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Hey guys, I'm Eric with Extreme Terrain. In this video, we're gonna do a review and install of these Axial LED Halo Headlights with Daytime Running Lights and Amber Turn Signals, fitting all 2020-and-later Jeep Gladiators. You should really be checking these out if you are looking for more modern functionality and much brighter light output, especially if you're upgrading from factory halogens.Now, one of the most common complaints I hear from friends of mine and other folks who are Jeep owners, is that their halogen headlights really just don't cut it. They don't get the job done. And when you compare them with more modern LED lights, they just don't have the same output.You're definitely not gonna say that with these Axial headlights. Manufacturer tells us that they put out about 5,400 lumens on the high beam setting and about 3,600 lumens on the regular low beams, all at a color temperature of about 6,000 K. And what that means is it's gonna give you a very clean, bright white light.Now, not only is the light source those LEDs that are very bright. The other reason why these lights have more output is that there is a focused output. They're more projector style, whereas opposed to the halogen light that has that large diffuser behind it, that's not only a dated look and design, but it also spreads out the light, and really you're wasting a lot of that output.These are a lot more focused beam that's gonna give you a lot better-focused projection down the road for low lighting, bad weather conditions, and have other motorists see you as well, especially with the halo feature.Now, working with these units and making this video, I gotta tell you, they're really well put together with quality materials and OEM-grade quality or better, and they are also U.S. DOT-compliant. The manufacturer also tells us that the sealant used to seal the lens and the housing together is a durable epoxy, and that's gonna prevent any water intrusion in there that could negatively impact the high-tech electronics inside these headlamps.With that said, the solid construction, the upgrade in styling, and much brighter light output. These come in right around $325. That's a lot of feature and functionality and styling upgrade for the money. Now, as far as the installation goes, guys, we're giving it one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. I would say that's a pretty solid one out of three wrenches, as opposed to some of the easier products we have to install. And I'll tell you why. We're gonna do a little wiring, and I'll walk you through that here in a little bit, and you will need to procure some materials on your own that are not included in this kit.That's the only hitch to this installation, and maybe about the only negative I have to say about this product. But otherwise, budget about an hour of your time, and you'll have no problem getting this job done. Just follow along with us in the video, and you should have no problem getting these installed in your Jeep. So, let's go ahead and take a look at the tools we're gonna use and go ahead with the installation.Okay, guys. The tools you're gonna see in this installation are a heat gun, a trim removal tool, a pair of pliers, a set of wire strippers and crimpers, a Phillips head screwdriver, an extension, a Phillips head socket, and a 10-millimeter socket, as well as an electric impact wrench.All right, guys. Now, to get into our install, you can see I've already popped the hood. First what we're gonna do is we're gonna work to get our front grille off here, and that's gonna be a series of locking tabs across the top. We're gonna remove those, and then our grille should pop off and give us better access to what's going on here. We're gonna start on our driver's side headlamp and get our work going right here. So, let's get started. All right, guys. Now we have a series of these little locking clips across the top of our grille. Now, if you've never worked with these before, they're just two-piece clips. The center part is what locks it in. So, you pry that up first and then you get the tool.Now, I'm using a trim removal tool. You could easily use a flat blade screwdriver to do the same thing, but that's how you get them out. We're gonna go ahead and do that across the top. And if they come apart like that one just did, you can get that top piece that popped out and just push it back in. No problem.All right guys, once you have all those clips removed, basically all that's holding your grille on right now is a series of pinch clips that are along the bottom. And those are the types of clips where you can just give it a firm pull and it should come off without too much hassle.All right. Now, as you can see guys, we have access to the hardware that's actually holding our headlamp into the Jeep. There are three bolts here, here, and here, and they are 10-millimeter. And I'm just gonna hold onto the headlamp as I take this last one out. Let me pull these out, guys. You're gonna have one wiring harness right here. Just go ahead and disconnect that right away. And your headlight comes away. Okay, guys, before we get too deep into the installation, what we do have to do first is a little bit of wiring. Nothing overly complicated, but with the additional function of having the halo that switches back and forth from the bright, clean white to amber for the turn signal or the four-way flashers, there is a little bit of wiring we're gonna have to do.And in order to do that, you're gonna have to get some supplies on your own because the wiring we're gonna need and some of the connectors are not included with this kit. Now you could mount these headlights just fine if you don't really want the amber turn signal feature and all that. But I really don't know why you would buy these if you're not gonna use those features. I personally really like the features with those headlights. So, let's go ahead and do this the right way. So, what you're gonna need is you're gonna need some spare lengths of wire. You're also going to need some male and female connectors, as well as some heat shrink to get everything nice and tight.Right now, I'm showing you the backside of one of your new Axial headlights. This is what the wiring looks like coming out of the back of the housing. Now, this plug I'll show you what we're gonna do with that here in a minute, that's pretty easy. The wiring we're gonna be doing, however, deals with these two pigtails that are right here. These are female connectors. And what you need to do is get a section of wire and splice on a male connector on one end and another male connector at the other end. And we're using heat shrink. This is what a finished one looks like. I'm gonna show you how to put this together in just a second.And what's gonna happen is this connection will plug in here. And then the other end will go to what's called a vampire clip that we'll have actually clipped onto the wiring that's behind the housing for our turn signal and running light. Now, to use these, these are really simple. It basically clamps onto the wire like this, and you pinch it closed. I want you to have the clip on there, grab a set of pliers, and now that's on there, secure. This male connector will come in and plugs in here like this. And now you have a connection to that wire and that power source. So, this is what we're gonna create here. This length of wire.I'm gonna show you how to do that right now. All right, guys. Have that length of yellow and a length of blue wire. It's gonna be the same procedure for both. So, I'm gonna show you how to do it here on the yellow wire. Go ahead and strip the ends and expose the wire on the inside of the sheath. Kind of twist the end there a little bit and grab one of these connectors for one end, slide it in there, hold it and crimp it down. One of these vice grip tools is very handy. It's a combination of wire stripper and crimper. You could also use pliers if you don't have one of these, and grab one of these connectors for the other end, go ahead and crimp it down. You can test it by giving a tug on there.If it doesn't come off real easily, then you have a nice crimp. Do the same thing for the blue wire. Before you put your blue connector in, use a little bit of heat shrink. Got the heat shrink started on there, and I'm gonna crimp it. Put the other connector on, crimp that down. That's on there solid. Go ahead and grab your heat gun. You're gonna wanna move the gun back and forth a little bit. If you keep it on there straight too long, you'll end up starting to melt your wire. You don't want that to happen. All right. That's what a finished wire looks like.All right, guys, now we're gonna mount the headlight into the mounting bracket and the driver's side bracket is the one that's gonna have these flanges here with two holes, as you're looking at it on your left side, and then this single hole over here to get it mounted correctly. Go ahead and put it on top and it's form fitting and it kind of clicks into place so I can't spin it there, even though I try. So, then take this part of the bracket and sandwich it on there, like that. Go ahead and take these little screws and Phillips head screwdriver. Make sure those are good and tight.Now they're mounted. And then go ahead and grab this anti-flicker box here with the wiring connections and plug it in. Go ahead and take this wiring harness and plug it in. And then this plug will plug into your Jeep. And we can also go ahead and plug in the wires that we just made a second ago. Plug the spade connector into the back of your headlight. One for each wire. All right, guys, go ahead and plug in the main headlight harness to their factory harness in the Jeep. Lift everything into place. Now you guys doing this, you might need to remove your wheel well liners. We don't have any installed in this Jeep. So, I can't show that to you, but in order to access the wiring behind your turn signal, you might need to do that.So, go ahead and feed all the wiring in. We use the factory bolts, and we'll get this headlight mounted up. All right, now we're gonna tighten these down with a 10-millimeter socket. All right, guys. Now what you're looking at is the backside of our driver side turn signal. As you can see, we have two of those vampire clips spliced into the two wires that are back here. We're gonna go ahead and plug these in and then test the lights, and if they don't work with the turn signals, then you basically just disconnect them and then switch them over to make sure you have the right wire going to the right wire.Okay, guys, now with our factory halogen headlight off of our Jeep, I wanna throw it up here on the table and give you guys a quick side-by-side comparison. Now, obviously, the thing that jumps out at you is the styling difference. You have the black housing versus the huge Chrome housing on our factory halogen light, as well as the size. You're dealing with a smaller unit here with this Axial headlight, but it's really only small in physical size. This headlight is a giant when it comes to light output, and you're really gonna see that when we throw one on and we have a halogen next to our new Axial for a side-by-side functioning comparison you'll see in the video here. This is a really bright light, especially when you kick on those high beams.And you also have that added functionality with the halo and the amber turn signal is really nice as well. So, now that we have the driver's side one mounted up, go ahead and repeat all those same steps. They're all the same, over on the passenger side to get the passenger side one mounted up. Right now we have both headlights completely mounted up and wired up. Let's go ahead and replace the grille. Okay. Replace your locking pop clips.Okay, guys. That wraps up this review and install of these Axial LED Halo Headlights with Daytime Running Lights and Amber Turn Signals, fitting all 2020 and later Jeep Gladiators. And of course, for all things Gladiator, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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