(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys. It's Sara with extremetrain.com, and today we have a review and install of the Axial LED Rear Bumper Reflector Lights in Smoked, fitting your '18 and newer Jeep Wrangler JL Sahara, Rubicon, or Moab models. These are perfect for the JL owner who wants to upgrade the existing reflectors in their factory bumper to an LED and wants one with some aftermarket style thanks to this smoked lens. These lights replace your factory bumper-mounted reflectors with a more modern LED option that brings some more visibility as well as style to your Jeep. They're constructed from smoked polycarbonate lenses with durable injection-molded black housings and include all the necessary items to splice into your existing wiring. All right, now I did wanna note these will require some wiring in order to get them powered. However, that does give us the option for customization because there are several ways to get these wired in. We tapped into our license plate light which taps into our daytime running lights. So, these will be illuminated whenever our daytime running lights are on.This will give us the most visibility as well as ease of install but you can also tap these into your brake lights as well. In that situation, they would only be lit up when you're stepping on the brakes. But you do have a ton of choices you can wire these in for whatever works for you., So as far as the price goes, these come in at around $75 for the pair, making them a budget-friendly way to add some style as well as visibility to your Jeep. And as far as the install goes, I'm giving this one a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It will require some wiring to get these powered as I said before, but they do feature a direct bolt-up installation and can be done within two hours. So, with that said, let's check out the install. For this install, we used a ratchet, you will also need 21-millimeter, 18-millimeter, 16-millimeter, 8-millimeter, and 7-millimeter sockets. A swivel extension, as well as a regular extension, flathead screwdriver, trim panel removal tool, and you may also want some needlenose pliers, and the included vampire clips and zip ties.All right, so we have our Jeep lifted in the air. You guys do not need a lift for this install, but we're gonna put it up so that you guys can get a better view at what we're doing. In addition, we've also removed the spare tire again just to give you a better view at this area for install. First step, grab an 8-millimeter socket and let's get those plastics off on each side of the bumper. With your 8-millimeter socket, you're gonna remove three bolts that hold on this plastic the back of your wheel well. Repeat that for the next two bolts. Now we are using impact for these just because it makes it a little bit faster and we can fit the gun right up there. Then go ahead and remove this piece. All right, and now that that's removed, you're gonna repeat those steps to remove the plastic piece on the other side, and then we can disconnect the connector for the license plate lights. Now, we're behind the plastic piece on the driver's side. What we're gonna do is disconnect this connector. Now to do this, you can pull back on this gray tab. You can do it by hand or with a small flathead, just press back then you're gonna press down on that connector and remove it.All right, now with our plastic piece out of the way we're looking at the area right behind it. Grab a 16-millimeter socket and let's get these out. Now, with a 21-millimeter socket, we're gonna remove two bolts that hold on the bumper to the frame. Repeat that for the one above it. Now we're gonna repeat that on the other side, starting out with our 16-millimeter bolts on the outside. Now you may notice the frame side of this bumper on the driver's side looks a little bit different. Now there should be two bolts there. These both have to come out, they're 18s but also on the bottom there are two more 18s and those have to be removed as well. Starting with the top one with our 18-millimeter socket, let's get this removed. Now, you do wanna be careful as we are removing these that your bumper is supported as we get down to the last few bolts. Now, because we're missing that second bolt under there, we're gonna move on to the two underneath, you will have to remove that to remove your bumper. Grab an 18-millimeter socket and get these out.Now with all of the bolts removed out of the bumper, you can grab it and pull it straight back towards you to remove it off the Jeep. All right, now that we have our bumper removed from the Jeep, what we're gonna do is look into the openings on the other side of the reflectors and remove two 7-millimeter bolts. All right, now you can see the 7-millimeter bolt that I was referring to. Now, this is pretty deep in there, but with a 7-millimeter socket, and a swivel extension as well as a regular extension, you can get on that bolt and remove it. Now you can repeat that on the other side. All right, with the bolt out, we can now see the back of the reflector. And to remove this we're gonna press down on the clip on the inside and then also pry a bit on the front to fully release it. Using a flathead on the backside of this you can press that clip in. And then with a trim tool, you can come in from the outside on the front of the bumper. Go ahead and pry it out, and then pull out towards you to remove it. Repeat that on the other side.All right, now that we have our factory reflectors uninstalled from our Jeep, we can take a look at them side by side with our lights here. Now, these are just a reflector, as I said, they don't actually have a light source in them. So, these LEDs are gonna be a nice upgrade over those factory reflectors. In addition, they're also offering a style upgrade as well with the smoked lenses. So, you're getting form and function all in one with these LED upgrades. So, with that said, let's go ahead and finish up or install. Now that we have these lights out before we install these, what we're going to do is grab the wiring and run it through this opening. And then just grab it on the other side and pull it through. Now we're gonna begin to line this up and what we're gonna do is start with this tab on the inside, get that lined up, and then pop it into the bumper. Now, repeat that on the other side. These lights are side-specific. So, again, just be sure that you're having the proper one when you go to install them. They are labeled R and L on the front as well as the back but you can also notice the shape will be different. Line up your tab and pop them in place.Now we're going to replace these small bolts that go in the opening behind our light, maybe a little bit hard to see but we're just lining up this bolt and starting to get it threaded in. And once it's started we have our 7-millimeter socket with a swivel extension and an extension, we're gonna tighten it down and repeat that on the other side. Now, what I'm gonna do is run the wiring through the bumper to the other side, so I can join it up with the other light. Now you can run it through the bottom plastic of the bumper but that is a little bit more involved. And as long as you have everything squared away and secured, it's fine wherever you run it. Now, just to give ourselves a little bit more room to work, I'm gonna unplug the license plate light connector, just press down on the black tab and pull it out. Now we can see both of these wires and we're gonna tap into these with the vampire clips that they have included. Now, this white and blue one is for power and we're gonna start there. There is an opening on one of the sides of this vampire clip. We're gonna line our wire up and slide it through the opening into that first opening on the vampire clip.And then in the other opening, we're gonna attach our green wires which are power. I've twisted the two together here. You're just gonna twirl so both wires go into one. You can hook these up individually or you can do them together, it's completely up to you. And once that is through, you can start to push down on this metal clip a little bit and then close the vampire clip. And I always like to grab a pair of needlenose pliers and just pinch down on it to ensure that we have a nice good connection and we won't have any issues when we try to light them up. Now we'll repeat that for our ground wire. Ground wire through the opening, this is obviously the black one. We have our two ground wires twisted together, the two black wires. Same thing, slide it into the vampire clip, clip it in place, and then I give it another squeeze or two to ensure a good connection. Now you can go ahead and plug in the connector for your license plate light. Now, at this point, what we're gonna do is wind up our wires and secure them into the bumper.They have included some zip ties here. I recommend using them to make sure they're away from anything that is moving or hot. Now, at this point, we can get the bumper mounted back on the Jeep. Now with our bumper in place, we can reinstall the toe hook. I'm gonna start by putting in the two bolts on the bottom just to hold this in place and then I will line up the one up top. I'm gonna drive these in a little bit with an 18-millimeter socket but not tighten them down until I get the top bolt in. Now, at this point, we can line up the top bolt. And once you have that bolt lined up, grab an 18-millimeter socket, we have a ratchet here, you're going to go ahead and tighten it down. And if your Jeep does have this bolt, make sure you replace it, and then we're gonna tighten down these last two bolts under here with your 18-millimeter socket. Now we're moving on to the other side. We're gonna replace both the bolts on the other side of the frame. And as you can see there is some adjustment with your bumper. So if for some reason, it's not sitting exactly where you want it, when you're done you can adjust these bolts to adjust where it sits.And with your 21-millimeter socket, go ahead and tighten these down. And now we're moving on to the outside bracket towards the edge of your bumper and replacing both of those 16-millimeter bolts. With your 16-millimeter socket, tighten these down and repeat that on the other side. And now we can plug back in the main connector. Make sure you press down on the gray tab. Now that all of our bolts are in place and tightened down, we can reinstall the plastic covers. Go ahead and line them up, thread your bolts in to each of the openings. And don't forget about the third one that's all the way up in this corner. Then with your 8-millimeter socket, go ahead and tighten these all down. And make sure you repeat that on the other side. Now that both plastic covers have been re-installed, that's gonna do it for the review and install of these lights. And remember for all things JL, keep it at extremeterrain.com.
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