(approx) 30 Minutes
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Hey, guys. It's Sara with americantrucks.com and today we have a review and install of the LED Tail Lights in red fitting your own '09 to '18 Ram 1500 without the factory LEDs. These are perfect for the Ram owner who likes the look of their factory tail lights but wants the upgraded functionality of LEDs. These tail lights are pre-assembled and feature a plug and play installation with no modification required. This OEM style replacement features a waterproof housing with red lens as well as high-intensity LEDs. These tail lights meet all DOT regulations and are SAE approved meaning they're perfectly legal for on-road use. So as far as price goes, these come in at around $190, which are on the lower end price-wise when compared to other options. And for your money, you're getting the functionality of an LED tail light while keeping the OEM style to your truck. I'm giving this install a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It features a direct plug and play install with no wiring required that can be done within 30 minutes. So with that said, let's get into our install. For this install, you will need a ratchet and a T25 Torx socket.All right. So the first step in our uninstall with your tailgate down, you can see two bolts on the inside of your tail light. This is a T25 Torx bolt. So grab a T25 Torx socket and a ratchet and let's get these out. With the bolts out, grab your tail light and pull straight back. You'll see two connectors. Pull back on the red tab on the top connector, push down and remove it. Onto the bottom connector, press down on the tab, and remove this one as well.All right. So at this point, we have to transfer over the connector and the bulbs on both of these connectors. We're gonna start with a larger one, twist it out. We're actually not gonna be using this bulb so we're going to grab it and just pull it straight out. Now I am wearing gloves because of the bulbs we do have to transfer over. You want to make sure that you don't get any oils from your fingers on it. So this will connect into the connector on our new tail light here. Line up both of the tabs and just press it into place. Slide the wires into the opening and it twists back into our new tail light the same way it came out of the old one. Now moving on to the other connector. This one, if you remember, is on the bottom so it's a little bit tough to see but it just twists out the exact same way and we will be reusing the bulb on this one so we're just going to transfer it right into the bottom of the new tail light and twist it into place. All right. Now we can get this installed on our truck.All right. So at this point, we're going to install this little ballast. Now you can stick this on the tail light itself but these do get pretty hot so I'd rather stick it somewhere that's metal than plastic. You can either use this 3M tape or the holes that are provided. We're gonna use the 3M tape. We're just going to go inside this opening here, so that's out of the way, it doesn't interfere with our tail light install and because it's on metal instead of plastic, it's less likely to melt anything so it's nice that it's out of the way. All right. Now we can connect both of the connectors. We're starting with the smaller one on the bottom here. Go ahead and make sure it's fully connected. Now moving on to the top connector, line it up, slide it into place, and then press the red tab down. Now, there are two pins on the back of the tail light. We're making sure that these openings here are lining up with them and then press it into place. Now you can reinstall the factory hardware into the new tail light. Grab your Torx socket and ratchet and tighten it down.All right. So now that our factory tail light is uninstalled from our truck, we can check it out side by side with our new tail light. And as you can see, they do have a very similar appearance. This one is designed as an OE style replacement, but there's one important difference here in function. While this is a regular bulb tail light, this one is LED which means it's going to be brighter and last a ton longer than the factory bulbs. So with that said, let's finish up our install.Moving onto the other side, grab your T25 Torx socket and ratchet, and remove the bolt. Repeat that for the lower bolt. And you can grab the tail light and pull straight back towards you. Now that you can see the connectors, starting with the top one, pull back on the red tab, press down, and remove the connector. Next up there's one all the way on the bottom. Same thing, press down and remove it.All right. So we're gonna repeat the process of transferring over the bulbs and connectors. Go ahead and twist the connector out and we're going to remove this bulb because we do not need it for our new tail light. Using only the connector, bring it over to your new tail light. Gonna plug it in, route the wiring into the tail light and we're going to twist it into place same as OEM. Go ahead and twist out the bulb on the bottom, gonna transfer this whole thing over to the new tail light. Then go ahead and line it up in your new tail light and twist it into place.All right. Next up, we're going to mount this ballast same as the other side. Again, there's lots of different ways to do this. I'm just going to use metal just because this does get pretty hot. We're going inside this compartment and I am using the 3M. You can use the openings there to use some self-tappers. Go ahead and connect the reverse lights, they're on the bottom and then moving up on your tail light. All right. Now we're going to connect our upper connector and make sure it's locked in place. Now you can line up your tail light. Remember there's two plastic pieces on the outside here, and there's two openings that you want to line up. Once they're lined up, press it into place. With your tail light in place, go ahead and grab the factory hardware and get it installed. Grab your T25 Torx socket and ratchet and tighten it down. Then repeat that with the lower one.All right. So that is gonna do it for the review and install of these tail lights, and remember for all things Ram, keep it at americantrucks.com.
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High-Performance Chrome/Red LED Tail Lights. Illuminate the off-road in style with the Red LED Tail Lights. These pre-assembled plug and play lights use high-intensity, ultra-bright LEDs in a durable waterproof housing, designed as a direct OEM style replacement to your factory lights.
Adheres to Legal Standard. These LED tail lights also adhere to all quality and legal standards, meeting all DOT regulations, FMVSS 108-certified, and approved by the SAE.
Warranty. Purchasers are covered by a 1-year warranty that protects from any defects in materials and workmanship. Any extensive modifications or abnormal wear will not be covered.
Installation. If you have moderate-to-expert-level technical skills, expect this installation to last no more than 30 minutes with an easy degree of difficulty.
Application. The Red LED Tail Lights is compatible with the 2009-2018 Dodge RAM 1500 without Factory LED Tail Lights.
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