Sequential Side Mirror Turn Signal Lights on 5th Gen 4Runner
CarTrim Sequential Dynamic LED Amber Turn Signal Lights — Easy Install Guide For the 5th Gen 4Runner
I love my 4Runner with a passion.
There is absolutely no question about it. What I don’t love—how Toyota neglected us when it comes to ‘cool’ lighting upgrades directly from the factory.
Why they still provide us with those hideous yellow OEM bulbs is beyond me. Lucky for us, there are a ton of companies out there who have stepped up to fill that void.
One company, CarTrim, recently introduced a cheap, but very cool mod, for our side mirrors.
CarTrim is also the same company who produced a variety of products for our rigs—from TRD Pro replica grills, to door handle overlays, to the Android head unit, and more recently their LED sequential dynamic turn signal lights.
Where to buy
- LED Side Mirror Turn Signal Kit: Check Today’s Price
At less than $75, this 30-minute mod was a no-brainer for me.
Now on to the install.
CartTrim’s Sequential Dynamic Turn Signal Kit
Turn Signal Step-By-Step Install on 4Runner
Parts Used For Install:
Tools For Install Included with LED Sequential Kit:
- 2 LED Replacements
- 1 Plastic Trim Tool
- 1 Phillips Screwdriver
Step 1. Remove Side Mirror from Housing
Grab the mirror from the side furthest from the vehicle and slowly pull towards you.
Don’t be alarmed—you should hear lots of unsnapping as it separates from the housing.
You should see a connection for the heating element on the opposite side of the mirror. Gently pull the connector straight out and set the mirror out of the way.
Step 2. Remove the Plastic Housing on Back of Mirror
The upper plastic cover is held on by 3 clips.
Using the plastic pry tool that came with the unit, push on the tabs to release them and pull the cover straight back and away.
Step 3. Remove Screws, Plastic Clips + Power Connection
First, using a Philips screwdriver, remove the two screws and set them aside.
Don’t lose them – you’ll use them again later.
Then using the plastic trim tool, push the two clips out of the way to release the bottom portion of the mirror backing.
You will need to wiggle back and forth to get it to pop off. I found it easy to first unsnap the inner portion of the bottom closest to the vehicle, and then wiggle the rest off. Caution: There is a connection along the top middle that needs to remain in place.
Note: Carefully rotate the bottom portion of the plastic housing and rest it on top of the mirror housing to keep it out of the way. You do not want any of the wiring to get pinched or break.
Facing the front of the housing, push down on the two tabs to release the OEM light assembly.
Then, unclip the connection.
STEP 4. Connect sequential LEDs and reinstall plastic backing
Connect the power connection to the new LEDs—this is where I recommend testing the new unit to be sure it’s working.
After I connected the power, I just let the new LEDs hang down while I confirmed that they were functional.
Grab your key FOB and lock/unlock the doors OR start your rig and turn on the emergency hazards. You should see the new sequential LEDs in action—aren’t they a thing of beauty?!
Once you verified they work, you can start putting everything back together.
Begin by snapping in the inner portion of the bottom closest to the vehicle and then the portion furthest away from the vehicle—work from the inside out.
Be sure that the new LED unit is flush with the exterior of the assembly.
When it is, firmly press along the side and bottoms until you hear the clips snap back into place.
At this point, the bottom should be secure.
Next, using the Philips screwdriver, screw in the two screws.
Reinstall the upper plastic cover by first lining up the clips at the top and firmly pressing everything into place. Wiggle it back and forth to be sure it’s secure.
Step 5. Reconnect Power For Heating Element To Mirror
Reconnect the power for the heating element back to the mirror, then line up the mirror backing so it sits flush with the large white plastic piece.
You’ll need to firmly press down on it until you hear multiple clicks.
Step 6. Repeat Process On Other Side. And Done!
Repeat the same process on the other side. What a rad little mod, eh?
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