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Hey, guys. It's Sara from americantrucks.com and today we have a review and install of the Axial black projector headlights with CCFL halos fitting your '07 to '13 Chevy Silverado. These headlights feature a bi-level design with black housings and halos that take some of the styling cues from the newer '14 plus Silverados. If your truck is like ours and your stock headlights are starting to fade and you're looking for a replacement, these projector lenses are SAE and DOT compliant making them a great replacement for your old factory lenses. The price range for these headlights are gonna come in at around the low 300s. They're not the least expensive option out there but these do come with a lot of added features that those will not, including these extra LED accents and your CCFL halos.I'm gonna give this install a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It is fairly straightforward and the headlights do bolt up. However, it will require splicing to run these LED accents and the halos so it does add a little bit of difficulty there. All in all this install should take about two hours and requires basic hand tools so you can do it right in your driveway at home.Tools required for this install are a wire crimping tool, a pop clip removal tool, quarter inch drive ratchet, 3/8 drive ratchet, 10-millimeter socket, seven-millimeter socket, electrical tape, and some optional but useful tools are a deep 10-millimeter socket and a 3/8 extension. So the first step in our install is gonna be to pop the hood and then we're gonna remove our rad support cover with the eight pop clips. So if you have a pop clip removal tool that's obviously the easiest way to do this but if you're careful with a flathead you will get the same result. We want to make sure to get the pop clips at the very back as well.Okay. Now that all our pop clips are out we can go ahead and remove this cover. Okay. Now we're going to remove this grille just to have a little bit better access to our headlights. We're gonna take these four 10-millimeter bolts off and then there are three to four pop clips on the bottom.Okay. So if you'd like you can get a needle nose on the back of these pop clips and sort of help them out a little or you can just pull straight forward and they should come right out. All right. So we're gonna start with the first 10-millimeter bolt that's at the bottom right here. It's a little hard to see but it's right at the bottom of the light off of that one bracket down there. Okay. So the next two are up here .These are both 10-millimeter and they're a lot easier than the one on the bottom. Okay. So to get to the last bolt on the headlight, it is behind the fender liner. We're gonna need to remove this seven-millimeter bolt and depending on whether it's the driver or passenger side there might be one or two here. Basically, all we're trying to do is get it so this front part peels back, you only really need to peel back this far. All right. With that bolt out of the way we can push the fender liner back a little bit and we want to get to this bolt right here and this is a 10-millimeter same as our other headlight bolts. All right. Now we're ready to take her headlight out. Okay. With all those bolts out we can now pull our headlight out. We're just going to wiggle it straight out like this and disconnect our main harness which is right here. A helpful hint is you pull this white clip back and then you can press down on this black clip and it should come right out.Okay. So now that we have our headlight out of our truck we can put it side by side with the new headlight and check out some of the differences. Right out of the gate you can tell this is a complete design departure from our stock headlight. We have black housings, we have the halos that are similar to the newer trucks. So if you're looking for a complete aftermarket headlight that is pretty much the polar opposite of your stock headlights, these are gonna be the ones to go with.Okay. So as I mentioned we will need to do a little bit of wiring to get these headlights installed in our truck. There's lots of different ways to wire these in. We're going to go ahead and do one of the easiest ways which is to use butt connectors and tap into our headlight pigtail. If you know a better way or you would rather do a different way, totally up to you. So step number one is to grab this power wire and the power wire on our HIDs and join them. Yes, they are different colors but they are both the power so we can go ahead and do that. Gonna get them nice and tight in here and then go ahead and join them in our butt connector. Grab our crimping tool and make sure we're crimping it nice and tight so our wires are not going anywhere. And do the pull test, we are good to go.Next step is gonna be to go ahead and do our grounds the exact same way. Make sure they're nice and tight so that they join well and go easily into our butt connector. Grab your crimping tool and again nice and tight. So we're gonna want to grab some gloves for this next step because we're gonna transfer over the wiring harness and both the amber bulbs out of the stock headlight to our new headlight. But before we do that we can remove these two stickers just keeping the dust and grime out of our new headlight in transportation, we will not need those. Now we can go ahead and remove our amber bulbs. Again if you don't have gloves just be very careful not to touch these. The oils on your fingers can greatly reduce the life of these bulbs. Now we want to disconnect the rest of our wiring harness and it moves directly over to our new light. These amber bulbs pop in exactly the same way as our stock light. Pop in and twist and now we can connect the rest of our harness. You're gonna grab the yellow and black connector, it's gonna go to our blue and black connector. And something to note, these two pins in here are pretty fragile. Just be careful that you don't bend these getting it in this because then your light will not work. And last, the green and black connector is going to go to our red and black connector here. Now we can get it on the truck.Okay, so as I mentioned before there are lots of different ways to wire this headlight in. One of the easier ones and the way we went with today was to tap into our stock pigtail. Now if you flip your connector over, we took power from this brown wire all the way out here and then the ground at the black wire directly next to it. Once you have those connected make sure you tuck it back into your pigtail nice and tight. This keeps all the weather out. It's gonna keep your connections good so you don't have to redo any of this. And then I recommend taking some electrical tape and making sure it's all wrapped up nice and tight and sealed. Okay. Now we can grab our headlight.Now that we've finished with our headlight and finished tapping into our pigtail, we can go ahead and connect these wires. We wanna just double check that we're putting our ground wires to our ground wire here and attach them and our power wire to our white and red power wires here and attach them. Now that we've done that we can plug in our main pigtail into our headlight pigtail. This is the stock connector we took off earlier, plugging in until it clicks and make sure you push the white connector in. Now that we've done that you just want to make sure you find a nice safe place for your HID ballast. I would recommend on the rad sport in here or possibly on the frame and here. Wherever you like it goes on with 3M tape so it's pretty flexible and now we can go ahead and position our headlight.So once our headlight is in place we want to start the bolt down here. Get it almost all the way in just enough so that we can line up the bottom of our headlight with this plastic bracket. We want to make sure the tab goes into the slot there and it should click in like that once you're good. Now that we have that all lined up we can tighten this down. Now that we've tightened our bottom bolt we can go ahead and get started with the harder up top. There should be two bolts up here, two 10-millimeters. We can go ahead and get them in there and tighten them up. Okay. The last and final bolt to get our headlight secured in our truck is right behind this fender liner. This bolt should have come out in the uninstall and we are shooting for this bolt right here. We want to get it started a little bit with our hand then we can grab our ratchet and get it in the rest of the way. Okay. We're gonna grab a ratchet and tighten it down. Okay. Now that we have that bolt in and tight, we're just gonna put our last seven millimeter bolt into this fender liner to secure it back on the truck.All right. So now that our new headlight is all wired and good to go we can connect our wiring for our auxiliary lights. This is the wiring that we did ourselves and then we're just gonna go ahead and reconnect our factory pigtail to the headlight and slip our headlight back into the truck. Now that our headlight's in place we can go ahead and put our hardware in and tighten it down. We're gonna start with the bottom one. Want to make sure like we did on the driver side that we have that piece in the plastic bracket correctly and once we do we can go ahead tighten it down.Now that our bottom bolt is tight we can go ahead and tighten both these top ones. All right. Moving on to the one on the inside of our wheel well. Okay. Now that our headlights are in, we're gonna put the grille on. You want to make sure that all four clips are lined up on the bottom and then the two inner clips up top here are lined up as well. There's also two hooks right here on the top of your grille and those sort of help it get in line but sometimes the clips don't want to go where they're supposed to go so make sure you're doing it carefully because this part is kind of fragile. So when we're sure our clips are lined up we can go ahead and push gently and the grille should pop in. With our grille in, the next step is the four bolts on top of the grille holding it in. Go ahead and get those started. Grab our 10-millimeter ratchet and tighten them down. And then the next two on our other side and tighten them down with our ratchet.And our final step is gonna be to place the rad support cover back on and get all the pop clips back in. You want to make sure to line up at least two to three holes before you push these in just to make sure they go in nicely. Once they're in, just push them down and it should be right in its spot. Okay, we're going to do the last four pop clips lining them up in their holes. Once we have them lined up you can just push them down and we should be good.That's gonna do it for the review and install of our projector headlights. For more videos like this make sure you check us out at americantrucks.com.
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