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Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2002 Toyota Tacoma

Alright on this 2002 Toyota Tacoma, we're going to install product number 118379 from Tow Ready. Alright, first thing we have to do is go ahead and remove the tail lights. Right now we'll go ahead and disconnect the tail light from the harness. Alright, we're doing the passenger's side, let's go over to the driver side and repeat the same process. Over here on the driver's side we'll go ahead and take our 4-pole wire and we'll strap it at the bottom, alright. And we'll do the same thing for the T-Connector with the red and green wire.





2002 Toyota Tacoma Questions and Answers


  • Which Trailer Hitches Will Fit a 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • If you have trailer hitch # 87579 it will fit the following vehicles: 1995 - 1997 Toyota Tacoma 4-Wheel Drive models 1998 - 2004 Toyota Tacoma All Models This particular hitch does not go back to the 1989 model year. The 2 hitches that do fit the 1989 Toyota pickup will not fit a 2002 Tacoma. I have included a link to the trailer hitches that do fit the 2002 Toyota Tacoma. I have also included a video and instruction links for trailer hitch # 87579. If you plan on doing some...
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  • What Suspension Kit to Correct Sagging Rear End on 2002 Toyota Tacoma During Occasional Towing
  • As you noted there are several different types of rear axle suspension enhancement products for your 2002 Toyota Tacoma: air-springs, rubber bump-stop springs and helper leaf springs such as the Super Springs # SSA18. Air-spring kits are more complex to install and require regular checks to maintain their required minimum pressure, but offer adjust-ability to suit changing tow and cargo loads. Rubber springs are not adjustable but do offer progressive resistance as the load increases,...
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  • Bumper Mount Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • The CURT Bumper Hitch, # E-3S, would be a good choice. Make sure to check the dimensions of the hitch against the space on the bumper to ensure fit. The dimensions are shown on the last two pictures on the product page. If you do not have the holes present on the bumper you will need to drill. I have included a link to the installation details for you. The other option is to install a frame mount trailer hitch. The most popular frame mount hitch for a 2002 Toyota Tacoma is Hidden Hitch...
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  • 4-Pole Wiring Harness for 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • We offer two trailer wiring harnesses for your 2002 Toyota Tacoma, the Draw-Tite # 118379 and the Curt # C55379. Both harnesses are the plug-and-play type that will install in a similar manner at your Tacoma taillight assemblies as shown in the linked video. Given your choice of trailer lighting kit # TL5RK I suggest you opt for the Curt harness since it offers higher current output capacity than the Draw-Tite. Curt # C55379 provides maximum output of 3 amps per stop/turn circuit and...
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  • Reasons for 1 Hour 10 Minute Install Time for the CURT Hitch # 13013 on a 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • There are actually 6 bolts connecting the CURT trailer hitch # 13013, to the frame on the 2002 Toyota Tacoma, and the factory bumper will need to be removed and reinstalled to complete the installation. This will require disconnection and reconnection of the license plate light wiring, and correctly repositioning the rear bumper to complete the installation. Although the installation requires 1hr 10min to complete this is not a difficult installation to undertake. One tip I can offer...
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  • Parts Needed to Install Valley Odyssey Brake Controller, Part # 52810 on a 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • You have hit the nail on the head regarding the necessary equipment. Getting 2 to 3 years out of a wiring harness is not unheard if. As with all electronics, they have a limited lifespan. You will want to examine the wiring on the trailer you pulled before, to check for pinched or broken wires that might have shorted out to the trailer frame and fried the converter box. Unfortunately, your Tacoma is not prewired for the 7-way connector or the brake controller. The good news is that...
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  • Where to Install the Derale Transmission Cooler Kit # D13503 on a 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • The Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler Kit, part # D13503, would be a great fit for your 2002 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 3.4L towing a 3,500-lb travel trailer. You will want to measure to make sure you have enough room for the 11 inch wide x 8-3/4 inch tall x 7/8 inch deep heat exchanger to fit in front of the A/C condenser. This is the most efficient location for a transmission cooler. Ideally you want the transmission fluid to be between 160 and 200 degrees for the best operation...
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  • How Many Racks Come with Bully Adjustable Ladder Rack for Full-Size and Compact Trucks, # CG-902
  • I spoke with my contact at Pilot and he stated that the Bully Adjustable Ladder Rack for Full-Size and Compact Trucks, # CG-902, does include a pair of racks like you see in the first picture on the product page. Just one of the racks can be used if desired as shown in the second picture.
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  • Which Grease Seal for Trailstar Boat Trailer
  • I don't have reference that lists which grease seal the hub on your trailer uses. In order to recommend the correct grease seal, I'll need some information from you. I'll need the inner bearing reference number and the diameter of the spindle where the grease seal rides. When you measure the spindle diameter, you'll need to use a highly accurate measuring tool like a digital caliper. Once I have that information, I'd be happy to recommend a grease seal for you.
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  • What does the Black Converter Box Do on the 118379 Wiring Kit for a 2002 Toyota Tacoma Pickup
  • The converter box will convert your vehicles taillight system from a 5 wire system with the separate amber turn signals down to a 4 wire system which is needed to properly operate the trailers lighting system.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System For 3500 Lb Trailer With 400 Lb Tongue Weight
  • The Pro Series Weight Distribution System w Friction Sway Control, part # PS49903, is designed to be used with systems that have a tongue weight between 750 and 1,000 lbs tongue weight. Using a system that has much heavier duty spring bars like the # PS49903 may result in a stiff ride and a bouncing trailer. Using a system rated too low will make the system virtually useless. I recommend the Pro Series Weight Distribution System w/ Friction Sway Control, part # PS49901. This system...
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  • Will the Swagman Truck Bed Bike Rack fit in a 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • The Swagman Pick-Up Truck-Bed Mounted Bike Carrier # S64702 that you referenced should work in the bed of your 2002 Toyota Tacoma as it is designed to fit nearly all compact and full-size truck beds. You could measure your truck bed to be certain though. This product is adjustable from 52 inches to 69 inches. If you find that the distance between your bed rails fits in this range this product will work well for you. For a lock you could get a DeadBolt Lock part # CAB-10. I attached...
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  • Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bags for a 2002 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 TRD with 3 Inch Lift
  • For your 2002 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 TRD you will need Ride-Rite kit # F2304 and spacer kit # F2366. The spacer kit is assuming a factory lift of 2 inches. If your truck is lifted another inch beyond that then you would need a 3 inch spacer kit # F2367. I have linked the isntallation instructions for you.
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  • Transmission Cooling Fan for a 2002 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner
  • The Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler, part # D13502, will work with your existing fan. This being said, an aftermarket radiator fan would increase airflow, and would not be a bad idea. If you are planning on doing a lot of towing in stop and go traffic, I would strongly recommend upgrading the fan.
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  • Availability of a 15 x 6 Mini Mod Trailer Wheel with a 5 on 5 Bolt Pattern
  • One reason is that the 5 on 5 bolt pattern is not very common any more. We only have 5 wheels with this bolt pattern and the only one that is 15 x 6 is # AM20528DX. But it is not a mini mod wheel it is a spoke wheel. If you happen to have 205/75-15 tires, F78-15, or G78-15 tires, these will all fit a 15 x 5 inch wheel all the way up to a 15 x 6-1/2 inch wheel.
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  • Installation Details For Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87579 on 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • The bumper on your 2002 Toyota Tacoma does not need to be removed to install the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 87579. You will only need to loosen the flange nuts that attach to the bumper and then install reinforcement brackets and use the new hardware as shown in the instructions. To complete your towing setup, you may be interested in the following items: Draw-Tite Ball Mount, part # 2923 T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118379 1-7/8 Inch Hitch Ball, part # 19260 2 Inch...
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  • Recommended Tonneau Cover for 2002 Toyota Tacoma Shortbed with Stepside
  • Yes, the Bestop Tonneau Cover, part # B1602401, is a confirmed fit for your 2002 Toyota Tacoma Stepside Shortbed. This EZ Fold truck-bed cover clamps onto your side rails in minutes and it folds up in seconds to allow access to your cargo. The low-profile cover also looks sharp, and it stores behind the cab when not in use. I have added a link to the installation instructions for you to check out.
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  • Will Towing Vehicle Provide Charge To Trailer Battery Through Trailer Connector
  • The battery on the trailer will not charge if it is attached to the 12V power wire from the towing vehicle. It will provide a small amount of current that helps maintain the current charge of the trailer battery. I recommend using a battery charger like the CTEK MULTI US 7002 12-Volt Universal Battery Charger, part # CTEK56353. This charger features pulse maintenance and will not overcharge the battery like many of the common chargers do.
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  • Hidden Hitch Recommendation for a 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • I think that your best bet would be to install a hitch that installs onto the frame of your 2002 Toyota Tacoma, like a Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver # 87579. Not only will you have a much higher towing capacity, you will not have to make any permanent modifications to your vehicle bumper that might void the warranty of the vehicle. I attached installation instructions and a review video for this product for you to check out also. To complete your towing setup you may be interested...
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  • SuperSprings Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2002 Toyota Tacoma 4x4
  • Yes, the SuperSpring kit part # SSA18 that you referenced is a confirmed fit for your 2002 Toyota Tacoma 4WD and would be perfect for your application where you would be installing a 1,200 lb camper in the bed of the truck. What's great about the SuperSpring kits is that they also work as an anti-sway device too.
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  • Will a Bed Extender Transfer from a 2002 Toyota Tacoma to a 2007 Toyota Tacoma
  • All of the Bed Extenders that we carry (see link) are compatible with the 2002 and the 2007 Toyota Tacoma. If you have a bed extender from a different manufacturer it may or may not fit depending on how that manufacturer mounts their extender in the bed of the truck.
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  • Can or Should a Breakaway System be Used to Prevent Trailer Theft
  • To activate a breakaway system such as # 20099 you would just pull the pin out of the switch. With the pin removed the metal contacts inside can touch completing the circuit and supply 12 volt power from the breakaway battery to the trailer brakes. It will not release the brakes until the pin is reinserted or the battery dies. I do not recommend this as a method of theft prevention or to keep the trailer from rolling. What I do recommend is a lock such as # RA-25. The trailer wheel cannot...
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  • Brake Controller and BreakAway Kit Installation in 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • To add an electric brake controller, such as the reliable and popular Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195, to your 2002 Tacoma you will need an # ETBC7 installation kit. This kit includes the 7-way socket that will convert your existing 4-pole and it includes all the required wiring, circuit breakers, connectors and even a tester to help you identify the correct wires on the vehicle. I have linked both two helpful articles and a video to show you the installation process. For a breakaway...
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  • Does Replacing Brake Controller On 2002 Toyota Tacoma Require Re-Wiring
  • If you installed the wiring harness, part # TM75127, or the part # 20127, on your 2002 Toyota Tacoma at the time you installed the brake controller, you can simply unplug your old controller and install the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, part # 90885. The harness allows you to use TrailerMate, Draw-Tite, or Tekonsha brake controllers and allows you to unplug them easily without all the hassle of re-wiring everything. If you did not use a harness when you installed your Voyager,...
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  • Is a Spacer Kit Required to Install Firestone Air Bags on a 2002 Toyota Tacoma SR5 TRD
  • The fact that your 2002 Toyota Tacoma has the TRD package means that it will need the spacer kit, # F2366, if it is a 4-wheel drive model. And I am fairly certain that SR5 TRD models are 4-wheel drive. But if yours is not a 4x4 then you would not need the spacer kit, just the air bags # F2304. You might also want to consider an on-board compressor which will allow you to add/remove air from the comfort of the cab of the truck. You will not have to get out and add air, check pressure,...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for a 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • First off, you will need to make sure that your hitch is rated for use with weight distribution. Some of the hitches for your 2002 Toyota Tacoma cannot be used with a WD system. IF you need a hitch that can be used with a WD system, I recommend the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87579. I have included a link to the installation instructions below. For a weight distribution system, I recommend the Reese Round Bar Strait-Line Hitch with Shank, # 66086. This system has a tongue weight capacity...
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  • Fit of MaxxTow # MT70423 Ladder Rack on 2002 Tacoma SR5 w/ Factory Bed Liner On Bed Side Rails
  • The ladder rack clamps to the underside of the bed side rail, (see video), so if the bed liner interferes with that then you'll need to cut some holes to allow the clamp to be installed. If you view the video I've linked for you, you can better see what I'm talking about.
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  • How to Determine the Right Replacement Exhaust Tip for a 2002 Toyota Tacoma 2.4 Liter
  • We have numerous exhaust tips, see link, that could potentially fit your 2002 Toyota Tacoma with the 2.4 liter motor. All you will need to know is the outer diameter of the stock exhaust pipe. I tried to find this information online but came up with a lot of aftermarket parts that may be different than the OEM tail pipe. The most common sizes are 2-1/4 inch and 2-1/2 inch but I do recommend measuring to ensure you get the right size.
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  • Replacement Breakaway Plug/Key for SMI Stay and Play Duo # SM99251
  • Great news! I was able to go out to the warehouse and look at the SMI Stay and Play Duo # SM99251 to compare the breakaway plugs. I found that they are exactly the same plug/key, so the # SM99905 you were looking at will work for both the Air Force One # SM99243 and your Stay and Play Duo # SM99251. It's always better to have a replacement ready and on hand just in case. I have linked all the above mentioned parts to this page for your purchasing convenience.
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  • Front Mount Trailer hitch for a 2002 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Double Cab
  • Yes the Curt front mount trailer hitch # C31013 will fit your 2002 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Double Cab. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view.
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