Baja Designs – Squadron Options

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Baja Designs for Fog Lights and Squadron Options

Fog Lights 5th Gen 4Runner Squadron-R Pros

Overview of Off-Road Fog Light Options for the 5th Generation 4Runner

The Baja Designs (BD) Squadron-R Pros might be the best fog light set-up for the 5th Gen 4Runner.

There are other options like the H16 bulb but in my personal opinion, the BD Squadrons (Sports or Pros) smokes them all. But, it all depends on how much money you want to spend on a pair of lights and how bright you want your lights to be on-road/off-road.

The two most popular off-road light options for fog lights are the Rigid Industries D-Series and the BD Squadrons.

The BD Pros are the most expensive but you can still grab a pair of BD Sports for about half the price.

While the Squadrons are top of the line price, the Rigid Industries D-Series are still pretty pricey and about the same cost as the BD Sports.

Best Options for Fog Lights?

Fog Lights 5th Gen 4Runner Squadron-R Pros

  • BD Squadron-R Sport: The sports are the lower-end model of Baja Designs but still pack a quality punch. Coming in at 1900 lumens, they will shine up to 300 feet with a wide diameter and give will you plenty of visibility at night.
  • BD Squadron-R Pros: The pros are the top-end fog lights from Baja Designs. The Squadron-R Pros pack 4900 lumens and will shine up to 500 feet with an even wider diameter than the Squadron-R Sports. These are the true off-road fog lights.
  • Rigid Industries D-Series: DOT/SAE (Department of Transportation/Society of Automotive Engineers) Approved. These lights are ok to run at all times (on-road and off-road) while the Squadron-R Pros and the Squadron-R Sports are not. The Squadrons are bright and typically run on UTVs (Utility Vehicles). The Rigid Industries D-Series is a good all-around light. The most common model installed is the Rigid Industries Dually D2 Driving LED Light (Product #50231). This packs an unbreakable polycarbonate lens, a 50,000-hour lifespan, 6 LEDs per lamp, and 28 watts.
  • Philips H16 Bulb: If you are looking to go with an LED bulb in your factory housing, you just need an H16 bulb. We used the Philips H16 bulb but there are plenty of options out there.

Which Fog Lights are best for you?

4Runner Squadron Fog Lights - Mounting Bracket

It’s easy. If you want to run the most conservative aftermarket fog light, run with the H16 bulb.

If you want to go to the next level, I would go with BD Sports.

And, if you want to flush the trail with white lights, go with the BD Pros. The Pros are about the best light output you will get with aftermarket fog lights. But, it is important to note that you will blind some people on the road and you might get some middle fingers.

Exactly What Lights to Buy?

The only thing I don’t like about the Rigid Industries Dually D2s is that they do not have the flush bezel like the BDs have.

If you go with the Rigid Industries Dually D2s, you will have a gap in between your fog plastics and the actual lights.

This is one of the main reasons we bought the Squadrons.

Bright White Fog Lights

There are resources like Xenon Depot and The Retrofit Source that sell fog lights.

These resources are more or less for general brighter fog lights. And, they are great resources. But, if you want to go with a brighter light, one that is made for off-road trails at night, you will want to go with a different brand.

These two brands, as we have mentioned above are Baja Designs and Rigid Industries. These are not the only brands that make off-road lights, but probably the two highest-quality brands.

Amber Fog Lights

Amber fog lights are amazing for night vision on a trail. Amber lights are incredibly soft on the eyes and will add superior performance to your off-road and off-road night experience.

Also, amber fog lights are great for all-weather situations. Amber fog lights will cut through the fog, rain, snow and other distracting road conditions all while giving you much better and much more clear vision. Amber lights are also an incredibly common install in the fog housing.

The only reason why we did not go with amber fog lights is that we have a 30″ Baja Designs amber lightbar going in our grill once we install the C4 Fab front bumper.

So, we wanted to run some combo/driving white lights on the sides.

Amber Fog Light Filters

If you are running bright white LEDs on your 4Runner, you may want to look into amber filters. Amber fog light filters are small sticky sheets that stick onto your fog lights that throw off an amber hue. Amber fog filters are an interesting topic. Some people love them, some people hate them.

We will let you be the judge. I personally don’t see anything wrong with them. If you are heading out on a trail and you know you are going to hit heavy night sections where visibility is poor, why not throw some on.

The amber fog light filters are super affordable and they get the job done. The only downside is serious weather conditions can cause peeling on the amber filters. But, for the most part, these filters are incredibly strong.

Blackout Infrared Light

  • Baja Design Squadron-R Pro 850nm IR LED

Check This Video out on YouTube – These are just different lights altogether and really not meant for Fog Lights but they are pretty amazing.

What Fog Light should you buy?

With all of the options out there, it is hard to decide on any one light. Hopefully, this article brings a little light to the world and helps you get a little bit closer to exactly what fog light you should buy. In any case, cheers my friends.

Baja Squadron-R Pros with Xenon Depot Low Beam HIDs

BD Squadron-R Pros (fog lights) 4Runner

Did we miss anything? If you think we are leaving something out or would like to add a suggestion for the page, please leave a comment below.

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  • Sean P
    Reply

    Is there a kit for the 4R Limited Fogs?

    • Brenan - Trail4R
      Reply

      Sean,
      That is a really good question. Let me look into this and I will update this comment and then send you a personal email as well. Shoot us an email with your 4Runner year and maybe a few images. With this, I can find out what options you have for the Limited 4Runner Fog Lights.

  • Shaf
    Reply

    Brenan,

    I am interested in installing the BajaPros on my 2017 T4R SR5. Is there an installation that fits into the OEM reflectors? On the Baja website they have two models but do not explain the difference. This website offers a few different Squadron Pros. They are pretty confusing. I really just want a proper fit and as Sean mentioned a kit that would replace and use existing fog light controls. Thanks.

    • Brenan - Trail4R
      Reply

      Shaf,
      If you are looking to swap out the fog light assembly with the Baja Design Lights, take a look at this post. That has all the information you need to swap out your factory fog housing with Baja Squadron housing. It is a straight swap. The process is pretty simple.

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