Morimoto 4Banger LED Fog Light for the 2010-2013 Toyota 4Runner
Fog lights are one of those lighting upgrades that can benefit any 4Runner owner. If you like off-roading and camping under the desert stars fog lights are great for seeing the area around you. If you drive a lot at night going to and from work, LED fog lights will be great. There is no better fog light than the Morimoto 4Banger!
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
4banger Fog Light Assembly
Begin by assembling the 4Banger bracketry. Remove the top two bolts and place the metal bracket over the holes. Then install the two long screws from the 4Banger kit in place of the existing screws.
Grab the 4Banger cover and place it over the top of the 4Banger. It should align with two different mounting points. Then screw in the two T30 Torx screws on either side of the bracket. This will allow you to adjust the beam height of your 4Banger.
Lastly, plug in the accessory harness so your 4Banger can plug into your vehicle’s fog light connector.
Fog Light Install
Using a 10mm socket, unscrew the three 10mm bolts on the inner fender liner. There is one more on the bottom of the car near the corner of the fender well. You can then pull back your fender liner.
Using a Phillips screwdriver, remove the bolt to free the fog light housing.
Unplug the OEM connector before removing the housing completely from the vehicle.
Grab the 4Banger pod light with its bracketry. You will need to slide them into the grooves on the inner side of the fog light hole. Then secure the 4Banger with the one Phillips screw that held in the OEM fog light.
Then connect the 4Banger to the OEM fog light connector.
Repeat for the other side.
Before buttoning up your car, be sure to test the lights to ensure they work properly, and you have them aimed correctly.
Now you have your fog lights all set up, you can hit the road, officially too because these are legal for road use when aimed at -3°. The installation process of the 4Banger is so easy, even if you are not mechanically inclined. The fit and finish are next to none and the performance really speaks for itself.
If fog lights are not your thing or are looking for more pod lights, see our blog post on the A-Pillar 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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