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Well, my wife and I made some changes:
Moved from Houston, TX to Denver, Co
Had our first son Cooper
Switch from a 2005 SR5 to a 2016 Trail Premium
It's been busy around our house...with little sleep.

Needless to say, my first mod was installing a child seat base. But I already have a list going in my Google Drive of what I want to add to this beast. And with the mountains at our door step, they're a lot more "justifiable".

The mods will start slow, but I'll update as we go.

The day I brought my Trail home:


Mod list:
Exterior:
Gamiviti Roof Rack w/ light bar
4300K HID w/ IS350 Bi-Xenon projectors STi-R clear lenses
DRL's Re-wired eventually to demon eyes of my projectors UPDATE: removed jumpers to go back to original
BajaDesigns Squadron-R Sport Wide Corner Amber Fogs

Interior:
Stereo USB/Aux Plug in Glove compartment
Full-time Dual USB Charger in glove compartment
OEM Sliding Rear Cargo Deck - self installed
WeatherTech FloorLiners Front & Rear

Armor/Off Road Gear:
General Tires ATX 265/70/17 E-rating
RCI sliders
Rear Recovery Point
ARB Breather for Rear Diff and E-Locker
Maxtrax
ARB Snatch Recovery Strap
2x Bubba Rope Synthetic Shackles
ARB CKM12 mounted in the bottle jack compartment now on a custom bracket
Quad Air-up/down System

Comms/Nav:
Icom IC-2730A HAM Radio
Baofeng BF-F9 V2+ HAM Radio
Cobra 75 W ST w/ 3ft Antenna
Nav Override with AOB Switch

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2005 SR5 Pic and Mod list

One of the best/last pictures of my 2005 SR5:


Here's a list of mods I made on it:
2005 SR5 Silver
Dual bike roof rack | 4300K Acura TL Low Beam Retrofit | Independent 3000K Fog Lights w/ delay | Scion T10015 Head Unit | LED Tail Lamps | Interior LED Lights | Back Window Hack | WeatherTech liners w/ mod | Homelink | Maplight Mod | Constant Power Windows

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Snow and Pizza Run with Rising Sun 4x4 Club

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Nice welcome to colorado! You will see 4runner on every corner here. Which area did you move to? Kind of looks like Broomfield or Stapleton area?

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We had it a week and had to test out some of the 4WD features. The CRAWL function is really cool! Made it out to Loch Lomond, a ROCKY, 2.5mi out&back. Already itchin' to get back to the trails...
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Nice welcome to colorado! You will see 4runner on every corner here. Which area did you move to? Kind of looks like Broomfield or Stapleton area?

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Stapleton. The state seems split between Subarus and 4Runners (or heeps).
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Short updated: Took Champ to the dealership and had them go through the "Customize Parameter" settings list. I printed off this attachment and highlighted what I wanted changed. Glad I did that because the technician had no idea what I was talking about.

Dealership said they couldn't make the Fob Lock Function roll up the 4 door windows. Claimed it was a typo in the manual. It will work with the key in the door.

If I can figure out how to have Constant Power Windows like my 4th Gen, that may be an acceptable alternative. Not nearly as easy since there is no master window relay and all the switches and motors are on 8 different fuses.

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Made it out to Bill Moore Lake this past weekend with the Rising Sun 4x4 Club.
They were drive some classic Land Cruisers while I was rolling in my stock 4Runner. They were actually really impressed with how well it was handling the trail.




Had the dash board lit up like a Christmas tree!
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HID Retrofit with IS 350 projector

Retrofitted my head lights to HID! So glad to be behind HID lights again! My 4th Gen was retrofitted with Acura TL's before I traded it in, so I was ready to get back to HID.

Struggled with getting the OEM headlamps open and ended up buying TYC headlamps. Baked each one at 285*F for 40 minutes and the fell apart like butter. Jury's still out on how well they re-sealed, but if I have any trouble with them, I'll buy glue from The Retrofit Source (TRS).

Here's my parts list:
•IS350 projectors - (eBay) these have the holes for the bulbs on the side, just like the OEM's. They are also Bi-Xenon so they have a high beam solenoid. I wanted this feature.
•HID Kit - (TRS) these guys make great quality stuff. Used them before and NEVER had a problem with their stuff.
~~D2S bulbs 4300K - (TRS) the IS are D4S, but these bulbs fit the slot and groves with no modification needed. Plus, TRS doesn't sell D4S.
~~Ballasts - TRS's ballast have separate wire harnesses (included) so it you were in the middle of an upgrade from H11 (or other) to D2S, all you have to do is buy the harness.
~~Relay harness - (TRS) 5th Gens have H11 bulbs. The headlamps have a harness that connects to the OEM wiring and to the bulb through a grommet to help seal the headlamp. I removed this wire harness (I will cut and shorten it later) and connected it between the OEM wiring and TRS's relay harness.
•TYC headlamps - (eBay) your choice. I struggled with opening my OEM's and opted for these, because you have to remove the bumper to get to the headlamps so I wasn't rushed to finish and have the car drivable every day as it is my DD. The TYC headlamps came with the wire harness and all 4 bulbs

Tools:
•Dremel (or other compact cutting tool)
•QuikSteel - (Autozone) I thought these projectors would mount in the OEM holes on the mounting shroud and make this real easy. That was not the case. Don't let that deter you because QuikSteel dries in 10 minutes and is really easy to work with.

Remove the bumper: Click here
Remove headlight - 4 bolts: 3 on top, 1 on the side
Remove all the bulbs, screws (including the 7 around edges of headlamp that help seal it) and pull the wire harness out of the plug.
Bake: 285*F for 40 minutes (for TYC lights - OEM: YMMV)
Pull apart headlamp and remove mounting shroud

The original projector is mounted to the shroud by three bolts. Before removing it, I clamped the shroud to a board and marked the cut off on the wall. Since I was using my garage door, magnets worked well and were adjustable as the process moved forward.

Next, with the IS projectors turned on, I moved them into the shroud to see how close it would line up to the original cut off. Using a dremel with a titanium carbide blade, I cut back enough of the shroud to fit the projector and ballast wire in place with the correct cut off. WARNING: the projector gets HOT!! Work fast.

With enough cut back, I used the QuikSteel to "glue" it in place, all the while holding the projector at the right cut off angle. See warning above.





Once the QuikSteel dried and is securing the projector top and bottom, I put more at the left and right. I was mindful not to cover bolts. I made it possible to go back and change out the lenses to STI-R for a cleaner cut off line if I feel so incline. I'm happy with it now, but I left the upgrade option available.

Haven't found a DARK alley to take pictures that do it justice, but here's what crappy night iPhone pics I have:


Haven't wired up the high beam solenoid yet. That will be on the next update.
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Wired up the solenoids for the IS350 BiXenon Retrofit. This is down a dark street and then on the high berm next to the road. Sorry, I didn't take any pictures without the stock high beam lights to show the BiXenon solenoid difference.

Low Beam only


Low + BiXenon Solenoid and Stock High Beam


Low Beam only


Low + BiXenon Solenoid and Stock High Beam


I absolutely love how these look OEM! Walking the car, you'd never tell that these were changed out.

Still waiting it out, but the OCD side of me might win to buy the STI-R lens for a cleaner cut off line. It works as is for those that are worried, there's just more random light above the cut off than I'd prefer. Even though it's only noticeable pulling up to walls, I'm only seeing it when I park in my garage.

Now I can retrofit the High Beam slot to house auxiliary off-road lights! (long term planning)
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How did you wire up the high beams? I'm about to tackle this myself in my girlfriends 2015.

Also did you make a bracket for the IS350 heads? How'd that whole situation work out?

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How did you wire up the high beams? I'm about to tackle this myself in my girlfriends 2015.

Also did you make a bracket for the IS350 heads? How'd that whole situation work out?

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Welcome to the forum! Hope this helps you out with your retrofit project.

I bought P/N HWH103 from Napa. It's a 9005 wire harness which has both the male and female plugs. It's an extension cord if your plug won't reach to your lights. I used the male end to connect to the Toyota high beam plug. (The pins determine male and female, not the plastic body) These parts are stored in the back. Write down this part number when you go. It will save you a lot of explaining.

No bracket, just trimmed the OEM shroud with a dremel and used QuikSteel to "glue" the projector in place. Thought about making a bracket so the IS 350 could be screwed onto the OEM shroud, but working with QuikSteel is so easy. I used a vice clamp to hold the OEM shroud to a board of wood - nothing technical. Before removing the OEM projector, I marked where the HID projector needed to light up on the wall.

Biggest set back was buying new headlamps. I really struggled opening up the OEM lights. TYC's were a breeze to open after baking them at 280*F for 40-60mins.

Hope I answered everything. If not, reply again.
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Hijacked the Navigation!

I was tired of the navigation locking my wife out while I am driving and she is using the navigation input. I was going to take the "easy way out" and buy a module I found on a link, but promptly received an email stating they no longer sold them.

***Warning: I DO NOT condone driving and using devices! This mod was completed purely for the use of my Navigator (passenger). I am not liable for injury or accident as there are reasons Toyota set up the computer the way they did. DO NOT DRIVE WITH YOUR EYES OFF THE ROAD!!***

Now to the fun part - Parts required:
Switch: AOB: Press to Turn Something On
5 Pin Relay
OEM Pins for the OEM Connector

I'm still in the mind set of making all/most of my mods reversible, especial with electrical work - I hate cutting OEM harnesses. Also, had I messed up, I can pull the whole "new" harness and start over.

I searched the junk yards for the same OEM connector pin that is the speed sensor input. Found one from an 06 Prius (knew those things were good for something). Was able to pull a small 5-Pin relay out of a Toyota too.



Close up on the pin. Grind down a metal male pin to insert into the OEM Female Pin.



Here's the diagram of how this harness is wired up with the switch and 5-Pin relay. Using a 5-pin relay makes the switch interrupt the signal.
-Switch off - factory mode
-Switch on - Mod Mode
I didn't want the "ON" light illuminated all the time.


I pulled power, ground, and the dashboard illumination from the Air Conditioning controls just above the switch. 3M taps were all I needed for those connections.
Dashlights

Dashlights + Mod Mode

Mod Mode Only


Now, here's the short comings.
This wiring tells the computer, "The car is stopped." The map will not updated your location while this mod is active. If that's not a big deal, you're done. Wire it up and go. Once you turn the switch off and return to factory mode, it does take while for the map to updated. The GPS will know immediately which direction you're traveling and display that and move the map. However, the map will show your direction at the point you turned on Mod Mode. So I wasn't traveling on roads until the map updated.

I might look into adding/building this module in the coming weeks as I see necessary with how bad the Mod Mode -> Factory Mode switch annoys me.
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Mounted an ARB CKMA12 in the bottle jack compartment. Had the "idea" prior to seeing that @fargo4x4 had actually done it. Love how helpful this forum is! But with that comes the lack of original mods, but I'll think of an original mod eventually.

On to the pictures!


It is tight in that compartment, and it was an ordeal to mount the compressor! What really helped was pulling up the carpet and pulling the side panel out of the way to get more access than the small door. Here's a shot looking up behind the compressor:

I suggest using a box wrench with a ratchet end.

The best part of this mod - the door still fits and hides everything!


UPDATE!!
The OEM bracket that holds the jack tools started to crack, so I made a custom bracket.
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Mounted an ARB CKMA12 in the bottle jack compartment. Had the "idea" prior to seeing that @fargo4x4 had actually done it. Love how helpful this forum is! But with that comes the lack of original mods, but I'll think of an original mod eventually.

On to the pictures!


It is tight in that compartment, and it was an ordeal to mount the compressor! What really helped was pulling up the carpet and pulling the side panel out of the way to get more access than the small door. Here's a shot looking up behind the compressor:

I suggest using a box wrench with a ratchet end.

The best part of this mod - the door still fits and hides everything!
Came out great! Looks just like ours but your install looks cleaner haha!
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