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Justin: If you're looking to increase both your appearance and your visibility from the rear, then you'll wanna check out the Axial LED Rear Bumper Lights that we have here today. Now, this kit from Axial will replace the standard reflectors found on your 2015 and newer Challenger with a pair of functional and bright LEDs, all for right around $100. Now, install, according to the site, is gonna get a pretty soft one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. A little bit of wiring involved, but nothing too bad, guys. So, therefore, set aside an hour to knock this one out, as we'll show you later in the video.So, this is a pretty cool and very popular product on the site that turns an otherwise non-functional part of your rear bumper into a functional light, thanks to the LEDs from Axial. Now, what these guys will do is completely replace the standard reflectors in the lower portion of your valance near the exhaust tips with a super bright LED housing that will illuminate whenever your parking lights or your headlights have been switched on, and again, just give your rear end a little bit more character and a little bit more visibility.Now, the Axials do feature a strip of powerful red SMD LEDs which have been loaded into that durable ABS plastic housing before being finally topped off of that dark smoke lens which looks very cool and should match any other smoked lighting that you may have already added to your ride. Now, the nice thing about that housing, guys, is that it has been designed in a way to be a direct and easy swap with your factory reflectors, so no cutting, no 3M tape necessary. Everything is just gonna snap into place, but again, there will be some light wiring needed to tap the LEDs into your existing marker lights.Now, if you guys haven't already done so, feel free to check out the number of customer-submitted images on this one, guys, along with those reviews back on the product page just to get a better sense of how these might look on your ride and to hear from fellow Challenger owners about their impression of the Axials. But now we wanna shift gears and show you just what it takes to get them installed on your Challenger at home. So without further ado, feel free to check out our detailed walkthrough and tool breakdown.Man: Tools used for this installation, 10-millimeter ratcheting wrench, clip removal tool, crimping pliers, and plastic trim tool. Hey, guys, I'm gonna show you how to uninstall and install our rear reflectors here on our 2016 Challenger. It's not a bad install. Let's get started. First thing we're gonna do is take our clip removal tool here, and we're gonna remove these two clips in our inner wheel well. Now, as you can see, I have our vehicle up on the lift. If you're doing this on the ground, you can jack it up, put it under jack stands, but I'm gonna do it on the lift here. I'm gonna get in here, pop these two bottom ones out, and then we'll get underneath the car now. And there's some clips under here that we're gonna remove. And we're gonna do one side at a time, so we're just gonna remove half of them on the bottom.So, next, we're gonna remove our push clips underneath the valance here. And what I'm gonna do is just get in here with my clip removal tool and pop these out. Now we're gonna remove our rear fascial here that holds our lens in. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take my plastic clip tool, get in here, and there's some tabs that you're gonna have to push down and get it loose. There's one. You'll find them as you go along. Push down on them, it'll pop them loose like that. And we'll just go around the vehicle, pop these loose. One there, and one there. So once we get these loose, behind the lens, there's a 10-millimeter we're gonna loosen up and take off, and then that'll remove our lens here. So, now, on the backside of your reflector here, there is a 10-millimeter nut. We're gonna take our 10-millimeter ratcheting wrench, get on that nut, get it loose, and remove that, and then just push in on your clip up top here, and that will remove your reflector.So now we have our old reflectors out. We have our new reflector here. What I'm gonna show you is how this is gonna hook up. So, what we're gonna do is we're gonna take our two wires, our green and black here. And they already come stripped, so we're just gonna twist them like this. And what we're gonna do is you can go to your local auto parts store, you're gonna get a flat blade connector here. We're gonna slide these over top and install these on to our wires because we're gonna be hooking these up to power side marker lights. I'm gonna take my crimp tool here and crimp these in place. There's one. I'm gonna do the same for the other. And again, you can go to your local auto parts store, pick up these connectors. They did not come in the kit. And then what we're gonna do is we're gonna tie these into our side running lights or marker lights on the sides of the vehicle, and I'm gonna show you how to do that next.So now that we got our flat blades bait connectors onto our wires, we're gonna come in here and remove this marker light. Now that we have our fascial down, it's easy to get up into, we have them push clips out there. And all you have to do to get this out is just take your hand, reach up inside. You're gonna feel a little clip, you're gonna pop it just like that, pull it towards you, and wiggle it, and out it comes. Now, you can see, on our vehicle, we already have our terminals here, our connectors, these, onto it. Now, these will go on, and then we will push our spade connectors into these, and that's how we're gonna tie into our light.Now, if you've never used one of these, what you're gonna do is you're gonna take this connector, you're gonna put it on the wire pretty much like that, and then you're just gonna bring it over. And you're gonna take a pair of pliers and you're gonna squeeze it until you hear a click. And once you hear a click, once this clicks like that, it's gonna pinch into the wire, it's gonna give you a good connection, and then you'll be able to plug your spade terminals into this, and that's what we're gonna do. Once we get the light in, we'll tie it into this.So, now I'm just gonna fish our wires that we connected down through the plastic here and just get all the excess wire down there. Now, the important part of this whole thing is once you get these wires in and you can pull them, is we're gonna get this in place in here. And once we do, I'm gonna push this back in place like that, clip it in back here, and I'll just leave the access hang. And, again, this is close to the exhaust underneath here. So when we fish these wires up to our marker light, you're gonna wanna make sure that you tie them up out of the way underneath here. There's a couple of different spots where you can tie them up. You don't want it to lay against the exhaust. If you do, obviously, it's gonna melt.So, next, what we're gonna do is, since we have this in, I'm going to take the nut that we took off our factory one, screw this on, take my-10 millimeter, tighten it up like that. And we kind of get this back in place where it was for now. Once this tucks up in here, you won't see the wires, so you don't have to really worry about that. It'll get up inside there and you won't even be able to see them. And so, what we'll do now is we'll get underneath here and hook these up to our marker light.So, now we have our green wire and a black wire. I fished him through. When you reach your hand up in there, once you start fishing your wires through, you're gonna be able to tell that there is a wiring harness up there. They give you a couple of wire ties. If you have extras, I'm sure you do, you just can tie your wire to that, and that'll keep it plenty away from the exhaust. So now we put our spades on this and we have our connectors on here, what I'm gonna show you is I'm gonna take the black wire, plug it in to the black wire, and push it down in. And then do the green to the white, like that.Once we have them in place, what you can do now... Now, we're gonna be removing this from our vehicle, but I would take the extra wire that we have here, I put a wire tie on this, and then stick this back up in the vehicle, push our light back in place, and now we're tied into it. So, now we're gonna put our rear fascial back together. I'm just going to push in on it and put back up in, and then we'll just work our way around. Sometimes it can be a little tricky. Some of the plastic clips here, you might have to bend a little bit just to get them to go back where they were. Like I said, sometimes you have to bend them.So once you pull it apart, sometimes that's what you have to do, you just tweak up on them a little bit like that. And, you know, you don't want to pull to break it, but you pull enough to do that right there like I did to get it in place. So now once we got this in place, we'll finish putting our push clips back in place. So now we're gonna reinstall our plastic push clips. I'm gonna start back here. Pushed a little bit too hard there. Pop that one in, that one in. Now we'll go underneath here, start putting them in place. Now we'll put the bottom ones in. Now you just wanna repeat this whole uninstall and install procedure on the opposite side.That wraps up this review and install of our Axial LED Rear Bumper Reflector Lamps, Smoked, for '15 to '22 Challengers. Thanks for watching. And for all things Challenger, keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.
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