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The chrome mirror caps that we have here are going to be for the 2015 and newer F-150 owners out there who may have missed out on that chrome cap option from the factory, or maybe you're looking to replace a damaged or dingy-looking factory chrome skull cap for a very affordable price. Now, these options will be sold in sets of two for around 60 bucks. And the install is going to be done without any drilling or permanent modification using some pretty basic hand tools. So, therefore, site's gonna call this a strong one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. And I would say at least 15 minutes or so per side. But if you hang with me until the end of the video, we'll walk you through the job in a bit. So, on the surface, these are going to appeal to, I would say two different types of F-150 owners out there. Those of you who may have missed out on these chrome caps from the factory and just dig the look and want to kick up the otherwise boring appearance of the factory black mirrors, or maybe even match some new chrome goodies on your truck.On the other hand, if you already have the factory chrome skull caps, and they've just taken a beating over the years and are just looking worse for wear, this is going to be a great opportunity for you to freshen things up, but for a very affordable price. Now, as far as your materials and construction are concerned with the skull caps, well, listen, guys, there's really not a ton to talk about here outside of the molded ABS plastic construction for the base, which is then at that point finished off in a chrome plating process, which basically turns these things into the beautiful mirror-like covers that you see right here. And that is one thing I do want to highlight with this set of chrome caps is that the chrome plating process in my eyes has been done very well and without any visible flaws or blemishes. Another thing worth pointing out is that you can tell the manufacturer of these caps really did their homework in regards to measuring, designing, and ultimately, producing the mirror covers themselves as they are going to deliver a very factory-like fit once everything's been installed. Speaking of that install, now we want to show you just what it takes to get the new chrome skull caps in place on your F-150 at home. And listen, if you have a flat-head screwdriver and a T15 Torx tool, you should be in business. Now, there is some minor disassembly of the mirrors to access the necessary areas, but check out this detailed walkthrough, which we'll break it all down for you very clearly.Tools used for this installation include a 1/4-inch ratchet, 1/4-inch extension, T15 Torx tool, and a flat-head screwdriver. Getting started, you're gonna want to take your flat-head screwdriver and position your mirror kind of in and up. The reason being you want to be able to get your flat-head screwdriver in this lower corner here, and we'll show you why right now. So, there's a little tab in here that's easy to see once you're actually looking at it. And we'll show it to you guys once we get the mirror off. But basically, the idea is you want to get your flat-head screwdriver behind that tab and use your flat-head screwdriver to gently pry the mirror off. Now, obviously, you want to be very careful here. You don't want to pry too hard and risk breaking the glass. Now, with our mirror off, you can get a better idea of where you actually need to insert your flat-head screwdriver and gently pry this way. This is going to release the mirror from your clips. All right. With our glass out of the way, now grab your T15 Torx bit and carefully remove the four, T15 screws around the mirror housing.So, with our T15 Torx screws out of the way, now we're just gonna grab the factory skull cap and gently pry it or pull it forward to release the clips. So, with most of those clips pried out of the way, now I'm going to go back with my flat-head screwdriver, and this part can be a little bit tricky because these clips are a little stubborn, but I'm gonna actually use my flat-head screwdriver and pry while holding the clip at the same time to get one corner working with the mirror cover. As you can see, we released this corner. We're going to do the same for the rest. Last but not least, we have this guy up here in the right-hand corner. Okay. So, now, we're left with our skeleton if you will for the mirror housing, this is our factory skull cap. I'm gonna get that out of the way, grab our new chrome option. And we're simply going to install this in reverse order reinserting the clips into the mirror housing, and clipping them in. All right. With our two pieces joined together, now we can reinstall our skull cap over our factory mirror. I like to start with the part closest to the door first and then work our way out from there.All right. Now, we can grab our T5 Torx hardware along with our tool and reinsert our screws, making sure to get them all started first before tightening them down. Now that our Torx screws are all tightened down, simply grab your factory glass and reinstall it onto the arm here, carefully making sure to seat all your clips. With our factory glass reinstalled, the driver side portion is complete. Simply repeat that process on the passenger side and your job is done. Guys, we hope you enjoyed this review and install of the chrome skull caps. And keep in mind for more products and videos like this, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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