Puddle Lights/Side Mirror Lights 4Runner

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Puddle Lights aka the Side Mirror Lights 5th Gen 4Runner

Puddle Lights aka the Side Mirror Lights (LED SWAP) on 5th Gen 4Runner

The Puddle Lights aka the Side Mirror Lights on 5th Gen 4Runner are a pretty cool feature if you have them. Not all 5th Gen 4Runner comes standard with the Puddle Lights. When you unlock your 4Runner, your Puddle lights, as well as your dome light and map lights turn on. If you are looking for any of the other 4Runner light bulb numbers, we wrote a post on that a while back.

When you are in a dark parking lot or out on the trail, it is nice to have bright clear light to shine on the ground. With our factory Puddle Lights, they will give you plenty of light but will not carry as much light output as a set of super bright LED bulbs. With a set of super bright LED bulbs on your side mirrors, you will light up much more ground than your factory bulbs.

If you swap out the factory lights with aftermarket LED lights, you will also have a much better look, overall. Replacing these lights in combination with your 4Runner License Plate Lights and the 4Runner Reverse Lights,

Grabbing a Good Brand of T10 Flat Bulbs

OPT7 Bulbs Puddle Lights 5th Gen 4Runner

With the wide variety of lights out there, be careful on what brands of LED bulbs you choose. There are hundreds of options on eBay but I personally wouldn’t recommend much on eBay. Most of these LED light bulbs are manufactured in China. Even some of the best light bulbs are manufactured in China. What you need to focus on is a company with a reputable brand name, not knock off brands.

If you are looking for aftermarket light upgrades on your 4Runner, you want something that is going to last a long time. Replacing aftermarket light bulbs is no fun. So, do it right the first time and get something nice.

4Runner Puddle Lights – Bulb Number

Puddle Lights (Side Mirrors): 168/194 (x2 bulbs)

If you are looking to complete the entire 4Runner’s exterior lights with LEDs, please check out the list below.


  • License Plate Light Bulb: 168 (X2 bulbs)
  • Side Marker Light Bulb Front: 168 (x2 bulbs)
  • Puddle Lights (Side Mirrors): 168/194 (x2 bulbs – T10 – T Shape with Flat Bottom)
  • Turn Signal Light Bulb Rear: 7440A (x2 bulbs)
  • Turn Signal Light Bulb Front: 7444NA (x2 bulbs)
  • Parking Light Bulb: 7444NA (x2 bulbs)
  • Back Up/ Reverse Light Bulb: 912/921 (x2 bulbs)

4Runner Puddle (side mirror) Light Mod – Step #1: Remove Mirror

This whole process is a bit nerve racking but with patience, you will be fine. Start by removing the actual mirror. Grab the outside of the mirror and push out. Once your mirror is pushed out enough, you can grab the whole mirror housing with one hand and then pull the glass off with the other hand. It will pop right off. You won’t break anything here, it just seems pretty sketchy.

4Runner Puddle (side mirror) Light Mod – Step #2: Pop Tab on Cover

Once you have the actual glass face off, you will need to locate this little white tab. This white tab is holding the other side of the mirror into place. This one tab holds the whole white piece in place.

4Runner Puddle (side mirror) Light Mod – Step #3: Plastic Pry Tools for Tab

Using your plastic pry tools or a flathead screwdriver, you will need to pop this plastic tab. Once the tab is released, you can wiggle the white housing loose and pull it off.

4Runner Puddle (side mirror) Light Mod – Step #4: Unscrew Housing

4Runner Puddle (side mirror) Light Mod – Step #5: Pull Bottom Housing Off

Here is where things get a little interesting. To access the puddle light bulb, you need to remove this lower black housing. There are multiple tabs on the backside of this housing that you need to release. Be patient with this section, as everything in here is very tight. Start by pulling and release tabs all the way around the bottom and top of the black housing. Once everything is semi-loose, you should be able to remove the whole assembly.

4Runner Puddle (side mirror) Light Mod – Step #6: Twist bulb housing to remove

With the bottom assembly and housing removed, locate the bulb housing. Twist the bulb housing and then pull the light bulb fixture out.

4Runner Puddle (side mirror) Light Mod – Step #7: Pull out OEM Bulb

4Runner Puddle (side mirror) Light Mod – Step #8: Swap in New LED Bulb & Test Bulb

4Runner Puddle (side mirror) Light Mod – Step #9: Run Yellow Wire & Twist Bulb Housing in Place

When you are putting everything back together, just make sure to run this yellow wire back to its original location. If you don’t run this wire back in the original location, you will probably be fine. But, it’s always nice to have things back the way they were.

Lock your light fixture back into the light housing. You are now ready to start putting everything back together.

4Runner Puddle (side mirror) Light Mod – Step #10: Button Up Housing

Start putting your assembly back together. Just make sure to put your turn signal light into place, before you start snapping down the lower black assembly. If you forget, you will need to pull it off again, and then align the turn signal light into place.

4Runner Puddle (side mirror) Light Mod – Step #11: Attach Mirror

Line up your tabs and watch everything very close. Make sure everything is lined up before pressing down on your glass plate.

4Runner Puddle (side mirror) Light Mod – Step #12: Firmly Press Mirror Into Place

Once you have everything lined up, press firmly. Everything should snap into place and your bulb swap is complete!

Overview of the 4Runner Puddle Lights

This light bulb swap was by far the most difficult of the 4Runner lightbulbs so far. As long as you have patience on your side, you will be fine. The look of the puddle lights with LEDs is much better than the OEM bulbs.

If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below. If you are running these LED lights and have had a good or bad experience, please comment below on your experience. Thanks, everyone!

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