(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys. It's Sara with extremeterrain.com. And today, we have a review and install of the Light Bar DRL Projector Headlights with Matte Black Housing and Clear Lens, fitting your 2012 through 2015 Toyota Tacomas. These are perfect for Tacoma owners who are looking to upgrade their aging headlights and wants a projector-style option with a modern black design. These black headlights provide a style similar to the newest Tacoma and also include all factory connectors for a plug-and-play install.They are constructed from impact-resistant clear lenses and matte black housings, and are also DOT-approved, meaning legal for on-road use. So as far as price goes, these come in at around $450 for the pair, putting them about middle-of-the-road price-wise when compared to other options. And for your money, you are getting a projector-style headlight with a modern black design and accent LEDs. And as far as the install goes, I'm giving this one a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. They do feature a direct bolt-up and plug-and-play install that can be done in approximately one hour. So with that said, let's check out our install.For this install, you will need a trim panel removal tool, a pop clip removal tool, or a flathead screwdriver. You may want a stubby flathead for the wheel well area. You will also need a 10-millimeter socket and a ratchet or impact gun. All right. So the first step in our install, we're gonna remove several pop clips on each side of the grille to remove the grille itself. With a pop clip removal tool or a trim panel removal tool, go ahead and remove the pop clip. Remove the pop clip on the other side as well.At this point, you can remove two 10-millimeter bolts holding on the top of your grille. At this point, we can remove our grille, pull up on the plastic brackets on top. And then grab your grille and pull straight forward to release all the clips. All right, so at this point, we're gonna remove the trim piece beneath the headlight. In order to do this, we're gonna grab a trim panel removal tool. And if you're worried about scratching your paint, you can throw a bit of painters tape on the end here. To release the tab, go on the top here. You're gonna look for a green pop clip. And if you press on the back of the pop clip, it will release the tab. To release the back of this trim piece, pull your pop clip in the end and twist forward because the clip goes in this way direction.At this point, you can remove the two 10-millimeter bolts holding on the top of your headlight. All right. So there is one more bolt that we do have to remove, which is a bit hard to get to. It's right about here on the bottom of your headlight, and the way we're going to access this is remove two bolts underneath the wheel well liner and one screw in the side of it. With a 10-millimeter socket, remove the two bolts underneath your bumper. At this point, we're also gonna remove a pop clip with a stubby flathead screwdriver, twist it to remove. With that clip removed, peel back your wheel well liner. And now you should be able to access the bolt by going in through here to the back of the headlight.All right. Now, with the wheel well liner back, you can see this bolt. You might have a little trouble seeing it on camera here, but you can feel the one that you have to remove. We're gonna grab a 10-millimeter socket and a ratchet, and we're gonna go ahead and get it out. With all the bolts removed, we're now gonna release this tab here. You can do this by hand, or if you like, you can do it with a flathead screwdriver, and you're just gonna pry forward. Release the two tabs at the top as well, again, you can just lift up, or if you have a flathead, just pry it off.Now that the headlight is released and loose on your truck, we're gonna disconnect each of the connectors at this point. Go ahead and pull each of them off, there should be three, one main and then two marker lights. And there's one a little bit farther forward up here. Now that everything is released and your headlights disconnected, it's a matter of wiggling the headlight and maneuvering it in just the right way for it to come out. So there's one more step before we can install our new headlight, we have to transfer over one of the amber bulbs. What we're gonna do is grab the connector and twist it out of your factory headlight. Be careful not to touch the bolt as you're transferring it over. Line it up to your new headlight and twist it in place.All right. So as we install this headlight, we just stick on the ballast. What you're gonna do is remove the protection for the double-sided adhesive, and because this does get a little bit warm, we're gonna go to a metal part of the inside of your rad support. You can stick this wherever works for you as long as it's away from anything that may be melted by it getting hot. Now we're gonna line up the headlight in a similar way that we removed the last one. Again, this may take a bit of finagling to get it to line up properly. We're gonna use the approach angle we used to remove the old headlight to line up our new one.Make sure the tabs up top are lined up and also the tab on the bottom. Pop it in place and pop the tops in place as well. We're gonna start to plug in our connectors beginning with the factory connector that we transferred over. It might be a little bit hard to see this for our marker light, but plug this one in as well. And finally, we're plugging the main connector. This one will go to this connector on the new headlight, and because there is a little bit extra wiring, you may want to secure that with a zip tie to make sure it's out of the way of anything hot or sharp. Now we can re-install the factory hardware. And with your 10-millimeter socket, tighten them down. Now we're gonna re-install the factory bolt that goes in the side of your headlight. Grab your 10-millimeter socket and tighten it down.Now we can replace the wheel well liner, tuck it in behind your bumper, line up the pop clip, and push and twist it into place. Tuck in your wheel well liner underneath your bumper in the front as well. This side clips in. Re-install the factory hardware. And with your 10-millimeter socket, tighten it down. Now you can install your trim piece over top of this tab and press it into place, and then push it into place in this direction for the other tab. All right. Now that we have the factory headlight uninstalled from our Tacoma, we can check it out side by side with our new headlight here. Now, as you can see design-wise, they're very different from one another, although this one features a clear lens similar to factory, it has that black housing to really give your truck an aftermarket look.In addition, it also features a projector-style lens to give you a brighter and more focused beam of light when compared to the reflector of your factory. In addition, it also features an LED accent bar to really step up the style on your Tacoma. All right. Now with that said, we're gonna finish up our install by repeating all of those steps on your passenger side. Once you've repeated all of those steps to install your passenger side headlight, we can install the grille. Line up the tabs with the openings on the bumper, as well as the two pins on each of your headlights. Go ahead and press it into place. Reinstall your factory hardware and tighten it down. And re-install your factory pop clips. All right. So that is gonna do it for the review and install of these headlights. And remember for all things Tacoma, keep it at extremeterrain.com.
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Bold New Front-End Looks. If you’re looking to give your Toyota Tacoma a bold new look, these Matte Black Projector Headlights with DRL Light Bar are the way to go. These headlights combine a factory-style form factor and an all-black finish resulting in a distinctly modern design. Add to this the built-in DRL light bar and you have a pair of headlights that’s sure to give your truck an eye-catching new look.
Superior Brightness. These headlights get their illumination from H7 halogen bulbs for the high- and low-beams. Likewise, the lights’ projector-style lenses work with the bulbs to produce a more focused beam of light. Additionally, the LED light bar DRLs help improve your truck’s visibility to oncoming motorists. This is particularly helpful when parked on the side of the road.
Rugged Build Quality. These headlights feature a rugged automotive-grade plastic construction for superior durability. These headlights are made using a specialized precision-forming technique that provides an accurate fit. These assemblies are then fully sealed for ideal weather-resistant performance. Finally, these headlights feature a sleek matte-black finish for a stylish look.
Straight Forward Installation. These projector headlights are designed to utilize your factory headlight locations without the need for modifications. Moreover, these headlights come with factory style connectors for easy connection with your truck’s wiring harness. That said, minor wiring may be needed to connect the light bar DRLs.
DOT-Compliant. These headlights are fully-compliant with DOT standards FMVSS 108, making these components legal for road use.
Application. These Light Bar DRL Projector Headlights; Black are designed to fit 2012-2015 Toyota Tacoma models. Driver and passenger side included.
Bulb Application. These projector headlights include two H7 halogen bulbs with an output of about 55 Watts per bulb. These bulbs are used for both the low and high beams.
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(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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