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The following install was performed on a 2009 Tacoma. Be forewarned, there are a lot of parts that need to be removed. This was a lot of work, without a lot of gain. I did this for a future stereo installs and I did it because I can't stand for something to not look like a factory installation. At first I had no intentions of documenting the install, as I thought it was a trivial matter, after I got dug in I thought some might benefit from the pictures. I missed some pictures during the disassembly, so I had to substitute with post-install pictures as I put it back together.

Enjoy and please let me know if you have any questions.

Supplies:

Electrical Tape
18 ga wire
USB Extension Cord


Griffin PowerJolt Duo 12v to USB/5v inverter



The Process:


Preparing the USB extension Cord:
The USB extension cord will be used to connect the vehicles bland to the USB power inverter. The extension cord I used was a lot like the one I have pictured above.

Using a pocket knife, razer, etc. remove the rubber casing from the female end of the cord. This should be an easy step as the casing should easily peel away once cut.

One the casing has been removed, cut the cord in half and set aside for later use.

Preparing the USB power inverter:


I wish I took some pictures of this process but I did not :confused: .
The USB power inverter is prepared by adding a 12v wire and Ground wire for permanent installation. The inverter is house in a black clam shell that can be opened with a knife. Once open, I removed the 12v post and ground post from the PCB using soldering wick. In their place I soldered in a red and black 18 ga wire.


Vehicle disassembly:

1) Remove all of your junk from the center console/armrest and remove the carpet lining on the bottom.



2) Carpet removal, will expose two 10mm bolts as pictured. The two bolts will need to be removed.



3) Remove the cupholders by prying your fingers under the rear leading edge and pull upward.



4) Remove shift knob and shift gate cover. This can be tricky as the cover doesn't have a lot of grab points. I ended up wedging my fingers under a corner and prying up.



5) Removal of the gear shift gate cover will expose two phillips head screws. Remove the two screws and slide the arm rest backward to disengage it from the forward console cover.



6) Remove coin tray located to the bottom right of the steering column. Just pull like heck straight towards you and it will pop out.



7) Remove two screws located just behind the gear shift gate. These two screws hold the forward console piece in place.



8) The forward console piece is now ready for removal. The cover is removed from the lower dash panel by pulling towards the rear of the vehicle. You will probably need to place the vehicle temporarily in neutral to removed the cover completely.

9) Remove the side sill cover by pulling straight up. 4-5 clips engage into the sill.



10) Remove the foot rest. This thing is in there tight. Brute force is the key, just pull straight back.



11) Removal of the kick panel is accomplished by first removing by screw cap (I didn't realize at first that this was a threaded piece and chose the 'man' way of removing it) located in the footwell of the vehicle and then pulling the panel towards the rear of the vehicle to disengage the clips.



12) Remove the lower driver side dash panel by first removing two 10mm bolts in the pictured locations.





13) The the lower driver side dash panel can now be disengaged by pulling towards the rear of the vehicle. There are about 5-6 clips that hold this piece. Remove electrical switches, tire pressure monitoring switch, and hood release latch for complete panel removal.



14) Located below the steering column is a black metal bracket. The bracket is held by three 10 mm bolts. Remove the screws and brackets.



15) Remove the gauge bezel and upper dash panel. First remove the two plastic retaining screws and pull the panel towards the rear of the vehicle. Be careful not to scratch your steering column cover during this process. There are a few electrical connections as well, fog lights, power inverter, and dimmer.





16) Remove Climate Control switches by gently prying outwards from a bottom corner to disengage the retaining clips. Take care when removing this piece as it will like to pop out and slam into the now exposed gear shift post. Ask me how I know :confused:



17) Radio removal time!! The radio is held in by four 10 mm bolts hidden behind the climate control panel. Remove the four bolts and pop the radio out towards the rear of the vehicle. Remove electrical connections.



18) Remove glove box by disconnecting assist 'shock' and lifting the glove box off the hinges.

19) Remove the plastic cover located above the glove box. The plastic piece is held in place by a single 10 mm bolt located inside the latch.



20) Remove radio bezel/center finish panel by pulling towards the rear of the vehicle and disengaging the 10 clips that secure it to the vehicle.



21) Remove the lower dash cover/12v accessory outlet piece by removing one 10 mm bolt located toward the bottom right of the piece (The bolt location can be seen in the picture below). Remove the piece by pulling towards the rear of the vehicle to disengage 5 clips.




22) The blank accessory plug may now be modified to fit the female USB plug from the preparation steps. To perform this step I used a pencil and traces the plug on the face of the blank. Then using a dremel tool, I slowly carved out a rough rectangular hole. Final fitment was accomplished with a pocket knife as I did not want to remove too much material.



23) The USB extension cord was threaded through the accessory blank and re soldered to it's male have from the previous preparation step. USB cables consist if 4 wires and braided shield. The four wires and shield were re soldered. In order to charge a device, not all of the wires needed to be re soldered. I went ahead and re soldered the wires in the event of a future USB capable radio install.



24) The modified USB 12v power inverter.



25) The modified USB 12v power inverter was then soldered into the factory 12v outlet opposite the cigarette lighter.



26) The modified USB 12v power inverter was wrapped in weather stripping foam to prevent rattles. I hate rattles and this was such a PITA I wasn't taking any chances. I then wedged the power inverter next to the SRS ecu, this location seemed very secure.




27) The panel was replaced and I tested the power connection using my iPhone. IT WORKS!!!



28) Reassemble in the reverse order.


Final Product:







Final Thoughts:

Did I really need a hardwired USB power inverter? No And was the time spent worth the outcome? Probably not now. But, the install is super clean and it wasn't all that hard as much as it was time consuming. Approximately 5 hours were spent on the project. A majority of that time was used removing interior panels and trying to keep up with bolts and tools. It took an unbelievable amount of part removal to just access the accessory plugs (I was getting some odd looks from the wife as the truck came apart). I would recommend the project to anyone that is competent with a screw driver and a soldering iron.

Hopefully I have educated and inspired others with this project. Again, please let me know if you have any questions.
 

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Wow. That looks great. Very professional. I was wondering how did you get the female usb plug to fit securely in the blank plastic cover. I understand the cutting out the hole, but it's the securing it I am having trouble with. I am trying to do the same. Marvelous btw. I love when things look OEM.
 

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I very much like that mod, nicely done! Reminds me of the USB hub I installed in my old '91 Camry. 4 ports, no waiting. :)
The cig lighter plug is all well and good, but it is a "dumb" port, with no future data capability.
 

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Wow. That looks great. Very professional. I was wondering how did you get the female usb plug to fit securely in the blank plastic cover. I understand the cutting out the hole, but it's the securing it I am having trouble with. I am trying to do the same. Marvelous btw. I love when things look OEM.
The plug is secured with only friction. I cut the hole just big enough to fit the plug and really had to squeeze it in. Hot glue might be a good option for some additional security.
 

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I like yours better. My find looks pretty industrial compared to those!
 

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Yeah, but the one you posted is what got me started. I believe Elwinna posted yours a few years back. It made a nice starting point to crawl their website.


Of course, the silly things are still sitting in a box in the garage, along with some cargo light, some fog lights, and a few other projects that need some home time to install.
 

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Could you or anyone else please go into detail about #25 and anything else involving the converter and its modification?
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My 2013 has a combo aux/USB connection with a flip-up cover. I wonder if one of those can be adapted here, to replace the aux jack on the older models?
 
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