Simple Bolt-On Blackout Amber Marker Lights on 5th Gen 4Runner – from Car Trim Home – Straight from China
We can all agree by now the amber marker lights are pretty popular.
Perhaps one of the most common lighting mods aside from headlights are these three amber lights in the grille. We are not quite sure who started this craze but someone got the idea from the Ford Raptor and implemented it on the 5th Gen.
There have been countless reviews, overviews, and step by step installations for the marker lights here on the blog. There are many ways to mount, run and wire the marker lights. That step by step link will show you multiple options if you want a DIY project, and to save a little money as opposed to buying a kit.
You can grab a set of amber lights off Amazon for around $5 each and then use some 18-22awg wire to assemble your own kit. The process is really simple if you have even a small amount of experience with wiring small projects.
If you want to grab a quick bolt-on kit, there are a couple of options out there.
I know Yotaleds.com makes a kit you can buy but they don’t offer a blacked out version yet, although I am sure you can black them out if you want. Even though I like the amber look, it’s nice to have the option to black the lights out against your grille.
Blacked Out Amber Marker Lights
As most every amber marker light option has been covered, I did want to drop this blacked out version from Car Trim Home.
There are a few notable differences about this kit compared to the other options.
- Plug-n-play kit: Check Today’s Price
- Blacked out
- Dirt Cheap
The kit ships directly from cartrimhome.com (China) and is incredibly affordable ($50 bucks). You can also buy their TRD Pro Grille for around $100 bucks (seen in this post).
For the price, the kit is well worth the price but my kit did not ship with hardware so I did need to take a trip to Home Depot and grab a set of screws.
Car Trim Marker Lights Install
We ran the marker lights to our switch pro and then added an inline fuse from a leftover KC HiLiTES harness kit we installed.
If you are going to install this kit, I would recommend buying an inline fuse just in case. Even though the kit does not require one, you can never be too safe with electrical.
Preferred Installation Tools
- 1 hour
Tools & Materials
- Basic shop tools
- 10mm sockets
- Mini screwdriver
- Allen keys
- Wire Strippers/Cutters
- Wire Crimpers
- Heat Shrink Gun/ Lighter
- Waterproof Butt splice & ring connectors
- Marine Grade Solder Seal Connectors
- Heat shrink combo kit
- Heat shrink – roll of 1/4″
- 18AWG Inline Fuse
- 1/4″ Wire Loom
- Electrical Tape
- Extra Zip Ties
- Small alligator clips
- Double Sided 3M tape
- Plastic Pry Tools
Remove Top Grille Cover
If you are unfamiliar with how to remove the top grille parts, check out this other grille removal article.
You don’t have to remove the entire upper grille but it may make the install go easier. Also, it makes routing the wires along the top of the upper grille simple.
Pre-Thread #4 Screws into Lights
The ID on the plastic opening for the bolts is small which with a lot of pressure may cause them to crack or split. By pre-threading the screws, I just wanted to make everything go in smooth. Also, you never know with China. Some times quality control can be an issue. I was as delicate as possible with this.
Also, I had to go to Home Depot and grab some new hardware. I bought one bag of #4 X 5/8″ screws with a flat base on the screw head.
Assemble Marker Lights to Grille
Tighten Marker Lights to Grille
Add Remaining Marker Lights & Run Wire on Grille
Run Inline Fuse on Wiring Harness
The kit does not include an inline fuse but I added one. I had a leftover inline fuse from a KC HiLiTES wiring harness but you can pick up inline fuses on Amazon for cheap.
Also, paired with the new solder seal wire connectors, I ended up with a pretty solid little harness. And if anything is going to short it will blow the fuse first and not the LEDs.
Test Marker Lights
Loom Wiring Harness
Connect Waterproof Wire Connectors
The quality was honestly pretty damn good for China. They could have used a higher AWG wire, maybe 18AWG would have been nice instead of their 22AWG, but that’s just being picky.
The packaging could have been better as well and if they included the hardware, that would have been a plus.
At the end of the day, it was $50, everything worked and the install went as expected.
If you are looking to save a little bit of time or money with marker lights, this is a great option.