LASFIT Pro Custom H-11 Low Beam LED Head Light Review and Installation Overview on the 5th Gen 4Runner
Let’s face it, the factory headlights on our 5th Gen 4Runners are not great – and I’m being kind. They look dull, they don’t have enough “throw” and because of that, they have generated a large aftermarket of replacement lights.
LASFIT makes LED replacement lights for 4Runners and other vehicles. Their latest offering includes some new features that are worth considering. The biggest improvement is in how the new version dissipates heat with improved fans on the lamps as well as providing replacement dust covers with their own set of fans.
The new LASFIT Custom H11 headlight bulbs with dust covers offer a huge improvement over many low beams that require you to drill through your dust covers. When you drill through your dust covers it may cause moisture buildup in your headlight housing and that can lead to other problems.
Find It Online
- LASFIT Custom H11 Headlight Bulbs with Dust Caps (New Model): Check Price
- LASFIT H11 Headlight Bulbs (Early Model): Check Price
For this article. I will review the LASFIT Pro with dust covers, compare it to what I currently have installed, along with the overview of the installation steps below.
Inside the LASFIT PRO Low Beams Box
Inside the box, LASFIT provides 2 replacement dust covers with fans. 2 LED Lamps with their own fans and an instruction manual with just the right amount of detail required for the installation.
Headlamp Upgrade Options and Considerations
There are many comparisons of various lights on forums and websites. A good overview of options and differences is provided in the following article – I learned a great deal when I first saw this overview on 4Runer headlights.
As you will see in the article above, each option will have it’s own pros and cons and will vary in cost.
Replacement lights can range from replacement Halogen bulbs. HID lights, LED lamps and complete replacement headlamp modules. Some kits replace the high and low beams while others just upgrade one or the other.
When looking at LEDs, there are a few things to consider. The bottom line is that most LED upgrades are just that, an upgraded: better light output with more appealing color, longer and wider throw. Most of the choices come down to preference but some factors are critical.
The primary factor is compatibility with our 5th Gens. This has become relatively easy since there is a large aftermarket for low and high beam upgrades. LASFIT has a few different options to choose from and the models designed for our 5th Gens work without compatibility issues.
Costs have come down considerably and for better quality products. With product reliability and longevity a major concern, I am happy to say that I am satisfied that there are many lower-cost, high-quality options available. I have had the earlier LASFIT version for almost 2 years with no issues. Costs are not much of a hurdle at this point.
The installation of LED replacement lamps is almost plug-n-play. It has become as easy as removing the old and just installing the new. I’ll show an overview of the installation steps later in the article. One important thing to consider is how each LED dissipates heat generated by the replacement lamps. This can affect how easy installation will be and also affect product reliability and longevity.
My Current Installation
About 2 years ago I upgraded to the earlier version of LASFIT LEDs; the LASFIT H11 9005 HB3 Low Beam 6000k Combo.
I decided to go with LEDs for a few reasons.
Halogen replacements were more of the same when compared to the stock lights. I didn’t see any benefit to them. HIDs were a popular choice but I didn’t want to drill a hole in the dust cover to install all the required components. It was not a clean way to install new lights. So, I decided to go with LEDs and had a few choices to look at.
2 years ago, when I purchase my first upgrade, LEDs were similar in many ways except in how they dissipated heat generated by the lamps. Some offered no heat dissipation, others offered some sort of heat sink and others had mini fans on the LEDs themselves. This latest version from LASFIT adds one more option: a mini fan on the dust cover as well as the LED lamp.
Comparing Old Version to New LASFIT PRO
The old version on the left side of the photo (on top of the stock dust cover) with the new version on the right – still with its protective plastic cover from the factory (needs to be removed before installation). Right away you can see the new version has a metal lock ring versus the plastic lock ring on the old LEDs (both just above the red gasket).
The old version was a very tight fit given the deeper plastic lock pins and it never locked correctly for me. You can even see the old gasket was a little deformed from the pressure I used to get that lamp installed. The fan unit on the new unit looks more substantial and overall the new unit just looks like it’s well made and higher quality than the older version.
And as stated earlier, the major improvement and difference is the replacement dust cover on the new version as shown below:
Old vs New with Dust Covers
The new dust cover also looks like it’s well made and was easy to install.
The new LASFIT LED comes with a very good manual with easy to follow installation instructions. For a more detailed look at a similar installation process, here is an article on that.
I’ll provide an overview with a comparison to how I installed the older version.
Step 1. Remove Dust Covers
The driver’s side dust cover is just in front of the stock battery location and is difficult to reach if you don’t take out the battery. I left the battery installed and I have to say it was a bit of a challenge to contort my body to install both old and new lamps.
Driver’s Side Dust Cover
The passenger side dust is easier to get to – no need to bend into a pretzel.
Passenger Side Dust Cover
As you can see, the passenger side is clear of obstructions.
To remove the dust cover just turn about a ¼ turn counter-clockwise and pull up on the extended tab. Please take a look at the detailed article I mentioned earlier for a much better look at how to remove the dust cover and lamp.
Step 2. Remove Existing Lamp
Remove the existing lamp with a ¼ turn counter-clockwise and then pull out the lamp. Here is what the low beam socket will look when ready for the upgrade:
Passenger Headlamp Removed
Step 3. Insert New Lamp
Line up the tabs and turn the LED clockwise using a little pressure to secure the LED.
New LED Lamp Installed
Just one thing to note about the older version of the LEDs. With the thicker lock collar, the old version was very difficult to install and to this day, I don’t think they were as secure as I would like them.
Step 4. Connect Dust Cover
There are two wires on the dust cover with one going to the 5th Gen’s lamp connector and the other to the LED lamp. Different connectors so you can’t mix that up. Be sure to check polarity. Check the lights and if they don’t work, turn the cable connecting the original lamps.
Dust Cover Connected to Lamp and Headlamp Connector
Step 5. Install Dust Cover
Line up the tabs and with a little pressure turn the dust cover ¼ rotation, clockwise. The final setup should look like the photo below.
Dust Cover Installed
You will notice the arrow pointing down – that will help with the airflow.
It should take no more than 30 minutes for both lamps (okay maybe a little more if you have to stretch your muscles while trying to install the driver’s side).
Here is a photo to show a side by side comparison of the new LEDs on the right (passenger side) and the old on the left (driver’s side):
New and Old Lamps Side by Side
Both old and new are very similar – no surprises here. The color looks good on both and they both have an excellent throw and cover. I see no difference between them (my driveway is not level so the lights appear uneven).
There is no question, I would upgrade to LEDs from the stock low beam lamps. I would also upgrade the high beams, fog lamps and turn signals to LEDs.
The brighter the better and LEDs provide more light with what I consider a better color and while using less power. If cost is no issue and you have a lot of spare cash burning a hole in your pocket, upgrading the entire headlamp module on both sides is a great option with many additional features. But again, overall, just upgrading to LEDs is a vast improvement and well worth the cost.
I would also go with LASFIT given that I’ve had the older version for almost 2 years with no issues. They just work and have proven to be reliable.
The new PRO low beam version costs more than double what you can pay for the older version.
However, there are many improvements to the new pros. Better build quality, easier fit and much-improved heat dissipation with the improved LED fans as well as the additional fans on the dust covers.
I think the added fans will improve the longevity and reliability of the units and that may be worth the cost. Time will tell.