1st gen runner window issues

Discussion in '79-95 Toyota Truck Tech' started by Radd Cruisers, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Back window would not roll down, spent most of the day reading up and trouble shooting the system. Once you understand all the safety switches and wire routing it all becomes clear.


    Lots of good articles, in the end it was the PO pushing two connectors together loosely was all???:mad::mad:.


    All works well not, I was even looking at 12volt guys wiring setup to eliminate all the factory relays and switches.

    No need, it works well not...:beer::beer:


    Rob
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  2. Couple pics of the rig and the Bj42 I had to sell to build this truck....
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  3. 2ndGenToyotaFan

    2ndGenToyotaFan Ice-Bound Moderator

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    It's complicated....
    I've started using 1st gen power antenna switches to bypass all the window BS... They are double pole double throw, but have two connectors tied together, so you have to think a little before wiring it. The only downside is that you can't roll the window down from the tailgate.... but it's a much simpler system that way.... Nice looking Runner!! :cheers:
  4. pappy

    pappy photosynthesizing Moderator

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    I can't roll down my window from the tailgate now. Still need to figure that out.
  5. 2ndGenToyotaFan

    2ndGenToyotaFan Ice-Bound Moderator

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    It's complicated....
    The wires going into the tailgate switch have a habit of breaking, I've had to fix/replace a few.... But then again, there are separate relays for the different switches, so if could be a relay problem... GOOD LUCK! :flipoff2:
  6. Really good article on how to change out the relays on the toyota board, soldier in 9.95 aftermarket relay from Radio Shack...

    Really good information here..

    4Runner Rear Window Cheap Tricks


    Rob
  7. 80t0ylc

    80t0ylc Hill & Gully Rider SILVER Star

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    Not to hi-jack thread, but this is one of the things I appreciate about my 80 series: the rear hatch & tailgate. Does any year 4runner have hatch & gate? Electric windows in the doors are bad enough, but the rear gets so much more water, dust and grime. Just seems like the hatch & gate is a better design. -02 :hillbilly:
  8. KLF

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    Nope, none of them have the Cruiser-style fixed glass in a lift gate and drop-down tailgate. In '96 they changed to a full lift gate, but I think the window still rolls down into the gate. I hate liftgates, we have one on the Highlander and it's a PITA in the garage.
  9. 80t0ylc

    80t0ylc Hill & Gully Rider SILVER Star

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    I hear ya. Full lift-gates are touted for giving protection from the weather - :lol:. The only time they're any protection from rain is if the wind's not blowing and it's barely sprinkling. That is rare - at least around here. Oh, they do give shade - maybe around noon, but not much besides that. Never cared much for 'em. Even for hauling family stuff on trips, if you're packed to the gills and you open it up, stuff falls out. Might be nice for a cargo hauler. They open quick and give good access, but otherwise I don't think they're an advantage.
  10. KLF

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    I've cooked many meals on the tailgate of 4Runners and my FJ62. So handy to have that table space when you're working or packing.

    The other thing I hate about liftgates is how people think they need to SLAM them down. Kind of a pet peeve with me. My wife still does it, even though I've told her she doesn't need to. On the Highlander, I can lower it down till about 12" from closing, and just let go, it will close and latch just fine.
  11. cruiser88

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    :p You can slow them down so they dont slam

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