Xenon Depot LED Headlight Install

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Xenon Depot 4Runner LED Headlights (Low and High Beams)

Xenon Depot 4Runner LED Headlights (Low and High Beams)

Xenon Depot 4Runner LED Headlights (Low and High Beams)  Complete Step by Step Installation Guide, Review, and Overview

The Xenon Depot 4Runner LED headlights are bad ass! After writing our initial thoughts and overview on the Xenon Depot headlights, we were anxious to get them installed. After driving around for a few days in the dark with these aftermarket headlights, we were thoroughly impressed.

Other brands of headlights?

We recently installed another set of LED headlights, and they worked but the Xenon Depot low beams (H11) and high beams (9005) are on another level of quality. When you are looking to buy an aftermarket set of headlights, you should seriously consider the XD brand.

HID Headlights Vs. LED Headlights

We have not jumped on the HID bulbs yet. We will get there soon. If you want the brightest light possible on your 4Runner, though, you want to go with an HID bulb over the LED bulbs.

The only problem you will find with HID headlights is that your low beams may have oncoming traffic into thinking they are high beams, and then you will get flashed with oncoming lights. One way to solve this problem is by tilting your headlights down a bit.

LEDs are a good option for someone looking for a better light and better color. The HID headlights are for someone who wants/ needs the brightest light possible, also with a better color.

XD LED Xtreme Pro Headlights  – The Best?

I really do think that these are the best option for our headlights in general. The XD low beams and high beams are better than anything you will buy on Amazon or eBay. They are a bit more pricey, but you get what you pay for. The XD LEDs are basically the Goldilocks of low beams and high beams.

These lights will kick out better light output, better color and a better beam pattern than many brands on Amazon and eBay. But, not as much power and brightness as some HID kits/ bulbs (especially the Xenon Depot brand).

While the HID headlights might be a little too bright, too bright they need to be adjusted, this leads me to point out the obvious. How are these lights not the perfect option?

The XD LEDs are right in the middle of more light output, better color, and a better beam pattern. To me, that sounds like the perfect option.

Where can you buy these headlights?

Driving with the XD (Xenon Depot) lights Vs. Amazon headlights

Yeah, big difference!

  • Beam Pattern: The other low beam (H11 Bulb) headlights had an incredibly odd beam pattern. It was like they had a shotgun technique and just shotgunned light all over the road. The XD lights had more of a sniper rifle approach. The XD beam pattern was incredibly precise, targeted and very smooth. The beam pattern is exactly horizontal across whatever terrain you are on. It is actually pretty impressive coming from the other headlights.
  • Color: The color of these headlights compared the other Amazon brand of headlights was much more crystal white as opposed to the blue. And, the company marketed the lights as “pure white” but the XD lights are actually “pure white”.
  • Brighter/Power: Most importantly, these headlights are BRIGHTER than the other headlights. The beam pattern is better at covering a larger area in a more consistent fashion, so they feel brighter and more powerful than the Amazon brand. This is the headlight that you install, drive for a few days and then say “yeah, I am so glad I bought these”.

Step #1A: Remove Dust Cap

Low Beam (H11 Bulb) Install - Step #1: Remove Dust Cap

Step #1B: Remove Battery Optional (Driver)

Low Beam (H11 Bulb) Install - Step #1B: Remove Battery Optional (Driver)

Step #2: Remove Bulb

Low Beam (H11 Bulb) Install - Step #2: Remove Bulb

Step #3: Save your Stock Bulbs!

Low Beam (H11 Bulb) Install - Step #3: Save your Stock Bulbs!

Step #4: Prepare Dust Cap  1″ Hole

Low Beam (H11 Bulb) Install - Step #4: Prepare for Drilling 1" Hole

Step #5: Drill Hole in Dust Cap

Low Beam (H11 Bulb) Install - Step #5: Drill Hole in Dust Cap

Step #6: Clean Dust Cap & Feed LED

Low Beam (H11 Bulb) Install - Step #6: Clean Dust Cap & Feed LED

Step #7: Fitting LED Wires

Low Beam (H11 Bulb) Install - Step #7: Fitting LED Wires

Step #8: Connect LED Driver to OEM Harness

Low Beam (H11 Bulb) Install - Step #8: Connect LED Driver to OEM Harness

Step #9: Connect LED Bulb to LED Driver Harness

Low Beam (H11 Bulb) Install - Step #9: Connect LED Bulb to LED Driver Harness

Step #10: Test your LED Light

Low Beam (H11 Bulb) Install - Step #10: Test your LED Light

Step #11A: Note Position of Tabs

Low Beam (H11 Bulb) Install - Step #11: Note Position of Tabs

Step #11B: Plug in your LED Lights

Low Beam (H11 Bulb) Install - Step #11: Plug in your LED Lights

Step #12A: Plug In Everything/ Screw on Dust Cap

Low Beam (H11 Bulb) Install - Step #12: Plug In Everything/ Screw on Dust Cap

Step #12B: Plug In Everything/ Screw on Dust Cap

Low Beam (H11 Bulb) Install - Step #12B: Plug In Everything/ Screw on Dust Cap

Step #13: Zip-Tire Outside Wires

Low Beam (H11 Bulb) Install - Step #13: Zip-Tire Outside Wires 

High Beam Step #1: Remove Bulb

High Beam (9005 Bulb) Install - Step #1: Remove Bulb

High Beam Step #2: Unscrew and Pop Bulb Out

High Beam (9005 Bulb) Install - Step #2: Unscrew and Pop Bulb Out

High Beam Step #3: Screw in Bulb

High Beam (9005 Bulb) Install - Step #3: Screw in Bulb

High Beam Step #4: Fit Fanless LED Bulb

High Beam (9005 Bulb) Install - Step #4: Fit Fanless LED Bulb

High Beam & Low Beam – Optional: Rotate Bulb

High Beam (9005 Bulb) Install - Optional: Rotate Bulb

High Beam – Stock Halogens

4Runner Halogen Headlights High Beams

High Beam – Xenon Depot LED Pro Xtreme

High Beam - Xenon Depot LED Pro Xtreme

Low Beam – Stock Halogens

4Runner Halogen Headlights Low Beams

Low Beam – Xenon Depot LED Pro Xtreme

Low Beam - Xenon Depot LED Pro Xtreme

We have Two 4Runners – Stock Low Beams Vs. LED Pro’s Back to Back

Xeonon Depot Low Beam Headlights and Halogen Headlights

Stock 4Runner Halogen Headlights – High Beams

Stock 4Runner Halogen Headlights

Xenon Depot High Beam Headlights – High Beams

Xenon Depot High Beam Headlights - High Beams

Xenon Depot Headlights Posted Under the Stars

Xenon Depot 4Runner LED Headlights (Low and High Beams)

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  • Jay
    Reply

    Slapped these guys on today and it was an easy install but I don’t like the rats nest of wires left over. You go from one clean wire to the bulb to 4 or 5 long wires and accoutrement! For now I have them zipptied and as much out of the way as I could think of but I’m worried about the life of the wires hanging and rubbing on crap. I guess I could just cover them in tones of electrical tape?

    • Brenan - Trail4R
      Reply

      Jay,
      Yeah, you can always grab some wiring loom or wiring wrap to clean things up. I was thinking the same thing after the install. I bought some of this wiring wrap to clean the wires up. I have not seen any wiring loom that would be large enough to cover all of the wires.

  • Gregory
    Reply

    As I get older, I find it more difficult to see at night while driving my 4Runner with its original headlight setup. Compared to my wife’s BMW, the white output makes driving more comfortable as I’m not straining to see the next bend in the road.
    Question: Are the Xenon Depot LED truly the way to go? Do you feel the light output (distance) is the same or better? I don’t think I want to go the route of HID headlights because the output might be too much for oncoming cars. Any other options would be appreciated. Thanks GS

    • Brenan - Trail4R
      Reply

      Gregory,
      These lights are a great option for sure. Are they truly the way to go? I think so. The distance and the light output is much better than the stock halogens. You will have a much better time on the road with visibility. Also, we just installed 4Runner LED fog lights in my girls 4Runner a few days ago. These new LED fog lights help SO MUCH when running the low beams and fog lights together (basically, normal lighting). She has the stock halogen light bulbs with the new LED fog lights and it was an outstanding difference. We were driving on a two-lane road, pitch black in the middle of nowhere last night to visit family. We were both seriously impressed. The LED fog lights almost wash out the yellow/orange hue from the stock halogen bulbs. I was really impressed. For Headlights, the Xenon Depots are probably the highest quality you will find. I would say grab a set of the Xenon Depot LED low beams/ high beams and the LED fog light bulb as well. This will make for the perfect front-end lighting solution.
      Cheers!

      • Gregory
        Reply

        A bit confused.

        Should I be installing a canbus for the high beams? I contacted Xenon directly and their reply is quoted below.

        “You’ll want to get the canbus for the high beams to ensure your DRL work without flickering. Now this will cause the DRL to be on at full brightness since the LED bulbs can’t dim.”

        Did you run into this issue and did you install a canbus?

        Thanks!

        • Brenan - Trail4R
          Reply

          Greg,
          You don’t “NEED” the canbus. If you do not want your DRLs to flicker, then get the Canbus. The 4Runner uses a pulsing signal in DRL (Daytime Running Lights) which ends up providing a lower average voltage to the 9005 high beam bulb; this is how the stock halogen 9005 bulb dims in DRL mode. LEDs have instant-on/off functionality so when installing an LED bulb with a pulsing signal it will end up flickering extremely fast (literally milliseconds). The Canbus module takes the pulsing signal coming from the car in DRL mode and modulates it so that the LED driver sees a stable 12V all the time. In short, without the canbus module the leds will flicker in DRL mode. With it, they won’t, but the light will be on at full intensity (it won’t dim like halogen).
          Hope this helps!

  • Shaf
    Reply

    I just received both the Low and High beam LEDs. They also sent to boxes of 9006 which has something called “anti flicker module” I am confused what to do with that. Your instructions do not illustrate it. The instructions that came with both the H11 and the 9005 LED bulbs have this module. If I am supposed to use it in conjunction with the bulbs then UI need two more, right? I am confused. Also, you did not mention what numbers to alight the bulb to. Do the bulbs need to be top and bottom or left and right?

    • Brenan - Trail4R
      Reply

      Shaf,
      Your lights should be at 9 and 3oclock (left and right). Both lights come pretty close to 9 and 3 after you plug them in. For the high beam (9005), plug them in and see where they are sitting inside. If they are not sitting at 9 and 3, rotate the dial until you reach 9 and 3. I am not sure about the exact degree on the dial. For the low beam (H11), you want to play around with them and adjust according to your beam pattern on the wall. If you are not happy with the beam pattern on a wall (testing from about 10+ feet out), then adjust the dial accordingly. I will see if I can get the exact dial setting information for you. You do not need the anti flicker module. The instructions have this in there, but you do not need the flicker module for completing this install.

  • Tom
    Reply

    You’re photos made this install such a breeze. I did try rotating the bulbs but the output was worse than leaving it at the factory 0. I might double back and silicone in place the rubber grommet but then again, I might not. Thanks for the post!

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