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What's up, guys. Travis from americantrucks.com and today we're checking out Axial's crystal headlights with this very cool tinted lens. Now if you own an '04 to '08 F150, there's really two reasons why you should be checking these out. Number one, you want the absolute most affordable replacement/upgrade you can find. These guys come in at just over the $100 price point, making them the least expensive option available on the market. And, guys, you're gonna pay a lot less than you would from Ford directly or really anywhere else for that matter. And reason number two is pretty simple, you want to make your truck look a lot better, right? Your truck probably has some miles on it. Your factory housing is probably looking a little smoky or maybe you've thrown on some other cool mods on your truck like a black armor bumper or something. These will complement them quite nicely. And as far as the install goes, guys, it's about as easy as it gets. This is an excellent first mod if you've never done anything before. There's literally three bolts holding the headlight in place. It'll probably take you longer to get these unboxed than it will to actually throw them on there.Now, I get it. You might be thinking, with how affordable these are, are they worth it? Well, yes they are, guys. I'll show you a comparison in a little bit but I promise these are built exactly to the specifications of the OEM headlights so you'll never have to worry about these things cracking on you anytime soon. You don't have to worry about the tint fallen off or anything crazy like that. And they're also sealed up just as well as the factory ones so no fog or condensation or any worries there. But I'll show you that later on.Now, as far as the install goes, guys, this is definitely something you can do in the driveway if you have no experience turning wrenches. So for that reason, I'm gonna give the install a pretty modest one out of three wrenches on that old difficulty meter and it will probably take you about 30 minutes to an hour to get this thing bolted on. And if you decide to stick with these, come back in a little bit. I'll show you just how easy it is to get them installed.All right, guys. So to start with new headlights, we'll need a standard drive ratchet with a 10-mill socket. It can be shallow or deep. And we'll need a flat head screwdriver or a trim panel removal tool. All right, guys. So once you got your hood popped, go ahead and pop this little pushpin out of the top of the headlight housing here. It's helpful to have a little pry tool like this one. Or you can use a flathead screwdriver. Now once you pop that pushpin out of the way, you're gonna expose two 10-millimeter bolts right here, so go ahead and grab your 10-mill socket, pop those up.Now this is all plastic so you want to take your time with this. Now that last bolt we need to pop out is right here. This is the last bolt securing the headlight to the vehicle. All right. Now once you've popped that last bolt free, we have a little plastic tip right here. You wanna make sure you don't crush this or anything. Go ahead and pop them up out of that hole and gently grab the headlight on the edge here and on the other side. Pop it to release it. There's a little clip on the inside here. That's the only thing holding the headlight in place once you pop those bolts free. You can see we have our factory wiring harness here, pretty simple stuff. Just twist the bulbs out of the housing. You can see those little plastic tabs on either side here. That's the easiest way to get this to rotate and pop out.All right, guys. So you got your factory light removed. I got both of them on the table here. That way you guys can see a nice comparison if you haven't already picked up your set and you're kind of on the fence, right? A lot of times when we all look at OEM upgrade stuff or plug-and-play or direct fit stuff, sometimes the manufacturers make subtle changes to your original design. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not so much. I'm a fan of the idea of if it's not broke, don't fix it. That's obviously the case here.Upon closer inspection, guys, everything on this new light is to exact OEM specifications and that includes the housing itself, the bulbs of the lens cover and then they actually took the time to make sure that they sealed everything up nicely with the same kind of OEM grade wax around here, if you will. It's kind of a rubberized wax coating. It does a really great job of sealing up the headlight housing so you won't have to worry about any fog or any condensation getting in there which is sometimes the case with other aftermarket upgrades. We obviously don't have that problem here.Now flipping these guys around, same case on the backside here. Everything is exactly the same to specifications. One thing to point out here, your factory lights, they fit pretty easily because that little metal retaining tab on the back has been pressed in. But when you go to throw the new light on, it's actually kind of flared out a little bit so just make sure when you're putting the new light in there that you squeeze this. You don't want to bend this thing. It helps make sure that the light doesn't rattle around or anything like that. So let's go ahead and show you how to get the bulbs back in there. We'll throw everything back in place and we should be good to go.All right, guys. So when you go to throw your factory bulbs back into the housing, you want to take note that it has these little tabs on each of the bulbs themselves. These tabs are different in size so they can only be oriented one way when they fit inside the housing. You want to make sure you have the appropriately sized tabs lining up with the holes in the new headlight. That way you don't bend anything or crush anything because this is all plastic and I'll be careful.All right. Then once all of your lights are reinstalled, again, take care, make sure that little tab right there fits inside that hole. Little tip, you can actually kind of squeeze this with some needle nosed pliers, kind of help shorten it up a little bit. All right. Now we just need to reinstall our three bolts. All right. Now when you go to put these three bolts back into the housing, everything should line up nicely but it's always good practice to get all three bolts in place and hand tight. You don't want to zip down one bolt and then cause an issue with alignment with the other two.All right, guys. Once you got everything bolted back in place, go ahead. Hop in the cab real quick. Turn the dial on there. Make sure all your lights are working and you should be good to go. Very easy install like I said. That also wraps up this review of Axial's Crystal headlights in the smoked finish, fitting your 2004 to 2008 F150. I'm Travis, thanks for watching. For all things F150, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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Intimidating Styling. Adding a pair of Crystal Headlights that feature smoked lenses will give your eleventh generation Ford F-150 pickup a more intimidating appearance. These headlights have a bold design that blends nicely into the factory lines of the F-150 for a pleasant OEM look. You'll ride in style with these smoked headlights.
Quality Construction. These Headlights are manufactured from OEM grade materials to precise standards for lasting quality. These Headlights feature durable plastic housings with smoked lenses. Each light is weather-sealed to prevent dirt and moisture from harming the Light Bulb.
Straight Forward Installation. These Crystal Smoked Headlights are designed to be a direct plug and play replacement for your F-150's original factory housings.
DOT Compliant. This pair of Crystal Smoked Headlights are DOT (Department of Transportation) compliant for legal street use under Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 108 in all 50 states, including Washington, DC.
Application. This pair of Crystal Smoked Headlights are designed to fit all 2004 to 2008 F-150s.
Technical Note. These Headlights are designed to be used with Factory Style Halogen Bulbs, they are not intended to be used with aftermarket LED or HID Light Bulbs.
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