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So I was lucky enough to snag one of the last sets of harnesses from RetroShop and I promised JJ I would do a write up for those interested in installing a set when he gets the new adapters in.

What you will need:
- T25 Star Bit to remove tail light screws
- 4x Self Tapping sheetmetal screws

Adapter Diagram:



Step One:

Remove the two screws from inside the bed of the truck using the T25 star bit. NOTE: If you have a tailgate assist you will need to remove that first before you will be able to get to the bottom screw.



Step Two:

Attach the new tail light adapters to the OEM pigtail. Connect the new tail brake light plug to the OEM tail light plug making sure the red wire on the adapter plug connects with the OEM tail light plug. Because the new adapter makes the OEM pigtail longer I took all the wires and stuffed them behind wall as seen in the photo.



Step Three:

Find a location where you want to attach the resistor. Because this resister is a little bigger and says that it will get hot when powered on I decided to place it on the fender part of the truck and keep it away from all wires and the tail lights. You will need to put two holes here. One to attach the resistor to the truck and one for the ground wire on the resistor.





Attach the plug on the resistor to the final plug on the adapter and then stuff the wires behind the wall where the tail light attaches.



Then run the LED tail light plug on adapter through the bottom hole of the frame and attach to the tail light.

Step Four:

Attach the new tail lights to the truck and put the screws back in place to secure it.



Here are some pictures and a video.

Running Lights:



Brakes:



Hazards (Video):

https://flic.kr/p/oZNpLR


NOTE: These tail lights use a different type of reverse light bulb so if you used LED back up lights in your previous tails they will not fit in the new tails. Here is the picture of the new tails reverse bulb. I believe it is a 7440.

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So i have a 97 ram and I would like to put in LEDs but keep the factory Len's. Is this kind of the same wiring procedure. Oh and oim terrible with electrical I would like to add some accents on the front is there a way to tie into the front lights I would like to have them turn on with the marker lights
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So i have a 97 ram and I would like to put in LEDs but keep the factory Len's. Is this kind of the same wiring procedure. Oh and oim terrible with electrical I would like to add some accents on the front is there a way to tie into the front lights I would like to have them turn on with the marker lights
As far as the 2nd Gen goes I have no idea. I am sure there are places that will retro a set of LED modules into factory housings but it will cost a few pretty pennies. Sorry I cannot be of more help.
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I think I would need the Dual resistors because my truck is a '14

Is that correct or am I missing something?
Also can you run an LED bulb for the reverse light?
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The resistor is only to keep the turn signal from hyper flashing. You will only need one resistor for each tail light. Regardless of what year your truck is. The 13 and 14 trucks that did not come with the led tails areally wired just like the 09 10 11 and 12s. This mod was done on a 12.

You can run led reverse lights. You will have to replace the current bulb with a 4770 LED bulb. The 194s that are in all other trucks are too small and won't work.

I hope this answers your question.
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************* says for 13+ use dual resistors
see link this is why I'm confused
http://shop.*************/ProductDet...D%2ETail%2EKit
I wasn't sure if the 4770's would flip an error code
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13+ Rams will require an extra resistor for the park light,
you may get a bulb out error code without it.



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There are 2 styles of adapters (please order for your year):
09-12 style - comes with a single resistor - used for hyperflashing
13+ style - comes with dual resistors - one for hyperflashing, the other to kill the lamp out error some '13+s display.
The electronics on the new 13+ are finicky,
same reason two resistors are required on JJ's adapter to run new projector heads
on a truck the came originally with quads/duals.
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thanks BlackRamHemi for clarifying, I dislike electrical work. no matter what precautions I take something always tries to give me the hook.
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