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SR5 Headlight Upgrade to DRL Headlights DIY

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Taco-Man18, Nov 12, 2018.

  1. Nov 12, 2018 at 4:03 PM
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    Taco-Man18

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    Hi all,

    So I picked up a set of DRL headlights to upgrade from the stock SR5 non-DRLs, had to black them out of course lol.

    I haven't seen a DIY for this and have also seen tons of questions around what wire is what and where does it go?

    So I figured I'd knock this out for everyone.


    I made some harnesses to make it all plug and play with the exception of tapping into the power of the headlight wire.

    If anyone with an SR5 is interested in doing this, I can make a harness/connector kit for you.

    Please see my For Sale thread with the Harness Kits.

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/fs-socal-sr-sr5-drl-headlight-upgrade-harness-kits.583968/

    Driver's side wires
    Headlight connector: +Red | -White/Black
    DRL/Turn Signal connector: - White/Black | +Red (New DRL Wire) | +Brown (Turn signal wire)

    Passenger's side wires
    Headlight connector: +Blue | -White/Black
    DRL/Turn Signal connector: -White/Black | +Blue (New DRL Wire) | +Lt Blue (Turn signal wire)



    Wires on the new DRL harness I made: - Black | +High Red | +Low Orange
    Wires on the 3-Pin harness I made:
    Ground: -Black (I grounded where the current 10mm ground points are for the headlight ground wires. Driver's is next to the battery and passenger's is next to the washer fluid tank)
    DRL Hi: That will be your +High wire (Either Red for driver or Blue for passenger side)
    Power: +White (This wire will tap into your +Headlight wire)
    IMG_9950.jpg


    SR5 Stock 3-Pin DRL/Turn Signal connector to New DRL and New Turn Signal

    Some notes here: I popped the white part of the connector forward so I could cleanly, unpin the wires. I then only cut the female pin on the DRL wires and attached a male side so it would go into the new 3-Pin harness I made.


    Driver Side:
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    IMG_9955.jpg

    Passanger Side:
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    Once I had everything wired, I re-loomed and taped everything back up so that it looked stock

    IMG_9956.jpg


    There you go, all done!!!

    DRL Only
    IMG_9962.jpg

    DRL with turn signal (managed to catch it quick enough)
    IMG_9970.jpg
     

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  2. Dec 17, 2018 at 9:16 PM
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    Beef Nachos

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  3. Dec 18, 2018 at 2:19 PM
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    caribe makaira

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    DRL's turn OFF when headlights are selected, does this MOD do that?
     
  4. Dec 18, 2018 at 5:12 PM
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    The DRL's do not turn off when the headlights are turned on, they simply dim.

    This is set up to work just like the models above the SR/SR5.
     
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  5. Dec 18, 2018 at 6:08 PM
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    Just verified...they don't dim, they just stay ON:thumbsup:
     
  6. Dec 18, 2018 at 6:10 PM
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    There you have it :thumbsup:. It's a bit of a different setup for the SR/SR5's as the DRL is also the turn signal
     
  7. Dec 18, 2018 at 9:25 PM
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    Alright, so always on and dim while headlights are on? Flash for turn signal at full brightness in both cases?
     
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  8. Dec 18, 2018 at 10:08 PM
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    Yes, can be on w/ or w/o headlights. It is said the DRLs dim when you turn on the headlights, but I don't really notice a difference.

    The flash for turn signal is full brightness in both cases.
     
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  9. Dec 19, 2018 at 4:42 AM
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    Thanks!
     
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  10. Dec 25, 2018 at 11:47 PM
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    I have an sr5 and I just put switch back bulbs in the amber turn signals, will they still work?
     
  11. Dec 26, 2018 at 12:53 AM
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    Hey,

    I'm not 100% positive that your switchback bulbs will still function the same way they are currently.

    Might want to see what kind of LED bulb members with DRL headlights are using?

    I'll search around as well.
     
  12. Dec 26, 2018 at 4:44 AM
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    Cool thanks. Will also check around.
     
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    Can I downgrade to sr5 headlights ? I have a 17' TRD ORSB with led strip and can't stand the white light
     
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  15. Jun 22, 2019 at 5:06 PM
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    I think you can disable the DRL from the radio? At least you can from the radio on the SR5.

    or you can just unplug the DRL harness?
     
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  16. Jun 22, 2019 at 6:33 PM
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    Pull the DRL fuse.
    upload_2019-6-22_21-32-57.jpg
     
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  17. Jun 23, 2019 at 4:34 PM
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    Worked out great:thumbsup: Thanks
     
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  19. May 13, 2020 at 2:19 AM
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    Awesome write up! I’m planning on upgrading my dam sr5 non led headlights to some better led Drls as soon as I can get my hands on some. This wrote up is perfect! Can you pm me? I’m interested in your wiring setup
     
  20. May 23, 2020 at 12:57 AM
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    Yass, Exactly what i needed. Sent you a message Taco!
     

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