(approx) 20 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
Hey, guys, Adam here with americantrucks.com. And today we're taking a quick look at and installing the Axial LED third brake light, in the smoked finish, available for all 2014 to 2018 Ram 1500s. You should be checking this out if you're looking to ditch the factory, traditional, pretty much outdated third brake light to switch it out for a smoked, stealthier, and slightly more aggressive third brake light, with an updated technology.Now, this guy is getting rid of that red interior housing and replacing it with a darker chrome finish. And it's also got a slightly smoked exterior lens. Now, I've seen darker smoked lenses out there in the category when it comes to third brake lights and even taillights. I would say this is a lightly smoked version personally. Inside of that housing, you're also gonna get, of course, the polycarbonate build, same OEM quality materials as your factory one, although, the lighting technology is a huge upgrade. Your factory option is incandescence. This is loaded with high tech, very bright, very attractive LEDs.Now, as you can see, we do have our cargo lamps and our brake lights engaged. The brake lights would just show your red LEDs in the middle, but once you have the cargo lights activated, you'll get the bright white LEDs from the sides. It's gonna be a much better way to shed some light on your cargo, especially at night. So if you're constantly hauling around different items in your bed, and it's nighttime, this is going to come in handy more so than the factory one would. Of course, when you hit the brakes, it's gonna have a more attractive red finish as well. So, all around, a big upgrade. The good thing about this is it's extremely budget friendly, about 70 bucks get you the third brake light you see here, and the install is going to take less than 20 minutes. I'm giving it one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Now, there's no wiring, there's no cutting, there's no splicing. It's a direct plug and play. I'm gonna show you every step of the process. What do you say we get started?The only tool needed for this install is gonna be a Phillips head screwdriver. All right, first step here we have to get our factory third brake light out of the way. Now, in order to do that, very simple. There are two Philips head screws behind that, we'll just unplug the factory harness. So grab a Phillips head screwdriver and get these two guys out of the way. I'm gonna set these factory screws up here, they will be reinstalled in just a little bit, do the same thing on the other side. From here, I'm gonna lift up from the bottom, just kinda wiggle my way out, just like that. Behind this guy, we're basically going to pinch and disconnect that factory connector. I'm gonna set the factory one up here, and now we can install our new Axial.All right, the first step here is to grab the resistor included in the kit. And we're gonna plug that guy into the smaller harness already attached to your third brake light. Now, it only goes on one way, so just line that up properly and snap it into place. You don't wanna skip this step, otherwise, you may have unexpected behavior from the lights. So what you wanna do at this point is completely up to you, as far as how you wanna stick this resistor. Now, we're not going to mess with the 3M tape on the back, but you can peel off the backing and you can stick it on to the side here. You can actually stick it directly onto the vehicle if you'd like, as long as it's up and out of the way. Now, you don't even have to stick it at all, it's obviously personal preference. We're gonna go ahead and just tuck that guy in. All right, so now we're just gonna reconnect the factory harness to our third brake light, and we can tuck those guys back into the vehicle. Line up both sides of the third brake light to the factory holes where the Philips heads were. There's little retainer pins in there as well to help you line everything up. All right, just like that.Now what we can do is take our factory Philips heads, put them right through those holes and tighten them down. Perfect. Now we can test out our lights and then you're good to go.All right, so we have our new Axial LED third brake light in place. You can see our factory one right above it here on our roof. I wanna take a quick second for you guys to explain some similarities and differences between the two kits here. Obviously, the big difference here is the color and the finish. The factory third brake light here is a bright chrome red finish on the interior. It's got the clear acrylic lens, polycarbonate housing, exactly what you'd expect from an OEM third brake light. Now, the housing here built into the new Axial option has a smoked lens with a chrome interior housing. Now, the smoked lens gives you that nice, stealthy appearance when compared to a clear or chrome lens. The interior here for the chrome I actually do think is a little bit darker as well, comparing it to the chrome option out there from Axial in the category.Now, aside from that, the technology built into the housing is completely different as well. Your factory third brake light does use incandescent bulbs for the third brake light, which is in the middle, and your cargo lamps in those chrome sections. Now, your new option from Axial uses all LEDs instead of the factory incandescence. So you can see in the middle, we have our brake light engaged inside the truck here. That's what you're seeing, three individual red LEDs. We also have our cargo lamps on to shine light into the bed. We have multiple LEDs on both sides, very small, multiple rows, all reflecting down to shed some light on your cargo. So, all together, a lot brighter and a lot more attractive when it comes to the tech and has that chrome finish to just give you a slightly different appearance at the rear.That's gonna wrap up my quick overview and install for the Axial LED third brake light in the smoked finish, available for the 2014 to 2018 Ram 1500. And again, guys, this is a great way to shed some better light on your cargo with the upgraded white LED cargo lamps and it's got a more attractive and brighter brake light in the middle, also LED. And at the same time, guys, if you're not interested in the smoked option we have here but you want something a little bit more flashy and in your face, there's a chrome option out there that has a brighter, flashier finish. No matter what, you can pick yours up right here at americantrucks.com.
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