10:15 PM
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    The TRD Sport model has the cargo lights integrated into the 3rd brake light. Not sure what other models do.
     
  12. Jul 16, 2017 at 12:08 AM
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    Do you turn it on somehow? I have a TRD sport. No idea how my cargo lights turn on though.
     
  13. Jul 17, 2017 at 6:52 PM
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    m603holden

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    I know they're LEDs, but what number is that wire going to the rear has it been verified that it can handle the load? I'm sure it can, but I figured I'd ask.
     
  14. Jul 17, 2017 at 7:03 PM
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    Looks like 16ga. I think these draw like 700 miliamps. No worries and it's tied to the cargo fuse circuit.
     
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  15. Jul 17, 2017 at 8:11 PM
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    My kit has been sitting on the bench since January! Thanks for motivating me. :)

    Where do I find the wire in the kick panel?
     
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  16. Jul 17, 2017 at 9:58 PM
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    The directions in the PDF worked fine for finding the wire. It really is an easy project. Hardest part was running the wire along the frame honestly.
     
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  17. Jul 19, 2017 at 6:12 PM
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    I got my light kit today. Ordered from Amazon, and they were shipped from Daytona Toyota...there were no instructions at all in the box! Anyone have a link to where I can download the PDF?
     
  18. Jul 19, 2017 at 7:04 PM
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  20. Jul 20, 2017 at 8:43 PM
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    Definitely the hardest part. Big PITA
     
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