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DIY Guide to installing OEM led Bed Light and Pop & lock for tailgate

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by BlueBottle, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. Nov 24, 2018 at 2:22 PM
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    Long time postponing this but that loud actuator got me nuts for a few weeks, finally had the time to fix this and here is the end result, much much better now

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    As OP mentioned don’t forget to apply lithium grease to all movable parts to reduce noise even more.
     
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  2. Dec 8, 2018 at 11:26 AM
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    Installed pop & lock a good year & half ago, and always hated how loud it was. put some dynamat on it today, and I can’t believe the difference. It’s about as loud as the regular doors are now. Thanks for the tip.
     
  3. Dec 26, 2018 at 9:42 AM
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    Did you guys Dynamat the entire tailgate or just the actuator section? is 12 sq. feet enough? That shit is expensive!
     
  4. Dec 26, 2018 at 10:11 AM
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    I had a bunch of it laying around so I used a good amount. I also added a small square on the back of the access panel just above the actuator. It’s barely noticeable now, just enough to let you know it’s actually locking/ unlocking. Here is what I did...

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  5. Dec 26, 2018 at 10:13 AM
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    Nice thanks, going to install mine this weekend. I realized having a tonneau cover and having to put a key in the tailgate was going to be a total pain in the ass.

    Did you run through the floor panel or firewall? Seems like the floor panel is the way to go.
     
  6. Dec 26, 2018 at 2:08 PM
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    I went through the floor panel. It’s by far the easiest way to go since they connect right there in the passenger kick panel. I also ran my LED bed lights at the same time so it made since.
    If you haven’t installed yet, grab some Posi-Taps for the connections. Much better and easier to use than what they supply.
     
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  7. Dec 26, 2018 at 3:51 PM
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    Sweet! Yep I got positaps, Dynamat, and the lock assembly on Amazon all at once. I want shit to be stout when done and last the life of the truck.
     
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  8. Dec 26, 2018 at 5:38 PM
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    Did anyone actually cut a hole in a piece of dynamat to accomodate the screw hole and place the dynamat between the actuator and the tailgate? I did not and mine still seems a little loud. Makes sense to me that this would dampen the sound the most.
     
  9. Dec 26, 2018 at 5:45 PM
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    what wires did you tap into for the oem bed lights? im going to be installing mine in the next couple weeks
     
  10. Dec 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM
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  11. Dec 26, 2018 at 6:05 PM
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    I've done a little..
    Did this but used the universal actuator for waaaay less. Does the job just as well imo.
     
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    I pretty much followed the OPs write up to the T. I do like having Toyota's instructions for reference though throughout the process. Mine was slightly different being a 2018. I didn't use any in-line fuses though..
     

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  13. Dec 26, 2018 at 8:58 PM
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    Ahhh shit nvm my bad man just saw the 2 attachments. Sorry sir thanks for the info
     
  14. Dec 29, 2018 at 8:27 AM
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    Did anyone install the Bed lights into a 2014, the instructions that came with the lights are for a 2015. I followed those instructions and the lights are not working. I am wondering if its the T connector not getting a clean connection or slight chance the wire is different for 2014.
     
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  15. Dec 29, 2018 at 8:57 AM
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    I've done a little..
    Check your ground. I’ve done a lot of wiring and in nearly all the cases of things not working it was a ground issue. Check where you’ve grounded your lights!
     
  16. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:03 AM
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    I changed out both of the vampire clips to posi taps, I have always had better connections with them. I will pull out the voltage meter and see what the deal is with the lights today, I ran out of time yesterday.
     
  17. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:07 AM
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    I've done a little..
    I ran into an issue with the ground on my OEM bed lights. Instead of tracing wire, pulling it out of the loom, etc I just ran a new one and it worked like a charm.
     
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  18. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:16 AM
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    Could very well be the connectors not making contact. I really like using PosiTaps for my connections, especially on thinner gauge wires that I'm tapping.

    Edit: Never mind; I just saw your post #106...
     
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  19. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:17 AM
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    I've done a little..
    Yep, posi taps are awesome. I have a kit of various sizes on standby
     
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  20. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:21 AM
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    Yep, they are pretty much fool-proof, which is a good thing for me. :rofl:
     
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  21. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:22 AM
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    Thats what I am thinking with the Posi-tap on the positive to the DC connector. I think i have a 16-18 gauge posi- tap and that is probably to big.
     
  22. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:26 AM
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    I've done a little..
    Make use of that test light I’m sure you have...
     
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    it was the wire taps, they were not making a good connection. Its now working.
     
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  25. Mar 31, 2019 at 8:41 PM
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    I installed the tailgate pop & lock today. I took my time, and it worked out very nicely. However, I had a major delay while researching the wiring. The colors of the wires on my 2017 did not match the instructions nor the pictures posted here. I finally decided to use the position of the wires in the pin connector as a guide. I got the correct wires, but made the wrong connections on the first try, so then swapped and it now works like it should.

    See the picture for my wiring for a 2017 Platinum crewmax. I had a tan wire and an aqua color wire - no silver stripes or dashes. I also added pics of the grommet in the passenger footwell. I added a little green liquid electrical tape around where I poked the wires through, just as a guarantee against any moisture intrusion.

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    Bought all of the stuff for this and will be installing Sunday, more than likely. Thanks so much for this write up. If this isn’t a sticky it should be.
     
  27. Apr 5, 2019 at 6:39 PM
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    Did my install today. What great options. If you don’t have these get them. Fantastic options, especially if you plan on rocking a bed cover. Thanks to the OP. Use the provided instructions, though. Wiring changes from year to year.
     
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    I've had a set laying around for 6 months and can't find myself realizing when I would need them. I see it makes a big difference, but I don't have ton in my bed and with my home made bed divider, most things stay at the back anyway.
     

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