I regret purchasing the Meso Customs 4-Port Overhead Panel for my 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma. I knew that it required heavy modification to the overhead unit. What I didn’t know is that unlike the 2-port and 3-port versions, the 4-PORT VERSION DOES NOT HAVE ANY WAY TO MOUNT IT! That’s right—no mounting tabs, no mounting clips, no mounting holes. Nothing. Even worse, I only realized this after I had already modified my overhead unit past the point of no return.
Fortunately, I managed to hack together my own mount to this incomplete product and get it installed. Watch my YouTube video for a review and full installation, or skip below for a quick pictorial on the install.
What was Meso Customs thinking when they decided to sell their customers a 4-port overhead panel that has absolutely no way to mount it? Shame on you, Meso Customs!
I have not been able to find any review or installation of the 4-port version, so I decided to create these installation instructions for all the poor Meso Customs customers who got screwed by buying a 4-port (and possibly the 6-port) overhead panel.
- Trim remove tool (or flathead screwdriver)
- Blue painters tape
- Hacksaw (“compact” or “close quarter” version with the blade sticking partially out of one end)
- Metal file
Prep the Overhead Unit
- First, remove your factory panel. here are clips on the top and tabs on the bottom. Insert your trim removal tool or flathead screwdriver into the top to release the clips, then tilt it forward to remove the panel.
If you have any buttons that prevent tilting, you can remove the buttons through the back. There is a clip on the top and bottom of the button. Inserting a screwdriver through the back of the overhead unit to release the clips, then push the button through the front.
- Apply blue painters’ tape to the edge of top and bottom edge of the opening to prevent scratching the overhead unit.
- Using a compact hacksaw or Dremel (hacksaw is recommended for better control), do the following:
- Cut the bridge located in the middle of the factory opening.
- Trim the lip on the left side of the opening.
- Cut the wall on the right side of the factory opening.
- Cut out the panel on the far right, or use pliers to pry out the panel.
- Cut the large opening in the back. Note that you will need to cut around the large cross that was under the panel on the opposite side.
- Finally, drill the slots for the zip tie. Use a small drill bit to drill 3 holes side-by-side, then tilt the drill remove the material between the holes. To find the proper location for the slots, insert the 4-port from the front, then drill into the overhead unit about half an inch from the edge along the line between the middle two button holes.
Create a Shelf
- Insert the shelf on the right with the smooth surface against the overhead unit and the small lip facing toward the 4-port, then insert the 4-port and position the shelf so the 4-port lines evenly with the face of the overhead unit.
- Remove the 4-port and glue the shelf in position using cyanoacrylate (a.k.a, “superglue”).