LED Fog Light Install 5th Gen 4Runner

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UPDATE: Damn, these lights are impressive. We installed these fog lights in my girls 4Runner a few days ago. After driving around with them in the dark, we got to know them a little better. 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 headlights (low and high beam) with these 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 low beam bulbs. The wide light was much better, much brighter, and much whiter. The color is crystal white and the light output is much better than the factory light bulbs. We were both really impressed.

After talking about 5th Gen 4Runner headlights for the last couple weeks, we are still at it. This time, we are talking about the 5th Gen 4Runner fog lights, and specifically, an LED bulb. There are a handful of options when looking at light applications for the 5th Gen fog lights.

The first option that most 4Runner owners think of in the Off-Road world is aftermarket Off-Road lights. These fog lights are complete assemblies in where you remove the entire fog light assembly and swap in the new assembly with lights. Common off-road LED fog lights are the Baja Designs Squadron R-Pros, the Baja Designs Squadron R-Sports, as well as the Rigid Industries fog lights and a few others.

These off-road pod-style lights are incredibly powerful. The Baja Designs Squadron Sports and Pros are not DOT (Department of Transportation) approved for on-road use. While some Rigid Industries fog light pods are DOT approved, they are still very bright. These off-road lights might be too bright for on-road use and daily driving.

Off-Road Fog Lights Vs. an LED Fog light Bulb

Off-Road Fog Lights Vs. an LED Fog light Bulb

With the off-road lights installed, instead of a single aftermarket LED bulb, you will get flashed by oncoming traffic. We know this because we installed the Baja Designs Squadrons as Fog Lights recently. By installing a single aftermarket LED bulb, you will have peace of mind when cruising around town, knowing that you will not get flashed by oncoming traffic. The LED fog light bulb that we are installing here today is a good option for the 5th Gen 4Runner fog light assembly.

While this LED fog light bulb (H16) is not as bright as off-road lights, they will still light up the road much better than any halogen bulb. With these new LED fog lights on your 4Runner, you will be able to see better in all types of weather and on any type of terrain. If you are not looking to go for the brightest fog light possible, then these LED fog lights are a great option.

The Price

The price difference of these bulbs compared to the Off-Road LED lights is quite substantial as well. We paid almost $400 for our Baja Designs Squadron-R Pros. And, we only paid $125 for these aftermarket LED bulbs. That is a huge difference in cost for aftermarket fog lights. But, the Baja Designs produce much more light output and are built for off-road use. If you don’t intend on traversing off-road much, or you are not looking for a really expensive light, then seriously consider these aftermarket LED light bulbs for your fog lights.

The Install Process

The Install was incredibly simple. I was putting it off for a few weeks because I thought it would take longer. This install can be done in under 30 minutes. All you do is remove your fender liner, reach in and swap the bulb out. That’s it. If you have some time on the weekend, this is a great little mod that can be finished with your second coffee.

The only real hassle of the led fog light 4Runner upgrade is the passenger side. On the passenger side, there is a large black box that surrounds the fog light assembly. You need to pop two tabs on both sides of this box and then remove it completely to get access to the fog light assembly.

The install process on the off-road LED fog lights is a bit more involved. For the off-road LED fog lights, you need to remove the entire fog light assembly. This is really the only difference between the off-road LED fog lights and a standard fog light bulb.

Recommended for 5th Gen 4Runner LED Fog Lights:

These LEDs feel great, super high-quality lights. They are not the cheapest LED fog lights (h16) bulb you can get. After installing a few headlights on our other 4Runner, lighting is one area where you never want to skip.

When you buy LED headlights, HID headlights or aftermarket fog lights, spend your money on something quality. With a quality LED bulb, you will have a product that lasts longer, performs better and is easier to install. Some of the lower quality LED bulbs out there are prone to burning out, is a pain in the ass to install and just are not worth the risk.

These LED bulbs are probably the best priced LED bulbs for the 5th Gen 4Runner. Trust me, I have done weeks and weeks of research on lights. Read the last 10 blog posts.

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #1 – Remove Bolts on Top Fender Liner (3)

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #1 - Remove Bolts on Top Fender Liner (3)

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #2 – Remove Bolts on Lower Fender Liner (2)

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #2 - Remove Bolts on Lower Fender Liner (2)

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #3 – Pop Tabs on Top Fender Liner (Gently)

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #3 - Pop Tabs on Top Fender Liner (Gently)LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #3 - Pop Tabs on Top Fender Liner (Gently)

If you have some plastic pry tools, I would recommend using those. If all you have is a flathead screwdriver, then use it. Just be gentle as you are prying apart the tabs from the body of your 4Runner. These fender liner tabs are extremely tight against the body, so just be patient and gentle.

The bottom two tabs in this section kind of cap onto the body curl, while the top just fits underneath. Again, patience goes far here. Just be patient and work the fender liner from the bottom to the top and then back down again. You will get it eventually.

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #4 – Push Back Fender Liner/ Fold Behind Tire

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #4 - Push Back Fender Liner

Once you have the fender liner free from the body, curl it back and place it behind your tire. This shuold keep the fender liner in place and give you plenty of room to work on the LED light bulb swap.

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #5 – Unplug Fog Light Harness

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #5 - Unplug Fog Light Harness

Start by removing the wiring harness from the OEM bulb. Unclick the harness from the bulb.

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #6 – Rotate Fog Light Bulb and Remove Bulb

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #6 - Rotate Fog Light Bulb and Remove Bulb

With the wiring harness disconnected, you can remove your OEM fog light bulbs. Just twist counter-clockwise and pop the bulb out. This is much easier than the Low Beam Headlights and the High Beam Headlights on your 4Runner. All of which are pretty simple, but this is about as easy as it gets.

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #7 – Plugin New Bulb (Note Tabs)

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #7 - Plugin New Bulb (Note Tabs)

When you go to plug in the new LED light bulb (H16), note the tab positions. There are three tabs on the H16 LED bulb. Each of these tabs has their specific position within the fog light housing. The largest tab is in the top left position when looking at the housing. Fit the LED bulb into position and then turn the bulb clockwise.

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #8 – Plugin OEM Light Harness Bulb

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #8 - Plugin OEM Light Harness Bulb

Once you have the LED fog light bulb into position and secure, you can plug in the OEM harness.

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #9 – Ziptie Wiring

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #9 - Ziptie Wiring

Ziptie everything down and secure the loose into one bunch. You don’t need more than one ziptie here. Just ziptie the wires together into one bunch.

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #10 – Put Fender Liner Back Into Place

LED Fog Light Bulb (H16) Install Step #10 - Put Fender Liner Back Into Place

Fog Light Install (PASSENGER) – Remove Black Cover Housing

Fog Light Install (PASSENGER) - Remove Black Cover Housing

The only thing different on the passenger side of the 4Runner fog lights is this black housing that covers the fog light assembly. This was kind of a pain in the ass to pop off. In the picture above, this should help you understand what’s on the other side. There are two tabs that hold the fog light cover in place. You need to use a flathead screwdriver for this part.

Place the flathead screwdriver inside the tab area and pop the tab loose. Once you have the outside tab loose, you can come from underneath the 4Runner, reach up and pop the other tab off. From here, you will be able to wiggle the whole fog light cover free and out.

Fog Light Install (PASSENGER) – Repeat Same Steps as Above

Fog Light Install (PASSENGER) - Remove Black Cover Housing

Fog Light Upgrade 5th Gen 4Runner (Before and After)

Fog Light Upgrade 5th Gen 4Runner (Before and After)

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If you have any questions or comments on the LED fog light install, please comment below. If you are using a different LED light bulb brand and want everyone to know about it, jot your comments below. Thanks, everyone!!

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  • Shaf
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    Brenan, are you aware of or know of any installations for the MORIMOTO XB LED fog light from The Retrofit Source. They use a different LED bulb. If the replacement projector from the stock reflector is worth it do you think the blub it comes with is a good one or should it be swapped with your recommendation? Thanks.

  • Junnie
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    I am so glad that I stumbled across this site. This is my first go to site for my mods and DIY installs. I purchased all of the recommended LED lights for my 5th Gen and am extremely happy with your recommendations. I had my wife do the install since she has small hands and did not have to remove the battery or any of the tabs on the bumper to access the fog lights including the passenger side. Everything took about 20 minutes. Thanks again!!

    • Brenan - Trail4R
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      Junnie,
      Thank you! These fog lights are great! You really can’t go wrong with these. They are super bright, great color and pretty easy to install.

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