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Hey, guys. So today we're checking out the Raxiom LED Tail Lights fitting all 2018 and newer JL Wranglers with the factory halogen tail lights. Now if you busted up a tail light while you were out on the trail or even on the street and you're looking for an overall upgrade, or you're just not happy with the lighting performance from your factory halogen tail lights and you're looking for an upgrade there, these are going to be a great option to take a look into. Now what I really like about these tail lights is that these are very similar to the factory style LED package tail lights, giving a more modernized feel to the Wrangler. Now, these are going to look very similar, but what I like about them is the fact that they're not gonna come with that Mopar OEM price point. Now, these are gonna have multiple LEDs inside of the tail light itself creating a very bright light in comparison to that halogen bulb. Now that's gonna be great if you're looking for some better lighting performance out of the back end of your JL for safety reasons, making you more noticeable on the road to other drivers, and again, it's going to look more modernized and a lot more stylish with that LED. With these, you're also getting that black trim on the outside on the housing. You're getting that reflector on the side that comes with the LED and halogen factory tail lights, but you're getting a lot of upgrades in the meantime, you are switching the location for that backup light as well as adding an LED for a lot of visibility when backing up at night and you're getting a fiber optic running light that goes all the way around the detail light and a little up at the top and the bottom. Again, that's gonna add some dynamic styling to the back end of your Wrangler, and it's going to be a big upgrade from the factory halogen and housing.Now that being said, these are gonna come in at roughly $350, and in my personal opinion, I think that that's set at a very fair price point for what you're getting out of this kit. Now you're getting a very bright LED, you're also getting some LED styling from the factory which, in my opinion, is going to look very clean on the back of the sport here. And again, you're not paying that OEM price point. Not to mention in the kit you're also getting resistors for the halogen to the LED switch for no weird characteristics of the light itself and it's going to be completely plug and play with everything that you need in the kit. Now I personally really like that, you don't have to swap anything over unlike some other options, and that's going to keep it very simple and a no-fuss install. Now, choosing tail lights does come down a lot of the time to styling. Some may be set up a little bit differently. Some may include a different pattern to the LEDs themselves, or they may just include different lenses like a Euro-style clear lens, or even a smoke lens for a more stealthy look. Now again, in my opinion, I think if you're just looking for an upgrade to the lighting performance, as well as the look and a more modernized look and even some OEM styling to this, these are gonna be a great choice to take a look into.So again, install is going to be very easy. I'm gonna give it a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. You're gonna need some very basic hand tools for this so speaking of that install, let me run you through that right now. Tools that I used for this install were a trim removal tool, the ratchet, and the T40 Torx from the JL toolkit.So our first step to this install is to start in our cargo area. We're gonna have a small trim piece on the back of our cargo area trim here. It is directly behind our tail light. I'm going to take a trim removal tool and pop that off. There is a little divot here that will allow you to do that. You could also use a flathead screwdriver if you'd want, but just be careful because you don't want to mess up the trim. Now on the inside, you're going to have a plastic spring-loaded screw. I'm actually going to use the JL tool kit that's included in every JL. Gonna take the ratchet out as well as the T40 Torx and we can use that to remove the screw that's holding in our tail light. So what we can do now is just give our tail light a good tug and it'll pull right out then we can disconnect this harness here, just gonna pull up on the safety release, press down on that tab and pull back. Maybe a little bit difficult at first. All right.So first thing we're going to do with our new tail light is actually mount up our resistor. There is gonna be some 3M tape on the back, but you're also going to have some mounting locations if you would like to mount it up inside your tail light area. I'm just going to peel this 3M back and we can stick it on the inside of this weld here. Just give it a good press. I'd also recommend that this area or wherever you're sticking the resistor is clean. And then after that is on there, what we can do is plug in our wiring harness. This is going to be completely plug and play in a factory-style harness on our tail light. Once you hear it click, set the red locking tab, and then we can mount up our tail light just like we did with our factory one. There's gonna be little tabs that you want to line up, give it a good press, then we can head back inside our cargo area and secure it down with the factory hardware. What we can do is thread in our screw. Now it is plastic, you want to make sure that you don't overtighten it. The spring in here will make sure that it stays in place, so again, don't overtighten this because it may break since it is plastic, but we're just going to thread that into the factory location and that'll thread into the back of our tail light. I also have a hand on the tail light as well. Once that is threaded in, we can take our ratchet and start to tighten that up. So once that bolt is tightened down, what we can do is just reinstall this trim piece and repeat that same process on the other side.Before we install our new tail lights setup, I did want to stop down and tell you guys a little bit more about it, some of the benefits and characteristics in comparison to our factory halogen tail lights. Now, as a brief overview, what you're getting with this halogen setup is obviously that halogen bulb, you're getting some very simplistic OEM styling, you're going to have that red lens, the reflector around the body or the whole tail light itself around the housing. And then you're going to have that backup lens down at the bottom with the halogen backup light. Now, this is overall going to be a great setup for OEM applications, but they are not going to be as bright as an LED, and again, the styling is very simplistic. Now when we move over to this new tail light setup, that is not going to be the case, this is gonna come with those very bright LEDs, giving you better visibility out of the rear end of your Wrangler while also making you a lot more noticeable while you're driving around on the street or even on the trail. Now what I really like about this setup is that this is going to almost be a carbon copy of the LED factory tail lights on the LED package JLs. Now this is going to have some OEM styling as far as the LED package is concerned, but it's going to look a lot more modernized and have some dynamic styling in comparison to our factory halogen setup.Now, again, those LEDs are going to be incredibly bright, and what I really like about this is that it's a completely plug and play setup and you are getting resistors. So when you're moving over from a halogen to an LED with this resistor, you're not gonna get any weird characteristics like hyper-flashing or any weird characteristics with the LED light in general. Now, overall, I do really like the setup and the style of these tail lights. Again, they are gonna look a lot more modernized in comparison to our halogen setup here. You're getting the red lens, you're relocating that backup light into the middle again for styling purposes, and you're also getting a very similar housing in comparison to the OEM style halogen setup and even the LED setup. So you're getting the trim on top that is almost that textured material, but it is going to give a very OEM feel even though it is an upgrade. So I do really like how these are set up and they are going to perform a lot better than our factory halogens as far as lighting performance goes. So what do you say we go ahead and install our other tail light?So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install, make sure you like and subscribe, and for more videos and products like this, always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Fitment: 2018 2019 2020
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