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  1. Just a quick question about spotlights (on my Hilux, in the country). I am mounting a pair of 6" spotlights onto a purpose bought bracket mounted behind my front number plate and just want to know the legalities of mounting a third 6" spotlight in between them, right in the centre. I'm told that multiple spotlights must legally all be be in pairs but can't help thinking that if a third light was fitted and that light was in the centre of the front of the vehicle, it would be exactly the same as if just a single spotlight was fitted. (Or maybe that's not allowed either)? Cheers
  2. Recently while trying to unsuccessfully fit a bullbar to my SR Hilux, I noticed separate wires about 4 or 5 cm long (with small grey plug on the end) coming out of the wiring lines at the end of the chassis, to each of the headlights, just tied back out of the way. They are obviously there for a reason, probably/possibly for front foglights that would be on the SR5 fitted Hilux. (It makes sense for manufacturers to cover all models in the one wiring loom, no matter what the model level itself,...just don't use all of them all). Some questions arise. 1.--. Is there a corresponding blanked off wire under the dash that connects to these wires at the front of the chassis and if there is, is it already going through a relay,... or would the SR5 have a different lights switch setting so as to accomodate this extra loom. 2.---. Could there be any other purpose or adaptable use for this extra wiring,..i.e. Driving lights,..Fog lights,...Running lights,..? long as there was another 'loose end' ..(so to speak),..under the dash. Cheers..........Lance
  3. Thanks for the reply. Yep, I knew about the heavier wire between battery and relay but glad that you reminded me about putting the fuse in that wire too, as I HAD forgotten that important part. Last time I wired up spotlights and relays was about 40 years ago when inline glass fuses were in use. I will have to no doubt look for a later type of fuse/fuse holder now for the Hilux.
  4. I want to fit spotlights to my Hilux, which I have been quite able to fit to vehicles that I have owned In past decades. I just need to know if the same old wiring principles (negative earth) would apply to my 2011 Hilux, in preference to paying out a quoted $400 for an auto electrician to do just the wiring (not the actual spotlights and possibly not the relay either). Basically it was,...locate the high beam wire to the headlights,..cut into it with a heavier wire, run that second wire back through a on/off switch on or under the dash, run off the other side of the dash switch, through a 12V relay (wired direct to the car battery) and finally down the spotlights. The spotlights would now comply with the law (as it was back then) that they could only be used in conjunction with high beam and able to be turned off again where necessary. Have I got this all correct and can I then go ahead and fit the lights myself. Cheers.
  5. The instrument lights, particularly the odometer and distance counter light in my 2000 Hilux are getting very hard to read at night. Does anyone know how accessible the globes are to get at so as I can replace them or, difficult would it be to exchange the whole instrument panel to a instrument panel out of a 2003 model Hilux, which is a 100% better and clearer layout than the 2000 model. It does also have a tacho in the 2003 which of course the 2000 model does not have. Would this present an issue or would the tacho be able to be 'hooked up' as well in the 2000. Thanks in advance.
  6. Okay, quick update. I was about to unhook all of my connections on the loom but thought I would try the new radio just once more,..for the hell of it,....and turned on immediately. 😟 apparently my colour code connections were correct after all and the radio works fine. It would also seem that the fuse that handles the interior light, handles the radio live feed as well.
  7. Thanks for the reply Ross but I might hold off on any unnecessary EBay cost as I'm sure this is something that I could do by just going into the original loom if I need to and even just trace those wires back to their source. I was just hoping to find a wiring diagram so as to save a bit of time. There would surely only be six main wires anyway. Power, Left speaker x2,..Right speaker x2, Earth,....even though there are seven connecting wires of twelve coming from the old loom and twelve possible option wires in the new loom.
  8. I need to find a colour code diagram for the factory fit radio cassette in my 2000 single cab. It's already been replaced with a Pioneer unit fitted by Autobarn 7 years ago, where they cut and solder joined seven of the wires for the new Pioneer loom and plug. The colour coding was of course different but Autobarn obviously wired it up correctly and it worked fine. I am now fitting a new Bluetooth JVC unit and going by Autobarns advice, I should just join colour for colour as just about all car radio units follow a common colour code. I did all that, using the colours from the Pioneer loom that is still solder joined to the original loom but the radio isn't working. I am assuming the radio power feed is coming off the same connection that handles the interior light because I did blow that fuse when I was fishing around the original loom solder joins. I replaced that fuse but still no radio working so perhaps that rules out the 'same fuse' theory.? No other fuses are blown. I think now that the 'safest' option is to go back to the original Toyota loom and join the new loom from there.......which is why I need to find a wiring plan. Cheers.