A client from Chandler, Arizona, contacted Handcrafted about installing some upgrades to his 2016 Toyota 4Runner. We met with the client to discuss the off-road accessories he wanted to have installed. The list was more than respectable, and we provided a few suggestions that made it even longer. The client loved the plan, so we scheduled an appointment to start this Toyota 4Runner lighting and storage upgrade.
Rear Bumper Replacement
The project would focus on the replacement of the rear bumper of the 4Runner. We removed the factory bumper and installed a custom-made plate bumper with dual swing arms. CBI Offroad Fabrication created the bumper to the client’s specs. The bumper includes a spare tire mount on the passenger-side swing arm and a dual Jerry can mount on the driver’s side. The bumper also includes a high-lift jack mount. When the arms swing open, a pair of camp tables swings down for extra storage when parked. The bumper has a tough powder-coat finish.
Toyota 4Runner Lighting Upgrade
We installed a pair of Rigid Industries diffused lights in the rear bumper corners to provide additional light when parked. We mounted a Rigid Dually light on top of a bar that extends up from the Jerry can holder to serve as a camping light. All the Rigid lights use high-efficiency LEDs, so current draw is minimal.
We installed an illuminated switch from GTR Lighting inside the truck storage area. The switch turns on the rear camping light. To control the lower lights, we used a dash-mounted switch from Air on Board. This switch matches the look of the factory switches in both style and illumination color. Air on Board makes some cool accessory switches for lighting, power and – of course – Zombie Lights. Did we mention we love our jobs?
Rear Vision Camera
To ensure the client would be able to maneuver safely, we installed a Clarion CC520 backup camera and a Clarion CAU001 aluminum frame on the license plate. The license plate frame incorporates LED lighting to ensure the plate can be seen clearly and remains legal. The image from the Clarion camera is displayed on the factory radio. We soldered and properly protected all electrical connections.
When the client returned to Handcrafted to pick up his 4Runner, we gave him a walk-through of how we configured the lighting control and showed him how to operate the split swing-arm system. He loved the way everything looked and was anxious to hit some trails.
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