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Justin: The Luminix front emblem that we have here would be a great option for the 2018 and newer F-150 owners out there who might be looking to black out that traditional blue oval while, at the same time, adding some very cool LED accent lighting in the process. Now, this officially licensed piece will deliver that combination of blacked out look, super bright LED, all for right around the $180 price point. Installation, on the other hand, will be plug-and-play to your fuse box but will require removal of that front grille in order to gain access to the emblem itself. So therefore, site's gonna kick this one up to a middle-of-the-road two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter and at least an hour or two to complete from start to finish. But if you hang with me for a little bit, we'll walk you through that job later in the video.So, this is a pretty cool product that, I would say, kills two birds with one stone, meaning, on the surface, you're getting that emblem to change the traditional Ford blue oval to a more sinister matte black emblem. But at the same time, you're still maintaining that white Ford lettering. And I would say this is a mod a lot of F-150 owners like doing just for obvious reasons because it just looks really cool. Now, with this emblem, there is definitely more that meets the eye. Once powered up, that white Ford lettering comes to life thanks to the super bright LED lighting that shines at 6500k color temperature. It's gonna be bright white with a small touch of blue. But maybe most importantly, guys, is the fact that it's going to be very, very bright. In fact, feel free to check out our customer submitted images on this one, guys, because it's a great way to get a better idea of what that color temperature might look like in addition to seeing just how bright this thing is once it's fired up.Now, as far as your building materials are concerned, well, the emblem itself is gonna be built from a very durable polymer or plastic material while the housing itself has been given a waterproof rating of an IP69K. Now, that's the highest achievable, so therefore you're not gonna have to worry about those LEDs being affected by a driving rainstorm or maybe you're mopping through some deep mud puddles off-road.Now, one very important thing to keep in mind with this particular option is that this emblem is only going to apply to trucks without that forward-facing camera. Now, as you may or may not know, in the 2018 and newer F-150s, Ford did put the camera through the actual bottom portion of the emblem itself. So, therefore, this will, frankly, not work. However, you should know that there is a version available here, on the site, with the necessary cutouts in place to work with those forward-facing cameras. And if you are interested in grabbing that for your truck, it's gonna be item number T542788. And for either truck interested in keeping that look kind of consistent front to back, there are gonna be matching rear emblems available on the site as well.But now we wanna get into the installation portion of the video. And again, the emblem itself is pretty much power and ground plug-and-play stuff to your fuse box, but the emblem itself, to get that off, will require removal of the front grille in order to get the job done. But to give you a better idea of how everything is gonna go down, here's that detailed walkthrough and quick tool breakdown.Male: Tools used for this install are a ratchet, 13-millimeter socket, 10-millimeter socket, 8-millimeter socket, 7-millimeter socket, a clip tool, needle-nose pliers, wire strippers and crimpers, some zip ties, and some crimp-on electrical connectors if desired.So, for this install, we are going to have to remove our front grille, disassemble some of its components, and run a few wires over to the fuse box. It's a pretty simple process, and very minimal tools are required. I'm going to walk you through the whole thing, so let's get started.So, I'm gonna start off by using my clip tool to remove the clips that hold the upper rad cover, as well as the intake snorkel, onto the vehicle. I'll just work my way around the top, and then I can pull this off.The next thing I'm gonna do is use my 10-millimeter socket to remove the 4 screws at the top before I can move on to the 2 lower screws at the bottom, which I'll show you how to remove in just a second.So, in order to remove the two screws at the bottom of the grille, I have to remove these two screws at the corner of the wheel well that hold this lip onto the front. So I'm gonna use my 7-millimeter socket, pull these screws out on both sides, and I can remove this lower trim piece to expose those two screws to the grille. Now I can just repeat this on the other side and pull this trim piece off.So, by removing this lower trim piece, I've exposed this 8-millimeter-headed screw down here at the corner of the grille. There's one on either side, so I'll use my 8-mil socket to pull that out, and then I can work on pulling the grille off.Now, the last thing I'll do before I pull the grille out is unplug the active shutter, as well as the connector for the ambient air temperature sensor. And now, I can just pull the grille right off.So, the first thing I'm gonna have to do now that I have the whole grille and active shutter assembly out of the vehicle is remove the active shutter assembly from the grille. There are five clips along the top, as well as four nuts located in the corner, and one bolt here in the middle. I'm gonna use my clip tool to pull the clips. I'll use a 10-mil socket for the rest of it.Next I can remove this center bolt here that attaches the active shutter to the grille. Now I can remove the four nuts in the corners. Finally, I can remove these four nuts on the corners of the back of the grille. And then I can start to work the grille and the shutter assembly apart. Now you can separate the shutter assembly from the grille.So we've removed the active shutter assembly from the back of the grille, and that's gonna expose these 3 studs on the back of the emblem that have 10-millimeter nuts on them. So I'm gonna take my 10-mil socket, pull those nuts off, and this emblem should pop right out.I've got this flipped over so you can see the emblem coming off. It should just come right out of the holes. And now we can install our new one. Now, all you have to do is line up the studs on the back of the emblem with the holes that are in the grille, fish your wire through the hole, and then you can bolt it down with the provided hardware. And I'm just gonna use my 8-millimeter socket to snug this down and make sure not to overtighten them.So, now that you have your new emblem installed, you can go ahead and reassemble your active shutter assembly to the grille. And that's just gonna be in the reverse order. While I have this apart, I'm gonna fish my wires up through the hole for my ambient air temp sensor connector. And then I can run them along to my fuse box when I'm ready to do that.All right, so now we can reinstall the hardware onto the four studs located on the back of the grille. And then we're ready to throw this grille back onto the truck and run our wires.So, we know the connections for our illuminated emblem are gonna come out here at the ambient air temp sensor and the active shutter plugs. So what I'm going to do is run my wires along the top of the rad support here using this wire loom as my guide. So I'm just gonna take a few zip ties and tie this onto the loom for those two plugs. And then I can run these over to the fuse box and make my connections.There's a hole to pass the wires through here at the top of the rad support. This will keep the wires hidden and out of the way of anything hot or moving. That way, you won't cause any damage to your wires once everything's installed.So I've got my wires routed approximately where I'm gonna make my connections, so, at this point, I'm ready to throw my grille back onto the truck. And then I can move on to hooking up my power and ground source for the light-up emblem.Now I can reinstall the hardware that secures the grille to the vehicle. I've got my 8-millimeter socket for the bolt at the bottom, and I'll use my 10-mil for the 4 at the top.So, in order to make the connection here at the fuse box, we are gonna have to pull one of the fuses out. They instruct you to pull out number 18, which is a 10-amp fuse right here, so I'm gonna use my needle-nose pliers, and I can pop this fuse out of the fuse box. Be very careful not to damage it. And then I can install it into the provided fuse tab. Now I can take that 10-amp fuse that I just pulled out of the box, install it into the fuse tap in the empty slot. And now I can install this fuse tap back into the spot that I removed this fuse from. Throw this cover back on.So, the last connection I need to make is for my ground. And, on a vehicle, there is no better ground than the negative battery post. So what I'm going to do is crimp on an M8 eyelet onto the end of my ground wire, and then I'm gonna install that to my negative battery post by removing this 13-millimeter nut and then bolting it down.Now that I have my connections made at my power and ground, I can just plug my wires together, red to red, black to black, and then I can finish reinstalling all of my covers and trim pieces and wrap this install up. Now I can reinstall my upper rad cover and then my lower grille trim.Last thing I'm gonna do is install my two 7-millimeter screws on either side of the wheel well. And that's gonna wrap up this review and install of the Luminix LED front emblem for your 2018 to 2020 F-150. Thanks for watching. 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Extra Style. Add some extra bling to you F-150 with the help of this Luminix LED Front Grille Emblem. This eye-catching emblem is a step above your factory emblem with its elegant workmanship and finish that will make your F-150 truly stand out. To make this front emblem cooler, Manufacturer decided to add LED lights that will clearly illuminate the Ford logo even in the dark.
Sturdy Emblem. Unlike other aftermarket brands, Manufacturer built this Luminix LED Front Emblem to be tough. Utilizing durable materials, this emblem goes through a strict manufacturing process for maximum quality and strength. An elegant black finish is applied to keep this front emblem safe from the effects of rust and corrosion.
Officially Licensed. Every time you take your F-150 for a drive, you’ll be happy to know that this Luminix LED Front Emblem is officially licensed by Ford. This Luminix LED Front Emblem will surely set your F-150 apart from the rest.
Warranty Information. A two-year limited warranty is included with this Luminix LED Front Emblem. This is to ensure that this front emblem is free from any factory defects. For more information, please check out the manufacturer’s manual.
Application. This Luminix LED Front Emblem will fit 2018-2022 Ford F-150 models that are not equipped with a forward facing camera.
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(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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