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Jake: Jake here with americantrucks.com. And today, we are taking a look at these Morimoto XB LED Headlights with Black Housings and Clear Lenses for 2010 to 2018 RAM 2500s. Now, if you're looking for a way to upgrade the look and function of your RAM 2500, a new set of headlights like these XB LEDs from Morimoto would be an excellent choice. They combine modern good looks, LED technology, and solid construction, and a package that is sure to impress. Morimoto has been at the forefront of lighting tech for a while now, and it's not hard to see why. The XB series are possibly some of their best lights overall. Now, it's easy to find aftermarket headlights that look just that aftermarket. They might have a cool look and some nice features to them, but they're never gonna quite look or function the same way a factory headlight would. But just like other lights in the XB series, Morimoto took the time to make sure these look and act just like your factory headlights. And if you know your RAM trucks, you probably already took note that these are styled to look like the LED lights you can option on newer RAMs, such as the Rebel or the TRX, and that is, of course, done on purpose.And with the black housings and the LEDs in here, I really think these are kind of a knockout. They look great installed, and they do a lot to modernize the front end of your RAM. They're also very popular with our customers. We have tons of positive reviews for them, so I would encourage you to go check those out too and see what our customers have to say before you go ahead and pull the trigger. But beauty is more than skin deep here. These lights provide a significant upgrade over your factory halogens. The XB series features dual LED projector housings, and they cast a beam pattern that is clean, powerful, and bright. These are really gonna light up the road much more effectively than those factory halogens. And these are again, completely LED so there's no incandescent or halogen bulbs in here, whatsoever. So, not only do you get those LED main beams, but you also get the LED marker lights on the side, plus these two daytime running light bars at the top and the bottom of the housing. Now, those automatically dim down when you switch on your parking lights or your low beams so it keeps them totally in compliance. The DRLs strips on the bottom also double as the turn signals, and the coolest part, they're sequential. Now, I think sequential turn signals are really cool and they're just very satisfying to watch, but if that's not really your speed, you do have the option to set them to a standard full-on full-off setting.Morimoto has also thoughtfully integrated both vertical and horizontal adjusters into the back of the units to ensure that you can get them aimed properly with little fuss like these guys right here. Now, as long as the lights are aimed properly, they meet or exceed all DOT SAE and FMVSS 108 regulations, which means they are fully street legal. So, this is a much better option than just throwing some LED bulbs in your stock housings. You're gonna get a really clean beam pattern, and these aren't gonna flicker or hyper flash since they're designed to be LEDs from the get-go.Now, as far as construction goes, that's another reason that these are a fan favorite. Beyond just the looks, you can see and feel how well these are made as soon as you pull them out of the box. Now, the lens out here is a UV-coated polycarbonate that is made to OEM standards. So, that means they're not gonna fade or crack like some less expensive aftermarket options. And the PPS plastic housing is light, it's durable, and it's much stronger than other alternatives. The DRLs that I was talking about earlier are awesome 5,000 K units, the same as OEM's use. Morimoto also uses die-cast aluminum heat sinks on the inside, which you, unfortunately, can't see. And those provide more than enough cooling to help keep everything running smoothly, and keep the lights nice and bright. You can just tell overall that the fit and finish is excellent. You might be paying a premium for these, but you'll be able to see why.Now, about that price. These are gonna come in at around $1,700. So, they are at the higher end of the category when it comes to pricing. And while that means that there are certainly cheaper alternatives out there, they aren't gonna have the same build quality or the level of features that these do. As the saying goes, "You get what you pay for," and I think that's certainly the case here. The integration, the quality, and the features that these have, I think really speak for themselves. And if you're willing to spend some money, these are a great option to upgrade your ramp.So, let's chat about the installation. These lights come in at a two out of three wrenches on our difficulty scale, and should take you about an hour or so to complete. Now, there are no modifications to the truck or the lights themselves required. And for the most part, they are plug-and-play. You will however need to run one included cable to the fuse box under your hood, comes right in the box. And you've got a few screws that you'll need to remove from the grille in order to get proper access to the old lights. And once you've got those old lights out, simply plug in a few things, all the connectors are already wired in here, and you're set to go. One thing to note though, is that if your truck is a 2015 model year, and only if it's a 2015 model year, you will need the optional resistors. Now, if you don't have a 2015, if it's anything else in that range that we quoted 2010 to 2018, you're all set and ready to go. And for a more detailed guide on how to get these installed, let's hop over to the install bay now, and we'll walk you through it step by step.Man: Tools required for this install include a ratchet, a clip remover tool, a 3-inch extension, and a 10-millimeter socket. What's up, guys? Today, we're gonna be installing a set of headlights on our 2017 2500. So, the first step's gonna be to remove this radiator cover. So, let's go right down to it. All right. So we have six push clips holding in the radiator cover. So, we'll take a clip remover tool and take them out. Now, we can remove the radiator trim cover. All right, so now our next step's gonna be to remove our grille. So, we have four 10-millimeter bolts holding it in up top. So, I'll take my 10-millimeter socket and get these out. And now we can remove our grille. All right. So, our next step's gonna be to remove these two 10-millimeter bolts. So, I'll take my 10-millimeter socket and get these out.Now, we can move on to the next step. So, for our next step, we're gonna come into the fender wheel, and there's this little access panel up here that you can just pull back like that. And then inside, it's kind of hard to see on camera, but there's this long white clip, and we're gonna pull up on that, and that's gonna release our headlight. And just like that, our headlights are released.All right. So, now that we have our tab released, we can just go ahead and pull right out on the headlight, and we can disconnect our electrical harnesses. All right. So, now that we have the headlight out, this is gonna be that white tab that we're accessing through the fender wheel. When you pull it down, it'll lock that headlight into place, and then pull it up, and it'll let it slide out. All right. So, our first step of this process is going to be to run our wiring harnesses. Just gonna connect into our fuse box, run to our driver's side headlight, and across to our passenger side. So, let's go right down to it.All right. So, now we can hook up our fuse box connection, so each have these two tabs in the front and we'll lift right up. And then using the fuse diagram, we can go ahead and find the F66 fuse. It's gonna be this guy right here, and then we can get our fuse puller, remove that. And then we'll go ahead and insert our fuse extender. And then ideally, you wanna run this somewhere out of the fuse box, where it's not going to pinch. And we're right outside like that. All right. So, now we can go ahead and install our headlight. We can hook up all of our electrical connectors. And now we wanna make sure this white tab is in up position so we can slide our little piece through.All right. And then now we can get our hardware in and close our clip in the back. All right. So, now we can go ahead and install our hardware. So the smaller bolt's gonna go in the top, and the longer one's gonna go in the bottom. And we can tighten those down with our 10-millimeter socket. And now we can secure our white clip on the backside.All right. So, now we can come back to our fender wheel and lift our access panel. And then we can push the headlight into place from the front, and clip it into place. And then we can go ahead and repeat that same process on the other side. All right. So, now we can reinstall our grille. So, the two shorter screws are gonna go in the middle, and then we'll take our two longer screws for the ends. And then we can take our 10-mill and snug them all down. And now we can reinstall our radiator cover. All right. So, now we can lay our radiator cover over and push down our push clips.That'll wrap up this review and install of the Morimoto XB LED Headlights with the Black Housing and the Clear Lens for your 2010 to 2018 RAM 2500. Thanks for watching. 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