5th Gen Mods, Fog Lights, Install, Lighting, Off-Road

Baja Design Squadron Sport Fog Lights

Updated 9/28/20 / Read Time: 7 mins

Baja Design Squadron Fog Light install 5th Gen 4Runner

Baja Design Squadron Sports Fog Light Step by Step Installation

The Squadron Sports are a good option when it comes to upgrading the fog lights. There are other options, such as Xenon Depot, The Retrofit Source, Rigid Industries and a few others but for the price and quality you get from the Baja Squadrons, you can’t go wrong.

These are specifically designed for off-road use. These lights are incredibly powerful and will not let you down under any condition. If you are looking for a more affordable, yet powerful LED bulb, check out the H16 bulbs.

So I decided to up my game in the lighting department. The Baja Designs (BD) Squadrons I used in this install were the Squadron Sports. They come in black and white face options and come with the choice of amber lighting ($119-$129).

These are not the Squadron-R Pro model of squadrons ($219-$400+). Both BD squadrons fit although the BD Squadron-R Pros are the ones with the round bezel and look much better in the 5th Gen fog assembly.

Baja Design Squadron Options

Baja Squadrons All Have Black/ White Face Options, Flush Mount Options, with Amber Light Options as well. They also come with multiple pattern options; including Driving/ Combo, Wide Cornering, Spot, and Flood. 

  • Squadron Pro/Sport
  • Squadron-R Pro/Sport

Find Them Online: 

  • Recommended 4Runner LED Bulb Swap (H16) – Check Price
  • Squadron Sport (1,800 Lumens at 20 watts)
  • Squadron-R Sport (1,800 Lumens at 20 watts) – Check Price
  • Squadron Pro (4,900 Lumens at 40 watts)
  • Squadron-R Pro (4,900 Lumens at 40 watts) – Check Price
  • Squadron-R Pro AMBER (4,300 Lumens at 40 watts) – Check Price

Optional Alternative (Diode Dynamics SS3s):

These new Diode Dynamics are about 50% less than the Baja Squadrons and are SAE (Street Legal) safe.

Squadron Sport vs Squadron Pro

Both the BD sports and the BD Pros are great for fog lights. With 1800 Lumens, the Squadron Sports should be plenty of light. The 4900 Lumen Squadron Pros will push out much more light, giving you a safer/ wider view in the dark.

Squadron Sports reach about 300 feet out and the Squadron Pros reach about 500 feet out.

BD Squadrons or LED Bulb Upgrade?

If you want an aftermarket fog light and don’t want to spend the money on the BD squadrons, grab a single LED bulb.

The install process is a little easier, the light output is still great and you won’t have to worry about blinding oncoming traffic on the road.

The link below is a good option for a single LED bulb.

Light Patterns Offered by Baja Designs

  • Driving/Combo: This is probably the most common option for light patterns in LED lights for vehicles like the 4Runner. The Driving/Combo pattern gives you maximum coverage and is equipped with wide cornering lights and spot lights. The combination of these two provides you with a smooth blend of light for both near field applications and distance.
  • Wide Cornering: BD was the first to develop a pattern specifically for cornering, dust and/or fog conditions. The Wide Driving pattern offers a 42° flattened horizontal beam for the ultimate in comfort lighting.
  • Spot: A longer and narrower 9° beam focus for illumination further down the trail or road. The Spot pattern is designed to be used in conjunction with additional wide driving and driving/combo lights.
  • Flood: Excellent work light or “scene light” with an extremely smooth 60° circle that projects about 60 ft). This pattern is not suitable for driving.

I tried my best to find write-ups and videos all over the internet for the Squadron Sport LED Lights and did not find anything that helped me with this install.

I will do my best to make my own write up in hopes that someone can benefit from my experiences. This is a relatively easy install and can be done with one person.

If you have any questions on this install, please leave your comments below.

Baja Designs Squadron Fog Light Install

Step #1: Tools

Tools for Baja Design Squadron Fog Lights

Get all your equipment, everything you see in this photo is what I used to install the Baja Squadron Sport LED Lights.

  • Flashlight, (I used one of the pods from my ReadyLight)
  • Hex key set
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • 10mm Socket and Ratchet
  • Baja Design Kit (Compatible with Squadron Sport or Squadron-R Pro)
  • Squadron Options (Squadron Sport or Squadron-R Pro)

Step #2: Removing Driver Side Fog Light

Step #2: Removing Driver Side Fog Light

To remove the driver side stock fog light you don’t need to do much. Just lay underneath the driver side front bumper and use your flashlight to illuminate the area where the stock fog light sits.

After locating the fog light, you will need to remove two (2) philips head screws that are located to the left of the fog light. This area is a bit tight to fight a camera though so I did my best to capture a photo of the location of the screws. You will only need to remove these two screws.

Step #3: Disconnect Wiring Harness

Step #3: Disconnect 4Runner Fog Light Wiring Harness

Once the fog light is removed, disconnect the wiring harness. This process is easy and no need to cut or use a new harness to install the Baja Squadron Sport LED Lights.

Step #4: Wiring the Lights

Step #4: Wiring The Baja Squadron Sport LED Lights

Wiring the Baja Squadron Sport LED Lights is pretty easy once you’ve figured out where everything goes, the main key is to remember black is always negative and make sure it stays that way throughout this install.

The good thing about the wire harness that Baja gives you is that it’s a direct fit to the stock harness.

As you can see, it fits perfectly. Just make sure you match the black wire on the stock Toyota 4Runner harness to the black wire on the BD Harness.

Baja Squadron Sport LED Light harness

Next, connect the adaptor to the Baja Squadron Lights first before connecting the Squads to the 4runner harness.

connect the adaptor to the Baja Squadron Lights

Step #5: Mounting Light Brackets

Step #5: Mounting Baja Squadron Light Brackets

The diagram on the Baja Squadron Lights Installation guide doesn’t really explain much. Here are some actual photos of the mounting brackets to help you get a visual of how they are supposed to be installed. These Baja Squadron Light Brackets are off the driver side.

Step #6: Installing the Lights

Step #6: Installing the Baja Squadron Sport LED LightsStep #6: Installing the Baja Squadron Sport LED Lights

After you get your Baja Squadron Mounting Brackets on, you can start guiding the Squadron under the bumper and into the fog light slot.

If your vehicle is lifted it can be a bit of a hassle to get the fog light to stay in place while you install the two(2) Philips screws back on, but once you get one screw in, it gets easier.

Install Baja Squadron Wire Harness to the OEM Harness

Install Baja Squadron Wire Harness to the 4Runner Harness

At this point, you can install the Baja Squadron Sport LED Light wire harness to the stock 5th Gen 4Runner harness. Once you are done connecting the wire harnesses to the bracket you can go check your connections by turning on your headlights (low-beam) and switch your fog lights to see if your installation was successful.

ZipTie Baja Squadron Light Loose Wire

If your connections were successful and everything is working, turn your 4Runner off and take the keys out of the ignition. Jump back down below and tighten all your loose wiring up. You can use a zip-tie like I have to secure any access wires.

Passenger Side

Remove grill Bolt Access Fog Light

Moving on to the passenger side Fog Light. This one is a little different to get to. You will need to remove a 10mm bolt which is shown. Once that bolt is removed you can pull the splash guard downward towards the ground to gain better access to the passenger side fog light.

Removing Additional Splash Guard

Removing Additional Splash Guard

After pulling the splash guard out of the way you will notice that the passenger side fog light has an additional splashguard making it difficult to get to the two Philips screws. you will have to use a small flat head screwdriver to pry it out.

Passenger Side Fog Light 5th Gen 4unner

This by far was the hardest thing to do, though keep in mind you won’t be able to reinstall that splashguard once you install the Baja Squadrons because of the different style mounting brackets so don’t stress about damaging this splashguard, just make sure you install your wire harnesses on snug.

Install Light

Install Passenger Baja Squadron Sport LED Light

Remove the two Philips screws and install the passenger Baja Squadron Sport LED Light just as you did on the driver side.

Reconnect Passenger Light Harness

aReconnect Passenger Baja Squadron Light Harness

Reconnect the wiring harness like you did for the driver side of the 4Runner, and if you’d like you can add another zip tie to secure the access wiring.

Before & After

At this point, you are done

Go ahead and store your two stock lights and passenger side splash guard. Remember these are the Baja Squadron Sports without the rounded bezel.

You will get a nicer fit if you use Baja Squadron-R Pro LED Light, which is dedicated for this install. With this being said, they are a bit more expensive but well worth it, I’m sure in the end.

Overall I like the way the BD squadrons look on the 4Runner. Either route you go with the Baja Squadrons, whether its the Baja Squadron Sport or the Baja Squadron-R Pro, you will be stoked on this mod.

Hope this helps anyone out there trying to tackle this Fog Light install on their 5th Gen 4Runner!

Baja Design Squadron Sports

Baja Design Squadron Fog Light install 5th Gen 4Runner

YO! If you have any questions or general comments, drop them below. Let us know if we missed anything or what Fog Light Set-Up you went with and why.

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Jonathan Tong
Jonathan Tong
February 28, 2020 8:02 pm

Did anyone install theirs and then the DRL stopped working?

Wally V
Wally V
February 4, 2020 7:39 pm

Successful install! Thanks for being super detailed with your post!

December 9, 2018 9:28 pm

Thanks for the write up. It saved me a lot of time as I was initially using BD’s instructions and realized they aren’t good.

Eric L
Eric L
October 5, 2018 2:17 pm

That make a lot of sense. I imagine the bajas are constructed to withstand corrosion over time.

October 5, 2018 5:33 pm
Reply to  Eric L

Yeah being off road oriented I’m sure they will be fine tucked into the bumper.

Eric L
Eric L
October 5, 2018 1:06 am

Hey, I live up North with a lot of snow, ice and salt. Any reason the 4Runner has a splash guard only on one side? Just curious, install of my Bajas on the a 17 Limited end of this October. Just worried about that splashgurad thing since I won’t be reinstalling it. You’d thing they have one for and engineered reason….

Brenan - @Trail4R
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Brenan - @Trail4R
October 5, 2018 3:37 am
Reply to  Eric L

Eric, not quite sure about that splash guard. Mine has been off for at least a year now and no major problems that I know of. Someone else can chime on this one for sure if they know why our Japanese friends planed that guard.

Eric L
Eric L
October 5, 2018 11:00 am

Thanks Brenan. That reassures me a bit.

October 5, 2018 2:07 pm
Reply to  Eric L

If I’m not mistaken, look at the wheel well fender liners left to right. The pass side has a vent in it. So I would assume the splash guard on the light is just to keep water from splashing on the back of it.

May 24, 2018 2:26 am

Ill have to see if I can find the instructions but there was a 2″ x 2″ rubber foam square and the instructions said to cut into 4 pieces, and apply to the bracket tabs, then slide it into the bumper and bolt in. Must be a new thing, ill email baja on it

May 24, 2018 1:44 am

So using the BD instructions and this page I successfully installed mine but you never touched on the foam pieces that were included in the kit. Did yours come with it? Are they supposed to be mashed in between the tabs and the bumper or used to center the fog light in the mounting by forcing it outward? That padding is like an inch thick!

Brenan - @Trail4R
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Brenan - @Trail4R
May 24, 2018 2:23 am
Reply to  ERIC

Eric, I think that foam is just a support for shipping? I don’t remember using any foam for the install. Do you want to email me a shot?

May 4, 2018 2:41 am

No night shots?????????

Brenan - @Trail4R
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Brenan - @Trail4R
May 4, 2018 3:52 am
Reply to  ERIC

You can see the Pros in action here. Will update the post on the sports soon.

February 25, 2018 2:46 am

Cool write up. Did you have any guides to installing Pod lights + wiring? Extreme LED Stackerz

Brenan - @Trail4R
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Brenan - @Trail4R
February 26, 2018 12:06 am
Reply to  Ryan

Not yet! If you would like to submit a guide, we will totally hook you up for that guide/overview.

December 6, 2017 10:21 pm

Thank you for this. This helps out a lot. Baja Designs needs to put something like this in their instructions.

Brenan - @Trail4R
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Brenan - @Trail4R
December 7, 2017 1:01 am
Reply to  Bob

Yeah, they sure do. I think every company should have a step by step install process on their instructions. The only company that I know for sure that includes the step by step images is C4 Fabrication. That post is here (c4 Fab Rock Sliders Install) but we shot our own.

November 4, 2017 6:24 pm

Awesome site! Great info! Keep it up!

Brenan - @Trail4R
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November 4, 2017 6:37 pm
Reply to  Rod

Thanks, man! Appreciate it.

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