Fog Light install – 5th Gen 4Runner
Baja Design Squadron Fog Light install 5th Gen 4Runner
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Fog Light Installation on 5th Gen 4Runner (Baja Design Squadron Fog Lights)
The Squadron Sport LED Lights are quite possibly the best option for your 5th Gen 4Runner when it comes to upgrading the fog lights. There are other options, such as Xenon Depot, The Retrofit Source, Rigid Industries and a few others but for the price and quality you get from the Baja Squadrons, you can’t go wrong. These are specifically designed for off-road use. These lights are incredibly powerful and will not let you down under any condition. If you are looking for a more affordable, yet powerful LED bulb, check out the 5th Gen 4Runner LED Fog Lights post.
So I decided to up my game in the lighting department on my 5th Gen 4Runner. The Baja Squadrons Fog Lights I used in this install were the Squadron Sport LED Lights. They come in Black and White face options and come with the choice of Amber lighting ($119-$129). These are not the Squadron-R Pro model of squadrons ($219-$400+). Both Baja Squadron Fog Lights fit although the Baja Squadron-R Pro are the ones with the round bezel and look much in the 5th Gen 4Runner Fog Light assembly.
Baja Squadron Fog Light Options – 5th Gen 4Runner
Baja Squadrons All Have Black/ White Face Options, Flush Mount Options, with Amber Light Options as well. They also come in multiple pattern options; including Driving/ Combo, Wide Cornering, Spot, and Flood.
- Squadron Sport
- Squadron-R Sport
- Squadron Sport Amber
- Squadron Pro
- Squadron-R Pro
- Squadron Pro Amber
- DONT FORGET THE FOG LIGHT KIT! – Check Price on Brackets
Baja Squadron Lumens and Watts Fog Lights
The Squadron-R has a Rounded Bezel and is recommended for the 4Runner Fog Lights
- Recommended 4Runner LED Bulb Swap (H16) – Check Today’s Price
- Squadron Sport (1,800 Lumens at 20 watts)
- Squadron-R Sport (1,800 Lumens at 20 watts) – Check Today’s Price
- Squadron Pro (4,900 Lumens at 40 watts)
- Squadron-R Pro (4,900 Lumens at 40 watts) – Check Today’s Price
- Squadron-R Pro AMBER (4,300 Lumens at 40 watts) – Check Price on Amber
Squadron Sport vs Squadron Pro
Both the Squadron Sport and the Squadron Pro are great aftermarket fog lights for your 4Runner. With 1800 Lumens, the Squadron Sport should be plenty good for the average 4Runner. The 4900 Lumen Squadron Pros will push out much more light, giving you a safer/ wider view in the dark. Squadron Sports reach about 300 feet out and the Squadron Pros reach about 500 feet out.
Squadron R-Pros, R-Sports or LED Bulb Upgrade
If you want aftermarket fog light for your 4Runner and don’t want to spend the money on these lights, grab an aftermarket bulb. The install process is easier, the light output is still great and you won’t have to worry about bliding oncoming traffic on the road. The link below is probably the best option for the 5th Gen 4Runner fog light.
- H16 Bulb (recommended bulb for 5th Gen): Check Today’s Price
Light Patterns Offered by Baja Designs
- Driving/Combo: This is probably the most common option for light patterns in LED lights for vehicles like the 4Runner. The Driving/Combo pattern gives you maximum coverage and is equipped with Wide Cornering Lights and Spot Lights. The combination of these two provides you with a smooth blend of light for both near field applications and distance.
- Wide Cornering: BD was the first to develop a pattern specifically for cornering, dust and/or fog conditions. The Wide Driving pattern offers a 42° flattened horizontal beam for the ultimate in comfort lighting.
- Spot: A longer and narrower 9° beam focus for illumination further down the trail or road. The Spot pattern is designed to be used in conjunction with additional Wide Driving and/or Driving/Combo beam lights.
- Flood: Excellent work light or “scene light” with an extremely smooth 60° circle that projects about 60 ft). This pattern is not suitable for driving.
I tried my best to find write-ups and videos all over the internet for the Squadron Sport LED Lights and did not find anything that helped me with this install. This might be the only 5th Gen 4Runner Squadron Fog Light Install on the internet now. I will do my best to make my own write up in hopes that someone can benefit from my experiences. This is a relatively easy install and can be done with one person. If you have any questions on this 5th Gen 4Runner Squadron Fog Light Install, please leave your comments below.
Baja Designs Squadron Fog Light Install – 5th Gen 4Runner
Step #1: Tools for Baja Design Squadron Fog Lights
Get all your equipment, everything you see in this photo is what I used to install the Baja Squadron Sport LED Lights.
- Flashlight, (I used one of the pods from my ReadyLight)
- Hex key set
- Phillips Screwdriver
- 10mm Socket and Ratchet
- Baja Design Fog Light Kit (Compatible with Squadron Sport or Squadron-R Pro)
- Baja Design Fog Lights (Squadron Sport or Squadron-R Pro)
Step #2: Removing Driver Side Fog Light
To remove the driver side stock fog light you don’t need to do much. Just lay underneath the driver side front bumper and use your flashlight to illuminate the area where the stock fog light sits.
After locating the Fog Light, you will need to remove two (2) philips head screws that are located to the left of the fog light. This area is a bit tight to fight a camera through so I did my best to capture a photo of the location of the screws. You will only need to remove these two screws.
Step #3: Disconnect 4Runner Fog Light Wiring Harness
Once the Fog Light is removed, disconnect the wiring harness. This process is easy and no need to cut or use a new harness to install the Baja Squadron Sport LED Lights.
Step #4: Wiring The Baja Squadron Sport LED Lights
Wiring the Baja Squadron Sport LED Lights is pretty easy once you’ve figured out where everything goes, the main key is to remember black is always negative and make sure it stays that way throughout this install.
The good thing about the wire harness that Baja gives you is that it’s a direct fit to the stock harness of your 5th Gen 4Runner. As you can see, it fits perfectly. Just make sure you match the black wire on the stock Toyota 4Runner harness to the black wire on the Baja Squadron Sport LED Light harness.
Next, connect the adaptor to the Baja Squadron Lights first before connecting the Squads to the 4runner harness.
Step #5: Mounting Baja Squadron Light Brackets
The diagram on the Baja Squadron Lights Installation guide doesn’t really explain much. Here are some actual photos of the mounting brackets to help you get a visual of how they are supposed to be installed. These Baja Squadron Light Brackets are of the driver side Fog Light ONLY.
Step #6: Installing the Baja Squadron Sport LED Lights
After you get your Baja Squadron Mounting Brackets on, you can start guiding the Squadron under the bumper and into the fog light slot.
If your vehicle is lifted it can be a bit of a hassle to get the fog light to stay in place while you install the two(2) Philips screws back on, but once you get one screw in, it gets easier.
Install Baja Squadron Wire Harness to the 4Runner Harness
At this point, you can install the Baja Squadron Sport LED Light wire harness to the stock 5th Gen 4Runner harness. Once you are done connecting the wire harnesses to the bracket you can go check your connections by turning on your headlights (low-beam) and switch your fog lights to see if your installation was successful.
ZipTie Baja Squadron Light Loose Wire
If your connections were successful and everything is working, turn your 4Runner off and take the keys out of the ignition. Jump back down below and tighten all your loose wiring up. You can use a zip-tie like I have to secure any access wires.
Step #7: Baja Squadron Sport LED Lights (Passenger Side)
Moving on to the passenger side Fog Light. This one is a little different to get to. You will need to remove a 10mm bolt which is shown. Once that bolt is removed you can pull the splash guard downward towards the ground to gain better access to the passenger side fog light.
Removing Additional Splash Guard
After pulling the splash guard out of the way you will notice that the passenger side fog light has an additional splashguard making it difficult to get to the two Philips screws. you will have to use a small flat head screwdriver to pry it out.
This by far was the hardest thing to do, though keep in mind you won’t be able to reinstall that splashguard once you install the Baja Squadrons because of the different style mounting brackets so don’t stress about damaging this splashguard, just make sure you install your wire harnesses on snug.
Install Passenger Baja Squadron Sport LED Light
Remove the two Philips screws and install the passenger Baja Squadron Sport LED Light just as you did on the driver side.
Reconnect Passenger Baja Squadron Light Harness
Reconnect the wiring harness like you did for the driver side of the 4Runner, and if you’d like you can add another zip tie to secure the access wiring.
Baja Squadron Light Harness (Before & After)
At this point, you are done installing your Baja Design Squadrons
Go ahead and store your two stock fog lights and passenger side fog light splashguard. Remember these are the Baja Squadron Sport LED Light. You will get a nicer fit if you use Baja Squadron-R Pro LED Light, which is dedicated for this install. With this being said, they are a bit more expensive but well worth it, I’m sure in the end.
Overall I like the way the Baja Squadron Sport LED Lights look on the 4Runner. Either route you go with the Baja Squadrons, whether its the Baja Squadron Sport or the Baja Squadron-R Pro, you will be stoked on this mod. Hope this helps anyone out there trying to tackle this Fog Light install on their 5th Gen 4Runner!
Baja Design Squadron Fog Light install 5th Gen 4Runner
YO! If you have any questions or general comments, drop them below. Let us know if we missed anything or what Fog Light Set-Up you went with and why.