Photo 2/18 | Removing Grille | 1. While the removal of the grille isn’t necessary to swap out the headlights, it does make the job easier and it only required removing four bolts from the radiator core support.
Photo 3/18 | Unscrewing Headlight Bolts | 2. With the grille out of the way, the two bolts holding the headlight in could be unscrewed. Before we went yanking on the headlight, we were sure to unhook the slider from the back of the headlight.
Photo 4/18 | Headlight Slider | 3. This is the slider we mentioned. It is accessed through a flap in the wheelwell. We just reached in and slid it up to release the back of the headlight.
Photo 5/18 | Light Comparison 1 | 4. Side by side, the factory headlight and the Recon headlight (PN: 264270BK, $549.95) are drastically different. We are going with a red and black theme on this truck and the new headlights help us get one step further. The new headlights also have CCFL halos and LED accent lights for a truly custom look.
Photo 6/18 | Power Probe | 5. To wire up the halos and LEDs, we needed to tap into a keyed 12V source. To find the right one, we pulled out our Power Probe and identified the wire.
Photo 7/18 | T Taps | 6. Next, we used some T-taps to tap into the hot and the ground on our existing circuit.
Photo 8/18 | Sliding In New Housing | 7. Finally, we slid the new housing into place and bolted everything back together.
Photo 9/18 | Testing Lights | 8. The new headlights are brighter and far better looking than the stocks were.
Photo 10/18 | Rear Factory Lights | 9. Moving out back, we also ordered a set of LED taillights from Andy’s Auto Sport. The factory lights were too boring and we wanted the rear of the truck to match the front.
Photo 11/18 | Removing Tailight Screws | 10. The taillights were held in place with two T-15 Torx screws. After these were unscrewed, the taillights were pulled free and the lights removed.
Photo 12/18 | Light Comparison 2 | 11. As you can see, the Recon lights (PN: 264169RBK, $379.95) are a lot better looking. They are also much brighter, ensuring that anyone following us will know of our intentions.
Photo 13/18 | Wire Harness | 12. To wire these in, the bulb was removed from the socket and the blade harness from the light was inserted into the void. The backup light is reused from the factory.
Photo 14/18 | New Taillight | 13. Each one of the 15 LEDs is brighter than the factory bulb that was removed, so if someone rear-ends us and says they didn’t see our brake lights, we’ll know they are full of it.
Photo 15/18 | Third Break Light | 14. To finish off the lighting upgrade, we swapped out our third brake light for a matching smoked LED version.
Photo 16/18 | Placing Ballas In Frame | 15. Two Phillips screws were removed and the old light was discarded. The new light (PN: 264112BK, $99.95) has a built-in ballast that had to be stuck to the inside of the frame before installing the housing.
Photo 17/18 | Red Leds | 16. The new running lights are white LEDs and the brake lights are super bright red LEDs.
Photo 18/18 | Led Interior Light | 17. As a bonus, we also ordered an LED replacement for our puny interior light bulb (PN: 264222WH, $39.95). This was a direct replacement and really upped the ante inside our truck.