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Hey, guys, Joe from AmericanTrucks. And today we're gonna be working with the Axial Chrome Dual U-Bar Halo Projector Headlights with LED Turn Signals, fitting all '14 and '15 Silverado 1500s. Now, these are gonna be perfect for any Silverado owner out there looking to improve the looks of their truck with a modern chrome pair of headlights that are also going to improve your light output.So for the low beams, we keep that projector just like factory. We're gonna be using an H1 bulb, though, which is different. And for the low beam, we're keeping that reflector just like factory again, but also that is going to be using an H1 bulb, both of which will be included in the kit. Now, one of the nicest styling features about this set of headlights are the LED turn signals. You get two banks, one for each level, and they produce a nice, warm amber light. Very visible, very bright, definitely a nice touch. Now, one thing about LED headlights is sometimes they will hyper flash, but, thankfully, we have anti-flicker boxes included in the kit from Axial that will prevent any hyper flashing with these turn signals.Moving on from there, we have two reflectors right on the inside, so from a profile view of the truck, you can definitely get seen very easily. That's a nice safety feature there. The biggest feature, in terms of the styling department, though, are going to come with these dual U-bar running lights. They're nice and diffused, they're a nice, bright white, and they really add a lot to the presence of the front end of your truck, and they really tie together that whole modern chrome sort of look. Behind that, we have a chrome housing, which is a perfect match for the front end of our Silverado here. As you can see, there's a lot of chrome going on. Now, if that's not your thing, the blackout stealth look is more what you're after, Axial also manufactures these with the black housing to match that better. They're made out of OEM-grade plastics. That's a tough one to show on camera, but with both of the lights in my hand, the factory and the new Axial, definitely really comparable. I don't have any concerns with moisture getting into these Axials. A really high-quality and well-built light. Now, since it's such a high-quality and so similar to the factory in build quality and light output, these are also DOT and SAE compliant. So no matter what state you live in, these are always going to pass inspection.Pricing for the pair here is going to come in right around that $525 mark, and that's not gonna be a bad price, definitely more up there. But these are a premier set of lights, definitely offer a little bit more build quality than some of the other more cost-effective options out there, but you really are getting what you pay for with these. Now, also included in that price tag is going to be a little bit of engineering out of Axial here because these lights completely plug-and-play. The only thing you have to do to get these installed is install your anti-flicker boxes first, but there are some spade connectors that make that extremely easy. And the anti-flicker box itself does have some double-sided tape on the back of it to mount them up to the back of the headlights. I'm gonna show you how that works in just a second. In my opinion, these are definitely a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Should take you no more than an hour or two to get these hooked up to your Silverado, so without any further ado, let me show you what tools you'll need and how it's done. Tools required for this install are going to be an impact or ratchet, small extension, trim panel removal tool, 10-millimeter wrench, 7-millimeter socket, and a 10-millimeter socket. So in order to get our factory headlights out, we need to remove the grille to get to the hardware that actually holds it in. It's not as bad as it sounds. We're gonna start by removing this big plastic piece over top of our radiator. It's held in with 12 push pins. I'm gonna use a trim panel removal tool to remove those. Now we can take off the plastic cover, and that's gonna reveal four 10-millimeter bolts on our grille across this front leading edge. So now we have all of the hardware out of the top of our grille, but there's still hardware on the bottom of our grille that we need to remove. And right off the bat, you can see what's in our way here. It's this blue body color piece. We need to get that off. It's held on with 17-millimeter screws, one right here on this fender and one on the other side. Then you can peel that piece off and remove the last four 10-millimeter bolts holding on the grille. Now we can get under the edge of that body color piece and peel back, should come right off the truck. So now we have clear access to the four 10s along the bottom of the grille. There are slots for you to better find those. They are pretty deep in there, so you're gonna need at least a 6-inch extension to get to these. So now our grille is just held on with some clips. We're gonna give it a firm pull toward us, and it should pop right off. So now we have a clear shot on all the 10-millimeter hardware that's holding our headlight to the truck. There's two up top, two on the bottom. But this one on the outside on the bottom is in a little bit of a tight spot, so we're gonna get that last one with a wrench. Now we can gently pull on the headlight. It should pop right out. Then release the wiring harness just by pushing down that tab on the top, and we can pull it away. So, before we drop in our new Axial headlights, there is one thing we have to take care of. It's this new anti-flicker box for our turn signals. Now, simply put, what we're doing here is swapping over to LED turn signals, and the LEDs use such a little amount of power that the truck will actually think that they're burned out. And when the truck thinks they're burned out, it'll cause your turn signals to what's called "hyper flash," blink really quickly. You don't want that. So basically what this is, it's just a little resistor. It's going to trick the truck into thinking that they're using more power than they actually are, and they will not hyper flash. So all we're going to do is take our red wire. This is going to go into the yellow with that spade connector, we'll push that in until you hear a click. And then the black wire is our ground, that's just going to go into the black wire, another spade connector. And then on the back of this box is a little bit of double-sided tape, and we're just gonna stick it to the back of our headlight. So now we're ready to go. We're just gonna take our headlight back to the truck. We got this plug-and-play harness here. We're gonna plug that in and then secure it with those four 10-millimeter bolts that we removed earlier. So, at this point, we have the Axial headlights installed on the driver side, and we still have our factory unit over on the passenger side. I figure now will be a great time to stop down and not only test this new light, but point out some of the key differences between the two units. So what do we have here? Well, let's start with what creates our light. For the low beam, we have that projector and for the high beam we have that standard reflector-style housing, but the bulbs are going to be different. These are both going to use an H1, compared the H11 and 9905 from the factory. Thankfully, Axial does include a set of H1s and all the bulbs needed to run this in the kit and included in that price, which is definitely a nice touch. As far as the turn signal goes, we're ditchin' the standard bulbs for a set of two banks of amber LEDs, definitely a huge upgrade over factory. Now, one of the biggest upgrades here is going to come in the form of those daytime running lights. You get that nice diffused light bar, bright white running light, really ties together that modern look. Behind all of it, we have that nice chrome housing, which compared to the factory, which is black, really complements the front end of our Silverado here nicely. There's a lot of chrome going on. It definitely complements the look, and, again, if that's not your thing, you're goin' for more of the blackout, Axial also manufactures these in a black housing.Now, one of the things I also noticed, compared to the factory, we're losin' the chrome outline around each bank here in exchange for this piano black just around the outside edge to meet up with the body panels. Other than that, we have two amber reflectors right about there and there, which give you a good, nice little bit of safety from a profile view of your truck. So without any further ado, we're gonna get the passenger side taken out here and caught up. And then we're gonna put our truck back together, and that's gonna be that. And, we're gonna do the same thing for this side. Again, we're gonna hit the three bolts we can with the 10-millimeter. The one that has the bracket in front of it, we're gonna use the ratcheting wrench. Then we're gonna slightly pull this out, disconnect the harness, and pull out the whole housing. So we're gonna do the same thing for the other side. We're gonna hit the three bolts that are easy to get to with the impact and the one that's not with the ratcheting wrench. Then we're gonna pull this out slightly, release the tab on the harness, and pull the whole headlight housing out. Now we're gonna do the same thing to install this on the other side. It just plugs in with the harness and secures it with the four 10-millimeter bolts. Now we're gonna put the grille back on and then secure that with the four 10s along the bottom. Then we're gonna put that body color piece back on and secure that with the two 7s in each wheel well. With the body color piece in place, we can now move to the top of the grille and secure the four 10s. Then we're gonna put the plastic cover back on and secure that with the 12 push pins. And that is gonna do it for my review and install of the Axial Chrome Dual U-Bar Halo Projector Headlights with LED Turn Signals, fitting all '14 and '15 Silverado 1500s. Thank you for watching. I'm Joe. Make sure you subscribe for more videos like this and all things Chevy.
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