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Old 02-21-2012, 10:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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e-locker wiring

I have a 1996 Tacoma standard cab with the 3.4 all factory with elocker. I am looking at buying a 1997 Tacoma standard cab with the 3.4 with 80,000 less miles and ac. It doesn't have the factory elocker and was wondering if I swapped out the rearends if its a plug and play with the elocker. Is the wiring harness the same in both trucks to where the elocker stuff would just plug in? I have search and could find anything other then the make your own harness for the locker. I would rather have it plug and play with factory stuff if possible. Thank
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So nobody at all knows if this can be done?
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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wiring those things is a bitch, as far as I know they are not prewired. Downey used to make a cable actuator but they are out of business. Probably wouldnt be hard to make some sort of deal where you could lay under the truck and lock and unlock it. But that is
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You can get a wiring kit from Inchworm that will work, but since the regular cab models didn't even have the option of an elocker I'm going to guess none of the wiring is present for it, in which case it would be easier to just get a kit from a vendor or wire it up yourself.
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I wired up my elocker that I have in my samurai and wasn't a big deal at all. So I can do that. But my 1996 Tacoma is a standard cab and it did come with the elocker from the factory. Just didn't know off hand if the wiring harness was the same from the none elocker trucks to the elocker trucks. Just seems that it would be easier factory wise if the harness was the same on both style of trucks
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Old 02-23-2012, 03:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The harnesses are different. Unless you swap the harnesses between the trucks. Grab a roll of trailer wiring and make your own.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I know the older 3rd gen 4Runners are prewired or at least have a few of the connections, not sure about Tacomas...best advice would be to get under it and check. If its not then your going to have to make your own. Easy breezy amigo
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Thanks for all the help. I guess I will just look at it and see. Ill report back and let everyone know what I find out. Might be handy information to have
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Another option is to just buy a harness from 12voltguy, he makes great stuff

http://www.12voltguy.com/product.php...e=0&featured=Y
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I know some of the taco's come pre-wired, even if they don't have the locker. But you'll be missing some of the stuff like the switch and I think the locker ecu.

Much easier to wire it yourself. I know of a couple guys that used the factory wiring up into the cab (under driver seat), then ran their own wiring to a switch.
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Haven't had time to research it much. Wiring it up isnt a problem. Just wondering about plug and play.i was going to swap everything over if it was plug and play meaning switch, ecu ect.
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95-97 Tacomas didnt come with factory e-locker which was the trd model. Someone must have got it done after. So the new truck wont have the RR Difflock button and wiring. You'll have to pull it out of the old one and swap it. Should be easy, just take it apart and then do the reverse on the other truck. And im sure you can find tons of tutorials online. I plan on doing the same pretty soon.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:54 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Here's the standard pinout for the Tacoma locker. You can easily check if yours is the same with a multimeter and schematic for your year

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Do not know if you guys have seen this Cable Conversion for e-lockers.

/forum/toyota-truck-4runner/1050495-8-e-locker-cable-conversion.html
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I am going with Elockers front and rear and have no ecm for either.

I used this writeup to wire mine and while they are not in the vehicle yet, they both work on the bench with this wiring.

the cost was minimal and fairly easy.

I like the cable conversion posted by Oop's and surely a nice product but too expensive for me personally. I could do a lot with over $1000 rather than control my lockers.

http://www.yotatech.com/f2/how-diy-r...wiring-235219/

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Old 07-03-2012, 04:50 PM   #16 (permalink)
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To the OP:

How 'plug and play' was the installation? I have a complete elocker rear I'm wanting to put in a 99 XtraCab SR5. Trying to figure out how much time to estimate for the swap. I've put an elocker in my 84, but was hoping the "new" truck had the necessary wiring already installed; maybe just have to do the gray wire mod.
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