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Installing Anzo USA Headlights and Taillights on Our ’09-’14 Ford F-150

Finishing up Truckin’s five-part project build with custom lighting.

May 13, 2020
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We're wrapping up our latest Truckin project, this 2010 Ford F-150 SuperCrew XLT. After this final installment, we'll feel we've improved upon several areas of the truck and will be ready to call it done for now. We began this project with a pretty average-looking crew cab and proceeded to give it a budget-friendly makeover, with a handful of simple but effective upgrades that changed this truck from bland to getting second looks everywhere it goes.
The process began by installing a Readylift SST lift kit along with EBC Brakes rotors and pads, followed by the Fuel Vector 18-inch wheels and Fuel Gripper A/T tires. Then we removed all the exterior chrome for a mix of parts that included a Raptor-style front bumper and grille, a factory Ford Raptor rear bumper, and a badass set of flush-mounted side steps from Addictive Desert Designs. Next, we added a BedRug bed cover to clean up the scratched and dented bed area, and then upgraded the worn and dirty interior with a set of Carhartt seat covers from Covercraft. We were looking pretty good by all accounts, but we felt there was one more item (or four) that would really set the truck off and bring it up to date.
Photo 2/26   |   We were already looking pretty awesome after all the other upgrades to this 2010 Ford F-150 SuperCrew XLT, but there was one more issue we wanted to address: There was still a bunch of chrome hiding behind the headlight and taillight lenses, and we already got rid of the rest of it!
Anzo USA is a company that Truckin has worked with a lot over the years. Anzo's lighting solutions are tough to beat, as not only do they offer several different options for just about every model truck and SUV we've ever looked up, but they offer other lighting like third brake lights, mirror lights, and marker lights for applicable models, and even a wide selection of auxiliary lights like LED light bars. We perused the headlight and taillight selection for our favorite plug-and-play selections for the 2009-2014 F-150s. For headlights we chose Anzo's U-bar Projector Headlights (PN111263) with black housings and clear lenses with halogen bulbs. There is also an option for white or amber U-bar lighting, so we chose white. We also ordered up Anzo's LED-style taillights (PN311139) in red and clear. Besides the LED feature, they eliminate the chrome surround that the factory tails have and give the whole truck an updated look.
We performed this last run of parts installation at the MotorTrend Group tech center and when all was said and done, we had about three solid days of labor into this F-150. We hit the DIY car wash with a clay bar in hand and gave the truck a full detail before heading to Signal Hill, California, for some final hero shots. With the improvements this truck received, it will continue to look good for years to come, and the thumbs-up we get while cruising down the road have already started! On to the next one!
Photo 3/26   |   Anzo USA had the solutions we were looking for. Without looking gaudy or standing out too much, their U-Bar headlights and LED taillights update the truck and get rid of all the shiny stuff. We thought these were the best options for this truck, but there were several other options for whatever floats your boat.
Photo 4/26   |   The stock taillights come with their own chrome trim throughout, something we were looking to eliminate.
Photo 5/26   |   Access to the two mounting bolts is easy once you drop the tailgate.
Photo 6/26   |   With the fasteners removed, the taillight slides out toward the back.
Photo 7/26   |   Then we unplugged all three factory bulbs from the taillight housing.
Photo 8/26   |   Anzo taillights come with resisters already plugged into the housing. They help with the rate of flash and are guaranteed for life.
Photo 9/26   |   A side-by-side comparison shows how the Anzo light eliminated the chrome surround, added LEDs, and even threw in some halos to match the headlights.
Photo 10/26   |   With the bulbs removed from the harness, the Anzo leads were plugged in their place, then the resistors were stuck out of the way on the inner sheetmetal using the provided two-sided tape.
Photo 11/26   |   At this point, the taillight was ready for installation.
Photo 12/26   |   We slid the light up and into the front locators.
Photo 13/26   |   Then we reattached the factory hardware. And with that, the taillights were tested before moving up front to tackle the headlights.
Photo 14/26   |   With the hood up, the first step of removing the headlights is to remove the push pin holding this soft rubber shield and moving it to the side.
Photo 15/26   |   Then the two screws securing the top of the headlight were removed.
Photo 16/26   |   The third screw is on the inside of the headlight behind the rubber shield.
Photo 17/26   |   Now the headlight could be slid forward and out. Then the three plugs were detached and two of the bulbs were removed.
Photo 18/26   |   Once again, the side-by-side comparison shows what a difference the lack of shiny stuff and addition of the halos make.
Photo 19/26   |   The Anzo terminals were then connected to the harness.
Photo 20/26   |   Then we slid the new light straight back until it locked into the locator.
Photo 21/26   |   Finally, the shield was clipped back into place. At this point, all that was left to do to this F-150 was give it a good detail and take some photos!
Photo 22/26   |   We initially just wanted the chrome in the factory taillights to go away, but once we saw the Anzo taillights shine for the first time, we were instantly stoked on the halo design. The super bright LEDs that add a little safety to the mix doesn't hurt, either.
Photo 23/26   |   Technically, these halos are a U-bar, but man do they change the look this truck, especially at night.
Photo 24/26   |   We started with a bone stock 2010 F-150 SuperCrew with the only modification being the SnugTop lid. We knew that if we got the stance right and got rid of all that chrome the truck would look worlds better.
Photo 25/26   |   We made it to the end of this build. Simple but effective upgrades that didn't break the bank were the theme throughout. We weren't even trying to mimic a Raptor—we just found the grille and bumpers for a steal and had to run with it. Between those parts, the stance, the Fuel wheel and tire combo, and the Anzo lighting, the front end is probably the area that changed the most dramatically.
Photo 26/26   |   The ADD steps replacing the low-hanging chrome steps was another huge win. As was the factory Raptor bumper and Anzo LEDs out back. And the dirty interior and beat-up bed were taken care of efficiently by Carhartt and BedRug, respectively. This truck is going to turn a lot of heads for a long time to come. Time to start another one!

Source Box:

Anzo USA


Chino, CA