Subaru BRZ / Scion FRS LED Light Bar Install

Have you ever seen a light bar on a truck and thought it would be cool to have one on your car? Well, that’s exactly what was done to this 2014 Subaru BRZ! If anything, a high powered off road light just brings this little Subaru one step closer to it’s rally racing heritage! This a GTR Lighting 22” Tactical LED light bar. This light bar produces nearly 11,000 lumens of light and uses 132 watts of energy! This light bar from GTR Lighting can be lit in different configurations: just the outside, just the inside, or all sections together to light up the whole bar. The center section used 6 10w LEDs, and the outer sections use 24 5w LEDs.

GTR LED lightbar installed on Subaru BRZ

GTR LED lightbar installed on Subaru BRZ

GTR LED lightbar installed on Subaru BRZ
In this blog we won’t take you through every single step of the install, but we want to show you what it takes. To take off the bumper there is a series of bolts along the top that need to come off, and in each wheel well liner the Philips-head clips need to be removed. Underneath, the lower engine tray is connected to the bottom lip of the bumper with plastic clips that also need to be removed. At that point, the whole bumper can be removed to gain access to the bumper support behind the grille where we will attach the light bar.

The light bar was installed by drilling holes bumper support for the mounting bolts to attach. We ran a bolt up with a spacer so the light bar would clear the lip. The hole on the front allows for a location to put the nut on the bolt to hold the light bar in place. The trick was to take a lot of measurements to get the light bar centered and to drill just once.

GTR Lighting LED Light bar

GTR Lighting LED Light bar

The wiring goes up and underneath the headlight. The harness we created runs to the battery and through the firewall into the BRZ interior through pre-existing rubber grommet on the firewall. The rubber grommet is huge and has plenty of room to run our new light bar relay harness. With the wire harness running inside the car, we were able to install some GTR Lighting Halo Switches in the center console.

BRZ wiring harness install

GTR Lighting LED Light bar

Watch the video from Black Top Racing here to see more details about how to install an LED light bar on your Subaru BRZ or Scion FR-S!

Truck-Lite 4×6 LED Headlights

Available September 2015 HERE

Truck-Lite developed and brought to market the world’s first 100% LED sealed beam style 7″ round H6024 headlight a decade ago, and since then they have been a leader in the LED headlight market around the world! The Truck-Lite company now has a second generation of 5×7″ LED sealed beam headlight replacements, and 7″ round LED sealed beam headlight replacements and in September of 2015 they will be releasing the all new 4×6″ LED headlight sealed beam replacement.

This new sealed beam replacement style headlight will be a plug and play upgrade for anyone running 4" x 6" sealed beam style housings, high beam and low beam will be separate.

This new sealed beam replacement style headlight will be a plug and play upgrade for anyone running 4″ x 6″ sealed beam style housings, high beam and low beam will be separate.

Semi trucks, tractor trailers, cars, tractors and light trucks have been using the 1A1 and 2A1 style (4×6″) headlights for ages, and this year a new LED version will be available! These new LED headlights from Truck-Lite should sell for less than $200 each.

The system will offer a beam pattern with improved width and longer reach in a build that is designed to be lightweight.  The LED lighting provides several improvements over alternatives including longer life, better lumen maintenance and improved color.

A 9-33v multi-volt design ensures that the 4×6 LED headlight system works with any vehicle that uses industry standard 4×6-inch cutouts including buses, off-road vehicles and medium-duty trucks. With proper mounting, the headlights exceed FMVSS-108 and CMVSS-108 DOT requirements for both low and high beam performance.

“Our goal is to get LED lighting and its safety benefits into as many vehicles as possible. Truck-Lite received feedback from the market that there was a demand for this, and we’re thrilled to respond so quickly, and with such a high-caliber product,” said Brian Kupchella, president and COO.

How to install HID or LED headlight bulbs in the 2014-2016 Tundra:

In order to replace the headlights in the 2015 Toyota Tundra, we have to take the headlights off the truck. There isn’t much room back there to squeeze your hand in and do all the work, so we’re going to remove the grille and the trim pieces below the headlights. From there you can unbolt the actual headlights and replace the light bulbs.

To remove the grille, there are two plastic clips on the top corners and they can be removed with a trim tool. There are also four 10 mm bolts that can be removed with a socket or screw driver. Once the grille is unbolted, it pulls away from the truck.

Removing plastic clips from tundra grille

removing bolts from tundra grille

Now that the grille is off, the trim panels below the headlights will also need to be removed. These pieces also have plastic clips and can be removed with the trim tool. Once the clips are removed, all that’s left holding the trim piece in place are tabs on the side of the vehicle.

Pull the panel out ward away from the vehicle to detach the tabs.

removing tundra front trim

removing tundra front trim 2

Now remove the three bolts from the headlight housing. Two bolts are located on the top of the headlight and one is on the side.

removing the tundra headlight housing

With a towel placed on the lower bumper to avoid scratches, lift upwards on the two arms at the top of the headlight where the bolts were removed.

removing the tundra headlight housing 2

removing the tundra headlight housing 3

Now we have access to everything on the back of the headlight: parking lights, blinkers, and headlight bulbs.

removing the tundra headlight housing 4

 

There are several 2014 – 2016 Tundra headlight products already available:

Halogen Headlight Bulbs:

2015 Tundra Halogen Vision X Headlight Bulbs, H4

2015 Tundra Halogen Vision X Headlight Bulbs, H4

HID Headlight Kit:

2015 Tundra HID conversion kit, H4 bulbs.

2015 Tundra HID conversion kit, H4 bulbs.

LED Headlight Bulbs:

LED Headlight Bulbs for 2014 - 2016 Tundra.

LED Headlight Bulbs for 2014 – 2016 Tundra.