(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
Ryan: These Raxiom Smoked LED tail lights are for those of you that have a 2007 to 2018 JK that are looking to change up the look of the back of your Jeep, as well as upgrade to a more modern-looking LED tail light. There are ways to get LED tail lights that look very much like a factory light, but this is going to give you a significantly different look and a different style. This is going to be a light that installs very easily into your Jeep. Definitely, a one-out-of-three-wrench installation here, and we'll talk a little bit more about that in just a second.So an LED light is going to provide a ton of brightness. It's also going to give you a really crisp, clean on and off, which is something that you would see on a lot of more modern vehicles. So upgrading to LED does have its benefits. However, it also has a couple of issues. With your more modern JK that uses a CAN bus electrical system, you can have some problems. Sometimes you need to cut and solder, and add components, and all of that. With these, you are not going to have to do any of that. These are completely plug-and-play. Any issues that may have popped up due to an LED swap are not going to be a problem with these lights, which is one of the reasons that I really like them. And they have a couple of other things built right into them that I like as well, and we'll touch on that in just a second.So Raxiom is known for building some pretty high-quality stuff at what I think is a pretty fair price. Now, these are not going to be your bargain basement lights. They're not going to be the really cheap ones that you can find online somewhere. If you are looking for that, we have some less expensive options out there. But with lighting, you usually do get what you pay for. Now, that being said, there are gonna be some significantly more expensive options out there as well. And are they going to be a little bit brighter, have a couple of additional features? Possibly. But you are going to pay significantly more as well. So with Raxiom, I think you get a really nice balance of both quality and price.This is going to come as a pair of tail lights. And of course, they're going to have all of the factory functionality of a tail stop and turn signal, as well as a reverse light built right into it. But that's really where the similarities between this and a factory light end. So a factory light, of course, is going to be a variety of incandescent bulbs. This is going to be all LED. So what you're going to have here are actually horizontal bars that run across the light that work almost like a fiber optic. So they're going to light up those bars completely, and that's going to give your Jeep a very modern and very different look. The bottom section here is going to be an LED reverse light. Of course, you're also going to have your tail light and your rear turn signal light built into that. On the side here, you're going to have a reflector, which is going to keep you legal. But it also does have an LED at the bottom. And some of the less expensive versions of these tail lights are not going to have an LED on the side. They're only going to have a reflector on the side. So that is something that I like about this light. Another thing that I like about it is that it has a plug-and-play harness. As I mentioned before, this is gonna plug directly into your factory harness. There's no need to do any cutting, splicing, or wiring of any kind. And this also does have a built-in resistor, and that's going to help eliminate any of those issues that you might have with the factory CAN bus system or with a fast flash scenario where the Jeep thinks it actually has a tail light out. This eliminates all of that. And again, this is built directly into the harness. No need to cut, splice, or do any sort of wiring.As you can tell on the back of this light here, everything is sealed up. This is plastic top to bottom. Where the wires go in, there's a little bit of weatherproofing around there. And again, that's something that you don't see on some of the less expensive lights on the market. Sometimes you can actually see the components on the back of the light. Everything is wide open. There's nothing that's weather-sealed, nothing that's covered. Now, these do mount on the inside of the tub, so it's not really exposed to a lot of debris, a lot of rain, a lot of the elements. But it is nice knowing that this is gonna be nice and sealed up. It is going to help the light last a lot longer. So this does have a lot going for it.The style is the style. That's completely up to you. If you like the style of this light, great. I think it's really high-quality and I would recommend it for you. If you don't like the style of this, there are still some very high-quality LED lights that you can get if you still want to step up to LED but you want something that's a little bit more factory.A pair of these tail lights is gonna come in at $150. I think that is a pretty good price. As I said before, you can find some less expensive ones, but they're gonna lack in features. They're going to lack in build quality. You may even have to do some cutting and splicing to get them wired in properly. These, you don't have to do any of that and you're going to get a quality light. Can you step up to something that's more expensive? Yes. Will it have some additional features? Possibly. But I think this is gonna be a great balance of quality and price, as long as you like the style. Now, a member of the install team is gonna show you exactly how you get these installed.Man: To remove our stock tail lights, we need to remove the two innermost screws here on the tail light lens. They're a Phillips head screw. I'm gonna take my drill and back these out. Once you've got your screws out, you can pull your tail light out. Next thing we're gonna do is disconnect our tail light plug. I'm just gonna press down on our tab, and remove the plug. And our stock tail light is out. We're gonna do the same thing for the left side now. Two innermost screws. And we'll pop the tail light out. Now we're gonna remove the tail light harness. Push the tab down and pull the plug out.We're now ready to install our new Raxiom LED tail lights. First thing we're gonna do is plug the harness back in. When you plug this in, you wanna hear a click. That's how you know it's locked in. We'll put our wiring in a hole. Slide this guy into place. Once you've got your tail light in, you wanna get two of your screws started. I would start these by hand. Then, we can run them in with our drill. You don't wanna tighten them up too much. You'll end up cracking the housing.We're gonna do the same thing on the passenger side of the Jeep now. Take our plug, plug our harness in. Make sure you hear that click. And we'll stick these in. Get our screws started by hand. And we can run them in with our drill or screwdriver, whatever you're using for your install. Again, don't go crazy on tightening these up, you'll end up cracking the plastic housing.That's gonna wrap up our review and install. Be sure to check out more at extremeterrain.com.
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