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General Information

Name
KC Ripper
Year
2017
Make
Toyota
Model
Highlander
Color
Ooh La La Rouge Mica
Packages
Limited Platinum
History
2nd owner at 32,000
I'm building this for a unique look. I'll post photos as we complete the build.
Follow me to see the progress. I'll start the installs this week and finish in March/April. Just waiting on my new Toyo tires
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Modifications

Drivetrain
3.5L AWD with K&N filter
Interior
ProComp 6-way light switch
Diode Dynamics interior LED bulbs in all dome lights
Husky Liners vent mounted cell phone holder
Rocky Mountain Radar "The Judge" laser detector/scrambler
Exterior
PIAA RF18 amber LED light bar mounted behind the lower grille
Diode Dynamics fog lights (in OE location)
Rigid Industries D-Series amber flood mount lights behind the lower grille
Curt Mfg Class III trailer hitch
WeatherTech BumpStep
Audio
Stock JBL Premium Sound
Lighting
Diode Dynamics fog lights (in OE location)
PIAA RF18 amber LED light bar mounted behind the lower grille
Rigid amber flood lights mounted behind the lower grille
All controlled by a ProComp SS6 light switch mounted to a headliner bracket (for police lights)
Diode Dynamics LED backup bulbs
Diode Dynamics interior LED bulbs in all locations
Exhaust
Stock
Suspension
ReadyLift 2" front, 1.5" rear suspension leveling kit #69-5421
Wheel and Tire
HD Kink 20x8.5" (+35 offset) wheels in satin gunmetal finish with grey clearcoat mounted on Toyo Open Country AT3 tires 255/55/20 (31")

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I'll get some better photos when the sun comes out and I get it washed again. But here it is with the Readylift 2" leveling kit installed and the factory wheels/tires. I installed the cross bars for the roof rack but the sunroof hit them so I had to pull them back off, which means the rooftop overland/cargo basket came off too. Too bad, it looked good.

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The tires/wheels don't stick out at all. They are a 20x8.5" with a +35 offset so it only sticks out 8mm (about 1/3") more than the factory wheels. No rubbing issues at all with this Readylift kit.

I also added a PIAA RF18 LED light bar (in yellow/amber) behind the grill and a pair of Rigid D-Series 3" LED light pods with an amber flood beam pattern. To have some white light, I swapped the factory fog lights for a set of direct fitting replacement lights from Diode Dynamics. For these, I went with the clear driving beam since I already have the fog and flood patterns covered.

Next up will be upgrading the headlight bulbs to LED.
 

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Looking great. I really like the new wheels though.
Thanks! It was a tough decision. I went with these because they were "different". But they had 4 or 5 different finishes in this same wheel. I almost went with the bronze because I love that look, but I'm afraid it will go out of style quickly and I tend to keep my cars for a while. It's my 1st Toyota that I've owned. Love it so far.
 

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How are you controlling the light bars from the inside? Did you use a switch location blank by the driver side area?

Also do you have an IG page that shows this off and links to stuff? i would be interested in the how you set up the front light bar!
 

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Have you done the LED low/high beam conversion yet?
Yes. I went with Diode Dynamics LED high beams. The low beams were a pain in the butt. I tried 2 different brands and couldn't get them installed due to the offset plug on the highlander. I could get it to go into the opening, but there wasn't enough room to turn the bulb housing to lock them in. I just installed the Lasfit custom made unit that is specific to the Toyota HL. I spent close to an hour on both of the other brands trying to get it to fit. These were about 3 minutes on each side. Here is a link to them.

I'm VERY happy with both of these. It's a night and day difference (pardon the pun) over the stock halogen lights.
 

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How are you controlling the light bars from the inside? Did you use a switch location blank by the driver side area?

Also do you have an IG page that shows this off and links to stuff? i would be interested in the how you set up the front light bar!
No, I used the ProComp SS6 switch bank. You can find it here. I'll try to get a few pics in the next few days. It lets you run up to 6 different components (or pairs of lights). You only have to run 1 set of wires into the cabin. Everything else you want to hook to the switch you just run wires to the engine bay and plug them into the waterproof power bank there. I'm going to add a roof rack and cargo basket with some more lights eventually. Something like this GoRhino SR Rack which is why I wanted the 6 switch unit. For the Diode Dynamics lights that replaced the OE fog lights in the bumper, I just kept that on the factory switch for now. Once I know how many lights I'll have up top I may move those to this switch panel also.

I haven't gotten onto IG yet. But will in the near future. I'll try to post some more pics here in the next few days.
 

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No, I used the ProComp SS6 switch bank. You can find it here. I'll try to get a few pics in the next few days. It lets you run up to 6 different components (or pairs of lights). You only have to run 1 set of wires into the cabin. Everything else you want to hook to the switch you just run wires to the engine bay and plug them into the waterproof power bank there. I'm going to add a roof rack and cargo basket with some more lights eventually. Something like this GoRhino SR Rack which is why I wanted the 6 switch unit. For the Diode Dynamics lights that replaced the OE fog lights in the bumper, I just kept that on the factory switch for now. Once I know how many lights I'll have up top I may move those to this switch panel also.

I haven't gotten onto IG yet. But will in the near future. I'll try to post some more pics here in the next few days.
@BoyDaBoss Here are some pics of the ProComp switch unit. I installed it in the "shelf" under the radio. Ignore the cords. Those are for phone chargers, radar, etc. It's a very clean, install when you get done with it. And it's around $250. WAY less than the S-Pod units or similar ones. It comes with a few dozen decals to label the individual switches. Each switch can be programmed as an on/off like you would use for lights, or for a momentary switch like you'd use for a horn. Each button lights up red (off position) or blue when it's on.
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