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DIY: Baja Designs Squadron-R Sport, 14+ Mount Kit & Bezel

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by MotoTundra, Aug 29, 2017.

  1. Jan 5, 2018 at 8:00 PM
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  4. Jan 6, 2018 at 5:07 AM
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    Thank you!
     
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  5. Jan 6, 2018 at 11:19 AM
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    Here's a pic of how the foam squares are supposed to stick on the tabs according to the instructions/diagram shown in pic (hard to see). You can see it's quite thick.

    IMG_4758.jpg

    Approximately 3 times the height of the slot you have to insert it into.
    IMG_4759.jpg

    It's tricky unless you have four hands. I found the best way was to come over the top with the slots and pinch the foam down while rotating the housing down into position and pushing the tabs through. Easier said than done believe me.
    IMG_4760.jpg

    Here's what it looks like inserted. Now way to make it pretty or neat and clean, this is as good as it gets.
    IMG_4761.jpg

    The foam makes tightening the OEM screw challenging but, as Bailey said, it should help with vibration. I believe that's true but have concerns about durability/longevity and what happens when the foam and adhesive get hot and cold and eventually break down and come out. Then you're gonna have some serious vibration issues I'm afraid because that OEM screw is gonna be loose. We'll see. I live in the perfect environment to test that (Dry and high 90's in the summer, 250" +/- of snow with lows down to 25 below in the winter, plenty of moisture, road salt, dust and mud too.

    Anyway, here she is all tucked in.
    IMG_4763.jpg

    Makes the factory headlights look pretty weak and dirty.
    IMG_4764.jpg IMG_4770.jpg

    Before: Low beams with stock fogs.
    IMG_4747.jpg

    After: Low beams with Squadron Sport
    IMG_4769.jpg

    Amazing difference.

    I hope this was or will be helpful to someone. Feel free to ask questions.
     
  6. Jan 6, 2018 at 11:47 AM
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    They look great @Abel Sneed , you can tell by the pictures they are doing their job!

    I see what you mean about the foam. I will say I don't have the foam and I haven't had any vibration issues. Hopefully you will be good to go.
     
  7. Jan 8, 2018 at 9:17 AM
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    Thanks for posting your feedback and pictures. The truck looks great with the lights on there. Glad you're enjoying the lights!

    -Bailey, Baja Designs
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  8. Jan 21, 2018 at 11:40 AM
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    @Tundracollector how do you angle them down, and when you do it do you need a new bezel and also, does it create a gap in the fitment. I'm ready to go with these in Amber and cornering if I can validate how to angle them down.
    Thanks!
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  9. Jan 21, 2018 at 4:36 PM
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    Well the bezels weren’t offered yet when I bought my squadrons so I do have a small gap. Also from what I seen, the bezels don’t let you adjust the squadrons very much because they make contact with the fog light surround.

    It’s really easy to tilt them down, since you have to mount the brackets on the squadrons, just rotate the brackets a bit before tightening them.

    I know that’s a sucky description but all you need to do is have them in front of you and you’ll get it.
     
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  10. Jan 21, 2018 at 5:24 PM
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    Cool - thanks for the reply!
     
  11. Jan 21, 2018 at 5:41 PM
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    As @Tundracollector said, Their kit was installed before our Squadron Angled Bezel was included. The Squadron Angled bezel was designed to eliminate the gap found on these kits but does limit your adjustment. If you are looking for maximum adjustment, and don't mind a small gap, purchase our Squadron-R Series Lights and Fog Pocket Kit but keep the standard Round Bezel instead of installing the Squadron Angled Bezel.

    Squadron-R, Sport, Pair
    https://www.bajadesigns.com/products/Squadron-R-Sport-LED-Light-Pair.asp

    OR

    Squadron-R, Pro, Pair
    https://www.bajadesigns.com/products/Squadron-R-Pro-LED-Light-Pair.asp

    Plug and Play, Fog Pocket Kit (14-18 Tundra)
    https://www.bajadesigns.com/product...-Current-Tundra-14-Current-Fog-Pocket-Kit.asp

    We do offer a 10% Discount to Forum Members! This also includes $5 shipping to the Lower 48. Code: BDForums

    -Bailey, Baja Designs
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  12. Jan 21, 2018 at 5:42 PM
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    X2 regarding the angle and the bezels. In my opinion with the bezels they get mounted into the angle BD set them at. I think the angle is fine as it is, but I see what you are trying to do for street use. With enough tools and motivation I'm sure you can find a way to angle them down somehow.

    Edit: BD beat me to the punch with a better answer.
     
  13. Jan 21, 2018 at 6:19 PM
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    I feel like the bd’s are wasted when pointing them down.
     
  14. Jan 21, 2018 at 6:43 PM
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    They are wasted when they are off too, tilting them slightly allows me to run them all the time without being too blinding
     
  15. Feb 1, 2018 at 12:16 PM
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    I finally got mine in and installed! I ordered mine back before Christmas, but because I am a cheap Canadian I had them shipped to the border and had my folks border hop and pick them up. Finally went for a family visit and picked them up! Thanks to the OP for the description. I was able to set them up and get them ready to go before heading out to the garage to install them (-20 degrees Celsius). Should have arranged them a bit better but the passenger side is on the right and drivers side is upside down on the left.
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    I took a snapshot of the housing from the back to show the blue tab as it sits I just undid them from here and installed them from the well well without pulling the housing. It was pretty cold and I was worried the plastic tabs would just snap. Just used a screwdriver to pop out the blue tab and took out the one screw and popped in the new lights and buttoned everything back up! Took about 20 minutes per side.
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  16. Feb 1, 2018 at 1:17 PM
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    Nice! What are your thoughts on the output?
     
  17. Feb 2, 2018 at 11:30 AM
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    Well, my squadron sports arrive today. Since I had pulled my stocks out from the front, I plan to do the same. I cut off the clip holding the wire harness to the truck earlier so I have more play in the wires. My plan is to attach the squadrons and then push into to place from the front and avoid going through the wheel well. I'll post back results.
     
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  18. Feb 2, 2018 at 12:22 PM
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    If you have any photos of the truck during the day or night, we'd love to see them! Feel free to share:
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/baja-designs-general-discussion-thread.2844/

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    And what a difference in lighting. Can’t wait to get my retro headlights next month to really see and match the 5000k temp. Love them!
     
  23. Feb 2, 2018 at 6:30 PM
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    Sounds like you are going to own the night. A retro and some BD's are a great combo in my opinion!
     
  24. Mar 27, 2018 at 3:20 PM
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    So this is for the 2018 Tundra's...or at least mine lol. I had read a bunch of the previous installs and was prepared with way too many tools. I wanted to post this up to hopefully save some new truck owners some time and frustration.

    I got the Squadron Sport Wide Cornering Amber lights from bajadesigns.com and used the "BDForums" code to get the lights for $337 shipped to my door.
    The kit included the two lights with the bezels already installed, the mounting hardware, all the wiring harness stuff to make it plug 'n play, and some small foam squares that are now included to help with vibration and to keep the lights secure. (It's debatable whether or not that foam is needed....pretty snug without)

    Tools needed -
    • Plastic trim pry tool
    • Phillips head screwdriver
    • Alan wrench for Baja light housing brackets

    Before picture
    [​IMG]

    After removing the interior fender wall...luckily not breaking those little clips/tabs that hold the plastic liner to the chrome bumper. And I didn't find the dreaded blue tab that is located on some of the Tundra fog light housings...And 20 minutes of frustration on how to remove the housing, I was left with this.
    [​IMG]

    After feeling around for a while from the back side of the light, I decided that it may be easier to remove the housing from the front of the vehicle. And I was right. The only thing holding the housing in place are two tabs. All you need to do is depress the top tab with a little plastic pry tool and pull it out from the top slowly and then pull it out from the bottom.
    [​IMG]

    Here is what the top tab looks like.
    [​IMG]

    The factory wiring harness is clipped into the frame of the vehicle so the light is not going to give you much room when you pull it out from the front of the vehicle. Don't panic. Just reach over the top of the light and depress the connector clip from the housing. You should be able to do this with one hand.
    [​IMG]

    Go ahead and attach the metal hardware to the new Squadron housings. Cut the foam pieces and apply them to metal tabs like this. I used a pocket knife and super glue.
    [​IMG]

    Install the light into the factory housing and slowly coax some of the foam between the metal light bracket and the factory housing area. I used a pocket knife. It doesn't need to be pretty in my opinion.
    [​IMG]

    Put the wiring harnesses together as instructed with the Baja instructions. I didn't have a voltmeter so I went with my intuition. I'm not sure how Toyota decides on the coloring scheme but here's how it was for my truck. On the passenger side, from the factory wiring, pink was positive and white with a black stripe was negative. On the driver side, blue was positive and white with a black stripe was negative. For the baja lights, brown is positive and black is negative. Anyways, get all that straight and pop the housing back into the bumper. Put it back in as you pulled it out. Insert on the bottom and gently pop it in up top. As you can see the gap between the light and the housing is negligible with the bezels.
    [​IMG]

    After it's all buttoned up....
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Hope some of that helps you new owners out. I can post up some night photos later if ya'll want.
     
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    Looks great! Thanks for sharing your install with us.

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    Well I've had them for almost a year now. Still Loving them, no issues at all!
     
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    Happy to hear!

    Almost a year though?! Where is time going? :confused:
     
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