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Old 07-09-2019, 06:36 PM #16
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Ah. I installed a ConsoleVault in mine back in 2015. I don't recall the details, but I think it was just a bolt or two holding the center console body to the floor. Hardest part is probably emptying out all the junk we stash in there.
Its all good, one of these days when it isn't 110 outside ill look into it and figure it out.
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Center console trim removal for access to 2nd row 12v power ports:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGEimpYpRsU&feature=youtu.be

Front dash trim and HVAC removal for access to 12v power port:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t8UpMLWMVQ&feature=youtu.be

Take note of the 2x 10mm bolts at the end of my dash disassembly video. Remove those bolts to remove the mounting bracket that holds the 12v power outlet in place. Once that's in your hands, you can easily disconnect the Molex power connector, remove the 12v housing from the bracket, and swap for a USB.

The 12v port is sorta tricky to remove the first time you do it. It pushes out thru the front. The spring loaded cover stays attached and the entire unit comes out in one piece. Hopefully it makes sense when you look at it yourself. Disconnect the power and set it on a table for a good view. You have to release some retaining pins that are inside the 12v connector, then push the whole unit forward out of the mounting bracket. Same is true for the 2nd row seating power outlets. Exact same design holding them in place.

Don't start this project if you're not willing to dremel out the factory dash hole to make it large enough to fit a USB port. No turning back, because a 12v port will no longer fit snugly in there if you ever try to swap it back.
This is perfect. Thank you so much!!!
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This is that I'm looking to do too. Thank you much.
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This is perfect. Thank you so much!!!
Happy to help. I still have one more 12v outlet to replace, so I'll take the opportunity to record how to remove it from the housing. It's kinda awkward, but not hard once you figure it out. A small, flat blade screwdriver helps a lot.

I cut the Molex connector off the 12v unit and soldered it onto the raw wires of the new USB unit. The USB charger is then plugged into the the factory wiring harness via solid, vibration resistant connection.

Overall it's a pretty easy project and well worth the effort for very little money. Feel free to ask if you need help with wiring.

Cheers!
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Happy to help. I still have one more 12v outlet to replace, so I'll take the opportunity to record how to remove it from the housing. It's kinda awkward, but not hard once you figure it out. A small, flat blade screwdriver helps a lot.

I cut the Molex connector off the 12v unit and soldered it onto the raw wires of the new USB unit. The USB charger is then plugged into the the factory wiring harness via solid, vibration resistant connection.

Overall it's a pretty easy project and well worth the effort for very little money. Feel free to ask if you need help with wiring.

Cheers!
So last night I attempted to take out the 12v port but got stuck when trying to pull the face plate that the port is connected to out due to some other trim piece in the way:



This trim piece prevented me from being able to pull out the face plate...does your 4Runner have this piece? Any ideas on how to remove it? It seems like it is under the center console trim so not sure if the whole center console has to come out too or not...
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So last night I attempted to take out the 12v port but got stuck when trying to pull the face plate that the port is connected to out due to some other trim piece in the way:



This trim piece prevented me from being able to pull out the face plate...does your 4Runner have this piece? Any ideas on how to remove it? It seems like it is under the center console trim so not sure if the whole center consonle has to come out too or not...
You have to remove to top of the center console to remove the lower part of the center stack.
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So last night I attempted to take out the 12v port but got stuck when trying to pull the face plate that the port is connected to out due to some other trim piece in the way:

This trim piece prevented me from being able to pull out the face plate...does your 4Runner have this piece? Any ideas on how to remove it? It seems like it is under the center console trim so not sure if the whole center console has to come out too or not...
Yeah, sorry. I totally spaced removal of that little trim piece is required. I used this lady's video as my guide and it was easy as could be.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRqJ5Jb4uVw&feature=youtu.be

She talks about it specifically at the 4 minute mark. No tools required for anything in the center console for what you need to get to.
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I see southeast region 4Runners with 2x 2nd row USB ports along with seprate 2x 12V outlets. Anyone have any information on how to get the panel like this? I canít find it in the Toyota parts catalog.
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You have to remove to top of the center console to remove the lower part of the center stack.
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Yeah, sorry. I totally spaced removal of that little trim piece is required. I used this lady's video as my guide and it was easy as could be.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRqJ5Jb4uVw&feature=youtu.be

She talks about it specifically at the 4 minute mark. No tools required for anything in the center console for what you need to get to.
Awesome, thanks guys! I'll have to give it another go when I get a moment...

BTW, will the factory harness plug right into the new USB charger or will I have to splice the factory wires? If the latter, there were 2 wires: 1 green and 1 black and white...any ideas which one is the hot wire? I'll double check to make sure when I'm down there but just trying to get a heads up.

Thanks again.
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Mine came with one from the dealer? Part of the Charging and Connectivity kit.
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Awesome, thanks guys! I'll have to give it another go when I get a moment...



BTW, will the factory harness plug right into the new USB charger or will I have to splice the factory wires? If the latter, there were 2 wires: 1 green and 1 black and white...any ideas which one is the hot wire? I'll double check to make sure when I'm down there but just trying to get a heads up.



Thanks again.


Factory 12v outlet uses a convenient Molex connector plug.

Most aftermarket USB outlets I found came with bare wires.

I cut the molex connector off my factory 12v outlet and soldered it onto the USBís wires. Only thing I had to cut was the connector off the 12v outlet (that I was throwing in the trash, anyway).

As for wiring color: black is almost universally the ground wire in automotive. My 12v outlet ground was black and white. Hot was a solid color. The hot wire color can vary.


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I shoved one of these in the port:

Does the cover close when not in use? I bought a similar "flush" unit but it still interferes with the cover thus the cover sits up a bit and catches my kids feet when they slide across the seat getting in/out. If this fits under the cover please post a link to where you got it.
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Does the cover close when not in use? I bought a similar "flush" unit but it still interferes with the cover thus the cover sits up a bit and catches my kids feet when they slide across the seat getting in/out. If this fits under the cover please post a link to where you got it.
It doesn't fully close but it closes enough to not be in the way. I don't have kids but haven't had any issues with adults in the back.

I can get a picture later.
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Does the cover close when not in use? I bought a similar "flush" unit but it still interferes with the cover thus the cover sits up a bit and catches my kids feet when they slide across the seat getting in/out. If this fits under the cover please post a link to where you got it.
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The 12v port is sorta tricky to remove the first time you do it. It pushes out thru the front. The spring loaded cover stays attached and the entire unit comes out in one piece. Hopefully it makes sense when you look at it yourself. Disconnect the power and set it on a table for a good view. You have to release some retaining pins that are inside the 12v connector, then push the whole unit forward out of the mounting bracket. Same is true for the 2nd row seating power outlets. Exact same design holding them in place.
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Happy to help. I still have one more 12v outlet to replace, so I'll take the opportunity to record how to remove it from the housing. It's kinda awkward, but not hard once you figure it out. A small, flat blade screwdriver helps a lot.
If you happen to work on your last 12v port, please do record the removal process as I'd like to see how you remove yours. My 12v port was different in that there were no springs inside but rather, a plastic piece that held the port in place. It would not budge when I tried to push it in to remove it from cover so in the end I just ended up cutting it off:



I wanted to keep the factory connector just in case I need it for something in the future so I ended up just splicing the hot wire and grounding the ground to a bolt:



The hardest part of this install was trying to get the locking collar (not sure what it's called...) on the back of the USB charger to screw on tightly. lol Let me explain... On my setup, the seat controller has a path that sticks out very close to the charger so I could not turn the collar all the way down to tighten the charger. I went back and forth trying to figure out how to get it to spin all the way down until I finally realized that I can just turn the USB charger instead.



Reassembled and ready to go:





Thank you to everyone who responded to this thread but a special THANK YOU to DarkPassenger for all your help. I would not have been able to figure this out without your help and I really appreciate you taking the time to record your videos. Thank you!!
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