(approx) 45 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com. And today, we're taking a closer look at and installing the Axial Black LED Tail Lights, available for the '14 to '18 Silverado 1500, without factory LED Tail Lights. You should be checking this out from Axial if you're looking to spice up the rear-end look of your Silverado to get a more modernized updated tail light finish, something that's brighter and more attractive and overall a little bit more aggressive. This particular design replaces the factory traditional light with a black interior housing to give you the impression of a smoked light without hindering any light output because it still has that clear lens. Inside, you can see two top and bottom running lights, bright red C-shaped, which I think gives it a nice modern look, kind of the impression of a daytime running light. In between, you'll have your reverse light and also, you'll get multiple red LED tail lights to work as your turn signals and, of course, the regular tail lights. Now, this set here, is a complete redesign and I'll break that down comparing it to the stock lights in just a little bit. Know that this kit does come as a pair, right around 400 bucks. And the install is gonna get a simple one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Anybody can tackle this in the driveway at home with about an hour from start to finish. The job here does not require any splicing. There's no cutting. There's no wiring. It is a direct plug and play. Now, if you do have factory LEDs, this one's not gonna be for you. There's a bunch of options in the category for you to choose from. This guy is strictly gonna work for non-LED equipped factory trucks. Really what you're gonna be doing is just reusing the factory bulb sockets and plugging in your new LED harness right into where the bulb used to be. So, what do you say we head right over, start the uninstall? I'm gonna walk you through every step. Let's get to it.Tools used in this install include an impact gun or a ratchet and a T15 Torx socket. First step, guys, drop your tailgate, grab your T15 Torx bit. I'm gonna use an impact gun on my lowest setting, a ratchet works just as well. Remove the two bolts holding on the tail light from the inside on our driver side first then we'll repeat for the other side. All right, so you can see the top bolt here. I'm gonna get this guy off. Same thing for the bottom one. From here, you're gonna pull back on the tail light. Now, you might have to put a little bit of firm pressure in because on the side here, they're clipped into the body of the vehicle. So, we're just gonna pull this guy straight back. From here, we're gonna twist and disconnect the factory bulbs. Just like that. We can set the factory housing aside.All right, so we got our driver side tail light off of our '15 Silverado behind me. It's on the table next to our Axial Black option. I wanna take you through some similarities and differences between the two. Let's start with similarities. Now, the OEM quality is gonna be the same on our new Axial Tail Light. So, the build of the housing is gonna be the same grade plastic and the fitment is gonna be OEM spec. So, as far as similarities, that's really it.The differences are blowing away. The difference here is a complete redesign in the housing. It does have a clear exterior lens but the interior is now a matte black finish, kinda gives you that impression of smoked tail light without actually impeding on any of the lighting output. The factory light, of course, has that very traditional chrome red reflective interior. It's kind of outdated, not very modern. This guy here, complete redesign. Inside of that, you'll see the upper and lower running light bars. It's kind of a C shape there that will work with your tail light and your turn signals. Also, in between each of those will be six individual LEDs, which will again work with the tail light and the turn signals. You then have the reflector light and your reverse light right in the middle. You will be transferring over your factory reverse light bulb. So, we will have to reuse that from the factory harness on our '15 behind me. On the side here, you're also getting two accent lights, not something you'd get with the factory light. So, it does add a little bit more styling, in addition to that complete redesign. That's something I really do like about these new Axials. And I do wanna flip it over and then focus one more second on the actual wiring here. So, we'll pop in our factory bulb sockets. But because we're using new updated LEDs, it's really gonna have this plug and play that will go right into the factory side. So, we'll pop the bulbs out and just reuse that bulb housing. The reverse light again, will just seat right in here. And they're just gonna twist and lock right into place. No splicing, no wiring, none of that nonsense. It's gonna be super simple. What I wanna do at this point is toss our factory light aside because you don't need that anymore. Let's take this over to the truck and start installing.All right, jumping back over to the vehicle, what we're gonna have to do first is look at our factory harness and as you can see, our bulbs are still in place. This middle guy, the smallest bulb is our reverse light. We're gonna keep that there. But we are gonna have to pop out the tail light bulbs. In order to do that, grab the bulb at the base. You're gonna just shimmy it back and forth and disconnect. Can set that aside. Do the same thing for this bottom guy. Just like that. From here, take your tail light and we're gonna prop this guy up on the bumper. I'm gonna look at these harnesses for a second. So, here is your tail light harness, these two. And above that is your reverse light. What you're gonna wanna do is take this LED harness and put it into that factory bulb socket where the bulb was. Now, when you do that, you wanna take note of the colored wire positions on that factory harness. As you can see, we have a black, a brown, and a green. We wanna line up the black on the same side as the black wire on our new LED harness. So, if I look at it this way, our black wire is on the right. So, I wanna take this harness and plug it in so that the black wire is also on the right. That's matching your ground to your ground and your power to your power. Otherwise, they won't work properly. So, do that for both sides of the harness. All right, from there, we can take those bulbs and set them into their housing. All right, so now we can take our reverse light and pop it into the slot right above. You may have to bring the tail light pretty close in to get it to lock into place. From here, we're gonna take our housing and push it into place on the vehicle. Just like that. Take the factory hardware and tighten it down to the inside. So, I'm just gonna put these in place by hand and then we can grab our impact gun or our ratchet, and the T15 socket, and tighten them down. All right, repeat on the other side.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Axial Black LED Tail Lights available for the '14 to '18 Silverado 1500 without factory LEDs. If you wanna pick them up, you can do so exclusively right here at americantrucks.com
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