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Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com, and today we're taking a very quick look at and installing the Raxiom Vector V2 Tail Lights available for the '13 to '14 Mustang. You should be checking these out if you're looking to get the 6-gen styling from the S550 onto the rear end of your S197 2013, 2014 Mustang to give it one of the most iconic tri-bar tail light designs in the Mustang lineage. Now, the '13, '14 Mustang tail lights are awesome, right? Everybody loves them. The iconic tri-bar design with the flat look, it's got the LED bezels around it. It's something that looks really good and even in some cases comes with the sequentials. Now, this one here, of course, is that of the '15 to '17 Mustangs. The tri-bars are protruding out of the housing itself. You get the three bars there with a very opaque red light for the brake lights and running lights. And it even has a built-in sequential to mimic that of the factory tail lights, at least the one that we had on our '14 GT here. These tail lights come with a black housing on the interior and somewhat of a smoked lens.Now, it's not necessarily the darkest lens out there, it's not the clearest either, it's letting all that light output through but still giving you a stealthy look at the rear end which I personally like. Now, it's got the gloss black bezel that goes all the way around matching the center decklid panel, of course, and matching that to the factory lights which have a lot of the gloss black as well. Another nice thing about this is it's completely plug and play. All of the wiring is pre-done right out of the box. All you got to do is plug it in exactly where your factory light is plugged into. Price tag comes in right around 450 bucks. Install, I'm giving one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Three nuts on the inside of the trunk lid here are all that holds this guy in. It's gonna take you about 30 minutes to an hour from start to finish. What do you say we get started?Tools used in the install include a quarter-inch ratchet and an 11-millimeter deep socket.All right. First step here, of course, pop your trunk. We have to get this trim liner off right around the trunk latch. Now, one thing to keep in mind is on both sides there are push pin clips, one down here, one up top, and the same on the other side. You have to get those off. Ours is missing all four. It is a used vehicle, so keep that in mind. Yours may be missing it as well. You just wanna pop off all four of them with a panel removal tool. They just pry right out. From there, you can lift up and pull this guy forward. Now, keep in mind your trunk may have the internal trunk light, in which case you wanna disconnect that harness. Again, ours is a used vehicle so it's pretty light and it pops right off. And we're just gonna let that guy sit aside while we work on the back of the tail light. Good.Looking at the back of the tail light here now that the trim is out of the way, we might have to pull back this trunk liner just a little bit. There are three 11-millimeter nuts holding this guy on, one right here, down low, and then up in the corner. Up in the corner one is a little tough to see. You wanna grab your ratchet and an 11-millimeter deep socket and get these off. You can usually break them loose and then get them off by hand.From there, you can pinch and disconnect the harness and begin to pull back on the tail lights. All right. From the inside, you wanna push out the rubber grommet from that hole, feed the wiring harness out, pull the tail light out and set it aside. So, we've got our factory tail light off the passenger's side of our '14 GT behind me and it's on the table next to our LED option, the Vector 2s. I wanna take you through some similarities and differences between the two kits here and obviously, they're a big difference. Your factory tail lights are the traditional '13 to '14 Mustang tail lights, which I will say for '13 to '14, it is pretty modern. They have the LED rings around them. It's got the iconic tri-bars, one of the most iconic tri-bars in the Mustang lineage.And over here you've got the S550 styling, which is the next-gen after the '13, '14 which uses the 3 tri-bars that are more protruded out from the housing there, more of a 3D effect as opposed to the flat effect that you get from the traditional '13, '14 tail lights. The nice thing about this is it retains that '13 to '14 sequential factory styling if your vehicle came equipped with them. Now, that's gonna come over to this one as well which is something we still get with the S550s. The exterior housing there is a bit smoked. It's got a darker interior, darker exterior lens, which gives you that stealthier look at the rear whereas your factory ones, well, they are pretty dark, have that bright, vibrant red finish where the LEDs are. Not something you get with the new ones here. So, if you're looking to sort of black it out a little bit more, this is definitely gonna be the way to go.The housing around that and the lens around that or the trim around it, it's gonna be the traditional gloss black finish. And then, of course, you get the matte black there which isn't really visible. Worth saying that it's similar to the factory one, so it fits the exact same way. Now, the nice thing about this is, checking out the back here, it's all plug and play. So, we don't have to worry about splicing or anything like that, we're just plugging this right into the factory harness. And it comes with a new grommet to weatherproof seal it. With that said, let's get to the install. First step, grab the harness, feed it through that hole, prop your tail light up. What you wanna do is grab this harness here with all of the wires and you're just gonna wiggle it in so that the grommet snaps into place. All right. And then we can bring this down and plug it into the factory harness. From there, mount the tail light with the studs going through those factory holes. Grab your factory 11-millimeter nuts, put them back on the studs and tighten them down.All right. Repeat that same process on the other side and then we can mount our trim back up. When you're putting your trim back on, make sure you're plugging in that cargo light if your vehicle came equipped with one. Mount the trim back up. And again, ours is missing all of the push pin clips, but you just wanna basically replace those, snap it back into place and you're good to go.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Raxiom Vector V2 Tail Lights, available for the '13 to '14 Mustang. 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