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Hey, guys. It's Sara with americantrucks.com and today we have a review and install of the Chrome Projector Headlights with LED Halo fitting your '07 to '13 Chevy Silverado. These headlights feature a simple dark chrome design that aren't very similar to your stock headlights. The difference being these halos that they have, taking a lot of their styling cues from the more modern 2014 plus Silverados. So the truck we have here is our 2013 Silverado, and already on our stock headlights, they're old, they're worn, and they're getting foggy. So if you were looking for a great upgrade option this is it. And to top it off, these are DOT and SAE compliant. These lights come in at around $265 for the pair, making them a great affordable option, especially when compared to an OEM replacement. I'm gonna give this install a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It's not incredibly difficult. It should take you around two hours to do. The most involved part of this install is going to be the splicing required to run these LED halos. The rest of this is pretty much plug and play. It'll bolt right up, but as long as you're okay with a little bit of wiring, these should be the perfect headlights for you.Tools needed for this install are, quarter inch drive ratchet, three-eighths drive ratchet, 10-millimeter socket, 7-millimeter socket, pop clip removal tool, stripper crimper tool and electrical tape.All right, 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. All right, 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 wanna 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. This is a seven millimeter bolt.All right, with that bolt out of the way we can push the fender liner back a little bit and we wanna get to this bolt right here, and this is a 10-millimeter, same as our other headlights bolts.All right. Now we're ready to take our headlight out. Okay, with all those bolts out we can now pull our headlight out. We're just gonna 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 stock headlight off of our truck, we are gonna have to switch over the stock harness to our new headlight, but before we do that, we will need to do a little bit of wiring because of the halos which we will do first to make it a little easier.Okay, so there are a lot of different ways to wire these headlights in. Obviously, the most permanent and possibly the best way would be soldering but if you don't have the equipment or the soldering knowledge, bud connectors and spade connectors work just as good. And then you also have the added bonus of being able to remove this off your truck without having to cut any wires. So we are gonna go ahead and do the connector way. We're gonna take all of our black wires, our ground wires and connect them into one and then this will go ahead and tap into the truck. So let's get started on that. You're gonna want to grab three of these black wires. It should be all the ones that are not already in a harness. And I'm gonna go ahead and twist them together just to make it a little bit easier to get into the end of this connector. We wanna make sure this is nice and tight so we have a good connection. And we wanna also make sure this goes all the way into our connector.Once you do that, you can go ahead and grab your crimpers, crimping tool, and get that nice and tight. I always like to just double-check, none of these wires are coming out. Awesome. And now we're gonna go ahead and do the exact same thing with all of our power wires which would be the three or two red ones, and this white wire is also a power wire. So we're gonna go ahead and make sure these are all nice and tight and then twist them together. And then crimp this one as well.Now, if you're able to, you really should heat shrink these. That way these are a nice weather tight seal. For now, we're gonna just go ahead and install it just to test it on our truck, but keep in mind that if you don't, the elements, water, salt, whatever can get into this connector.Okay, guys. So we're back on our stock headlight. We're going to need to remove the stock harness and transfer it over to our new headlight. I went ahead and grabbed some gloves for this because we wanna be very careful when we're handling both of our amber bulbs so we don't get the oils of our fingers onto there. So let's get started and go ahead and disconnect the two connectors. And pull out these amber bulbs. Just go ahead and twist and pull them out.All right, so now we have our new headlight. We're going to go ahead and remove these protective stickers and get our stock wiring harness into this light.All right. Again, we wanna be careful not to touch these amber bulbs, but we're gonna put them in the same way they go in the stock light, which is just to line them up and twist them in.Okay. Now that we've done our bulbs, we're gonna go ahead and connect the last two connectors.So now that we have the stock headlight out of the truck, we can actually put it side by side with our new headlight and check out some of the similarities and differences. So right off the bat, you will notice that the design is very similar to our stock light, with some subtle differences, taking its styling cues from the newer Silverado, keeping the chrome styling behind the light. It has a little bit darker of a chrome than the stock light, giving it that aftermarket look without being completely black out. So as far as these go, I'd say they're a great upgrade if you're looking for new lights and you want to change from your worn out or faded factory lights.All right, so now that we've had a look at both of our lights side by side, we're gonna go ahead and grab the new one and get it installed on our truck.Okay, so to complete the wiring of our halos we're gonna wanna tap into our stock harness here for the headlights. If you flip your connector over, we tapped into this brown wire here directly for the power and then the black wire directly next to it for ground. Now, once you wire into these lights you wanna make sure to tuck it back into your pigtail harness as nicely as possible and then go over it with some electrical tape to ensure that no weather gets in here.Okay, so tucked back in really well. You just wanna make sure and go ahead and make a couple passes with electrical tape just for safety.Okay, now we are going to connect our wiring together. So make sure to double-check, we have the ground here going to the ground here. Go ahead and connect those. And then the same thing for here. Power wires here connecting to this power connector here.Okay. Now we are completely done with our wiring. We just wanna make sure to connect our main headlight harness back together till it clicks and make sure we push this clip in as well, secured, and now we're gonna go ahead and place our headlight.Okay. Now, when we're lining up our new headlight, we wanna make sure to get it in the correct spot on this floating plastic bracket down here. It might stay in place, but it also might move around. So we wanna make sure we're getting this ridge on the bottom of our headlight into this section right here. And it should be a little click if you're in the right spot, but you can also just visually make sure. There it is. Lined up nicely. Now, once that's in, we want to make sure to line up our bolt and we can go ahead and attach it.Okay. Now, that we've done the bolt on the bottom, we wanna move up to these two 10-millimeters on top. I'm gonna start with this one up here. I like to do them one at a time before I tighten them just to make sure we have enough room to get our bolt in there and we're not fighting the other bolt being tight. Okay. Now we wanna grab our 10-millimeter and go ahead and tighten these up. Okay. And then last but not least, we're gonna make sure any of these smaller bolts, these seven millimeters that we took out of the liner, we're gonna go ahead and put them back in. Okay. Now that we've removed the bolts out of this headlight similar to the other side, two up top, one in the bottom, and one in the wheel well, we can go ahead and pop out our headlight. Just remember to disconnect this wiring harness by pulling back on this and pushing the clip down.All right. So once we've transferred over our wiring harness and done our wiring the exact same way we did the other side, we can go ahead and connect our pigtail, like so. And go ahead and reinstall our headlight.Okay. Now that we have our four bolts in and tight in this headlight, we're gonna go ahead and put our grille back on.Okay. So you wanna make sure that your pushpins are lined up down in the bottom here and once they are, you should be able to just push them right on. That way, you can line up these top bolts second and they should all go right in.Now that the grille is in and tight, we can go ahead and put our radiator support cover on. It's just the eight pushpins we took off earlier. So go ahead and pop those in and push them down.All right. So that wraps up our install. For more videos like this, make sure you keep it at americantrucks.com.
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