Review & Install Video
Hey, what's going on guys? Adam here with AmericanMuscle.com. Today, I'm bringing you a detailed overview of the Raxiom Smoked LED Reverse Light, fitting all 2015 and newer Mustangs. So the Raxiom Smoked LED Reverse Light is going to be for all S550 owners out there looking to replace the boring old factory reverse light with a completely redesigned and improved LED lighting system for the reverse function, actually improving your lighting overall, offering a red LED to work with your running lights and individual white LEDs to work with your reverse lights.
Raxiom is really the industry leader in high-performance lighting technology, and it's really a no-brainer to look in their direction when upgrading exterior lighting parts on your Mustang. Now, in this case, you're replacing that boring old factory reverse light with a more upgraded modern light that offers several white LEDs that are brighter than the factory for working with your reverse. Now, what sets this kit really apart from the rest of the options on the market is that this actually offers a white LED bar, as you can see here, with red LEDs inside that can splice into your running lights to work in conjunction with those, whether it's day or night.
Swapping out your factory reverse light for a brighter, whiter LED can actually be very beneficial for the guys out there running a backup camera on their S550. Now, with the backup camera,, this would be a lot more of a safer option, giving you better visibility especially at night, and even though it has a smoked lens on this particular option, these LEDs shine bright enough to go through, so it's not a problem visibly at all.
Now, the way this works is that these will actually plug directly into your reverse lighting harness, making it a direct plug-and-play as you can see here, so it'll work in conjunction with your reverse lockout, so when you throw it in reverse, obviously, these white LED lights that you see on the actual kit here will light up and be brighter than the stock ones. It's a very simple installation, making it an added bonus for the price, which I'll talk on a little bit later.
Now the design of this kit, I will say definitely won't be for everyone considering it completely redesigns the actual reverse lighting system that is already on the S550, giving it a very unique design for your Mustang. Now if you are interested in this kit, you'll see here it's got the white LED light that runs through here, that's actually a red LED inside there, and around it, you'll see several white LEDs separate that will work in conjunction with your reverse lighting. This big long white bar you see here, when it lights up red will be your running lights that will work in conjunction with those. Now if you're not interested in the smoke option I have here, there is also a clear-lensed option that has a red bar instead of a white one, you can check that out on the site as well.
To get the running light working, this very long bar you see here with the red LEDs, you'll actually be doing a little bit of splicing with these two separate wires I have here, one for the ground, one for the power, obviously. It's not a very tough job at all, anybody can get it done with a little bit of time at home in the driveway and won't even require very many tools at all.
Now to finish off the materials, this was made at the same OE quality housing that your factory reverse lighting is made from, so there's no change there. The only change comes with the interior design, like I touched on earlier, offers nine individual white LEDs to work in conjunction with your reverse light, and the long white bar is actually a red LED to work in conjunction with your running lights.
Now price-wise, for this very uniquely-designed Raxiom lighting system, you can expect to be spending just about $150, which in my opinion isn't too bad considering you're getting OEM quality materials with a completely redesigned package overall. Now, like I said, this design isn't gonna be for everybody as you can see here, so if you're not interested in this, you might be interested in getting the LED reverse light bulb just to replace the factory bulb without completely redesigning the whole housing.
The installation, like I touched on before, is going to be a very simple job anybody can do with a little bit of time in the driveway. Only tools you're gonna need is a ratchet and a socket set and you won't even have to lift the car off the ground for this one. So to kick things off, you'll remove the bolts in the middle of your rear valance just to gain access to your factory reverse light. So you want to pull down on that rear valance just to gain enough access to get your ratchet in, to remove the factory reverse light which is held on by two bolts. So once you get that off of the connector, you can put that aside.
Now at this point, you can install the Raxiom reverse light in its place using the factory bolts you just removed and we're gonna leave the wiring hanging down at this point. Now once you get the connectors all together from the Raxiom lights into the factory harness, you can feed the green and black wires up through the hole in the trunk back into the vehicle. Once you get the two wires up into your trunk, you can pop your trunk open and actually take off the liners on one of the tail lights, gaining access to the power wire and ground wire. Once you locate your power wire, you're gonna splice in using the quick-splice connectors provided in the kit. Splice the green wire into your power wire, your black wire into your ground wire, making sure all that's connected properly and put your trunk liners back together.
Now overall you're looking at spending about an hour or so on the install, I would definitely give this a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, making it something anybody can do with a little bit of time in the driveway at home.
Just to quickly wrap things up, guys, if you're the owner of a 2015 or newer Mustang and you're looking to replace the factory reverse light with a completely uniquely redesigned reverse lighting system, you might want to check out the Raxiom Smoked LED Reverse Light, always available right here at AmericanMuscle.com.