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    Question variable Speed Wiper Installation?

    Before I call the dealer:

    Is it possible to easily (and inexpensively) install variable speed windshield wipers on a 2005 Tocoma that did not come with them. My wife's regular cab 4X4 came with fancy floor mats and a sliding glass rear window, but no cruise control or variable speed wipers. Not good packaging on Toyota's part.

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    No cruise control! For crying out loud have they no mercy! LOL I use mine alot, it is the only way I can keep my speed down for the best MPG. Anyway, to answer your question. I imagine it has a "motor" for the wipers, may be able to just swipe one from the junkyard and put it in along with the control arm. Don't know though, never done it myself. I'm sure the stealer would be happy to do it for you at a highly inflated price!
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    That's a good question?

    Since the '05 Tacoma is supposed to be a "totally" new truck, I have to wonder if they used any components from the older Tacoma?! That said, I doubt the wiper motor will be your biggest issue, as I believe there's a relay attached to the motor, which actually cuts power to the motor momentarily, during intermittent wiper use. Not sure if an old relay will fit the wiper motor on the '05 or even if it's the same motor from the older Tacoma?!

    Your BIGGEST issue are gonna' come from installing the wiper arm on the sterring column and routing all the "wiring" required to make this happen. I also kinda' doubt there are many '05 Tacomas in the junk yards just yet either.

    It might "be" possible to retro-fit an older model Tacoma's intermittent wiper system, on your '05 regular cab, but I honestly do not know!
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    Just now glancing over the wiring schematic it looks like all you need is the WIPER SWITCH ASSY.
    The wiper motor is the same for a inter vehicle and a N/A vehicle
    You need part# 84652-04141.(05 Tacoma)
    All connectors should be plug and play from what I see in the diagram.
    The relay is built into the new wiper switch.
    ATTACHED is the PDF on how to change the switch.
    Enjoy
    please let us know if this works
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    Thanks for the very specific information. I'll check it out with my dealer's service department.

    Tom

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    Default Re: variable Speed Wiper Installation?

    Has anyone tried this? The non intermittent wipers are getting old.

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    Default Re: variable Speed Wiper Installation?

    I will 2nd that, Its a huge annoyance driving down the road and having to bump the wiper switch constantly. I sure would like to know if the swap is that easy myself.
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    Default Re: variable Speed Wiper Installation?

    No one tried the wiper thing huh?

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    Default Re: variable Speed Wiper Installation?

    I bought a kit with 3 time delay settings for less than $20 on the net. It requires soldering components on a small board & connecting a few wires. I did this over a year ago on my 05 tacoma & it works great. I also installed cruise, power door locks, lumbar & scan guage. Can you tell I might be an
    electrician?

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    Default Re: variable Speed Wiper Installation?

    It works guys. Special thanks to mustang67408.

    1. Disconnect negative side of battery so airbag doesn't deploy.

    2. Put key in so you can turn wheel. Remove two screws on either side of wheel (actually on the front of the column behind the wheel).

    3. Seperate top and bottom half of steering column cover. Be careful, don't crack it. It's a little easier if you remove both.

    4. Remove wiper control assembly. Look at your new one and you'll see the clip in the middle that is securing the old one. Slide a small flat head in behind the clip and it'll pop out.

    5. Using the small flat head, unhook both clips securing the two wiring plugs. Tug on the plug a bit, you'll see where it's hooked.

    Installation is the opposite of removal.

    It took about 20 minutes and now I've finally got an option that should have been on the thing in the first place.

    By the way, if the dealer tries to charge you retail of $145, check with the guy I thanked above. I haven't asked him about selling them, but he might. Town and Country Toyota in Charlotte (Blake) charged me $112 and it was worth every penny. Good luck.

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    Default Re: variable Speed Wiper Installation?

    You welcome.
    Glad to hear it does work.
    I kinda thought so.

    Pm me if interested in the switch. Price upon request
    I need your year of tacoma to make sure we look up the correct part,
    and your ZIP to figure shipping.

    $112 is a great price

    Wiper on!

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    Exclamation Re: variable Speed Wiper Installation?

    Just did the conversion on a 2006. Very easy! Also took twenty minutes. The part was $93.00 from :
    1st Toyota Parts . com
    Stupid that any vehicle would come without intermittent wipers today!

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    Default Re: variable Speed Wiper Installation?

    I am new to this forum, I have a 2007 2.7L 2wd that is 2 weeks old. The wiper switch change is a snap, works just like it was made with it from the factory!
    The only slightly tough part was separating the upper & lower covers without using tools to pry them apart.
    My dealer hosed me with his "special" price of $125. I had ordered it before I saw bavariaboy's post.

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    Please see my experience in this installation posted today. I didn't realize there was a thread on this already. My installation was pretty cheap and took less than twenty minutes, thanks to Victor Campari of Findlay Toyota in Nevada. He fixed me up with the parts at a good price, and all the information I needed. It went well. John B

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