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The Axial 60-inch Tailgate LED is gonna pack equal parts functionality and styling into the very easy to install universal fit design, making it a great choice for any truck owner out there who's looking to kick things up a bit in the tailgate area. Now, the 60-inch Axial will combine both red and white LEDs which will serve as a running light, brake light, turn signal, and hazard, while those white LEDs will add a little bit more visibility to the reverse lights when backing up. Price point for the light bar itself is gonna hover right around 100 bucks, while the peel and stick plug-and-play install will get a soft one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, and take about an hour at most to complete from start to finish, as we'll show you later in the video. But let's talk a little bit more about what the tailgate bar can do. And honestly, it is pretty impressive given the relatively low price. Now, like most tailgate bar options, it's gonna function as a combination of running light and brake light, which is nice to talk about from a safety aspect. But on top of that, you're also getting things like the added turn signal and hazard functionality, again, increasing the visibility of those intentions.Last but not least, the Axial also incorporates those white LEDs that I mentioned earlier to illuminate when the truck is in reverse, which will not only make you a little bit more visible when backing up, but the bright white lights will also make things a little bit more visible at night, especially for you guys out there running tailgate cameras. But lighting and features aside, the Axial tailgate bar is gonna feature a fully sealed weatherproof case to house all of those bright and modern LEDs. And then finally, the Axial is simply going to mount just beneath the tailgate using the supplied 3M automotive-grade tape which is located on the back for you. So, no drilling, no permanent modification, nothing crazy, and your wiring is just simply going to plug into your trailer hitch making this a very simple job for the most part. Speaking of which, this is a great time to mention just again how easy this install will be, peel and stick job, you're gonna wanna make sure you're starting with a clean surface and then your plug-and-play aspect here. For a majority of the operation, you do need to separately wire in your reverse light functionality which will run up to the reverse light bulb in your factory taillights. Not a hard job whatsoever but to give you a better idea of just how things will go down, feel free to check out our detailed walkthrough and tool breakdown right now.Items used to complete this install include a towel along some cleaning solution, a pair of needlenose pliers, and some electrical tape. All right, guys, getting started here with our Axial light bar install. Again, this is a universal fit piece, you can fit this on any truck. But for the purposes of our video, we are gonna use our F150 behind me. So, your installation wire colors might vary slightly but again, for the most part, this is a plug-and-play job as long as you're using your trailer hitch. Now, if you wanna make for a cleaner install, you can always cut this harness off, hardwire it to the backside of the hitch so you don't see any wires. We're not gonna do that here today because we are gonna return this truck to stock at the end of this video. So, we are gonna plug it in but we're gonna do it in a very cool way, we'll show you a little tip to kind of hide most of the wiring once we get to that portion. But for now, we're going to kind of prep our install here, clean the surface first because this is a 3M job, and then we'll get started with the install.All right, guys, so first things first, we do wanna make sure this area is nice and clean for the 3M tape to have nice strong adhesion. So, alcohol prep pad, any kind of cleaning solution you might have that's non-silicone-based, and a towel will simply get the job done. We're gonna wipe that down first and then get to stick it. Now we can remove our backing on our 3M tape. Now that we have our 3M tape all prepped and ready to go, we're gonna fish or harness down behind the bumper first. I like to orient the harness on the left side or driver side of the light bar itself here, that way it's a little closer to our plug. Again, if your truck's a little bit different at home, depending on whether it's a RAM, Silverado, whatever, I would just make sure that the harness is closest to the trailer plugin here just to make the wiring a little bit easier. So, I'm gonna go ahead and fish this down behind the bumper. I like to go on the outside of the frame horn here. And then we can line up our light bar and prepare to stick it in place.Now on our truck, there's a little ridge which you guys can probably see here if you look closely, we're gonna make sure the light bar is sitting right on top of that, which I think will make for a clean install. Once you get it lined up where you like it, sitting right on top of that ridge like we talked about, go ahead and apply some pressure. Make sure that 3M tape is nice and stuck. All right, guys, so we are again gonna plug this in here, I'll show you a cool little way to route it at least here in our F150. Again, if you are gonna hardwire it, this really isn't gonna matter because you'll just be cutting off the connector and wiring it in place. But for the most part, this is a 99% plug-and-play job. The one lone exception here is going to be your reverse lights. Now, this wire is going to be different from truck to truck, we will show you where to wire it here on our F150. But for now, we're gonna need some extra slack on this wire. So, all you need to do is just separate this from the rest of the harness a little bit, kind of pull it off, and we can have some play with that later on. All right, guys, before we go ahead and plug in our harness, we wanna tackle a reverse light connection first, then we can just save the easy part for last.In order to do so here on our F150, we're going to access the reverse light wire in our trailer harness, which I'll pull down now, show you guys. Unplug it. Now, for us it's gonna be the gray wire up here in our connector. So, I am gonna cut back some of this tape, expose that a little bit more, and then we're gonna use our included vampire clip to tap into that and make our connection for our reverse lights. At that point, we'll go ahead and finish up our install by plugging everything in. So, again, I got my knife here, but if you wanna use a razor blade or whetever you guys have access to. Just make sure you don't cut yourself obviously. You can make a small incision in that tape and kind of pull it back a little bit to reveal our gray wire. Give us a little bit more slack here. And with that tape cut back a little bit, I have a much better view of our reverse wire which is this gray one right here. All right. Knowing that that's our wire we need to tap into, we're gonna again use our included vampire clip. You guys certainly don't have to use this, you could rather just do it the old-fashioned way and splice it. Use a butt connector or solder it, totally up to you. Get one side of the wire, one side of the clip. I'm gonna shorten this wire up eventually here but for now, I'm just gonna put it in there, close that up.Now, it's very important that this is a good connection. And in my experience, doing it with your fingers typically doesn't get the job done. So, what you're gonna wanna do is grab a set of needlenose pliers, or just any kind of pliers and make sure you really give this a good squeeze to make sure that wire is actually contacted by the metal clip in your vampire clip. All right. So I've got my pliers here, again, we're just gonna squeeze this clip to make sure we get that metal clip inside to make its connection. And we're gonna trim a little bit of excess off this wire now as well. There we go. I'll probably go back and clean up this wiring a little bit, maybe wrap it with some electrical tape, just so it's nice and secure, and then we'll plug it back into our harness. All right, with our vampire clip in place, now I just got some electric tape, I'll rewrap that harness, and then we'll show you how to plug the rest in. With that rewrapped, you can go ahead and plug in our harness and get ready for our next step. Up next, we're gonna run our main harness to our trailer connection here. Now, again, the cleanest way to do this install would be to hardwire everything so you don't see any of the harness. But since we're not doing that in this video, we're gonna show you a cool little tip here at least on our F150 that maybe you guys can utilize at home on your truck.We're gonna pop out our license plate bulb light on both sides. And to do so, it's not terribly difficult, you just got to get the side, pinch, and push out.With that removed, we're gonna go ahead and run our main harness up through that hole, the goal being to try to see as little of the harness as possible. Here's our harness we got that through, we can go ahead and make our connection. Plug that in and then try to hide as much of this as possible while still being able to clip back in our license plate bulb. There you go. Again, obviously, not the best-case scenario, you definitely wanna hardwire this for the cleanest look. But all things considered, this isn't a bad option. With everything plugged in, just test the functionality and once everything works, your installation is complete.Hey, guys, we hope you enjoyed this brief review and install of the Universal Fit Axial 60-Inch LED Tailgate Light Bar available for your truck at home. And keep in mind for more cool products and videos like this, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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|Tail Lights Style||Custom Style|
|Tail Light Type||LED|
|Tail Light Lens Color||Smoked|
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