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Hey, guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com, and today we're taking a closer look at and installing the Axial Euro Headlights in the chrome housing and clear lens finish, available for the '10 to '12 GT and V6 Mustang. You should be checking this out if you're looking to switch up the front-end appearance of your S197, but keep a similar style headlight just in a smoked finish. It's going to give you a stealthier and more aggressive look to the front-end without straying too far from the traditional OEM look. Now, in the category of headlights, there are a lot of options to choose from, and a lot of them stray away from that factory look and give you something a lot more modern, switching up the interior design, changing from a reflective headlight to a projector headlight. And that's not the case here. This is going to give you a similar reflective-style headlight housing with a chrome interior with that Euro styling, but instead, it has a smoked lens. Now, the smoked lens there is a lot darker of a lens than most smoked options out there, especially if you have the lights off. Now, if you throw the lights on with the factory bulbs, the light is going to shine through. I will say with a dark smoked lens like this one here, it's not going to be as bright of a headlight as your factory lens that is clear, but if you're looking to beef up the power of your headlights, I definitely recommend picking up a more powerful set of bulbs like an upgraded H13, for example. Now, those you can pick up in the category as well. Now, when it comes to the design of the interior here, like I said, it's very similar to OEM. Those corner marker lights are going to light up in an amber color for your turn signals, parking lights, and hazards.Now, these headlights are going to run you right around 175 bucks for the pair, making them some of the more affordable aftermarket headlights in the category because they're very similar to OEM with just a lens change. All in all, OEM quality housing. It's going to reuse your factory bulbs unless you upgrade like I just mentioned. And all in all, the install is going to get two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Anytime you have to swap headlights on the front-end of an S197, you do have to remove the front bumper, so it adds a little bit to the install, but it can be done in about two hours from start to finish with very simple hand tools. I'm going to walk you through the whole process. What do you say we get started?Tools used in this install include an impact gun, a ratchet, 7-millimeter short socket, 8 and 10-millimeter deep sockets, flathead screwdriver, and a panel removal tool.First things first, for the uninstall here, we got to get our factory bumper off in order to uninstall our factory headlights. Start by popping your hood. We're going to focus on taking the top radiator shroud off first, so grab a panel removal tool and let's get to work. All right. So, we're just going to pop off these plastic black push pin clips by prying up on the center section, and then pulling up on the bottom section underneath all in one piece. Do that for all of them. All right. Lift up on your shroud and set it aside. All right. Underneath of that shroud, there are two factory bumper bolts holding this guy on, 8-millimeters right here on each side. Grab your 8 socket and impact gun or a ratchet and get them off. All right. With both of those out of the way, we can focus on the wheel wells. We have our vehicle up in the air for the next step here in the wheel well. We have two small 7-millimeter bolts holding in the wheel well liner to this factory bumper on the sides here, so grab a 1/4-inch ratchet and a socket or a wrench and get these two guys off. You can repeat that on the other side as well.All right. So, next up, we're underneath of our vehicle. We have ours on a lift. You may be working on a jack stand and hydraulic jack on the floor, but either way, we have to disconnect our fog lights and the harnesses connecting to our marker lights and turn signals on the side. Now, this vehicle has a Boss 302 front fascia, so it's got different fog lights down here. If you have a GT Mustang, your fog lights are going to be in the grille. If you have a V6, you don't have fog lights at all, so you can skip that. But because we have these unique fog lights, I'm going to disconnect them right here on each side, just like this by pulling on the sides here. Can be a bit tight. All right. Now we can go up onto the sides of the bumper here and disconnect that marker light. Actually, that marker light is just up in here. You're just going to pinch and disconnect that harness. Do the same thing on the other side.All right. The next step here, what we can do is start disconnecting the bumper from the body of the vehicle. The first step here is up at the grille. There's a little locking tab there. Just lift up and over. And then from the sides, you're basically just going to crack it off. There's a couple of plastic clips that hold it into the fender there, just like that, pulling that away from the vehicle. Do the same thing on the other side, and we can lift up and off. All right, guys. Now, keep in mind as you lift this off, if you have a GT with fog lights in the grille, you want to make sure you're disconnecting those harnesses prior so you don't pull the harnesses straight out. So what then you can do is lift up and directly off. Set it straight down. If there is still one master harness at the bottom, disconnect that as well, and then you can set it aside. All right. Because this is an aftermarket bumper, we have to disconnect this horn retaining harness and just let that guy dangle down there. You may not have that on your stock bumper. Now, we can set it aside.All right. So now we have three bolts holding on our factory headlight. I'm going to start here on our driver side. There's one at the top and two directly underneath that were covered by the bumper. Grab a 10 socket and get these off. All right. So now we have two 10-millimeter bolts at the bottom and then one final push pin clip at the top. Up here by our factory 10-millimeter, we have one more push pin clip, so grab a panel removal tool and pry up on that middle section. Just pull it all out in one piece. All right. Pull your headlight straight back and disconnect the harnesses. Ours are pretty tight in there, so you may need to grab a flathead to help pry up on that piece, just like that. Same thing for the other one. All right. Set your factory light aside. All right. Now you can repeat on the other side.So, we got our factory driver side headlight off of our '11 GT behind me, and it's on the table next to our Axial Euro Headlight. I'm going to go through some similarities and differences between the two kits, and I got to say there's a lot of similarities, believe it or not, between these two guys. Inside of your smoked lens here is going to be a chrome interior housing, much like your factory one with a very, very similar factory design on the inside. It's pretty much going to look like factory on the inside, but the only big difference here is the smoked lens. And I got to say this is one of the darker smoked lenses I have seen in the category. It's got a very, very stealthy front-end look to it with this Axial Euro-style, and it's going to be able to give you all the light output that you need to make it street legal, but it is going to have a nice, dark, really aggressive look to it compared to stock. Overall, you could upgrade your bulbs if you're looking to get a little bit more light output out of it, but we are going to have the simple install of just having to transfer over the factory ones and plugging them right back in. But all in all, if you're looking for a factory-style headlight with a super smoked look, this is definitely the way to go and an affordable one there too. So, what we're going to do at this point is just swap over the two factory bulbs to here, and we're going to keep moving.All right. So, now you're going to take these bulbs, twist counterclockwise, and pop them straight out. Do that for both. Pull that out here and transfer them over. All right. Take the halogen bulb, twist it back into the new housing here. Clockwise e'll lock it in place. Do the same thing on the side. All right. Now we're ready to install this in the car.So now we can plug the factory harnesses in. Because we're using the stock bulbs, they're just plug-and-play, and then mount our headlight back into the vehicle. So, put that factory 10-millimeter bolt back up top and put the other two back on the bottom. Repeat on the other side. All right. So, at this point, we can lift up on our bumper, set it into place. First thing we're focusing on are the two little tabs on each side of the headlight, bringing that guy on and hooking it on. Do that on both sides, and now we can hook on the wheel well section. All right. So now we have to hook in the bumper around the inner wheel well brackets. So, we want to make sure those are getting clipped in. Same thing with the inner wheel well itself. Make sure that goes around. The top clips here where the bumper meets the fender are pretty easy. They line right up and snap it. Same thing on the other side. All right. Grab that factory 8-millimeter bolt, put that back through, and tighten it down. Same thing on the other side. All right. Now we can put that radiator shroud back on there. Just make sure you're tucking it in where it needs to go, under the bumper and around the hood prop. All right. Grab those push pin clips and put them all back through. All right. So, back in the wheel well, we only have two screws to put back in here, both 7 millimeters, gonna set those guys in by hand and then grab my socket to tighten them down. All right. Do the same thing on the other side. Now, remember, our bumper is a little bit different than factory. It's an aftermarket one. So we have fog lights here. So, I'm just going to reconnect those, but you want to make sure you're reconnecting your fog lights if you've got them in the grille like a traditional GT. All right. Last step, go into your bumper, connect your marker lights. Same thing on both sides. Bring it back down on the ground, and you're good to go.That's going to wrap up my review and install for the Axial Euro Headlights in the chrome housing and clear lens finish, available for the '10 to '12 GT and V6 Mustang. You can get yours right here at americanmuscle.com.
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(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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