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Hey, guys, Adam here with americantrucks.com. Today we're taking a quick look at and installing the Axial smoked LED tail lights for all 2014 to 2018 Silverado 1500s. You should be taking a look at these particular tail lights for your own Silverado if you're looking to completely change up the rear end appearance of your truck, by swapping out the boring factory red, stick-out-like-a-sore-thumb tail lights, with something that's a lot more modern, a lot brighter, and in my opinion, a lot more attractive. Now, aftermarket tail lights, and head lights for that matter, are typically a hit or miss or polarizing in the community. Some guys really like the look of an aftermarket light, some guys really do not. If you're one of the guys that really likes the look of an updated tail light, this might be a good thing to check out. In my opinion, these look really aggressive at the rear end, they're a perfect fit for your truck, and they've got a black interior housing and smoked exterior lens to give you that really stealthy look that just is super subtle and super aggressive. Now, these feature 12 LEDs that are very bright, very state of the art technology for your brake lights and your turn signals, inside of these C bar shaped running lights, which you see lit up behind me right now. They also come with reflectors at the end here and accent lights on the side as well. So, a lot of things going on inside of this housing and we'll take a closer look at that, comparing these to your factory lights, side by side, in just a little bit. If you want to pick these up for your own Silverado, it's about 450 bucks, maybe just a hair less than that, which, again, in my opinion, is very well worth it if you want to change up your exterior appearance. Now, as far as the install, one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. There's two T15 Torx bit screws that you'll have to remove inside your tailgate. Very simple stuff. There's no splicing whatsoever. These are completely plug and play. Everything's wired in for you so you just pop out your factory bulbs and pop in the new ones. You are, however, going to be reusing your factory reverse light bulb. So you want to leave that in and pop it right into your new housing. I'm gonna show you guys how it's done, so let's get to it. The first step of our uninstall, obviously we got to pop down our tailgate and then you're going to remove two bolts on each headlight holding it into place, which is a T15. So, grab your T15 Torx socket and remove those two bolts. Now, those two bolts, one is going to be directly above your tailgate wire, and the second one is right below it. Once those two screws are removed, you're just going to pull straight back. You might have to put a little bit of force into it to really pop them out of place. There's two plastic clips holding this on from the back into the body of the truck, which might need a little bit of elbow grease to get off. From here, you want to twist out your bulbs and set your tail light aside. So, we got our factory tail light off of our driver side of our '16 Silverado, sitting next to our new Axial LEDs. You can see, complete redesign. Absolutely nothing is the same between the two. And I personally really like the look of these new ones, really modern, really aggressive technology, super bright LEDs included. There's 12 red LEDs into those C shaped running lights which will incorporate your turn signals, your brake lights, your regular running lights. It all just looks really sharp in that housing. The housing, by the way, is a full black interior with a smoked exterior lens. You're kind of getting the best of both worlds. You get really bright LEDs that shine through that smoke lens, you get that more aggressive finish on the glass outside, and a more aggressive finish on the interior. Sometimes you see smoked lenses with chrome interior housing. I'm personally not a big fan of that. I think this looks a lot sharper. If you compare that to your factory one, which is an all red interior housing and a clear lens, this is really just a stock, really sticks out like a sore thumb, in my opinion, especially against that dark paint. If you're looking at the black interior and the smoked lens, blends in a lot more, looks a lot more stealthy. And then once you hit the brakes and turn your lights on, you can see that completely redesigned tail light. It's a good way to get a refresh at your rear end. Now, getting these installed is extremely easy. There's a big difference going from your stock bulbs to your new LEDs. There's no splicing required with this. It's a very simple plug and play. All you have to do is pick up your factory harness and pop out those light bulbs. So, we're going to pop them out really gently, and when we go to install our new Axials, this little wiring harness plugin at the end here is going to pop right into your factory harness. It's a really simple plug and play, so let's just get it done. Now, for your final thing, you are going to reuse your factory reverse lights, so the bulb you want to pop back in is the smallest one, and that's going to go right up into position on your new tail lights. I'm going to twist and turn it until it's locked in position, and then give it one more turn to get it secure. From here, you can rotate our tail lights up and slide those plastic clips through our body, just like the factory ones we removed. Pop them right in and replace those factory T15 Torx screws. That's going to wrap up my quick review and install of the Axial smoked LED tail lights. You can get your set right here at americantrucks.com.
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