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Old 02-01-2015, 08:55 PM   #1
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Tow Lights - 2009 Toyota Tacoma

My Tacoma is now ready for flat towing. I've tried to have the rear lights of my Tacoma properly wired, but the place that worked on it can't figure it out. Problem is 5 wire lights and 5 to 4 wire conversion box doesn't work. Tired wiring different ways with diodes but still can't get all working correctly. I have to leave the Tacoma switch in the start position (versus the accessory position) so the brake lights will work when the Tacoma peddle is depressed, other wise no brake lights. This results in miles being added to my vehicle when towed. I'm ready to resort to separate rear lights, but was wondering if a bar is made that I could bolt in my hitch/ball hole that would spread out behind the bumper that I could place the separate tail lights on. The top of the bumper is plastic, so magnetic lights won't stick. The bar I'm referring to would also be low enough that I could still open the tail gate with out removing the lights. Any ideas if something like this is made or any other ideas?

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Old 02-02-2015, 10:02 PM   #2
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Demco used to make a bar like you describe. Otherwise it does not seem like it would be real difficult to have a hitch shop make a piece of steel that would come across the back from the hitch and then screw lights from Harbor Freight (or where ever) into the bar

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Thanks Kalynzoo. I did go by a metal fabrication shop today and they are making me one out of 1 1/4" angle iron 5'7" long that will go across the bottom/back of the bumper. If will be welded to a 1/4 inch 3" wide flat iron that will bolt into the bumper/ball hole. I will get lights from somewhere and did see a habor freight not too far from our RV park, and bolt on the ends of the angle iron. Cost of making the light bar $37. Can't beat that! Just need to buy the lights, bolt to the bar, and wire/plug into the 4-flat wire that already extends from the front of the vehicle to the back. With the light bar on the vehicle I will still be able to open the end gate. Also, taking out one bolt will allow me to remove the light bar when not needed.
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