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Axial Euro Headlights - Smoked (99-04 All)

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      Review & Installation Video

      Hey, guys. Adam here with And today we're taking a closer look at, and installing the Axial Dark Smoked Headlights available for the '99 to '04 Mustang. You should be checking these out for your new edge if you're looking to ditch the factory, traditional, very outdated front headlights on your Mustang, to upgrade them to something modern, stealthy, and super aggressive to really spice up the front end appearance of your Mustang. Now, these are gonna completely replace your factory ones but you are gonna be reusing your factory bulbs or you can upgrade if you'd like. This is gonna use all OEM quality materials for the housing, so you're getting really good Ford quality materials with your axials here.As you can see, you're getting a black interior housing as opposed to the traditional chrome reflective interior and a dark smoked lens as opposed to the factory clear lens. So, all of that together makes for a very aggressive upgrade. I will say, guys, because you're replacing that chrome reflective interior with a very darkened interior housing, you are gonna minimize some of your lighting output, especially at night. With that said, you can reuse your factory bulbs but it is recommended that you upgrade to a higher quality 9007 high or low beam bulb. These you can replace on the site. Vividline, Raxiom, Sylvania, they all offer upgraded bulbs with incandescent halogen and even LEDs that will work with these headlights which I definitely recommend. LEDs are one of the first things most guys do with their new edge and I'd recommend doing it if you're picking these up.All that aside here, guys, this is gonna look really good. It's keeping the same interior design which we'll take a closer look at comparing it to stock in just a little bit. Know that you can get this pair for a super affordable price. You can't beat it. It's right around 80 bucks which means it is one of the most affordable, most impactful bold styling parts you can get for your new edge. The install is gonna get one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Literally, anybody can tackle this in the driveway at home for about 30 minutes from start to finish. Removing these doesn't even require a socket, no wrenches, no Phillips heads. None of that nonsense. You're really just pulling out the pins that hold in place, disconnecting the harness, swapping over bulbs or replacing them, and then doing it in the repeat order. Really, no hand tools required. I'm gonna show you every single step of the process here. We are reusing our factory bulbs just for the sake of this video here. Why don't I show you how it's done?Guys, first up on the install is obviously very, very simple. To get our factory headlights out of the way, pop your hood, throw the prop rod up. There are two clips, two really long clips that hold the headlight into place. Without any real tools, pull the clips straight up, set them aside and your headlight will pull straight back out. Well, on the top of your headlight, here are the two clips. What you're really gonna do is go right underneath it and pull straight up just like that. There's another one over here. Set those aside. From here, you can pull straight back on the headlight and then pull straight back. From here, what we're gonna do is basically disconnect the harness. Really just pulling straight back. If you're having trouble with it you can pull straight up on that harness clip and it disconnects. So, now you can go to the outside. This clip, this harness clip has two of them. One on the top, one on the bottom. So, you're really lifting up on both sides. Disconnect just like that.So, we got our passenger's side headlight off of our '99 GT behind me and it's on the table next to our Axial Dark Smoked Headlight. Now, I wanna take you through some of the similarities and differences between the two. And as far as design goes for the inside look and performance of the headlight, it's almost exactly the same as your factory one. The quality of components is the same, the bulbs you're using are going to be the same. We'll transfer those over to your new housing. The interior layout and design is all the same. What is different is the style of housing. The housing here is going to have an interior blackened housing which means you don't have all the chrome reflective look as you do with your traditional headlight.Now, the lens itself is extremely different in two ways. One, it's obviously smoked. So, this isn't something that's tinted with a film overtop of the exterior, the lens itself is actually darker. Now, that gives you that stealthy more aggressive look. The second thing it's different in is you can see after two decades which this car is now reaching, you can see that the headlight here is very dull, faded, scratched up. It's really in need of replacement. This is a crystal clear brand new not reconditioned lens, it is brand spanking new out of the box. So, if you have headlights that are seeing the worst days of its lifetime, it's about time to upgrade and that's gonna be the case here. It's a complete replacement. It's, while it is darker and has it that more aggressive look, it's just new. It's crystal clear, it's really a good refresh.Now, what we're gonna have to do is flip these guys around. Before we swap things over, I just wanna quickly mention how exactly the same this is laid out. Everything from the headlight angle to the sockets that they'll sit in to the retaining screws here that will bolt right into the side marker, everything is laid out the exact same which means you can expect an OEM fitment. What we're gonna have to do now is pull out our factory bulbs and just swap them over. If you're upgrading to LEDs or whatever, now is a good time to do so. We're gonna be reusing the factory bulbs as they fit perfectly into the new housing. What you're gonna have to do is remove the retaining pin here, this retaining clip. They'll twist that and pull this guy straight off, that'll give you access to remove the socket. From there, you'll twist and pull that back out. Do the same thing here for your turn signal. Twist and pull straight back. All right. So, we can set this guy aside.Pulling over our new Axial system, you wanna remove again, that collar. You're not reusing the factory collar. We'll just sit this guy in. All right. Once you get it in there, just give it a twist and then put that collar back on. That's more of a retaining pin. All right. So, once that's in place, grab your turn signal again and do the same thing. Twist and seat. At this point, we can install our new headlight. All right. At this point, we're gonna lay our headlight into place here and we're gonna connect our factory harness. Because we're reusing the factory bulb, it's just a simple plug and play just like it was out of the box or out from the factory. Grab the harness for the turn signal, plug that guy in as well once you hear the click. From there, we can see our tail lights.Now, the two pins here, you wanna make sure they're seating into the holes as well as the retaining clips here. We're gonna go straight back. All right. Once it's seated into place, grab those retaining pins again. I'm gonna push on the headlight and slide these guys into place at the same time. All right. And then basically get them to line up and just push that guy straight down. Do the same thing for the second one. Perfect. Repeat for the other side. That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Axial Dark Smoked Headlights available for the '99 to '04 Mustang. And again, guys, if you're looking to make your front end a lot stealthier and more aggressive, this is a great way to go with a super bold styling at a very affordable price. Now, if you wanna pick up the axials that you see, you can get them exclusively right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Sleek Stealthy Styling
      • Dark Smoked Lenses
      • Black Housings
      • Sold as a Pair
      • Fits All 1999-2004 Mustangs


      Sleek Styling. These Axial Mustang Headlights have stealthy smoked lenses to give any 1999-2004 mustang an aggressive appearance on the street or the strip. And the one piece design fits perfectly into the stock location for a clean sleek look.

      Improves Visibility. Now you can improve your night visibility and mustangs looks just by replacing your old weathered and scratched stock headlights with a brand new set of headlights from Axial.

      Bulb application.
      These Axial Headlights require dual element 9007 bulbs for high/low beams (sold separately). AmericanMuscle recommends high quality 9007 replacement bulbs from Raxiom and Sylvania.

      Application. This pair of Axial Dark Smoked Headlights is designed to be used on all 1999-2004 Ford Mustangs.


      Fitment: 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

      MPN# 42000

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (100+)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.5 out of 5 overall rating from 100+ customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      Installation Cost: 0-$100

      • January 29, 2020

        5 1999 GT - IowaGT Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great Headlights

        Exactly what I was looking for! Super easy to install, really looks good with the chrome yellow!

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      • January 29, 2020

        3 1999 V6 - Jason Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        If you do not own LED Bulbs you will NOT be able to see at night. Even with the white bulbs, you cannot see. Just a warning.

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      • January 23, 2020

        5 2002 GT - Seath130 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Look Great

        Kind of hard to see with at night. But look amazing

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      • December 02, 2019

        5 2004 GT - Kenny78 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Amazing look but useless to drive at night

        These headlights look fantastic during the day. After reading reviews, I bought the 9007 bulbs that were recommended. These bulbs don't help much at night. There honestly should be a warning on these lights about being for off road use only. There is almost no visibility at night even with the upgraded bulbs. Looks 10/10 Driving at night 0/10.

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      • October 13, 2019

        5 2002 V6 - Lee52 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great look.

        These headlights made my convertible look great. Even my friends and people I’ve never met before tell me how they love the dark look on my 2002 mustang. Love the new look and they take maybe 5 minutes to put in.

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      • September 13, 2019

        5 2003 GT - Lights

        Tinted head lights

        Love these! Gave it a real mean monster look without breaking the bank! It was easy to install and adds a different element to the car.

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      • August 31, 2019

        5 2003 GT - Daltong7 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Smoked headlights great

        Great product, easy install makes the front end of your look great.

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      • August 30, 2019

        5 2003 V6 - tate Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great for looks

        I mean to be honest, its not the best headlight for visibility wise but it looks great.

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      • August 26, 2019

        5 2000 GT - GT200054 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Front headlights

        They look so amazing on my mustang I couldn’t be happy with these headlights so cool

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      • August 20, 2019

        1 2003 GT - natetanner68 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Poor quality and buyer beware

        We have been pleased with most items that we have purchased from American Muscle. My son purchased these headlights for our 03 Mustang. They fit well, but allowed moisture in right at 2 months. The reflective finish is completely gone on the drivers side. We contacted American Muscle and were told that Axial does not have a manufacturer's warranty and since it is beyond 30 days, they could not help us. They offered to allow us to purchase new ones with a 3 year extended warranty. So basically, my son is out 80 bucks and an unusable drivers headlight. We will not be purchasing any additional items from Axial or American Muscle. If I could give 0 stars I would.

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      Questions & Answers (24 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      My son got these for his car a little over a year ago and now the tint is peeling off !! why are they doing that?????

      • We are sorry to hear that you and your son are experiencing issues with the Axial Dark Smoked Headlights. The headlight housings can get fairly hot, and along with road debris, and environmental conditions, the tint may begin to deteriorate. To prevent this deterioration we would highly recommend applying a UV repelling coating that is safe for tint. If the tint is far beyond saving, please give us a call or email and we would be more than happy to assist you!

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      I've had these headlights roughly a year and a half, the shiny new look has already faded to a dull rough grey surface. Is there anything that can restore these lights to new?

      • These Axial Dark Smoked Headlights along with any headlight can be restored by a trusted local detail shop. There are some headlight restoration kits out on the market, however, we would recommend using extreme caution as it could further damage the light.

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      Are these amber corners or clear corners? Some customer photos show amber and some seem to be clear. Thanks!

      • The lens itself is clear. The contents inside the housing is what is amber.

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      I bought these roughly a year ago. I have tried 3 different bulbs so far and still cant see enough to drive at night, any suggestions? Also was washing the car recently and one side suddenly has a rough and cracked look.

      • These headlights take 9007 bulbs, so as long as you find any 9007 it will fit. With that, I would suggest to look for the brightest 9007 bulbs you can find and that will certainly help.

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      I bought these roughly a year ago. I have tried 3 different bulbs so far and still cant see enough to drive at night, any suggestions? Also was washing the car recently and one side suddenly one side has a rough line cracked look.

      • These headlights take 9007 bulbs, so as long as you find any 9007 it will fit. With that, I would suggest to look for the brightest 9007 bulbs you can find and that will certainly help.

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      10 More Questions
      Do stock light bulbs fit in these? 1 answer
      Do these have orange plastic reflector on the sides? I purchased switchback running lights and want only clear/smoked corners. Thanks in advance for the info 0 answer
      How to install these if you have the raxiom lights on I’m having trouble with the wires 1 answer
      do these come with bulbs or do i have to buy bulbs separately? 1 answer
      What bulbs fit into these? 1 answer
      Are these DOT approved? 1 answer
      Are these legal in NY, or in any state? 1 answer
      On these headlights do they have the amber corner lense ? or clear 1 answer
      If I cut the covers out will my raxiom led shine better? 1 answer
      What is the matching tail light number that will match these? Thank you 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Right Headlight Housing
      • (1) Left Headlight Housing
        Hardware included:
      • None Required

      Tech Specs

      Will It Fit My Mustang

      • Bullitt - 01
      • Cobra - 99, 01, 03, 04
      • GT - 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04
      • Mach 1 - 03, 04
      • V6 - 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04

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