Review & Install Video
Justin: The Raxiom smoked Coyote tail light and sequential harness combination would make for an aggressive and easy-to-install pair of mods that will deliver that newer S197 look and operation to all '05 to '09 tail lights. Now, this kit will include the pair of the extremely popular smoked Coyote tail lights as you can see right here along with Raxiom sequential plug-and-play tail light harness all for that mid to high $200 price point. Now, the install itself really couldn't be much easier, so expect a pretty soft one-out-of-three wrenches on the old difficulty meter and about 45 minutes or less to get everything banged out, and we'll show you how it's done later in the video.
So, again, guys, this is a very, very popular combination on the site here for those early S197 cars because it's gonna offer two parts that add that slightly more modern look and functionality of the 2010 through 2012 Mustang tail lights but with the added bonus of being this kind of dark, aggressive smoked look. Now, as far as the functionality is concerned that I keep talking about, well, that would be in reference to the sequential feature for the turn signals, the hazards, and even the brake lights on the '05 to '09 cars. Now, originally, this was made famous, of course, by some of the older Shelby's, but Ford did bring it back in 2010, and it's been a staple in the Mustang ever since.
Now, that sequential pattern is made possible thanks to Raxiom's included harness as you can see here, guys, one for each tail light, and these are gonna plug directly into your factory tail light harness in your S197 while reusing your factory bulbs. Yes, you can upgrade to LED bulbs or something brighter if you wanted, but just keep in mind, guys, that they are not included with this kit. So, basically what this is, though, is a plug-and-play harness. There's no wiring or anything crazy needed in that regard. One thing to also point out is that Raxiom has numbered the back of each bulb socket, and that's helpful because once you take these things out, unless you really pay attention to where they go and reinstall them incorrectly, the sequencing pattern is gonna be all goofy. So that will certainly help you get those bulbs back into the right position in your brand-new tail lights.
Speaking of those brand-new tail lights, of course, we're talking about the smoked Coyote options here also from Raxiom. Now, these guys were obviously inspired by the 2010 through 2012 factory tail lights, which, in my humble opinion, were a slightly modernized version of the '05 to '09 style and included the twin vertical reverse lights here right in the middle to kind of break up some of the red or, in this case, that dark smoked red. Now, these lights will certainly look good on their own or when paired up with any other smoke lights you may have already installed on your early S197, and that's a way to freshen up the rear of your car. But now we want to show you what it takes to get these things installed, and, honestly, this one's gonna be pretty darn straightforward. So, to give you a better idea of how everything is gonna go, here's my man, Andrew, with a quick tool breakdown and walkthrough.
Andrew: Tools required for this installation: 11-millimeter socket, quarter-inch drive, pushpin removal tool, optional are these channel locks and these microfiber cloths for the lenses. All right, so our first step is to pop our trunk open and gain access to those stock tail lights, and we're gonna have to remove this plastic trim right here. They are just plastic screws. We are just going to loosen them up, kind look like a wingnut. All right, and there is another wingnut-type plastic nut here. Once you remove that, set that off to the side. You're going to see a couple pushpins towards the bottom of the trim. We're gonna remove those as well. If you don't have one of these fancy pushpin removal tools, just use a flathead screwdriver. It can accomplish the same results. Now, there's two hiding in the lower part of the trim. Sometimes you can get your fingernail down in there, too. It's just as easy. All right, now we're gonna lift up on this piece of trim here and remove it. Set this off to the side.
All right, so what we're gonna do next is disconnect our tail light harness right there. You can remove it with your trim panel removal tool. I'm just going to disconnect it. Now, we're gonna take our 11-millimeter deep socket, we are going to loosen up and remove our tail light. Be sure to save this hardware. We're gonna reuse it on our new tail lights. There are three nuts on the back of these lights. Now, I'm holding the light on the outside just to make sure it doesn't fall out, and now we're gonna pull this tail light out of here. And then for the grommet and the wiring harness, just pull that [inaudible 00:04:54]. All right, so same steps on the driver side. We're just gonna disconnect that wiring harness for the tail light and then get our 11-millimeter socket, and get these nuts out of the way. All right, now we're gonna pull this one out as well.
All right, so, as you can see, we have our stock tail lights and our new tail lights behind it. These are the Raxiom ones with the sequential lighting. We do need to switch our light bulbs from our stock to our new one. So what we're gonna do is we're just gonna do it one by one, remove this, remove our bulb, put that back on, take this out, put it in. We're gonna be doing this for all of the lights. Make sure they're locked in, go over to these ones. All right, so I'm gonna grab a pair of channel locks and, very gently, twist this off so we can get our reverse light out of here. All right, now that we switched our light bulbs over from our stock to our new ones, they're ready to be installed on the Mustang.
All right, now we're ready to reinstall our light. It's the same process of taking our lights out. We're gonna feed our harness through, and make sure our grommet is seated properly all the way around. This can be a little tough, but a little pressure in the right place will get it to seat. Now, we wanna make sure that our studs are going through those factory holes just like that. Now, we can start our nuts. Now, we're gonna tighten that up with that 11 millimeter. Don't go too tight because this is a plastic housing. All right, now we're gonna plug these lights in, but we're not gonna put our trim and panels back together because we wanna test these out first. So, go until you hear that click. And we're gonna get the other light in as well. Don't forget the recaptured light. All right, now that we have our lights in place and hooked up, we're gonna close our trunk, turn our car into accessory, and test those turn signals. And, we're gonna test our brakes, and let's do our reverse as well.
All right, now that you tested your lights, let's put our trim back in our trunk, lift this up, slide this in, bring this back down on top of it, perfect, and we can get that trunk back in there. All right, now that the sides are tight, we're going to put our pushpins back in the backside here and on the top. All right, that's gonna wrap up my install of the Raxiom smoked Coyote tail lights for this Mustang. For all things Mustang, keep it here at americanmuscle.com.