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Old 07-11-2013, 01:31 AM
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What all did you remove to get to the bulbs?
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What all did you remove to get to the bulbs?
There are a lot of youtube videos about headlight removal and hid conversion. It is really a pretty easy mod.
I just finished installing 55W 5000K low and high beam hids from Retro Solutions. The only real headache is finding a good mounting area for the resistors, which do get pretty hot. They recommend mounting the resistors on metal for that reason. The right side has plenty of space to drill and mount the resistors. The left side is a problem because of the proximity or all of the plastic body parts and the fact that most of the factory wiring bundles are located in that location. What I ended up doing is to mount both (high and low) resistors for the left side on a metal stalk and suspended it below the fuse box just off of the inner fender. I did mount the stalk to plastic and I will be monitoring it to see if it gets too hot. Don't want to melt any plastic.
I am not sure where others have ended up mounting these resistors, but since most don't do highs as I did, (most seem to just do the low projectors and or fogs) they only have one resistor per side to worry about, not two per side as I did.
This fixes the weak light output that seem to plague these trucks. It is a tremendous difference, before and after.
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I'm curios if you can replace the bulb in the factory projectors to make them any brighter, I know it won't be as bright as hiss but may be enough for people not wanting to go hid
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I'm curios if you can replace the bulb in the factory projectors to make them any brighter, I know it won't be as bright as hiss but may be enough for people not wanting to go hid
One of the problems with creating brighter lights using filament type bulbs, like the I/R halogens in the 2013 rams is that increasing brightness with a filament means more heat. More heat means melt-city in the plastic housings the bulbs are mounted in. That is why HIDs are so popular because they create higher light output w/o creating more heat. In fact, I am told HIDs run cooler per watt of power used. I am curious why Ram did not use this type of lighting in these trucks. I am sold on HIDs.
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One of the problems with creating brighter lights using filament type bulbs, like the I/R halogens in the 2013 rams is that increasing brightness with a filament means more heat. More heat means melt-city in the plastic housings the bulbs are mounted in. That is why HIDs are so popular because they create higher light output w/o creating more heat. In fact, I am told HIDs run cooler per watt of power used. I am curious why Ram did not use this type of lighting in these trucks. I am sold on HIDs.
I think Ram, like Ford did, Will eventually go to HID's. I honestly think this was just a marketing thing so when they do a refresh or redesign down the road or just go into a new model year it is something to add to the list of new features.
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yea but is fords Halogen HIDs like Dodges is, if so that is just to get the projector look , they could have went true HIDS for the same upcharge but chose to go cheap and charge for the good stuff
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I mounted my resistors, on exhaust straps, the universal type with the holes, that you can get from advance and such. bent an L into it, mounted them (2 per side) put them on the frame right behind the headlights. drilled 2 holes, and mounted them with self tapping sheet metal screws, grounded them there , then hit them with some paint over the sheet metal screws.
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Nemmisis1 Do you have any pics of your install? How long did it take? What did you do on the high beams?
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There are a lot of youtube videos about headlight removal and hid conversion. It is really a pretty easy mod.
I just finished installing 55W 5000K low and high beam hids from Retro Solutions. The only real headache is finding a good mounting area for the resistors, which do get pretty hot. They recommend mounting the resistors on metal for that reason. The right side has plenty of space to drill and mount the resistors. The left side is a problem because of the proximity or all of the plastic body parts and the fact that most of the factory wiring bundles are located in that location. What I ended up doing is to mount both (high and low) resistors for the left side on a metal stalk and suspended it below the fuse box just off of the inner fender. I did mount the stalk to plastic and I will be monitoring it to see if it gets too hot. Don't want to melt any plastic.
I am not sure where others have ended up mounting these resistors, but since most don't do highs as I did, (most seem to just do the low projectors and or fogs) they only have one resistor per side to worry about, not two per side as I did.
This fixes the weak light output that seem to plague these trucks. It is a tremendous difference, before and after.
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