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Justin: Hey, what's up, guys? Justin with americantrucks.com. And today, we're breaking down and installing the Aeroskin LightShield Hood Protector, available for all 2019 and newer Silverado 1500s. Now, the Aeroskin will combine two very popular truck modifications, the Amber running lights, and, of course, a leading-edge hood protector in one very sleek, very easy-to-install option that does not require any drilling or permanent modification. Part auxiliary lighting, part hood protection, and something that I just think is totally awesome.Now, as far as your features are concerned, well, let's start off with that tried-and-true hood protector. This guy is going to install on the leading edge of your Silverado's hood and protect, not only the hood itself, but also the windshield from rock chips and bug impacts, thanks to help forcing that airflow up and over the roof line at speed.Now, the hood protector or the Aeroskin, that's only half of the equation here, guys. This is gonna serve as a base for the LED lighting, which is included here with this kit. Now, this bar will illuminate in 5 different areas in Amber, giving your 1500 more of that HD flare, but also making your truck more visible while on the road.Now, this little bit of lighting, in my humble opinion, does go a long way in adding some additional muscle to that front end. And one trip to the customer image section on the product page will really confirm that. So, as always, guys, feel free to check out those customer-submitted images along with the corresponding reviews before pulling the trigger.Now, moving into construction, you'll find that an extremely durable material called Duraflex 200. If you're not familiar, it's basically a TPO, or thermoplastic material that is up to the abuse it may encounter while being mounted to the front of your Silverado. And if not, well, they do have your back with a three-year limited warranty.Now, unlike other hood protectors that you might encounter here on the site, that Duraflex material is more of a textured matte black. It's a solid material as opposed to maybe a tinted acrylic or plexiglass. So, I think it's certainly gonna stand out a bit more while on the hood. Some of you guys might like that. Some of you might prefer more of that tinted plastic or acrylic of the more traditional options. Regardless, feel to check out the rest of our selection here AT to help you make your decision.Now, the Aeroskin LightShield is gonna come in right around $250, which is second only to the LightShield Pro. That option is gonna run you an extra $100 or so due to the sequential turn signal functionality. Now, these options, the LightShield and the LightShield Pro, are really in a league of their own price-wise because, at this time, they're really the only game in town when we're talking about something that's gonna combine some lighting with some hood protection.Now, if you just wanted to forego the lighting altogether, you're just simply looking for some hood protection, you can find something in that low $100 price point that, of course, is available here on the site. We have a lot of those options as well, so feel free again to check out the rest of our selections before making your decision.Switching gears, let's get into the install. And for the most part, guys, you are looking at a peel-and-stick job here. But obviously, there is some very minor wiring involved. Basically, you need to get this small little power and ground pigtail. There's a small hole right here where the light bar will mount and you are gonna need to tap that into the parking lights on your Silverado using the included hardware and taps.Now, even with that small amount of wiring, the site's gonna hold firm on a solid one out of three wrench rating on the difficulty meter. Call this one at least an hour to complete from start to finish. But if you're a little slow with the wiring, don't worry about it. You really wanna make sure you take your time and get the light shield mounted properly. But what do you say we head out to the shop? Now, let's check out our detailed walkthrough and tool breakdown.Man: For this install, you will need cleaning supplies or car wash supplies, wire strippers and crimpers, alcohol and surface prep pads, the provided connectors or TTAPs and spade connectors, a microfiber rag, and some tape. What's up, guys? Today we're gonna be installing hood protector on our Silverado. So, let's get started.So, before we can put this on our truck, there's a few things that we need to do. First would be to grab your LED strip and go ahead and straighten that out and let it relax for a while. We've already gone and done that. And the next step is gonna be to prep our surface of our hood protector for our LED strip.So, this top recess is where your strip is gonna go. And to prep that surface, we're gonna use the provided alcohol prep pad and a surface prep pad. First, we can go ahead and clean it off with our alcohol prep pad, corner to corner, give it a nice wipe, and let that go ahead and dry off before we move on. So, once that's dried off, you can go ahead and grab your surface prep wipe and we can go ahead and wipe that same section down, corner to corner, top to bottom. And now we're ready for our LED strip.Next, we can go ahead and feed our wiring through our service hole here on the driver's side. Go ahead and get them fed through. Next, we can go ahead and remove some of the cover for our adhesive backing on each end, and go ahead and fold it up so you can access it. Go ahead and do the same on the other side.So, now we can go ahead and get our wiring side pushed all the way to the corner. Go ahead, give that a little bit of a push just so it stays in place. Remember, your backing should be up so you can still access it. Go ahead and line that up across the whole thing. Do the same thing for your other side. And again, give it just a little push just to hold it in place for now, just like that.So, now we can go ahead and start removing the rest of our backing. And you wanna go ahead and place one hand down on where it's already stuck and start peeling it off few inches at a time. Then go ahead and press that down into place, keeping an eye on your alignment. And then just repeat this process all the way down. Go ahead and pull off your backing. Give it a nice once over, making sure it's stuck good everywhere and your strip is on.So, next up, we're gonna prep our wires before we go ahead and install this. Now, your kit does come with a screwed-type connection, but since ours isn't gonna be permanent, we're gonna use TTAPS and spade connectors. So, in order to do that, we're just gonna go ahead and strip a little bit of sheathing off our wires, then go ahead and slide our spade connectors on and crimp them down. Do the same for your other one. And a little tug to make sure they're secure, and we're good to go.So, now we can go ahead and prep our hood. And to do that, we're simply gonna use some soapy water or whatever car wash stuff you may have around and a microfiber rag. Go ahead and spray it on and just give it a little wipe. And you wanna make sure you wanna get a wider area than what is required just to make sure you don't miss any spots. So, after we've cleaned our hood, we're gonna go ahead and use another alcohol prep pad to wipe off our leading edge of our hood to ensure better adhesion.So, next, you're gonna wanna test-fit your hood protector. So, to do that, we're not gonna remove any adhesive yet. We're just gonna get it close, essentially just checking your edges in your center. And then we're gonna see where our wiring is eventually gonna come down around our hood, and go ahead and mark it with a piece of tape just like that. Go ahead and pull your protector back off.So, next, you can go ahead and raise your hood up and kind of move your tape back just to get it out of the way of the main part of your adhesion, keeping it in line with your mark. And then you can go ahead and lower your hood back down. So, next, we can go ahead and do the same thing as we did for our light bar strip. And we can go ahead and peel back just a couple of inches on our adhesive strips for our hook protector, and you wanna pull back just a couple inches, maybe two inches, and again fold them outwards, top and bottom so you can access them once we start to apply our protector.So, now we can go ahead and lightly place our hood protector on. Make sure to have it centered. You may need to readjust a couple of times. So, now that we have it pretty centered and about a 16th of an inch up from the bottom of our hood, you can go ahead and just lightly press the center into place to hold it still for now. So, now that we have our center set into place pretty good, we can go ahead and raise our hood up.And using our tape mark from earlier, go ahead and get another alcohol prep pad and wipe down your area right under the hood, around to the front of it where your wiring cover is gonna go. So, once you have it prepped, you can go ahead and pull your wiring straight down using your previous tape mark, grab your supplied adhesive foam pad and go ahead and place one edge of that around the hood, wrap your wiring up under the hood, and go ahead and stick that into place.Once you have that in place, we can go ahead and lower our hood back down, making sure to not crimp our wiring as we do so. And we can begin removing our backing and applying the rest of our adhesive strip, starting with the bottom, to keep our hood protector in line. You go ahead and remove a few inches from your strips at a time, pushing down on your hood protector as you go. And we'll work your way up to the top and do the same thing, working back to the middle, again, applying pressure as we go.And then you can do the same thing for your other side. So, now that we have everything installed on the front of our hood, we can go ahead and use our provided wire stays and route our wiring around the driver's side of our hood, down and around, and so we can come back to our headlight and tap into our power source.So, we're gonna kind of mock-up our wiring here to get an idea of where we want our stays to go. So, first, we're gonna go ahead and mock up the routing of our wiring, kind of get a general idea of where we want our stays to go, making sure that everything will be free and clear, nothing's gonna get pinched when we close our hood or anything like that. And then we can go ahead and clean the spots we want with another provided alcohol wipe.And then we can go ahead and start installing our stays. Install our first one here, just to get our angles right. Once you have that one loosely in place, it's a good idea to close and open your hood sometimes just to make sure that everything is gonna be okay once you put in your hood. And then double-check it along the way, just keep doing that along the process.So, now that we have our first stay in place, we kind of have an idea of our routing. We can go ahead and set our second one in. Again, double checking, make sure your hood will close and nothing's gonna get hit. Give that a firm push, go ahead and secure it, and then we can move on down to our next one. One more on the hood. Make sure that's good, and clearance there.Now that we have it routed here, we can start routing it along the body line here and make our way towards our power source at our headlight. And we can go ahead and start our lower ones, again, working our way up towards our headlight. All right. And now we are at our headlight and ready to connect our power source. Now, since our truck is an LED headlight option, we are gonna go ahead and tap into the solid yellow wire and black wire for ground on our single harness. But if you do have halogen headlights, you can go ahead and tap into your marker light harness.Now that we have that, we can go ahead and reconnect our headlight connector. Now, this connector is down at the bottom back of your headlight. It is very easily accessible right behind it. Go ahead and reach in. Push it in until you hear that confirmation snap. And don't forget to push in your red safety latch.All righty, guys, that about wraps up our review and install of our Aeroskin LightShield Hood Protector in Black Finish for your '19 to '23 Silverado 1500s, excluding the '22 and '23 Trail Boss and ZR2. Thank you for watching. And as always, for everything Silverado, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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