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Hey, guys. Sarah from americantrucks.com. And today, we have a review, an install of the Axial Chrome Projector Headlights, fitting all 2009 through 2018 Ram models without factory projector headlights. These projector style headlights feature polycarbonate lenses with chrome housings for improved visibility and a sleek new look. These headlights include an H1 low beam bulb that lasts over 100,000 hours, giving you plenty of driving time. These headlights also includes CCFL Halos, with additional LEDs that meet ISO and OEM certifications. Coming in at around $400, these headlights are a middle-of-the-road option price wise, but one thing they do include that less expensive options do not are the CCFL Halos and the additional LEDs, making them a great upgrade option to your worn out stock headlights. I'm giving this install a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It can be done within one hour with basic hand tools. It will require some wiring in order to power your Halos, but other than that, it's a pretty straightforward install. For this install, you will need a 3/8-drive ratchet, a pop clip removal tool, a 10-millimeter socket, and an optional but helpful tool includes wire strippers. All right, so the first step in our install is gonna be to pop the hood and remove our red support cover. Using our pop clip removal tool, we're gonna take these six pop clips out. With all of our pop clips removed, we can grab our red sport cover and get it off our truck. Next up we're gonna grab our 10-millimeter socket and remove the 4 bolts holding in the top of the grille for better access to our headlight.With the four bolts removed from the top of our grille, we can grab our grille, and pull gently but firmly backwards. They are plastic clips that hold it in there, we want to be sure not to damage them. With our grille removed, we can now see the 10-millimeter bolt at the bottom of our headlight. We're gonna go ahead and remove that and also the bolt at the top. With our two 10-millimeter bolts removed, we can now pull our headlights straight out. There's one pin at the back, and that is the only thing holding this headlight in still. So if we just wiggle that out like that, it will come straight out. This is the pin we were talking about. Now we can see the wiring harness and we will disconnect these as well. Pulling back on this red clip first, we can then disconnect this harness as well. Now that we have our stock headlight out of the truck, we are going to transfer over the amber bulb. We will need to reuse this for our new headlight. If you don't have gloves, just be very careful not to touch the bulb itself, but we're gonna grab the back of the connector here and twist, removing it and put it right into our new light, twisting in the exact same manner. Now that we've moved our amber bulb, we're gonna move our high beam. The low beam is included already, but we do have to move the high beam that lives right behind this. So opening this cover, disconnecting our connector on our stock headlight. And we're gonna twist and remove this bolt. Again, careful that we are not touching it. Pulling off the rubber boot here. Might be a little bit easier if we connect it beforehand and then get our headlights situated just because of how much clearance we may or may not have. All right, and we are finished with our stock headlight. Okay, now that we have our bulbs moved over, we will need to do a little bit of wiring to power our Halos. I'm gonna do it this way, you can do it however you like, giving your headlight power and ground. I'm gonna twist the two grounds together so that we only have to put it into one connector to get ground and power to our headlight. And I'm gonna use one of these quick connectors so that if we ever need to disconnect our headlight makes it a little bit easier. Make sure that your two wires are twisted together as tightly as possible so that they both get a nice good connection. And we're gonna crimp this. And then just double checking that, we got a good clamp on both of our wires. Do the same thing with our power wires, twisting them both together, grabbing our connector, and crimping this one as well. Just ensuring that we have a good connection. Now that we have our stock headlight out of our Ram, we can put it side by side with our axial headlight and really check out some of the similarities and differences. As you can see, one of the biggest differences is that this headlight is a projector style, whereas our stock headlight is a reflector style. So they're both gonna light up, but this one is a little bit more reliable and it looks a little better doing it. In addition with the axial headlight, you are getting two LED Halos as well as additional LED lights along the center here, which is really gonna change up the look of your Ram, really update the front of your truck. All right, with that said, we're going to grab our axial headlight and get it installed on the truck. First step in our install is to just connect these electrical connectors back up. We're gonna start with our amber bulb connector, pop that on there and ensure that the red plastic tab is forward. Next up, our main harness is gonna connect right here.And finally the last two pieces that we wired in for power and ground for our Halos are gonna go into this part of our harness and they have already tapped into power and ground here, getting power from our blue and white wire, and ground, obviously, from our black wire. Using these types of connectors are good just rather than hard wiring it in, in case you ever have to remove headlight or if you don't want something more permanent. But again, any way that you want to get power and ground to your Halos is gonna work. I would also recommend just taping this up a little bit just to clean it up and secure it properly. Now we can bolt in our headlight. Tucking up our wiring, ensuring everything Is sitting right where it should. We want to just line up our tab at the back and make sure it's popped in. We can grab our bolts, and I'm gonna start with the 10-millimeter up here, and then we're also gonna start the 10-millimeter down here. I leave these loose just for now just so that I can get both bolts started and then we'll tighten them back down, making sure our headlight is seated correctly with our bumper and fender, which it is. So we'll grab our 10-millimeter socket and get these tightened down. Now we're gonna repeat the uninstall steps on our passenger side headlight. Now we're going to grab our headlight and pull straight out to get the clip out of the back. And with our headlight exposed, we can grab this clip, make sure that red tab is pulled back, press down and release and do the same thing for this clip. Red tab pulled back, press down and release, and we're all set. Now that our bulbs are transferred over to our new headlight and our wiring is complete, we can install this headlight on our truck. The first step being to reconnect our amber bulb in the back here. Ensure the red tab is down. Next, we're gonna install our main headlight harness. And finally the power and ground of our wiring. Now we can grab our two bolts after we line up this pin at the back of the headlight, and tighten these down using our 10-millimeter socket. With both our lights installed, we can now reinstall our grille. Ensure that you're lining up this tab at the bottom into the center slot where the tab goes right underneath these wind deflectors. This can be a little fragile so you don't want to break it off. Once our grille is lined up, we can reinstall our four 10-millimeter bolts. With our grille in place, we can now put our red support cover back on with the six pop clips. So that is gonna do it for the review and install of our axial headlights. Remember for all things Ram, keep it at americantrucks.com.
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