Hey, guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com, and today we're taking a closer look at and installing the Raxiom projector style halo LED headlights, available for the '99 to '04 Mustang. You should be checking this out if you're looking to spice up the front end of your New Edge, with some dual halo LEDs. And guys, we've seen this before, right? It's nothing new. These are super modern, super aggressive, and very stealthy, they're a complete redesign compared to your factory headlights. Now, as you can see on our '99 GT here, the factory headlights were looking a little worse for wear, which is definitely to be expected with these older New Edge models. They get really dull, really dirty, really in need of a buff, and really just in need of an update. This LED technology is completely modern, you're getting H1 and H7 high and low beams respectively, you're also getting dual halos inside of the projector style housing, black interior, smoked exterior lens. So, it's really every bell and whistle you can get out of a headlight is packed right into these Raxiom ones. You're getting your amber turn signals, which you'll be reusing the factory bulb, and new LED technology for the front. Now, those are gonna splice in together, as a matter of fact, the halos to your parking lights, which is what I'd recommend. Of course, you can do with your headlights, but it's all personal preference.Now, these puppies come in right around the $250 mark, which is, in my opinion, a worthwhile investment for such a big front end change. Now, if you're not really looking for the smoked, or if you're not really looking for the black housing, there are a number of other options in the category, guys. Since these cars have been out for about two decades now, there is a plethora of aftermarket parts for the front end, including headlights. So, there's something to fit every preference if you're not feeling the one you see here. Now, the install, I'm gonna give one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. It does require some splicing, but it could not be easier. Headlights on the New Edge are some of the easiest things you can possibly do to a Mustang, I'm gonna show you guys that in just a little bit, even with the splicing included. There's quick splice connectors included in the kit to make your life easier, you really don't even need strippers, wire cutters, there's none of that, you're really just clamping things together. I'm gonna show you guys every step of the process, it'll take you about an hour from start to finish. What do you say we get started? The only tool required for this install is a pair of pliers.Guys, first step of the install is obviously very, very simple. To get our factory headlights out of the way, pop your hood, throw the prop rod up, there are two clips, two really long clips that hold the headlight into place. Without any real tools, pull the clips straight up, set them aside, and your headlight will pull straight back out. Well, on the top of your headlight, here are the two clips. What you're really gonna do is go right underneath it and pull straight up, just like that. There's another one over here, set those aside. From here, you can pull straight back on the headlight, and it pulls straight back. From here, what we're gonna do is basically disconnect the harness, really just pulling straight back. If you're having trouble with it you can pull straight up on that harness clip, and it disconnects. This harness clip has two of them, one on the top, one on the bottom. So, you're really lifting up on both sides, disconnect, just like that, set your headlight aside.All right. So, we got our factory headlight off of the passenger side of our '99 GT behind me, it's on the table next to our new Raxiom. Now, as you can see, this is a complete night and day difference between the two. Starting with our factory headlight, you can see, number one, it is completely faded, very dull, pretty crusty-looking, it's not in good condition, which definitely ends up happening, it's inevitable with these older, especially New Edge models. Now, inside of that, you're getting a clear lens with a chrome reflective housing, and of course, amber on your turn signal side. Your new Raxiom light completely changes that, with the exception of the amber and your turn signal. It's got a black interior housing as opposed to the chrome reflective, with a smoked lens as opposed to your clear. Now, the black interior gives you that extra stealth, the smoked lens here gives you that most aggressive finish. Now, a lot of guys are converting over to that smoked black headlight, and even tail light housings. This case looks really modern. The front end here, you got these little bulges to house your dual projector halos. You're getting H1 and H7 bulbs respectively in their high and low beam housings, both of which are surrounded by a halo accent LED. Both LEDs are a brighter, bluish hue halo, which I actually kind of do like. Some halos out there are a pure white light, these have a slightly bluish hue to them. You're also getting three additional accent LEDs per headlight to accompany those halos with that bluish hue. Now, overall, guys, really complete redesign, very modernized, very stealthy, very aggressive, and if we look at the back here, getting all of that to function really isn't too difficult. Looking at the back comparison, it's pretty different here. Your new headlight bulb socket is already wired in, so you don't have to worry about splicing that, you're splicing is really going to occur with the halos and the accent lights, that's what you see the open wires down here. Now, you really have two options, you can splice these wires into your factory harness, finding the power and ground, or you can splice them directly into this harness here on the table. What do you say we transfer over our turn signal bulb from our factory housing, it's the only thing you're reusing, and then we'll get to the install?Now, the turn signal bulb, you're really gonna twist out and just pull straight back to that amber bulb, that's gonna transfer over to your new Raxiom. Now, as you can see, right out of the box, there is a little sticker covering it, so you wanna remove that sticker. Take that bulb, slide it into the socket, twist to lock. Now, your factory harness will plug right into that guy.All right, guys. So, next what we're gonna do is lay our headlight on the appropriate side here, we're on our passenger side. We're gonna take a look at these halo open wires that we need to splice. Now, what I like to do is splice right into our parking light. Now, you can go right into your headlight, it depends on where you want your halos to activate. If you want them to activate with your parking lights, go to your parking light harness, if you want them only to come on with your headlights, you can go to your headlight harness. Parking lights are normally where most people go, so that's what we're gonna do. Now, you're black wire is your ground your, blue wire is your power. Now, on your factory harness, the black wire is gonna go to your black wire, and the blue wire is gonna go to your brown wire. This is your power, this is your ground. Take the quick splice connectors included in the kit, and the way this is gonna work is, you're gonna slide this over your black wire, we'll start with the black wire, and push it all the way in through the side opening, you want it to seat all the way back. And if you need to, you can push this back to expose more wire, but looks like we have enough of it right here. From here, you're gonna take your black wire from the headlights, and you're gonna insert them into the open side. One side's open, and one side's closed, so just figure out which side is open, and it's gonna go in just like this. At this point, it really just clamps down, and it makes contact, and that's a quick splice. It's that easy, you don't need, really, wire strippers. You can use them if you wanna make it a little easier, if you can split the wire open, you can do that. But I actually just find it easier to pick the wire, put it right in the side, take a pair of pliers, and just clamp right down. All right. So, this goes right in the side, hold that there, grab some pliers and clamp it down.All right. Once you have that inserted and you have it clamped, just give that wire a little tug to make sure it's secure, and then we can do the exact same thing for the other one. You can also flip this closed, and it locks into place. All right. So, now we're gonna repeat that for our blue wire, connecting it to the brown. Insert the brown wire first, then take your blue wire, insert the blue wire through the side, and clamp her down. There you go. Make sure you give it a tug to make sure it's secure. And once you do that, make sure it has good contact, and you can close that lid. Perfect. Before you move any further, plug your lights in, and then we'll test them out. So, we'll bring this nice and close, plug in the factory harness to the turn signal bulb, your parking light, and the same for your headlight. Once it clicks, test out your lights, and then install it.All right. So, as you can see, we have our parking lights on, the halos come on, headlights, and high beams, just make sure all of them work, and you're good to go. At this point, we can mount our headlight. So, you're really just lining everything up. There's two clips that go straight back on the parking light side, really just pushing straight in, making sure that the retainer pins go straight through, you can see them come through the other side. Take those factory pins, and you're gonna insert them down. Straight down, the other one over here, straight down. All right. With those two clips in place, you're done with the passenger, repeat the exact same process for the driver side.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Raxiom projector style LED headlights with the dual halos, available for the '99 to '04 Mustang. You can get this pair exclusively right here at americanmuscle.com.
Aggressive Styling. Give your 1999-2004 Mustang a new aggressive look with a set of Raxiom Smoked LED Halo Projector Headlights. These Smoked LED Halo Projectors have an intimidating design that blends smoothly into the lines of the New Edge Mustangs.
Superior Lighting. The projector lenses light up the road ahead with a bright focused beam of light that not only looks great, but improves your night visibility. The LED Halo and accent lights give an exotic flair to your mustang that sets it apart from the rest of the herd.
DOT Approved. Equipped with H1 and H7 bulbs for high/low beams this pair of Mustang Headlights are DOT (Department of Transportation) approved for legal street use under compliance # QR1200197.
Application. These Raxiom Smoked Dual LED Halo Projector Mustang Headlights are designed to fit the 1999 to 2004 V6, GT, Bullitt, Mach 1, and Cobra model Mustangs.
Bulb application. These Projector Headlights include H7 bulbs for low beams and H1 bulbs for high beams.
32004 V6 -
ChadInstallation Time: Less than 1 Hour
Great Look. Horrible Visibility.
These headlights give the perfect aggressive look we are all looking for, however, the visibility is complete trash. With low beams on, you can only see about 5 feet in front of the car. I drive with high beams on at night, and they are just as good, if not worse, than normal good low beams. Definitely recommend new bulbs for your safety.
12000 V6 -
RexxInstallation Time: Less than 1 Hour
This headlights are garbage
I bought this headlights twice thinking the first ones were defective, after buying the second pair I realize that the halos go off after 5 months of purchase. First they started blinking then they went off. You can’t even see at night with the regular projector light. Very disappointed if I would of know this lights were garbage I wouldn’t ever have bought them. Smh
Love these lights. Makes my kid’s 01 look cleaner and leaner than the stock lights. I was a little surprised the halo’s are LED but the bulbs were not and will be buying replacement LED bulbs as a result. I did have to use wire cutters to splice into the parking lights but still used the clips provided and a little electrical tape in addition.
52001 GT -
AustinInstallation Time: Less than 1 Hour
Best headlights for the money!
The headlights were pretty easy to install. I wired the halos into my parking lights and using the splice connectors included in the packaging made it even easier. They work great and everything works. Took about 25-30 minutes to install. Simple.
11985 Other -
Nrbell820Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour
Candles in a jar would be better
They looked really good! That is the only positive not I can give on these. They were horrible at night. I had to run around with the brights on just to see where I was going and even the brights are horrible. Ended up going back to factory.
how and where to put silcone bought a set of smoked raxiom projector headlights can anyone tell me where to put the silcone sealent to seal the assy from foging up
I had to do this as well. With the housing out of the vehicle, you'll see the seam between the back housing and the front lens. Easy to ID when looking at the top of the headlight housing. Place the tube against this seam and run the tube along the seam as you put RTV into the seam. Allow it time to cure properly before handling and reinstall. I like using the black RTV, stay away from the clear junk.
Another little trick I have is to go and buy some beef jerky. 2 bags. Take the little silicone packets from them, let them sit out on a counter to dry, then toss them into the headlight housing. For these headlights there is a panel on the back with 3 screws. Helps for those really humid days.
They come sealed when you get them
I pit it between where the lens is connected to the frame.. You should see a difference in the two just right along that whole seem all the way around the light, it gets tricky where it bends back but I used a small object like a nail to get it in there.
if you take the housing out of you car and turn it to where you are looking at the back of the light, you will see a lip, where the two housings are put together to make the assembly, this is where you need to put the silicone.as far as application, first make sure the surface is clean and dry. apply a small bead of silicone to the lip where the two assemblies come together. after you do this, use your finger to pass using medium pressure to the bead of silicone you put on there, this will make a nice smooth seal on the joint. i would let it dry for 20 or so minutes before re installing the lights. this should fix your moisture problems, if not, take the lights back out, and look for any other joints in the light housing and reseal them using the same method as previously described. if you are still getting some moisture in there, check to make sure the rubber gasket where your light bulb holder meets the light housing is good, replace it if damaged cracked or does not fit snugly.
Changing the bulbs Since the standard bulbs aren't too good I want to replace them with new and brighter ones. But the headlights are sealed and how do you get to them with out damaging the headlights
The rear of this unit has a Square that is held on with 4 screws. Remove the screws. The low beams can be easily accessed by removing the spring that holds the H7 bulbs in place. I did not even have to remove the retainer spring screw on the drivers side but this was required on the passenger side. Simply remove the screw and spring and the bulb puls right out. Replace with new bulbs and replace spring and screw. Then replace sealed square cover and 4 screws. High beams look much more difficult as it would be hard to reach the spring and bulbs. I imagine long needle nose would do it if you must.
There is a panel that unscrews on the back of mine that exposes access to the bulbs.
The headlights are not sealed. Simply take off the back plate by unscrewing the four screws that hold it in place. Once the back plate is off, remove the contoured wire that is holding the bulb in place. I replaced my headlight with GE Nighthawk Platinum bulbs. They worked out very well.
The bulbs are not sealed into the headlights themselves. They are held in on the backside and can be replaced without taking your headlight apart.
You do not have to take out the headlights. In the back is a cover that slips on and off. Inside that cover is the bulbs. Replace them through that.
The Raxiom Smoked Projector Headlights - Dual LED Halo has set-screws incorporated into the backside of the housing to adjust the bulbs. They should be silver in color with teeth on the outer edge of the set-screw.
Change the bulbs??? In reviews i found on forums and heard from people with these. do i need to change the bulbs that come with it or find hid kits for it before i put it on if i do evening driving??? If so what bulbs or hid kit should i use???
Both the high beam and low beams, in my opinion, should be upgraded. I have not changed the high beams yet as I live in the city but I did change my low beams right away. I bought the Sylvania Silverstar Ultra. They produce a clear, bright light. For the high beams, I plan on getting Sylvania Silverstar. If you do a lot of night driving on dark roads, I would definitely recommend buying brighter bulbs before installing the headlights.
i just installed a set on my son's stang. they were a set of smoked ccfl projector lights. definitely get the bulb upgrade before you try driving at night. these lights are dangerous with the bulbs that come with them from raxiom.
The bulbs that came it it were decent bulbs and I had no trouble with them at all. That said, I went for an HID upgrade from DDM tuning and it turned out awesome. Run the 35W kit in a 4-6ooo deg K bulb in the projector. Kits are like $45 shipped. I ran the Raxiom lights w/o HIDS for a few months before i went HID. Either way, spend the time to aim your new housings, HID or not, to make sure you get the most out of them.
The bulbs that come with these headlights are far from impressive if I were you I would definitely switch the low beam bulb because they are not focused or very bright at all as far as high beam they are about as bright as your stock ones if you are ok with that.
I would definitely get an HID kit since the smoked lenses cuts the brightness a lot. As for the kit, it all depends on how much you are willing to spend and if you are DIY. If you are having someone install it, I would go to a specialist since they can probably give you a good deal and lifetime warranty.
Is there a way to get around daytime running lights? I want to install a set of these on my mustang but the description states that they do not work with daytime running lights. As far as I am aware, daytime running lights are a standard feature on cars in Canada. However, I was browsing through customer photos and saw a mustang with Ontario plates on it with these headlights installed. Is there any way to bypass the DTR lights in order for them to function properly or am I "up the creek without a paddle" so to speak?
Actualy, mine works with my daylight and really easy to install!
I had absolutely no problem with my DRLs after I installed the lights. I'm in Ontario so I was a bit worried at first but there are no issues.
I've read comments where you can wire them into the parking brake and have the Halos on by turning the parking lights on. I actually had the guy who put mine on do this and it's a great buy. I wouldn't recommend the smoked headlights though. It is way too hard to see at night with the smoked lens.
These Smoked Projectors include high and low beam bulbs. If you wanted to upgrade though, you can use any type of H7 low beam and H1 high beam of your choice.
The bulbs come with the kit, but are not very bright.
The lower beam is H-7
The upper beam is H-1
I would recommend Sylvania Ultras.
If you are buying replacements headlights, you need:
2x- H1 's
2x- H7 's
(the kit I recently purchased came with all the headlights that are needed, already installed)
the LEDS and the halo lights are not replaceable and are in the unit already.
The turn signals can be same ones from your previous headlight units. (you will need the little mount the turn signal is attached to. You use it to attach the turn signal lights to the new headlight unit)
The smoked projector lights require a H7 bulb for the low beams and a H1 bulb for the high beams.
Yes. I have installed a 5000deg K 35W HID kit into the low beams of this headlight. They are awesome. I got them from DDM tuning. The low is an H7 and the high is an H1. I do NOT recommend HIDs for your brights. They have some issues in the install as well as safety concerns for other drivers on the road. HIDs in the projectors are great though. 4000deg K for a color more like halogen. 6000deg K for something a little bluer. 5000deg K is a very white light.
As far as a cover goes, never though about it. I think my car looks awesome. if you ever see a mustang running the clear lens version of this headlight, you'll shake your head an instantly feel better about your purchase. These are great lights and the best upgrade to my car so far.
Yes Hid's actually can fit in the headlights, normally Hid's bulbs are too big for the headlight housing but I have seen on a couple of websites where they sell bulbs that are half the size and you can just get a regular HID kit with smaller bulbs. I think Xenon offers that type of bulb. As for the covers, I'm sure you could put covers to make it darker but that would impair your visibility because they already come "smoked".
The most accurate, way to aim the Raxiom Smoked Projector Headlights or other headlights will be with a headlight aimer, however if doing this at home where the high cost of a headlight aimer cannot be justified, you can park on a level surface close to a wall, mark the vertical and horizontal center point of each headlight beam on the wall and the vehicle center line with tape, then back up 25ft. The headlight beam should sit approximately 2" below the vertical center lines, and just to the right of the horizontal center lines.
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