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Merideth: Hey guys. So today, we're checking out the Renegade Series Sequential LED Tail Lights with a Black Housing and a Smoked Lens, fitting all 2020 and newer Gladiator JTs. Now, these will be great for the JT owner on the hunt for an upgrade to their factory halogen lighting and is looking for more style to amp up the look of their Gladiator. Now, these will have a slight smoked appearance that will work nicely for somebody who likes that blacked-out look, but won't be completely over the top and super dark on the lens, allowing a lot of the internal lighting and that styling to come through. This also works well as a nice contrast to break up a lot of bright colors, so if you have a lighter color JT, these will definitely catch some looks.Now, these will have a fiber optic style approach and a sequential feature to the light for someone who's a fan of that kind of styling when it comes to lighting. But most importantly, aside from the style, these will offer a lot of safety. LEDs are going to be significantly brighter and more noticeable on the street rather than your factory halogen tail light and the backup light will be fully LED as well, giving you full rear-end visibility. Diving a bit deeper into the construction and the build of the lighting, this will have a durable black housing and a slightly smoked lens. And together that will add more of a blacked-out look, but it's not going to hinder the performance of the lighting because of the strength of the LEDs inside.On the inside of the light, you'll get a nice angled fiber optic light bar that borders a majority of the tail light that will illuminate red whenever your running lights or headlights are on. In the center as you can see, this will have some vertical hash lines for the brake light that will also have that fiber optic look to them and are going to be incredibly noticeable taking up a majority of the space on the inner part of the tail light. This will also include that sequential feature that I spoke of before and will elevate the styling of the lights just that much more when the turn signal is actuated. Then in the center of the light, you're gonna have a bright white LED. You're gonna actually have multiple LEDs for this, and that's gonna be for your reverse light giving you a ton of lighting out of the back end in comparison to an incandescent bulb.Overall, the construction is completely solid when it comes to the styling and the toughness, while also meeting DOT and SAE requirements. On the price front, the tail lights are going to be very reasonable coming in at roughly $300. Now that is more or less the average price point of LED tail lights, depending on what you're looking for out of a light. Now, this has a pretty standard build, but also includes a lot of unique styling to the internal lighting as to where some of their less expensive options may have a similar physical build on the outside, but will have a less eccentric approach, should I say, to the LEDs on the inside, not including any fiber optic style details. Not to mention, this also includes the sequential feature as to where some other choices just have that steady, solid blink for the turn signals.On the other end of the spectrum, the more expensive options will usually take it in the opposite direction, offering some more out-of-the-box styling or just a completely different build overall. Now, for example, there are some tail lights in the category that will have a standard body of a tail light, but will offer circular lighting for a little bit of a different approach to a tail light in the center and will have some different detailing. Now, the Renegade tail lights will hit right in the middle and give you a lot of styling, as well as a ton of functionality.Now, as for the install of these lights, it is going to be incredibly simple, sticking at a very easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, and probably taking you a total about an hour to get the job done. Now, this is completely plug and play and will require an 8-millimeter socket and a ratchet, and you'll be all good to go for install. So it really doesn't require much to get these onto your JT. Now, speaking of install, one of our customers here at ExtremeTerrain has completed this install on his Gladiator and is going to walk you through all of the steps of getting these lights onto your truck. So enough for me, let's hop into the install.Man: All right. So as far as tools go on this project, it's actually really simple. All you're gonna need is a ratchet with an 8-millimeter socket. I chose to use 1/4-inch. Of course, you could use 3/8 if you wanted. I think 1/4-inch is a good size for this job because the amount of torque you need to apply to the bolts is really pretty minimal. This will keep you from over-torquing anything or damaging anything and smaller tool to work with overall. I also needed some zip ties because there is a pigtail harness for the reverse sensing system that is not on my model. So rather than just let that pigtail dangle loose, I zip-tied them up on both sides.Okay. So the first step after you drop your tailgate is to remove these two 8-millimeter bolts here. I'm using only 1/4 drive ratchet and socket, but you could use any size you want as far as ratchets go. And you could also use a wrench if you wanted to. And bolts are barely over finger-tight. So really doesn't take too much to get them out of there. Okay. We've removed both of them. Now after you have both of those bolts removed, you're gonna wanna grab your tail light housing. I like to grab at the back here where it meets the body and down on this corner and you wanna give it one swift tug. Okay.Once you've plugged your tail light housing out, there's little clips in here. I like to pull those down just so I've got a little bit more room to work. These two clips here that just snap into the body there. All right. So after you've got your tail light housing out, you're gonna wanna pop this red clip open, and then you can press down on the black connector housing here and separate the connectors. And that's our tail light out. All right. So today, we've got the Renegade tail lights for the Jeep Gladiator. Fits all model years, we're gonna be putting them on a 2022 today. So if they fit in this, they should fit all the Gladiators out so far. These have a nice, smoked, clean look.You can see these are for the halogen LED or the non-LED rather housings. So if you have the LED packages, make sure that you're getting a light that does fit if you already have the LED tail lights. As far as fit and finish and everything goes, these do feel really good. They're actually slightly heavier than the stock units. They've got all the same hardware, the plastic and everything feels good. The finish is pretty close. I don't know if it's just because these are new. Maybe they'll clean up a little bit, but they are slightly more glossy I'm noticing than the factory housing, but I don't think they look bad at all.You can also see on the side here, instead of the one large reflector in the middle, you've got two small reflectors top and bottom. I think that's a better look personally. Obviously, that's a taste though. And then your reverse light moves from the bottom up here to the middle, and it's a smaller unit overall. All right. So this side, we're gonna do the exact same that we did on that side. Same sort of process. We've got our 2-millimeter bolts to loosen here. All right. And again, you just wanna grab the housing towards the back and the bottom here to make sure that you're not gonna drop it and give it one good tug. And we're out.And again, I'm gonna attempt to pop the harness down here. Now you do have the tailgate struck for the dampened tailgate over here. So you aren't gonna have quite as much room to work with, but if you get the first clip of a harness popped out, you still have enough room to swing the headlight around without letting it hang down, undo your red tab, push in on the black housing clip, and the harness should come right off. Again, install of the new unit, it's going to be very similar and easy. I'm going to zip tie the pigtail that I do not need. I don't have the reverse sensing system. So I'm gonna zip tie that up. Make sure it's not coming down back here, plug it into our factory harness, push the harness back into place.And we had some issues on the other side. So I am going to give this a try really quick and just make sure these bolts thread into the new housing okay. And I'm still noticing here, I'm having to apply a little bit of pressure. I think it's just the nature of the clip they're using. But with a little bit of pressure, I am getting the clip down and the bolt started.So I put the harness here, get our top bottom tabs lined up. And one swift firm push and it should be seated. We'll install our 8-millimeter bolts. I was able to get this one started much easier than the other side. Again, we don't need to go too tight on these bolts. They're not overly tight from the factory. Make sure that you get them snug down. That's also why I'm using 1/4-inch ratchet versus a 3/8 just to make sure that I'm not over-torquing bolts.Merideth: So that is going to wrap up my review and install on the Renegade Series Sequential LED Tail Lights with the Black Housing and the Smoked Lens in all 2020 and newer Gladiator JTs. For more review and installs just like this, always keep it right there at extremeterrain.com.
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|Tail Lights Style||Sequential|
|Tail Light Type||LED|
|Tail Light Lens Color||Smoked|
New Look and Improved Safety. Keep your nighttime off-roading safe especially when cruising on dark, rugged trails by replacing your damaged or cloudy tail lights with these Renegade Series Sequential LED Tail Lights; Black Housing; Smoked Lens. Installing this new pair of tail lights will make your Gladiator easier to spot in the dark, especially by those following behind to ensure a safer driving environment for you and the other road users. Furthermore, each assembly sports a red, C-style LED strip and dark smoked face that adds an aggressive appeal to your JT’s rear end.
Sequential LEDs. With advanced technology, these Renegade Series LED Tail Lights produce crisp and clear lighting. The premium fiber optics also generate sequential turn signals and brake lights. Moreover, these tail lights come with ultra-bright white and red LEDs making your vehicle very stylish and highly noticeable.
Tough and Weatherproof. These LED Tail Lights have successfully passed the rigorous quality testing procedures with their high-strength construction. These bold and stylish tail lights are made of strong and bold, black housings with impact-resistant smoked lenses. In addition, these assemblies are hermetically sealed, blocking moisture from collecting within the light for optimum performance and long service life.
Direct-Fit Replacement. Mounting this pair of Renegade Series Sequential LED Tail Lights on your vehicle is simple with light to moderate mechanical and electrical skills required. Each unit fits the factory mounting locations and seamlessly integrates with your vehicle’s contours.
Meets DOT Requirements. These Smoked LED Tail Lights meet the rigidity, performance, and safety standards of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108 and SAE.
Application. These Renegade Series Sequential LED Tail Lights are specifically designed to be used on all 2020-2023 Jeep Gladiator JT models with Factory Halogen Tail Lights.
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