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Hey guys, I'm Eric with ExtremeTerrain. In this video, we're gonna do a review and install of these Oracle Oculus Bi-LED Projector Headlights with a Matte Black Housing and a Clear Lens, fitting all 2020 and later Jeep Gladiators. I think these are especially going to appeal to those Gladiator owners out there who are looking to upgrade from their factory halogen headlights with something that's gonna have a lot brighter light output in low lighting situations, as well as the halo daytime running light feature. Now probably one of the most common gripes I hear from fellow Jeep owners, friends of mine, as well as people I talk to through ExtremeTerrain here is that the factory halogens that come in our Jeeps just don't get the job done. They're actually rather dim. Even on the high beam setting, you're just not getting a lot of light output, and that's gotta be one of the most common complaints I've heard.Now, you're not gonna say that about these Oracle Oculus headlights. The manufacturer tells us you're getting 4,800 lumens of light output with a color temperature of 5500K, and that's what's gonna provide that kind of clean, white light that gives a nice, bright appearance and is gonna give you much better lighting as you're going down the road. And as you're gonna see in some of the angles and some of the shots in this video, it might not look like these headlights are all that bright, but that's because they're projectors and they provide a more focused beam. So when you're kind of standing off at a three-quarter angle or off to the side looking at the headlights, they might not look all that bright, but trust me, if you are within the beam pattern of these headlights, you're getting a lot of light output. And like I mentioned a moment ago, another nice feature to these is the halo daytime running lights.They also come in that kind of very clean, bright, white light that almost has like a bluish look to it that it's so bright. The nice feature about those is that as long as your engine is running, those daytime running lights come on. And the way we can do that, you know, considering we're upgrading from a halogen headlight on our Jeep is we're going to tap in with a supplied wiring harness that comes with these headlights into the vehicle's fuse box to an always-on power supply, so that as long as the engine's running, that daytime running light will be on. Now working with these units today when making this video, I noticed that they are really well put together and you really can't tell them apart from factory OEM equipment in terms of quality of construction, the durability of the housing, and the tough polycarbonate lens. It really gives it a nice factory feel. And you know that the weather resistance and water tightness of these headlamps is gonna provide a long service life.Now that being said, that it meets all SAE standards, as well as U.S. DOT standards. So these headlights are 50-state legal. Now that being said, the price on these comes in currently right around $650. I think with the dramatic upgrade in lighting output that you're getting with these over your factory, especially over factory halogens, I think that's a pretty decent price. With the quality of construction and a very simple installation that we're gonna show you in just a second, I think that's a pretty reasonable price. Like I said, with the installation, even though we're doing just a little bit of electrical wiring work, I'm giving it a very simple one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. What we're about to show you is actually very easy. And the housing that comes with these headlamps bolts directly onto the factory bolt locations.So it's very simple, just a couple of tools and a little bit of wiring work, and we're gonna get them mounted on, no problem. Give yourself about an hour to get the job done from start to finish. So let's go ahead, take a look at the tools you're gonna need and go ahead with the installation. All right, guys, tools you're gonna see in this install video include an electric impact wrench, a 10-millimeter socket, a short extension, a flat blade screwdriver, trim removal tool, and you're also gonna need a crimper and wire stripper. 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 get 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 a 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 kind of 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 3 bolts, here, here, here, and they are 10-millimeter. And I'm just gonna hold onto the headlamp as I take this last one out. If you pull these out, guys, you're gonna have one wiring harness right here. Just go ahead and disconnect that right away. And then your headlight comes away. All right, guys, now at this step of the install, we're gonna have to do a little additional wiring in order to get our daytime running light halo feature to work properly. And that's because we need an always-on power source, which you're not gonna get through your regular headlight wiring harness, especially if you're upgrading from factory halogens, like we are on our Gladiator behind me. So what we're gonna do is you're gonna have this wiring harness that's included in the kit. We're ultimately gonna end up running that up to a slot in the fuse box, and that's gonna be our always-on power source.For whatever reason in the kit that we got with this set of headlights today, we have one little step of wiring to do. It's not a big deal. All we're gonna have to do is get the positive end here, this red cable. We're gonna have to strip it back a little bit, feed it into the connection here that they give you, and crimp it down. And then this other wire, a black wire will go to the negative terminal on our car's back battery. All right. Now what you're gonna need is some wire strippers. We need to strip back some of the protective sheathing on the wire here. And this is kind of a thin wire, so I strip back more length than we need so I can fold it back, make it a little thicker, give the crimp something to kind of pinch onto. Just feed that in here. Just a firm crimp. All right. Now we're gonna go ahead and get this wired up to the Jeep.All right, guys, now let's go ahead and remove the cover off of our fuse box. Inside this cover, there is a basic diagram here that lays out all the fuses and bits that are inside your fuse box and it labels them by a position, labeled F and then a number. What we're looking for is position number F52. That's according to the manufacturer's instructions here, and that's basically the fuse for your cigarette lighter inside the cabin of your truck. As long as your engine is running, it's an always-on power source, regardless of whether or not you have your headlight switch on. So basically, that's why we're tapping into that one. And on our truck, it's basically gonna be right here. We already have a fuse in there. So if you have a fuse puller, that's great. I'm just gonna use a very small flat blade screwdriver to kind of pry up on the fuse. You just wanna be a little careful with it. You don't wanna muscle it too much. Get that out. And then we're gonna take this end of our new wiring harness and plug it right in.Now that you have that plugged in here, we're gonna connect this to the negative terminal on our battery. We're gonna connect to this terminal right here. I'm using a 10-millimeter socket, probably the same for you. All right, guys, it'll be pretty obvious with this wiring harness, one end is longer than the other. Take that long end and run it all the way over to your driver's side headlamp. I'm gonna drop it in from behind here. And we need just enough slack so it'll basically meet up and be able to plug into the backside of our new headlight. All right, guys, now I have our driver's side headlamp here, and you're looking at the backside of it. I just wanted to show you real quick. Once you have it mounted up in your vehicle, if you find yourself wanting to adjust where the beam is aimed, you simply go to the backside of it, pull this rubber plug off, and you have an Allen key bolt right here that you can adjust, and that will help you fix your headlights if they're aimed incorrectly.All right. So continue with the install, we have our two wiring harnesses right here. This large one will plug into the factory wiring harness. And then this one here will thread onto the wire that we just ran up to our fuse box. It has like a little tab there you wanna line up. And once you get it plugged in, you can thread it closed, like that, for a nice, secure connection. And then tuck the wiring back in and line up the holes. And we're gonna reuse our factory hardware to bolt it up into place. Okay, guys, now we have our factory halogen off of the Jeep, I wanted to throw it up here in the table next to our passenger side, the one we're gonna get installed in just a moment. But I wanted to show you, I think the obvious differences here is styling. If you want kind of a more darkened or blacked-out look on the front of your Jeep, like we already have with our sport model, it has the black fenders and the black bumper, I think the black housing on this really kind of matches up with that really nicely, as opposed to this large chrome bright area inside the headlight that comes from the factory.Obviously, one of the biggest complaints, I think, Jeep owners have that I hear all the time is that the halogens are kind of insufficient to really light up the road. You're gonna notice quite a difference with these. And I think the other nice feature about this is that installation, as you've seen so far, is really simple. The bracketry and everything that is on the back of the housing here mates up perfectly to the factory. So you don't have to do any additional work. It basically is plug and play and real simple. So you can go ahead and repeat this to get your passenger side one installed, and then we'll take it from there. All right, guys, now we have our passenger side headlamp in as well, we're gonna replace our grille. All right, guys, go ahead and replace your lock clips.Okay, guys, that wraps up this review and install of these Oracle Oculus Bi-LED Projector Headlights with a Matte Black Housing and Clear Lens for all 2020 and later Jeep Gladiators. And, of course, for all things Gladiator, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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