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Blacked-Out Hood Scoop Step-By-Step DIY Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner

Blacked-Out Hood Scoop Step-By-Step DIY Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner

In the effort to transform my 2014 4Runner Trail into a top of the line TRD Pro, I am always excited to install new parts. Today we will take care of swapping the (non-functional) hood scoop present in all Trails, TRD Off-Road, and TRD Pro models.

With the 2019 model, Toyota introduced a few updates to the TRD Pro trim, one of which is a blacked-out hood scoop instead of color matching the paint of the truck.

Owning a super white 4Runner I really like the contrast with black details. Indeed one of my previous installs was the front and black valances, followed by matte black TRD wheels.

There are two ways to change the look of the hood scoop:

  • Paint / Plasti-Dip / Wrap
  • Buy a Replacement

The DIY option is, of course, cheaper but it will require more time and some skills in order to do a decent job. But, unless using plasti-dip or wrapping, this will be a permanent modification that you should consider. For example, if you are planning to sell your 4Runner anytime soon.

On the other hand, buying a more expensive replacement part (but still very affordable) will make the install very quick and easy, give it an OEM look, plus you’ll have a spare hood scoop in case you change your mind later.

Parts list and Installation Overview

Blacked-Out Hood Scoop Step-By-Step DIY Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Step-By-Step Install

Tools Needed

  • 10mm Socket Wrench
  • Needle Nose Pliers (or similar)

Items for this project

  • Black Hood Scoop Insert (1 x 7618135080): Check Price
  • Seal / Hood Protector (1 x 7618535030): Check Price
  • Seal / Hood Protector (2 x 7618335030) : Check Price
  • Seal / Hood Protector (2 x 7618335040): Check Price
  • Small Grid on the Front (1 x 7618235080) (Optional): This is optional since it’s the same one of the hood scoop already installed: Check Price
  • Flange Nut Assembly (4 x 9008017189) (Optional): This is also optional but I bought them anyway since I wanted to get new ones: Check Price

Step 1. Open Hood + Remove Insulation Pad

Blacked-Out Hood Scoop Step-By-Step DIY Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Step-By-Step Install: Step 1. Open Hood + Remove Insulation Pad

Start with popping the hood and removing the insulation pad, if you have one.

My 2014 4Runner doesn’t have it but in the case you do, you have to pull out the 10 plastic rivets that hold it, starting with the rear and work your way up to the front.

Tip: Do not try and pull the rivets out because most likely you will break them. There is enough play that you can actually wiggle the needle-nose pliers under the head of the rivets to grip their necks, allowing you to compress them so they come right out.

The necks only compress one way, so you’ll have to turn them a bit until they feel them disengage.

Step 2. Remove (x4) 10mm Bolts

Blacked-Out Hood Scoop Step-By-Step DIY Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Step-By-Step Install: Step 2. Remove (x4) 10mm Bolts

Once the pad is out, go ahead and remove the four 10mm bolts (circled in green).

Step 3. Pull Out (x3) Plastic Rivets Using Pliers

Blacked-Out Hood Scoop Step-By-Step DIY Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Step-By-Step Install: Step 3. Pull Out (x3) Plastic Rivets Using Pliers

Next, take and look and find the three plastic rivets with ears, one orange in the center, and two blue on the sides.

Grab the orange one with your pliers and turn it counter-clockwise. It will turn just enough to clear the ears from the hole.

Then, insert your pliers through the hole far enough to (gently) grip/compress the ears on the blue ones.

Apply a small amount of upwards pressure, and you will feel them release. Be careful, the blue ones are a bit flimsy.

Step 4. Pull Out “Faux Grille Insert”

Blacked-Out Hood Scoop Step-By-Step DIY Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Step-By-Step Install: Step 4. Pull Out "Faux Grille Insert"

The insert is hinged on the back.

After you complete the above, simply lift from the front and pull it out. Once it is out, you can remove the thin ‘faux grille insert’ piece, by compressing the 4 tabs on the backside of it since that will be reused in the new hood scoop.

This is also a good moment to clean the hood scoop housing!

Step 5. Match New Padding To New Hood Scoop

Blacked-Out Hood Scoop Step-By-Step DIY Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Step-By-Step Install: Step 5. Match New Padding To New Hood Scoop

At this point, take a close look at the back of the hood scoop.

In particular, take a look at the rubber padding attached all the way around the edge. What you need to do next is to match each piece of the new padding and attach it to the new hood scoop. You have 5 pieces in total: 2 at the top, 2 on the sides and a long one at the bottom.

It’s pretty easy to match them since they all have different sizes.

When you are ready to attach them, just follow the guidelines printed in the plastic (green arrows) which will help you with the positioning.

Step 6. Move Small Hood Grill To New Hood Scoop

Blacked-Out Hood Scoop Step-By-Step DIY Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Step-By-Step Install: Step 6. Move Small Hood Grill To New Hood Scoop

After you’re done matching the new padding to your new hood scoop, you should have something similar to the photo above.

Next, you have to move the small hood grille from the hood scoop to the new one. It’s pretty straightforward, just unclip it from its base and clip it in the new one.

Step 7. Reinstall (New) Hood Scoop

Blacked-Out Hood Scoop Step-By-Step DIY Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Step-By-Step Install: Step 7. Reinstall (New) Hood Scoop 

Now you are finally ready to install the new hood scoop. Just invert the steps you followed so far and you are all set. Position it in the hood, snap the clips in and bolt the 10mm screws.

At the end you should get something like this:

Blacked-Out Hood Scoop Step-By-Step DIY Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner

Final Thoughts

Blacked-Out Hood Scoop Step-By-Step DIY Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner

Blacked-Out Hood Scoop Step-By-Step DIY Install For the 5th Gen 4Runner

This is by no means a huge upgrade, but more like a very quick and cheap modification to add some extra accent to your truck.

I really like how it looks now and how it matches the rest of the black accents.

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Bon
Bon
May 13, 2020 9:57 pm

Would this fit the 2020 venture?

Sergio Palacios Jr
Sergio Palacios Jr
May 13, 2020 2:50 pm

Ok, just finished! Here are some things I learned. The most difficult part was getting the blue things to pop up so you can pull the scoop out. I was simply putting the needle nose pliers in the little holes on the blue clip and pushing up. AFTER, I realized you meant the actual round hole, that’s where you put the pliers through, then with the pliers, you have to grab the “ears.” Just look at your new scoop, you’ll see what you need to squeeze to make it pop. The second part where I was confused was when I… Read more »

Sergio Palacios Jr
Sergio Palacios Jr
May 14, 2020 8:34 am
Reply to  Carlo

Carlo, not at all, they were great! I didn’t read it correctly, that’s on me. Thank you again.

Tim the Gravel Grinder
Tim the Gravel Grinder
May 9, 2020 12:01 pm

Carlo,

Thank you for the detailed article. It has motivated me to swap out the hood scoop on my 2020 4Runner TRD ORP that currently has the X Series blackout package. I believe the hood scoop swap will look great.

Thanks,
Tim

Tim the Gravel Grinder
Tim the Gravel Grinder
June 5, 2020 8:34 am
Reply to  Carlo

Finished the install. Pretty easy. I had to remove the insulation but everything was right on target with your instructions. I like the look and appreciate your post.

Sergio P
Sergio P
April 29, 2020 10:11 pm

Carlo, this is great, thank you for sharing. I’m curious, why are there two links to the scoop?

Black Hood Scoop Insert (1 x 7618135080) and Small Grid on the Front (1 x 7618235080), whats the difference?

Again, thank you for the post, I’ll be buying this as soon as you respond.

SP

Josh Lindroos
Josh Lindroos
March 23, 2020 4:48 pm

Hey Carlo,
Thanks for the detailed write-up on this! I really appreciate the time you took to write this up. I replaced mine today. The only trouble I had was with the blue clips. I think I needed a pair of needle-nosed pliers that were thinner than the ones I had. For those of you with a hood insulation pad, I would also recommend buying some of these clips. I wasn’t able to figure out a way to get them off without breaking them, so it’s just easier to buy new ones for the insulation pad reinstallation.

https://www.toyotapartsdeal.com/oem/toyota~clip~for~hood~insulator~90467-09006.html

Sergio P
Sergio P
April 29, 2020 10:14 pm
Reply to  Josh Lindroos

Josh, how many did you have to buy? Thanks for the heads up.

Jon
Jon
February 2, 2020 1:51 pm

Does the new scoop come with the blue and orange rivets or did you reuse the ones from the original scoop?

Jon
Jon
February 3, 2020 7:35 am
Reply to  Carlo

Thanks!

Zach Starr
Zach Starr
June 17, 2020 7:07 pm
Reply to  Jon

FYI, I just completed this install and the new scoop I ordered DID come with blue/orange clips already in place. I ordered from McGeorge Toyota if that helps.

Selena Victoria
Selena Victoria
February 1, 2020 2:09 am

Hi! I was just wondering what was the estimated time it took AND how much the costs were for everything? Thanks much!

Brian
Brian
December 17, 2019 3:24 pm

This was the first mod I did on my Premium, only I plastidipped the original and not a new scoop. Came out great and only took me about 4 hours (dry time included). Just make sure you do at least 7 very thin coats of plastidip. You want it to be nice and thick so its easy to peel off if you ever need to and you dont want to do heavy coats that would cause runs.

Ray
Ray
January 10, 2020 5:43 pm
Reply to  Brian

Carlo, is it really necessary to change the seals if they’re still usable?
Brian, how were yours, did you replace the seals?

Brian Critchlow
Brian Critchlow
January 10, 2020 6:01 pm
Reply to  Ray

No issue with seals. Didn’t have to replace them.

Carlo
Carlo
January 10, 2020 8:42 pm
Reply to  Ray

Ray, I’m pretty sure that you have to change them if you decide to get a new scoop like me. I haven’t tried but I’m sure it will be pretty hard to cleanly remove the seals from the old scoop and attach them into the new one. Plus, the seals don’t really cost that much.
Brian didn’t have to replace them because he kept the stock scoop, since he decided to painted it (correct me if I’m wrong).

Ray
Ray
January 11, 2020 5:47 am
Reply to  Carlo

Thank you Brian and Carlo. My plan is to paint my original scoop so I’ll just re-use the original seals.

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