Morimoto 4Banger A-Pillar Kit for the 2010-2013 Toyota 4Runner
Toyota’s 4Runner model has been a go-to for off-roading and adventure overland enthusiasts for years now. As a result, there are a ton of lighting options geared toward that lifestyle. But none are as capable or as powerful as the Morimoto 4Bangers.
We are looking at how to install the 4Banger pod lights on the 2010-2013 4Runner generation that Morimoto produced a bracket for. These cars are insanely popular, and it is not surprising to see a brand like Morimoto cater to all possible 4Runner owners.
ABOUT THE 4BANGERS
Available in two different trim levels, the Morimoto 4Banger LED Pod lights bring a mixture of design, output, and versatility to the LED pod light market. With the entry-level 4Banger NCS model, you get a Nichia LED chip spec for its output source. For the premium HXB model, an Osram HX Boost LED chip packs its punch behind the TIR optics, which can be found on both models.
As we mentioned before, the fitment of these pod lights is insane. There are several vehicle-specific mounts so that your 4Bangers do not look like they have just been tacked on your truck. Modifications on your truck need to look natural, and these mounts do just that.
The NCS and HXB models both come in three different beam patterns: combo (driving), wide, and spot. The most popular among the three will likely be the wide beam pattern. This can ideally be used in a fog light application and is legal for road use when aimed at -3°.
The combo or driving pattern is useful when it comes to off-roading and will likely be a favorite of that crowd. The same can be said about the spotlight beam pattern which is almost exclusively meant for an off-road application.
COLOR OPTIONS AND OPTICS
Additionally, each of those beam patterns for both the NCS and HXB models can be purchased with a white or yellow beam pattern.
If you choose to go with the yellow NCS model, you will be using a Nichia true-yellow LED chip with a yellow-filtered lens. This is in contrast to the HXB model that uses a white Osram chip with a yellow-filtered lens. To compare the output between the HXB white and yellow options, you will lose roughly 30% of your brightness when you switch from the premium white HXB 4Banger to the premium yellow HXB.
This also produces a slightly different shade of yellow between the two lights that you can see below.
Speaking of the lenses, the TIR optics we mentioned before, stands for Total Internal Reflector. Essentially, rather than having the LED chip within the 4Banger Pod light, the lens optic creates the individual beam patterns.
Tools Needed for the Job:
T30 Torx Bit
Step Bit Drill
Included in the A-Pillar kit is a harness that is used to wire your 4Banger kit to the 4Runner. It will include a relay, a positive (red) and negative (black) terminal, two Deutsch connectors for light 1 and light 2, and a Morimoto ‘M’ switch that will be mounted inside the cabin. You will also find an extension harness that can extend the Deutsch connector and a connector that can be used if you have upfitter switches.
Pop the hood so we can install the relay harness for the 4Banger. You need to mount the relay harness with the wires facing downwards to avoid water intrusion. Where and how you mount the harness is up to you. We recommend you mount it on the side of the engine bay somewhere close to your battery.
Place the ‘Light One’ Deutsch connector by the driver’s side and ‘Light Two’ by the passenger side. You will need an extension wire to reach the passenger car. We will tidy up the wires later.
Next, we will install the 4Banger A-Pillar mount to the hood. We recommend getting an extra pair of hands to hold the hood to stop it from falling on your fingers or your windscreen. Before installing, put the plastic clips on the tall arm of the bracketry. This will be used to hold your wire in place.
Start by undoing the 12mm bolts that hold the hood to its latch. Then place the A-Pillar bracket over where the bolts were removed from. Then screw in the OEM bolts back into place. Make sure your hood is properly lined up before fully tightening the bolts into place.
Repeat for the other side.
Grab the ‘U-bracket’ and place it on top of the A-Pillar bracket. Put the bolt from the kit through the base of the U-bracket. Place a washer and locking nut on the base of the bolt and tighten lightly.
Since this is an A-Pillar mount, we recommend using a combo or spotlight beam patterned 4Banger, but the choice is yours. The installation will be the same regardless.
Put your 4Banger in the U-Bracket and tighten it into place with the two T30 Torx screws.
Plug in the Deutsch connector to the 4Banger. Then gently route the 4Banger back into the car.
Repeat for the passenger side of the car.
To install the switch, you will need to route it through the firewall. First, unscrew the barrel connector for the Morimoto ‘M’ switch. Doing so will make it easier to route through the firewall rubber grommet. Alternatively, you can drill a hole through the firewall to route the wire through. Morimoto includes a grommet on the wire for this instance.
Once you have gotten the switch into the cabin of your 4Runner, you will either need to use a step bit on a drill to create a ¾ inch hole for the switch. Then, route the switch connector-first into the hole and use the locking washer to secure it into place.
Before closing your dashboard, be sure to connect the switch and tighten it for a waterproof connection.
An alternative to this would be to use the bare wire that comes with the 4Banger harness. This allows users to take advantage of existing switches and upfitter switches.
Lastly, you can undo the 12mm bolt for the negative terminal on your battery. Then place the black wire over the negative terminal and tighten the bolt back over it.
Undo the 12mm bolt on the positive terminal on your battery and place the red wire over it. Tighten the bolt back over it to finish the installation.
Now that you have everything wired, make sure your 4Bangers work. Once you have that figured out, you can use zip ties to clean up your engine bay of those pesky wires.
A-Pillar lights are seriously underrated. Everyone talks about fogs and lightbars, but you cannot discount a good pair of A-Pillar mounted pod lights. There is no better pod light than the Morimoto 4Banger
If A-Pillar mounted lights are not your thing or are looking for more pod lights, see our blog post on the fog light brackets for the 4Runner.
If you are more of a visual learner, be sure to check out our video on the Morimoto 4Banger LED Pods for the 2010-2013 Toyota 4Runner. While you are there, make sure to like and subscribe to our channel for the latest lighting upgrades for your vehicle.
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