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Hey, guys. So today we're checking out the JDM Style Headlights with the Chrome Housing and the Smoked Lens, fitting all 2012 to 2015 at Toyota Tacomas. So if you are not a fan of your factory headlights, you're looking for a refresh for the front-end of your Tacoma, then this option is gonna be a great choice to take a look into. Now, this kit is going to come up with two headlight housings and you will be swapping over the bulbs from the factory headlight. So this will be great for anybody who is looking for not only an update in styling, but also a refresh to the overall headlight housing, if you've damaged one taking your truck out on the trail or even while you were out on the street or you've noticed some wear and tear or aging, especially when the lens gets fogged on the front of the headlight.Speaking of the styling, with the smoked lens here, this is gonna add a very stealthy look to the front-end of the Tacoma, so this will be great for anybody looking for more of a blacked-out look or to match with any other smoked accessories or smoked lighting that they already have on their truck. Not to mention, this is also going to have a chrome housing. So if you are a fan of a black chrome effect or a smoked chrome effect, this is going to be right up your alley. Now, like I mentioned before, you will be swapping over your factory bulbs. Now, you can put new bulbs in these housings, but again, this is going to come with just the housing. So this will be plug and play and very easy to install, which I'll show you guys in just a minute.Now, with all of that being said, these are gonna come in at roughly $200, and I personally think that that's a great price point for what you're getting out of this kit. Now, these are just going to be an upgraded version of your factory headlight housing, of course, with a new smoked lens that's going to add a different look to the front-end of the Tacoma, but everything is going to necessarily stay the same, which will keep it more on the affordable side. Now, in comparison to some other choices on the page, some of their options that are a little bit more expensive may include the bulbs or they may have a running light or will include LED lights in comparison to this as where this will usually use those halogen bulbs that come with the factory headlights.Now, on the other hand, some other options that just come up with the headlight housing that are pretty similar to this may just be set up a little bit differently. So the internals may be set up differently in where the headlight, the marker light, and the turn signal are placed, or they may come with a clear lens or even a black housing. So it kind of comes down to your personal preference in design and what you need for your Tacoma, but if you're looking for a stealthy housing to upgrade the headlights on the front-end of your Tacoma, then this is gonna be a great choice. Now, when it comes to install, I'm gonna give this a very easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. Like I mentioned before, everything is plug and play. So you're gonna need some pretty basic hand tools and probably an hour's worth of your time to get the job done. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now.The tools that I used for my install were an impact wrench, a quarter-inch drive ratchet, a 10-millimeter deep socket, and a 10-millimeter shallow socket, a soft pry tool, and a trim removal tool. Starting with the hood open, our first step to this install is to take off our grille. I'm gonna use a trim removal tool to take off the two clips that are holding on either side of the grille and then we can use a 10-millimeter socket to remove the hardware that is holding the rest of it. So on either corner of the grille, we're gonna have a small clip. I'm gonna use a trim removal tool or a clip removal tool. You could also use a flathead screwdriver, but we're gonna do this on either side. Next, we can remove the two 10-millimeter screws that are holding in the top of the grille. I'm gonna use a 10-millimeter socket and my impact wrench. You could also use a ratchet. At this point we can give a firm pull back on the grille and completely disconnect it. What we're gonna do now is remove this lower plastic trim piece right above the bumper and right below our headlight. There's gonna be a clip on the inside. So I'm just gonna take a soft pry tool and pry on the inside. And then there is going to be a little seam over on the right-hand side or the outer side of the trim piece. We're just gonna stick our soft pry tool in and turn. This is gonna pop out this way.So our next couple of steps are going to include peeling back the inner wheel liner so we can access a bolt on the side of our headlight here that's behind our bumper. Now, we're gonna remove two bolts on the lower part of the bumper and one clip on the inside of the wheel well so we can peel back that wheel well and access that bolt there and then we can remove the rest of the hardware to take out our headlight. So first, we're gonna take out those two bolts at the bottom of the bumper. So right at the corner, part of the bottom part of our bumper here, we're gonna have two 10-millimeter screws. I'm gonna take a 10-millimeter socket and remove those.So at this point what we're gonna do is use our trim removal tool, either the soft pry tool or the trim removal tool that we used earlier. We're just going to peel back that inner liner. Now, there should be a clip here. You can use this trim removal tool in order to remove it. We are missing ours. So I'm just going to pull this back and tuck it behind our tire here. So this is gonna be really difficult to see on camera, but if you're laying directly underneath your bumper, right above the fog light, there's going to be a nut and a bolt that's connecting the bumper to the bumper cover and then right above that is going to be that headlight bolt. Now, we wanna take out the headlight bolt. So I'm gonna take a 10-millimeter socket and my ratchet and we can go ahead and remove that.After that 10-millimeter bolt on the side is removed, what we're gonna do is remove the 10-millimeter bolts up top or the 10-millimeter screws that are holding in these 2 arms on the top of our headlight. I'm gonna use a 10-millimeter socket and my impact wrench. What we're gonna do at this point is grab a soft pry tool if you want to. You don't necessarily have to, but I'm just going to release the two arms off of those plastic retainer clips up top. That'll kind of loosen up the headlight for us so we can pop it out of place. So once we maneuver our headlight out of place, we're gonna have a couple connections on the back that we need to remove. So I'm going to just press down on those and pull back.So before we hop into the install, I did wanna step down and show you guys our new light next to our factory one sitting on the table and show you some of the similarities and differences between the two. Now, at first glance, these are going to look very different in the way that they are set up or the overall appearance or aesthetic. However, these are going to be very similar. Now, when going over our factory light, as you can see, we have the classic stock look, we have the clear lens on the front and the chrome housing on the inside. Now, that clear lens is not going to be that clear. If you have an older Tacoma, a lot of the time the lenses do start to fog and fade, they start to weather and really show their age. So upgrading to something like this is definitely going to kind of clear up not only the aesthetic, but also the lighting performance because that can take away a lot of lighting performance as to where a smoked lens like this is only going to dial down just a little just because you have that smoked finish on the front there, but it's gonna do a lot better of a job at projecting that light instead of that really fogged-up lens.Now we're moving over to our new light. As you can see again, you're going to have that smoked lens, which is going to add a very sleek and stealthy look to the front-end and match with any other smoked accessories. On the inside, you're getting a classic chrome housing. So you're gonna get a kind of black chrome effect with this new headlight and the headlight is going to be set up pretty much the same when it comes to the internals. Every light is going to be in the same location. So you are getting the high beam, low beam in the middle, marker light, and turn signal on the outer sides just where it is on the factory lights.So really the only difference between the two is the fact that, first of all, this is going to be brand new and this is also going to have a smoked lens. Everything is really going to be set up basically the same. Now, this is also going to take the factory lights, so this'll just be for the housing, but this is going to have all of the things that you need, all of the seals, adjustments, and the retainer clips over on the side and it's also gonna come with a nice weather seal up at the top. So you're getting everything that you need with this headlight, but you are gonna be swapping over the factory bulbs, so what do you say we go ahead and do that?So now that we have our headlight flipped over, what I would recommend to do is put this on a soft, clean surface. I have a clean microfiber. You wanna make sure that you're not scratching up the lens. It doesn't really matter that much with the factory one, but you will want that with the new lens. Now, we're gonna start by taking out our bulb. I'm gonna start with the marker light over in the corner here. All we have to do is twist and pull back. Same with our turn signal, twist and pull back. Now, the headlight, the high beam, and the low beam, that is going to be a little bit different. We're going to pull off this seal back here, and it's gonna be held in by a little clamp. We're gonna push down on the one side of that lever. I'm gonna release it and push that back so we can wiggle out our headlight bolt. Let me just pop this back into place and head over to our new light.Now that we're over to our new headlight, what we're gonna do is pull out the seal. This is gonna be set up the same exact way as our factory one. We're going to press down on the lever, release it, and pull back so we can allow some room for our bulb. Now, these are gonna have tabs on it as you see or as you saw on the factory housing. That's going to sit right down into place and then we can just reattach that lever to hold it in place. We're gonna take our seal, pop it around and you wanna make sure that that inner seal is sitting around the bulb. And then we're gonna move on to the marker and the turn signal.Next, we're gonna install our marker light. Now, a trick that I like to do with these to light it up the first time every time is to find the largest tab on the light and then you just find the largest cut-out, line them up, and then just make sure that the light is sitting flush down on it. Give it a good turn. Then we're gonna move on to the turn signal. Same trick applies to the turn signal, largest tab. Line that up. So now that we have all of our bulbs in our headlight, what we're gonna do is connect them to the harnesses. So I am going to connect the marker light harness on the outside. Same for the headlight bulb. Now, when it comes to the turn signal, it may be a little bit difficult because that wire is short. Then what we're gonna do is maneuver our headlight in. So this is gonna be a little bit tricky to do, but if you turn it vertical and then kind of wiggle it in place, you should be able to line everything up. So we're gonna have the two tabs on the top and then one on the side there that we need to line up. Then we're gonna secure the top two 10-millimeter screws. We're gonna tighten them up with a 10-millimeter socket. Then we're gonna head underneath and secure the bolt on the side and reattach our wheel liner. Next, we're gonna take that 10-millimeter factory bolt. We're gonna reach up and secure the side of our headlight. It should be pretty much lined up. You may have to push up on the headlight in order to get that completely lined up. You're gonna thread it into the side. So once that's started in, we're gonna tighten that up with a 10-millimeter socket that we used to remove it, and then once that's in there, we can pull our inner fender liner back into place and we're gonna secure it down with our factory hardware. And we're gonna tighten that up with our 10-millimeter socket.So after everything is taken care of underneath the bumper, we can just pop our trim piece back into place by securing that clip and giving it a good snap forward. Then we're gonna repeat this on the other side and then attach our grille. So after both headlights are installed, we can just pop our grille back into place the same way it came off, give it a good press, and then we're gonna secure the fasteners, which are the two 10-millimeter screws up at the top. You're gonna tighten those up with a 10-millimeter socket. And then we're gonna secure the two clips on either side. Once this one's done, you're gonna repeat that on the other side and close up the hood.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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|Headlight Housing Color||Chrome|
|Headlight Lens Color||Smoked|
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