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Hey, guys. So, today we're checking out the Raxiom LED Headlights with the Black Housing and the Clear Lens, fitting all 2016 and newer Toyota Tacomas. So, if you are not a fan of your factory headlights, whether you're not a fan of the lighting performance itself, or you're just not a fan of the styling, you're looking for an upgrade in both departments, then this option by Raxiom is gonna be a great choice to take a look into. Now, this is going to completely switch up the styling, with a black housing and a clear lens, giving you a stealthy and smoked appearance or a blacked-out look, if you're a fan of that, without taking away from any lightning performance, because of that clear lens. Now, these are also going to be a lot more durable than the factory headlights, considering that this is gonna have a polycarbonate lens on the front. So if you take your truck out on the trail often, or you're just looking for a solid set of headlights that's going to hold up on the street, then this, again, is going to be a great choice to take a look into.Not to mention these are also going to be fully LED, which is going to drastically increase the lighting performance for the front end of your truck. Gonna come with a high beam and a low beam, with a standard reflector style, so it's not going to be a projector LED, which, you'll see some other options available with a projector LED. Now, I personally think that adds a different look. It kind of makes it stand out in comparison to a lot of the other options in the category, but it's still gonna give you that same lighting performance that you would expect out of an LED, even though it doesn't have that projector there. Now, these will create a better light pattern, a more uniform light pattern. They are gonna look a lot cleaner with the bright white color temperature, so if you're kind of sick of that halogen amber or the halogen warm hue that your headlights have, and you're looking for a more modernized look, these are definitely going to do it for you.Not to mention that this is also going to come up with a large daytime running light that is going to be LED as well, making you more noticeable while you're driving around on the street. And of course, it's just going to up that styling just that much more. The one thing that I do really like about this option as well is the fact that these are going to be completely plug-and-play. Now, what I will say, if you do have the factory halogens, you will have to install an extra harness, however, that is plug-and-play as well. So, again, in my opinion, I think if you're looking for an overall quality set of headlights that's going to get the job done as far as styling and performance, then these are going to be right up your alley. Now, when it comes to pricing, these are gonna come in at roughly $800, and I think that that's a great price for what these bring to the table. Now, again, you're getting that sleek styling with the black housing, and you're also getting that clear lens, which is going to give you all of that lighting performance and not compromise it at all. And, of course, you're getting those LEDs.Now, in comparison to some other options available on the page, you will see choices that are LED projector headlights, like I mentioned before, however, those are usually going to be a bit more expensive, so if you're looking for LED, but you're not looking to break the bank, then I think that this is going to be a good balance for that. Now, other options available on the page are usually going to be projector headlights that will have a halogen, so if you're not necessarily a fan of an incandescent bulb, you're looking for an LED that's going to last a very long time, but also get something that looks very sleek in the meantime, then these are gonna be, again, right up your alley. Now, when it comes to install, like I said, this is plug-and-play, so I'm gonna give it a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. May take you about two hours to get the job done. As far as tools, very basic hand tools to get the job done, too. So, speaking of that install, let's jump into that now.The tools that I used in this install were an electric ratchet and an impact wrench, soft pry tool, a trim removal tool, and a 10-millimeter socket. To kick off this install, we're gonna pop our hood and we're gonna take off our grille. Now, for this, you're gonna need a 10-millimeter socket and a trim removal tool. So, on either side of the grille, we're gonna have two clips, and then we are gonna have two 10-millimeter screws that are holding on the support arms of our grille. So, I'm gonna start with this trim removal tool and the clips. All we have to do is just get underneath it there, and pop it right out. Now, you can use a flathead screwdriver for this, however, I find that these are a little bit easier to work with, especially if the clips are new. Then we can take that 10-millimeter socket and remove the two screws up front. So, at this point, now that all of the fasteners are removed, we can lift up on these arms up at the front off of those plastic retainers, and we can just give the grille a good tug forward. Now, if you have new clips with this grille, it might be a little bit difficult, but all you have to do is just give it a good pull.So, over on the side of our headlight, there's gonna be a bolt that we need to access, but in order to access that, we need to drop the bumper down a little bit. So, over on the left side of the headlight here, or on the inside of the headlight, there's gonna be two clips that are gonna help us kind of lower that bumper. So, what I'm gonna do is take a trim removal tool and remove the two clips that are holding on the cover here. We can reinstall these after the headlight, the new headlight, is installed. So, in order to access that bolt and pull the bumper down, we do need to peel the fender away a little bit, so we can unclip the bumper from the retainer clip on this junction here. So, in order to do that, we need to remove this 10-millimeter bolt in the fender well, and there may be another one down at the bottom. We don't have one there. We don't have a retainer clip, so I am going to take a 10-millimeter socket and remove the one up top. Now, when that is out of the way, we'll be able to kind of peel the fender away. There is gonna be some 3M tape, but there's also gonna be some clips. But I would recommend to take a soft pry tool and depress those clips to kind of pry the fender out.So now that the fender is pulled out, what we can do is unhook our bumper from this little retainer clip over on this side, and give it a good pull out. So once that's unclipped, we can pull the bumper down a little bit and we can access that bolt that's holding in the part of our headlight here. So, as you can see, when I pull the bumper down, there's gonna be a bolt. This is holding in the retainer clip and the headlight. I'm gonna take a 10-millimeter socket and go ahead and remove that. Now, once that's out, we can remove the other bolts that are holding in our headlight. So, we're gonna have two bolts at the top of our headlight. I'm gonna continue to use that 10-millimeter socket to remove both of those. So, I'm gonna take a soft pry tool and just lightly pry on these tabs. There's little retainer clips that kind of hold them in place, so just wanna pop those off, and then we'll be able to move our headlight. Now, I'm gonna move it inward, towards the center of our grille here. There's a little clip down at the bottom, and you can kind of slide it in and out.Now, the bumper may fight you a little bit here. You can just pull back on it a little. The way you do this, you can carefully pull out that headlight, and now we can disconnect all of our harnesses. So, on the back of our headlight, we're gonna have five plugs. Now, if you have a halogen light, it will be a little bit different. But I'm gonna start with our turn signal on the side here. All we have to do is just pull that plug out. We're gonna pull out our high beam. I would make a note that the high beam is going to be a yellow plug and the low beam is going to be a green plug. So, just depress that clip and pull back. We can disconnect our marker light over on the inside of our light. And then last but not least, if you do have a factory daytime running light, we can disconnect that as well.So, now that our factory headlight is out, what we can do is start plugging in our new headlight. Now, we have daytime running lights from the factory, so we'll just be plugging everything in to the five connectors on the back of the harness. Now, if you don't have factory daytime running lights, you will be using the T-harness that is included in the kit, and you'll be running that to the fuse box, which I'll show you what that is in just a second, but we are going to plug everything in. So, I'm gonna start with our daytime running light, down at the bottom. You wanna make sure that everything makes an audible click. Our turn signal is also going to be on this harness. Now, you wanna make sure that you pay attention to the high beam and the low beam. High beam is gonna be the red one, and also the yellow plug from the factory. Low beam is going to be the green one, with the green plug from the factory. And then, last but not least, we have our marker light over on the side. This is not gonna be in the main harness. This is just gonna be over on the side.So, once they're all plugged in, what we can do is fit our light down into place. You kind of have to pull the bumper away, and we can pop this clip down in at the bottom, and then we can do the same thing for the upper ones. You should hear that snap. That'll be into place. Same thing for this one.So, once that's into place, what we can do is start securing the headlight and our bumper assembly back together. So, I'm gonna use the factory hardware and a 10-millimeter socket to tighten those up. Then we can move around to the side and secure the bolt on our fender. Now we can take the bolt for the side of our fender here, that's gonna go into the side of our headlight. I'm using a 10-millimeter socket, just to get it threaded into place, and then we can tighten it up with that ratchet. All right. Once that's tightened up, what we can do is fit our bumper back over and clip it into that bracket. Clip our fender back in, and we can secure the bolt to hold our fender. So, for this, we're also going to use the factory hardware and secure it down with a 10-millimeter socket. Then we can secure the rest of our bumper. Next, we can secure the three clips at the front of our bumper. And then we can repeat that same exact process on the other side.So, before I hop into the rest of the install, I did wanna stop down and tell you guys a little bit more about these new headlights in comparison to our factory ones, show you some of the similarities and the differences between the two, and why upgrading to these is gonna be a big upgrade for the front end of your Tacoma. Now, starting off is just a brief overview of our factory light. I have the factory projector headlight on the table, that comes with the daytime running light out of the factory. It may look a little bit different if you have a halogen light, however, nonetheless, this is still going to be a big upgrade. So, just going over our factory light, this is going to have a standard plastic backing to it, we're gonna have a clear lens, we're gonna have a very chrome look to the housing itself. Overall, the headlight is going to be set up with multiple halogen bulbs for the high beam, low beam, and the turn signal. However, with this package, we are getting a projector lens on the low beam, and we're getting a daytime running light that is an LED daytime running light. We're also going to have an LED marker light over on this side.So, our factory one kind of integrates halogen as well as LED, however, moving over to this new option, this is going to be fully LED. Now, the LED is going to be at the low beam, the high beam. We are going to have an LED daytime running light, as well as the turn signal and the marker light, so this is going to give you a lot better performance than a halogen would. It's also going to be a lot cleaner. So, if you're struggling with any lighting performance at night, this is going to be significantly brighter. This also going to have a bright white color temperature, giving you a more modernized look. And the beam pattern is going to be a lot more uniform in comparison to a halogen, which is a little bit more scattered. Now, you're not gonna get as much of a scattered beam pattern with a projector lens. However, if you are working with the factory halogen light, this is going to tighten it up, clean it up a lot better. And again, they are going to look a lot better as well.Now, this is also going to have a standard plastic backing to it, just like our factory one would. This will have a clear lens, but this is going to have a black housing, so it is going to give that sleek, smoked, and blacked-out appearance. But with the clear lens, this is not going to take away from any lighting performance, so you're still getting that sleek look, but in comparison to something that has, like, a smoked lens, we're not gonna be taking away or dulling down any of that light, which I particularly like out of a headlight itself.So, overall, this is going to be a big upgrade, not to mention, that daytime running light is going to be a lot more noticeable on this new headlight than the factory one. Factory one is pretty okay, but it is dull, especially with the high beams or the low beams on at the same time. However with this option, it's definitely going to be noticeable. I also do like the fact that this is completely plug-and-play. Now, if you have the factory halogen, you will have to do a little bit of wiring, but it's all going to be pretty much plug-and-play as well. You just will have a couple extra harnesses in the kit in order to get those daytime running lights on. So, what do you say we go ahead and install the second light, and see how they look?After both headlights are installed, we can pop our grille back into place, lining up those alignment pins, and getting this over those two retainer clips. Then we can pop back in our clips over on either side. Once those are in, we can grab our two bolts for the top arms here, and tighten those up with a 10-millimeter socket.So, that is going to wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe for more videos and products just like this. And always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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