Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Today I'm here with the Axial LED Fog Lights with the Daytime Running Light, fitting all 2010 to 2018 JK Wanglers. So these are gonna be for the JK owner looking to upgrade their lighting performance but also give a little bit of a refresh to the front end of your Wrangler.
So there's a number of different reasons why you would want to upgrade your fog lights, maybe you've broken one on the trail and you're looking for a new set, maybe you're just not happy with the lighting performance that your incandescent factory bulbs are giving you or you're just looking to match these with any other LED that you already have mounted up to the front end of your Wrangler. So these are gonna be a good solution on all those fronts while also adding a daytime running light in the actual fog light for a little bit of extra style. So these are going to increase your lighting performance, increase your visibility on the road with a very powerful LED, but they're also, like I said, gonna give you a little bit of a refresh with the bright white color temperature giving your Jeep a more of an upgraded look overall.
So these are gonna be $130 and I personally think that's a pretty good price point for what you're getting out of this package. Now other more expensive options are usually gonna be those premium brands like Putco and KC HiLiTES. They may have different designs to them that are a little bit more in-depth like fog lights with multiple LEDs integrated into the face of them or if they're just gonna be different technology like an HID or a back facing LED.
Now I do it like the fact that these are very simple, they're still gonna give you all that lighting performance and the upgraded look that you want out of a fog light but they're gonna keep it on the affordable side with the simplicity and still give you a really nice and stealthy look and a very clean look overall. So I definitely think that these are a great choice to take a look at.
So install is gonna be a very easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. There is a little bit of wiring and involved, however, it's very simple, so you're gonna need a couple of basic hand tools and about an hour's worth of your time. So speaking of that install, let's jump into that now.
The tools that I used for my install where ½-inch drive ratchet, pair of pliers, a flat head screwdriver, 19-millimeter deep socket, a T15 Torx socket, a small extension, and an impact wrench. So the first step of our install is just to unclip our wiring harnesses for our fog lights, all you have to do is depress a clip and they will pop right off. So you can do that for both fog lights. And then what we can do next is head underneath our Jeep so we can remove our bumper.
So now that we're underneath our Jeep, you're gonna need an 18-millimeter deep socket and a ratchet and we can remove the nuts that are on the backside of our studs that are holding on our bumper. Now you're gonna have eight of these, four on each frame [inaudible 00:02:43]. Now we can repeat that process for the other six bolts. So after we have all of our hardware removed, we can go ahead and remove our bumper.
So now that we have our bumper off, we have full access to our fog lights. Now you don't necessarily need to take the front bumper off in order to swap them out but it does make the process a whole lot easier. So now we can remove the hardware that is holding in our fog light. I'm gonna use a 10-millimeter socket in order to do so as well as my electric drive.
So we've taken our fog lights out a number of times so we are missing a little bit of hardware. However, I'm going to use a 10-millimeter socket in order to remove the two bolts that are holding in our fog light. Now your hardware may look a little different, you may have to use a Philips head screwdriver in order to remove them but as soon as you have all the hardware removed we can fully remove our fog light.
So before we go ahead and install our new fog lights, I did want to sit them next to the factory ones and give you guys a little bit of a comparison. Now overall, the housing and the lighting performance is gonna be a huge upgrade in comparison to your factory fog lights. Now starting off with the housing, they are gonna look a lot sleeker and a lot more attractive, you do get a black face on the inside giving it a stealthy look and you're also getting two strips for a daytime running light which your fog light from the factory is unable to offer you.
These are also just gonna be a lot more durable, they have a polycarbonate lens on the front, so if you're out on the trail and you'd take a branch to the fog light, they're not gonna shatter and they're not gonna be damaged, protecting the LED inside. These are also going to be dustproof and waterproof with an IP68 rating and that's gonna be a little bit higher than the standard ensuring that if you take a dunk with the front end of your Wrangler in some water or if you're just on the trail and there's dust kicking up all day that the LEDs inside are still gonna be protected.
So moving on to the LED lighting performance, these are going to be a lot brighter than your factory incandescent bulb, they're gonna shine a lot farther and they're also gonna have a more uniformed light pattern helping out with your visibility at night on dark back roads and even some dark trails. Now along with the lighting performance, these are also gonna be a lot cooler giving you a more upgraded and modernized look in comparison to your factory incandescent bulb that can usually give off a warm hue or a warm tone out of that bulb. So these are even going to match with any upgraded headlight or upgraded running lights that you have already that are LED with that cooler color temperature. So enough about these two on the table, let's go ahead and install our new fog lights.
Now we can go ahead and bolt up our fog lights into our bumper. Now you want to make sure that you're lining up the pins on the top of your fog lights. So since the top of our bumper is facing me, the two holes on the upper tabs are gonna be facing the top. Now you just grab some replacement hardware. I'm still gonna be using that 10-millimeter socket that we used before and we can just re-install those eight bolts holding in our fog light. So after we have our fog lights bolted in, we can re-bolt up our front bumper. Then we just tighten those down with our 18-millimeter socket.
So now that we're finished bolting up our bumper and our fog lights, now we have to do a little bit of wiring in order to get these powered up. So since these do incorporate a daytime running light, we will have to tap into our marker light over at the side as well as our headlight. So we're gonna have to take off our grille to access our headlight wiring. So first what we're gonna do is pop our hood.
So then what we can go ahead and do is take a flathead screwdriver and start removing the six pop clips that are holding in the top of our grille. Now you can also use a trim removal tool. I feel like a flathead screwdriver is a little bit easier to work with. Just be careful of your paint if you are using a flathead. So before we actually pop off our grille, we do want to make sure that we disconnect our turn signal lights. And then you can do the same thing on the other side. Now we can give our grille a little tug and pop it out of place. Put it to the side so we can reinstall it later.
So now we can remove our headlight with a T15 Torx bit. I'm using a Torx socket, a small extension, and my electric drive. We have to remove the four screws that are holding in our headlight retainer so we can pull out our headlight. So once your headlight's disconnected from the headlight bucket we can pull the wiring harness out and disconnect our headlight. Gonna put this to the side because we'll reinstall that later.
So while we're over here, before we grab our wiring harness, I am just going to quickly disconnect our marker light, it's very hard to see. So all you have to do is reach up behind your fender where your marker light is and just depress that clip and it will pop right out. So now we can go grab our harness and start wiring.
So along with your fog lights, you are gonna get a wiring harness. And this one is specifically gonna be for your daytime running light, so we're gonna tap our yellow lead into our wiring harness for our headlight. You are gonna use the outer wire, it's gonna be the white wire with the gray trace and we are gonna be on the passenger side because of how the wiring harness is actually set up and then we're gonna take our red wire and tap that into our marker light which is gonna be the white wire with the green trace. Now you can splice these and splice into them. What I'm gonna do is use a vampire clip in order to tap a feed into these. So we are going to hook this on to our white wire. So we're gonna hook this pretty far up our white wire, make sure that's in place, put our red wire into place. I also like that this has an inline fuse on it. Then I'm just going to take a pair of pliers so you can clamp down on the clip. That's gonna put that pin into both of these, making sure that these connect, and then we can snap that down and into place.
Now we can repeat that process on our headlight wiring harness. Just move this over. I'm actually going to pass us up behind the headlight bucket and we can just repeat that process for your outer wire. It's gonna be the same thing on the other side but you want to make sure that you're doing this on the passenger side because that is how our wiring harness is configured. It's longer on the driver side, so we can reach across to that other fog light.
We're just gonna hook that on, put our lead into place, make sure those are both sitting inside where our pin is going to be clamped down at and take our pliers, clamp that down and then close up our clip. So now that those are wired in, you're gonna want to tuck everything up and get it out of the way but let's go ahead and plug in our fog lights and then we'll clean up our wiring.
So once your daytime running lights are wired in, we can take our main control box. This lead at the end, the single lead is going to be connected to our fog light then we have our one lane that's gonna be connected to our daytime running light and then our factory wiring harness connection and this is going to be connected to where our factory plug is. So let's start off with our daytime running light. We can just clip this right into place. Just hear a little clip. Then we can grab our factory connection, plug that into place. And then after those two connections are in, we can actually connect it to our fog light. You're gonna have four little pins you want to align...there's going to also be a tab up at the top, you want to make sure that it's aligned properly. Then we can take our protector down, thread that on, and then those connections are sealed. Now you want to make sure that we're mounting this up. We'll mount it up in just a second but you are gonna want to do the same process for the other fog light. So now we can do the same thing on the other side with our control box. As you can tell, our daytime running light wire for this side is a lot longer that's because it's farther out. Clip that into place, grab our factory connection. As you can tell, we already have leads on here for other types of fog lights but you want to make sure that it's in the factory connection. And then we can connect our control box to our fog light.
So after everything is wired up, we can go ahead and plug in our marker light. After that is clipped into place we can reinstall our headlight, we can clip in our wiring harness and reinstall our headlight with the factory screws. And after our headlight's in, we can move to reinstalling our grille.
So before you pop your grille back on I would recommend to clean up some of your wiring with some zip ties and find a location where you can mount your control boxes and then you can go ahead and reinstall your grille. So what we're gonna do is just pop this back into place. Then we can take our clips and clip the top back in. Then we can plug in our factory turn signals. Do the same thing on the other side. Now our last step after we've cleaned up our wiring and plugged in our turn signals is just to close up our hood.
So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe. And for more videos like this, always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.