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Hey, guys, Adam here with americantrucks.com, and today we're taking a closer look at and installing the Axial red clear LED tail lights, available for the 2009 to 2018 Ram 1500s. You should be checking out this specific set of tail lights if you're looking to ditch the factory incandescent bulbs, to pick up a more modern, brighter, and more attractive LED technology. Now, you should also be looking at this specific set of tail lights if you're not looking to stray too far from the OEM styling as far as housing goes. This particular housing has a bright, chrome red interior, as opposed to some of the darker black options in the category, and it also has a clear, scratch-resistant lens.So, some of the other options in the category for aftermarket parts would include a black smoked tail light with LED lights, this one just takes the modern spin on the factory red clear option. Clear is gonna make sure every ounce of that light output is making its way out, nothing is prohibiting that light output, so it's bright and attractive, day and night. Now, some guys might be a little weary of smoke tail lights because they think it would inhibit some of that lighting, if you wanna go clear for some peace of mind, this is a great way to go. This particular tail light takes that OEM tail light and changes things up a little bit. You've got 15 individual LEDs built in here in this little pod, you've got a rounded edge reverse light, it's a little bit of a smaller housing but it reuses that factory bulb, and you've got some reflectors as well as some lights on the side here, some accent lights. These will be your tail lights, your hazard lights, and your turn signals, and of course, that's gonna be your reverse.So, overall, not too different, but the LED technology is your biggest change here. Now, as far as the quality of construction here, guys, the housing is made from the exact same quality materials as your OEM tail lights. The lens itself is a clear polycarbonate just like your factory one, so scratch-resistant, you can expect exactly the same as the factory. Now, if you're looking for this, the price comes in right around the $300 mark for the pair. The install, of course, is going to get one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, anybody can tackle this in the driveway at home. And even though it is an LED swap, from incandescent to LED, there's no splicing, no cutting, no wiring involved, it is all plug and play. Overall, it'll take you about one hour from start to finish, I'm gonna take you through the entire process, let's get started.Tools used in this install include an impact gun or a ratchet and a T25 Torx bit. First step here, guys, is to drop your tailgate, grab a T25 Torx socket or Torx bit, we're gonna remove the two screws holding on our factory tail light. Now, you'll locate them right inside of your tailgate wall here, just gonna pop those guys out. All right. From here, pull straight back to disconnect. You're gonna pinch and pull off the factory harness, right there, same thing on the bottom for your reverse light. Perfect. All right. Now, we can set this down.All right. So, we got our factory tail light off of the driver side of our 2014 RAM, and I wanna take you through some of the similarities, mainly the big differences, between that and your new Axial red clear tail light. Now, at first glance, they might look completely similar, this might look like an OEM replacement, but if you look deeper into the design here, you'll see that there are some pretty distinct new features. The biggest feature is changing from your factory incandescent bulbs to the 15 bright red LEDs built into this housing. Now, the LEDs don't require any splicing, they don't require any of that nonsense on the backside, which I'll show you in a second, they're built right into the housing and plug right into your factory bulb socket. Now, those LEDs are not only brighter, they're more attractive, it's gonna look like a lot more of a clean look at the rear end, and it's very modern. You are reusing that factory reverse light, but the reverse light housing section here is a little bit smaller, it's got some different rounded edges, it's a little bit of a different shape compared to that factory sizing. This one, I just think looks like a cleaner update to the factory tail lights.On the other side of that tail light, you'll see that this was once one big section, it's now condensed into the side, there's a couple of small designs here as well as some reflectors built in. This, I think, again, just looks like a modern update, it's just a little bit of a different spin. The red interior here is, I think, a little bit more of a crisp bright red, it's more of a chrome finish, or reflective finish, whereas the red inside the factory light, I think, is a little bit more dull. Now, that can happen over time as well, but I do think this is a little bit more of a chrome polish.Now, the backside here is something to note as well. So, we flip this guy over, and flip our factory light over, you'll see that the factory bulb is still in place, but what we're gonna do is pull that out and plug in our new LED in place of the bulb itself. I'll show you guys that in just a second. We are also gonna transfer over that factory reverse light, we'll keep reusing that, there's no LED switch for that one. So, we are gonna put that into the bottom here. So, let's take care of that first.Now, the install is gonna be very simple. Transferring over that reverse light, we're just gonna peel off the paper backing on that reverse like slot. To twist this, you're just gonna turn, click, and take out, transfer it right on over. Insert, turn, and locks into place, really really simple. Now, for the LED swap, what we're gonna do is take out that factory bulb, again, just twisting and pull. At the base of the bulb, you're just gonna rock it back and forth and pull it out of place. Now, this LED harness, again, being plug-and-play, is just gonna plug right into that factory slot. So, you go, click it in, it's that simple, it's just going right where the bulb came out. From there, twist the bulb housing into this socket, just find the way that it locks into place, turn, and lock, it's that easy. So, now we're gonna take this and install it on the car using the factory harnesses.From here, we'll start with the reverse light. Take this harness, you're gonna plug it right in to that factory spot, the top harness goes right back into that socket. Now, before we can slot the new tail light in, we have to remove these plastic clips that are from our factory lights. From that, you're just gonna pinch on the inside, and push as you pull out, and they snap right out of place, there's one right below it as well. So, once they're out, the new ones are in the tail light, so those are basically gonna pop right in. So, we're gonna line that up, insert, and it's in. So, now we can hold this in place, grab our factory T25 screws, and just read them in. Once you have those in a couple of threads, grab that T25 socket and tighten them down. You wanna go easy on them, you don't wanna strip them out either. Perfect. Test out your lights, and then repeat for the other side.Now, guys, when you go to test your lights, if you're seeing they're not turning on or they're not working, come back and check the LED harness that goes into the socket. As you can see, at the top of the harness here, there's a black wire and then white wires, the black is your ground. Match the LED black on the same side as the black wire up top, that way your grounds are connected together, and then the red and the whites are your positive. So, you can check that if your lights aren't working. And throw your bulb back in, and you're good to move forward.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Axial red clear LED tail lights for the '09 to '18 Ram 1500, you can get yours right here at americantrucks.com.
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