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DIY: Trailer harness relocate.

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by Beer'd_n_yotas, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. Mar 30, 2014 at 7:18 PM
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    Beer'd_n_yotas

    Beer'd_n_yotas [OP] New Member

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    This is a simple how to relocate factory harness to license plate light.

    Tools needed:
    10mm wrench
    Phillips screwdriver
    Electrical tape
    Cutting tool (Dremel, angle grinder)

    First, remove harness plug using 10mm wrench.
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    Next remove tape holding sleeve on harness plug.
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    Squeeze connector as shown and remove.
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    Press clips in and remove bracket from plug.
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    This is what you should have.
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    Remove left license plate light using Phillips screwdriver.
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    Place bracket over hole from license plate light and trace as shown.
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    Cut out traced area being careful not to cut to much. It needs to be a tight fit so cut inside the lines and make additional as needed to ensure a tight fit. This is what the cut hole should look like.
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    Retape sleeve to connector.
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    Pull connector through cut hole and connect harness plug. You will probably need to pop off wire loom from zip tie on the hitch to get it all the way through.
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    Now pop in harness into cut out hole and ensure you get it seated all the way in. All done!
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  2. Mar 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM
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    TruckyTruck

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    Looks good man. Is there enough light for the license plate from the one light?
     
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  3. Mar 30, 2014 at 8:25 PM
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    Sean266

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    Added to the DIY. Thanks!
     
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  4. Mar 30, 2014 at 8:58 PM
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    csuviper

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    Awesome. Looks good. Thanks for the write up.
     
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  5. Mar 30, 2014 at 11:04 PM
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    Beer'd_n_yotas

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    I've had my wife's a Tacoma like this for years with no issues. I have a LED in my plate light, I think it's plenty lit.
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  6. Mar 31, 2014 at 7:12 AM
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    oh yeah, no problem at all there! I think im going to do this. I hate having it hanging there. They look so nice on the 2014s too
     
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  7. Apr 8, 2014 at 9:35 PM
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    Definitely going to do this! Thanks for the write up.
     
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  8. Oct 6, 2015 at 5:36 PM
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    An excellent 'must do' (like tomorrow) mod. Thanks

    Worth bringing this old post back up, no?
     
  9. Oct 18, 2015 at 4:43 AM
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    Not nearly enough room here!
    Just moved mine yesterday.Didn't lower spare-tire but removing rear tag helped with access.1017151048.jpg
     
  10. Oct 18, 2015 at 5:47 AM
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    I like the position you put yours. Will prob do this at some point
     
  11. Oct 18, 2015 at 6:10 AM
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    Not nearly enough room here!
    Thaks Brian, I just didn't have the heart to hack a taglight off.This position requires some grinding/sawing/drilling or chopping but it was the best spot for me.:thumbsup:
     
  12. Jan 13, 2016 at 9:10 PM
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    Im doing this asap!
     
  13. Sep 5, 2016 at 9:48 AM
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    Hey folks,just a heads-up(YourResultsMayVary) I did this mod a while back. "Looked" great,till I needed to actually use it for my boat trailer. Wouldn't stay put because of all the flimsy plastic and very little metal surrounding it. After buying a new Step-Pad and Plug-Bracket,I'm back to stock.....$91 later!:facepalm:
     
  14. Sep 5, 2016 at 10:38 AM
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    Bummer. Well I am def going to be doing the relocate but my plans are an angle bracket to place it tucked up under the bumper.
     
  15. Sep 5, 2016 at 10:56 AM
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    Not nearly enough room here!
    Yep, the metal clips that keep the plug in place, need more than plastic around 'em, when using the receptacle. Your bracket should firm it up enough.
     
  16. Jan 8, 2017 at 8:19 PM
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    does anyone know if I can put this style plug on my 08 (older plug style) with out completely rewiring it. [​IMG] the picture is the kind I have on my truck
     
  17. Jan 15, 2017 at 11:58 AM
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    Just FYI, my new 2017 has the plug receptacles mounted up by the license plate already. Apparently Toyota reads our DIY pages. :)
     
  18. Jan 15, 2017 at 12:17 PM
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    Yuppp my 2017 comes relocated. Think it's the only change from previous models
     
  19. Jan 15, 2017 at 1:43 PM
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    There've been several changes but most of 'em have been (Beancounter) feature- deletions:rant:
     
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  20. Jan 15, 2017 at 1:46 PM
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    What are the changes from the 14-16 to the 2017?
     
  21. Jan 15, 2017 at 1:50 PM
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    I tried to do this... The spare tire got in the way of the back of the plug.
     
  22. Jan 15, 2017 at 2:33 PM
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    :sorry:,mine's a 2010, ignore me:lalala:
     
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  23. Aug 10, 2017 at 5:50 PM
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    Could you make a metal backing with a hole the shape of your cutout? Maybe about an inch larger than the hole in the back side?
     
  24. Aug 11, 2017 at 12:31 AM
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    Not nearly enough room here!
    That might work if there's room for a plate large enough. On mine, I'd have to spring the mounting-clips too far to accept a plate and the shape of the mounting area prevented a plate large enough to add any integrity. I found out there's quite a bit of pressure involved in hooking/unhooking the trailer plug!:facepalm:
     
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