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Hey, guys. Joe from AmericanTrucks and today we're gonna be working with the Axial Chrome Projector Headlights with Light Bar Daytime Running Lights fitting all '14 and '15 Silverado 1500s. Now, these are gonna be perfect for any Silverado owner out there that's looking to add a nice chrome modern touch to the front of their truck and also improve light output.So what do we have here? For the low beam we have our standard projector light and for the high beam, standard reflector light. However, we are upgrading the bulbs in there, it's gonna be an H1 and an H7 bulb, definitely going to improve the light output over stock. On top of that, they are included in the kit from Axial so you won't have to go out and buy new ones, definitely a really nice touch. On the side here we have the amber turn signals and a reflector on the profile just to improve safety just a little bit. One of the biggest things that adds to the presence of these headlights though are gonna be those daytime running light light bars. They give you an awesome modern fiber optic look. They look great and they really set off these headlights.Behind that, we have a chrome housing. As you could see it matches perfectly with this Silverado. There's a lot of chrome in the grille, a lot of chrome in the bumper, fits right in, looks like a could have come from factory. But if chrome is not your style I get it, Axial gets it, they also offer the same exact lights for the same exact price with a black finish in the housing, if you're going from more of the stealthy blackout look. These are also made out of OEM grade plastics. It's hard to convey on camera but with the two headlights, the factory ones and the Axials both in my hands they're made out of high-quality materials just as good if not better than the factory headlight housings, they're also DOT and SAE compliant. So no matter what state you live in these are always gonna pass inspection.Pricing for the pair is going to come in right around that $525 mark. Now, like I said that price is a little bit on the expensive side but there is some engineering behind it. These are completely plug and play, they drop right into the factory harness and you're good to go, there's no wiring up the light bar, nothing like that, these are ready to rock right out of the box.So the install difficulty is gonna be pretty easy. They get a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Should take you no longer than a couple hours to get these installed on your Silverado. So without any further ado let me show what tools you'll need to do this and how it's done.Tools required for this install are gonna be an impact or a ratchet, small extension, Phillips head screwdriver, 10-millimeter wrench, trim panel removal tool, 7 and 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 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 could 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 could 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 odd the truck. So now we have clear access to the 4 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 headlight there is one thing we have to do. Like I said earlier the bulbs are installed in this so we don't have to do any of that. The only thing you have to take care of is this plastic piece right here. This is what holds on that body colored piece that covers up the bolts on the bottom side of the grille. Make sure you grab the right one, it's marked with a left hand right here so is this headlight marked with a left hand right there. This is going to sit in place right there. As you can see there are two screws that are preinstalled, we're gonna remove those and get this underneath of them.So now our headlight is ready to go, like I said no extra wiring necessary and, again, all the bulbs are included ready to go when you unbox this. We're gonna take it back to the truck, plug it in with this harness right here, and then bolt it down with the four 10-millimeter bolts. So with our new Axial headlight installed on the driver side, I figure now it would be a good time to stop down, test this, turn them on and compare the differences between the two. I still have the factory headlight installed on the passenger side. But before we point out some differences I figured some similarities would be good to go through first. With the factory and the new Axial both in my hand, fit and finish is just the same, both made out of OEM plastics, both create a good seal, they both feel the same, definitely a high-quality build from Axial. Now, just like the factory, we're also keeping that projector for the low beam and that reflector for the high beam, however, our new Axial is going to use different bulbs. This is going to be an H1 and an H7 rather than an H11 and a 9005 from factory, so just something to keep in mind. We're also going to be keeping the amber turn signals with reflectors on the side and that overall bi-level design is going to stay the same and just like the factory, the new Axial is completely plug and play.So now, some major differences and the first one is going to come in the most striking department and that is going to be styling. Losing that black housing design in exchange for a more chrome housing with our new Axial. Now, one thing I did want to point out is the factory does have some chrome accents around each level. We're completely losing those with our new Axial. This is pretty much gonna be one big lens over the whole headlight.Now, one of the biggest differences and one that I think adds a lot to the styling here are going to be our new daytime running lights. Those cool LED fiber optics sort of bright white running lights around our high beam and low beam just add a lot to the modern styling and I think those in combination with the chrome housing really do perfectly fit the front end of our factory Silverado. And I think those in combination with the chrome housing behind it really do fit the front end of the Silverado perfectly considering most of it is chrome, it looks like this perfectly fits and it could have come from the factory.So now all we have to do is take out the factory headlight on the passenger side, put in our new Axial, put our truck back together and that will be that. 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 unscrew the two Phillips heads so we can install that plastic piece with the barbed clips for our body colored piece on the bottom side of the grille. Then we could drop this in place, plug it in, and reinstall it with the four 10-millimeter screws. Now we could install this plastic piece with the two Phillips head screws on the bottom of the light. Again, this is gonna hold on that blue body colored piece on the bottom side of the grille.Now we can pop the grille in place and secure it with the four 10-millimeter bolts along the bottom. Next, we can secure that body panel and secure it with the two 7-millimeter screws, one in each front wheel well. Now, we can hit the four 10-millimeter bolts on top of the grille and then put the plastic piece back on top and secure it with the 12 pushpins.And that is gonna do it for my review and install of the Axial Chrome Projector Headlights. Thank you for watching. I'm Joe. Make sure you subscribe for more videos like this.
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