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    Default Map Light Mod

    I am trying to do the map light mod on my Tundra, but I can't seem to get the lenses off to get to the reflector. I don't want to be to aggressive in trying to pry off the lenses for fear of breaking them off. What is the easiest way to taking them off.

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    Default Re: Map Light Mod

    I used a thin screwdriver, and found the pivot point, and popped it out. It has to bend a bit, to pop out. I'd recommend doing it when(where) it's warmer ,less chance for breakage.

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    Default Re: Map Light Mod

    Near where the "pivot" or hinge piece of the cover is, is the safest place. To be extra cautious just put some electrical tape over the end of your flat screwdriver and pop it off. From there, use a sharp knife to cut the plastic tabs holding the metal piece on and reassemble. By far the easiest modification I've done with my truck. One of the most useful too.
    Is something supposed to be here?

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    Default Re: Map Light Mod

    Will this mod work on an 06 DC?

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    Good Question Microxot..
    I removed my dome light cover, the large one in the center of the cab in my 06..
    I did not find anything to remove from inside the plastic cover when I removed it..
    It seemed to be one complete piece of plastic, with plastic dimples on the inside of the cover..
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    Default Re: Map Light Mod

    What is the map light mod and what is the improvement?

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    Default Re: Map Light Mod

    Smooth04..
    There is supposed to be a coating inside the dome light cover..
    Once it is removed, from the inside of the cover, you gain more light..
    The dome light cover, on my 06 D/C, seemed to be one solid molded piece of plastic..
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    Default Re: Map Light Mod

    Their seems to be an misunderstanding here. I am talking about the map lights, which are the ones in front of the cab near the rear view mirror not the dome light located in the middle of the cab. The dome light does not have a reflector piece on the inside.


    The map light mod is taking out the map light lenses and removing the small reflecter inside. By removing the reflector it dramatically increases the light coming out.

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    I removed the reflectors in my 05 DC, but put them back in because it dispersed the light to much I thought. They didn't seem as bright with the reflectors out.
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    Default Re: Map Light Mod

    T100driver..
    jkib..
    Thanks for the clarifiction on the map light mod..
    I will give it a try and advise..
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    Default Re: Map Light Mod

    An old thread of like almost 7 years ago, but I just did this now.

    Unscrewed the 2 screws behind the drop down overhead sunglasses door where the map lights are. Pull the entire unit down towards the windshield as there are 2-3 slide in clips that hold the top of the unit in place, then on the inside, pop the clip that allows the map light lens to drop down a bit and pop the lens out.

    Pry off the metal reflectors, reinstall and good to go.

    Now, it is still daylight out so I have no idea how much brighter the light output really is, but based on looking at the light before and then looking at it after the metal reflector is gone, the light is a LOT brighter. I'll report back tonight when I see how much brighter it actually is.

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    I just went outside to see how much brighter the light is when I open the door(s) and yes, it is MUCH brighter, totally worth the 5 minutes to do the free-mod.

    When I got in and hit the map-lights, it was even brighter.

    I remember back when I had first joined, I had read about this mod but could never be bothered with doing it. I have had plenty of time lately to do all these mods and they have all been making me very happy. Thanks to the pioneers of all these mods.
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    Default Re: Map Light Mod

    Not sure I understand why a light would be brighter WITHOUT a reflector in back of it--what am I missing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gglplex View Post
    Not sure I understand why a light would be brighter WITHOUT a reflector in back of it--what am I missing?
    There is a metal shield with a hole in it where the clear part is on the round part of the map-light lens. Toyota did this to try and concentrate all the light onto a very small part of the drivers/passengers lap. It sucks. It is so dim, as you may well know, that when I took the entire, I think it would/should be called a light baffle if anything, "reflector" off, all the light from the bulb shines the light down inside the truck/our laps.

    Map's are so 1980's/1990's what with GPS and all. I sure as heck don't care about worrying about being blinded from someone turning on the light to see anything because if we/I want light, LET THERE BE LIGHT!

    In other words, the "reflector" sits between the bulb and the lens, it is very weird but once the "reflector" is gone, it is so much brighter. I'm loving it, especially for when getting in and getting out of the truck.

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    Default Re: Map Light Mod

    It's actually more of a lens cover than a reflector, considering it blocks out light instead of reflecting it. Also, you're doing too much to take the lenses out. Wedge a little screwdriver between the clear plastic and overhead console plastic to get to the 3 tabs and just pop those suckers out. If you wedge a screwdriver in there, you'll see what I'm talking about.
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