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5th Gen Underhood LED Lights

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Toydb, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. Jan 1, 2020 at 6:51 AM
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    Toydb

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    Thanks to all the member's posts with ideas and problem solving comments. Thought I should share my DIY design and install of under hood lights on my 2018 Limited.

    Installed two (2) Kawell 10W LED mini lights ($23) and a RKURCK pin switch ($6) from Amazon. (Links below.) Had an inline fuse in my collection of "stuff", used 16 gauge wire, and mounted the lights using #8 3/4 inch self tapping screws. Screwed through the under hood liner into the metal hood bracing. (Be sure screws are not long enough to pierce the hood and go slow!) My son did a super job wrapping the wiring and running it from the hood, down the hinge and under the fender liner insisting it look "factory!" Fuse and wire to the positive battery terminal is likely temporary until I decide what type of battery junction box I'll install to accommodate future electrical feeds. The pin switch was a perfect fit in the hole where the factory plastic trim fastener was. Simply removed the trim fastener, screwed it in and it picked up a solid ground.

    About the best $40 and two hours of time I've spent on a vehicle.

    Throws plenty of light (even a fair amount past the intake cover to down on the pulleys.)
    20191231_180205 - Hood Light Overview 1.jpg 20191231_180156 - Hood Light Pulleys.jpg 20191231_180356 - Hood Light Mount.jpg 20191231_180333 - Hood Light Switch.jpg 20191231_180220 - Hood Light Battery.jpg 20191231_180231 - Hood Light Cable Near Hinge.jpg 20191231_180156 - Hood Light Pulleys.jpg
    Hope the photos and video and the post is a help and thanks again for all the helpful threads and comments from fellow members!

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MYRR3X9/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LWJ0CP3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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  2. Jan 1, 2020 at 8:29 AM
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    ForRun

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    Good idea! question if anyone knows. Many manufactures use aluminum for making the hoods. Does 4runner have an aluminum hood? just curious if using dissimilar metal screws. thanks
     
  3. Jan 1, 2020 at 8:53 AM
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    Nice mod!:hattip:
    Why didn't you use a existing fuse in the eng. compartment fuse box?:notsure:
     
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  4. Jan 1, 2020 at 8:56 AM
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    Hadn't thought about galvanic reactions. I'm fairly certain the OEM hoods are aluminum and I understand stainless steel screws are okay for aluminum. I used regular steel, not stainless, so I'll need to keep a eye on that or likely will replace them with stainless. Thanks for the heads up!
     
  5. Jan 1, 2020 at 9:00 AM
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    Considered taping the fuse box but given I had an inline fuse handy and will be doing other electronic/electrical upgrades fairly soon I just went the simple route. Running a line to the fuse box, and maintaining water tightness, is a bit more involved.
     
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  6. Jan 1, 2020 at 9:01 AM
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    Cool! Thanks!
     
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  8. Jan 1, 2020 at 12:39 PM
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    This mod has been on the list for a long time. Thanks for the part numbers and nice writeup.

    Regarding the hood, has anyone taken a magnet to it to see if it's steel or not?
     
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  9. Jan 3, 2020 at 12:47 PM
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    We've been looking for quick and inexpensive mods to do. This one is put on our list! Thanks for the writeup and pics.
     
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  10. Jan 3, 2020 at 3:10 PM
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    You are welcome! BTW, to be on the safe side I changed out to stainless mounting screws.
     
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  11. Jan 3, 2020 at 4:19 PM
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    A magnet will solve the mystery
     
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    I did. It's steel, not aluminum.
     
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    I did not find a video or link to one...did I miss something somewhere?
     
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  15. Jan 5, 2020 at 4:49 AM
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    Apologies but having trouble uploading the video but the video essentially captures what's in the photos.
     
  16. Jan 21, 2020 at 2:56 AM
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    Just a thought. Will probably add an in-line on/off switch for times I'm doing under hood work and don't need the light. Had the hood open for a few hours while I installed a powered lift gate (Autoease). Ran down the battery!
     
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