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Old 07-12-2017, 10:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my 2nd gen headlights are garbage

which of the 50million chinese made shitters are worth a damn? im still rocking the 2001 factory headlights that are yellow, cloudy, and dont light up a wall 2ft in front of me. in sure anything will be an improvement...but figured id ask here. Or you can tell me to F-off..
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Fuck off?

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I cant figure out where/how to link from amazon.

I bought these for 1/2 the cost of localy sourced.

Lamps are nothing specail but they were cheap.

Fyi, aftermarkwt lamps are very univeral, but not neccassaraly(sp) drop in. The hi/low pin in the plugs dont always line up with every vehicle. There are internet posts about which pins you should place where.

There is a paper that vaugely explains that with the lamps but doesnt spell it out for the dodge. A bit of effort wth a tester and youll figure it out
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Old 07-13-2017, 07:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It's much easier and cheaper to clean them....I use Maquires on my 99
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^ This and just run them off a relay so they are getting full battery voltage.
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I converted mine to the sport headlights. Much better light output on low beam. The brights still suck.
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New oe's, wired through relays here. Burnt through 2 switches before going through relay's. I have the same done on my first gen. They are the best headlights I have had on a dodge.

I tried cleaning furst and it was not working on the old plastic/
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Old 07-23-2017, 02:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I bought some cheap clear lens aftermarket housings and then spent way more than I intended to at the Retrofit source to build a set of HID projectors for my 99. I think I ended up spending around $800 total by the time I was done. There's no comparison to the cloudy stock stuff though. Before I was leaving the high beams on all the time and using a 30" LED bar mounted about fog light height as highs. Now I rarely ever even turn the high beams on. Real HID projectors (not the drop-in conversion junk) are the way to go.
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I bought some cheap clear lens aftermarket housings and then spent way more than I intended to at the Retrofit source to build a set of HID projectors for my 99. I think I ended up spending around $800 total by the time I was done. There's no comparison to the cloudy stock stuff though. Before I was leaving the high beams on all the time and using a 30" LED bar mounted about fog light height as highs. Now I rarely ever even turn the high beams on. Real HID projectors (not the drop-in conversion junk) are the way to go.
HID projectors are amazing coming from normal halogen lights, especially when they're super cloudy. DON'T JUST DROP IN HID BULBS INTO REFLECTOR HOUSINGS. I can't stand people who do that

Light bars aren't a bad idea either. While you never should use them just as normal lights, they can be really nice if you live in a really rural area without much road lighting.
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HID projectors are amazing coming from normal halogen lights, especially when they're super cloudy. DON'T JUST DROP IN HID BULBS INTO REFLECTOR HOUSINGS. I can't stand people who do that

Light bars aren't a bad idea either. While you never should use them just as normal lights, they can be really nice if you live in a really rural area without much road lighting.
Exactly. My wife's F150 came factory with HID projectors and it really made it obvious how bad my headlights were. Now mine are every bit as good as hers.

I have the light bar wired to a switch on the shifter so my hand was always near it. We also lived in a pretty rural area at the time so it worked well. I'd usually kill it as soon as I saw the lights of another car so I wouldn't be blinding them.
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I bought some cheap clear lens aftermarket housings and then spent way more than I intended to at the Retrofit source to build a set of HID projectors for my 99. I think I ended up spending around $800 total by the time I was done. There's no comparison to the cloudy stock stuff though. Before I was leaving the high beams on all the time and using a 30" LED bar mounted about fog light height as highs. Now I rarely ever even turn the high beams on. Real HID projectors (not the drop-in conversion junk) are the way to go.
I did the same thing but I used a total of 4 morimoto bixenon H1s. 2 in each housing. Turns the night into day. I wanted to get some light bars for extra light off road but immediately changed my mind with these.
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I went with headlights through these guys.

2nd Gen Dodge Ram HID Projector Retrofitted Headlamps

It took me years to finally order a set, the price holding me back. After I installed them and drover at night, I wouldn't hesitate spending the money again. I think it is well worth the money.

Photobucket is dead to me, but if you swipe right on the headlights I have a pic of a side by side difference of yellowed factory lights with the brightest bulbs I had, compared to the 55w HIDs I have now. All elements in the picture as far as surrounding light and time after sun down being exactly the same. I'm parked directly under a street light.
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Old 07-26-2017, 07:48 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I went with headlights through these guys.

2nd Gen Dodge Ram HID Projector Retrofitted Headlamps

...I wouldn't hesitate spending the money again.

The retro shop is a great website; Jeremy is a stand up guy that stands by his products (not pimping, just being honest). The products that come out of his business may not be the cheapest, but they are done correctly and work 100% as intended. Not some shit drop in HIDs that blind everyone on the road
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I converted mine to the sport headlights. Much better light output on low beam. The brights still suck.
rewire them with relays so all 4 elements light in high beam mode. Stock only uses one filament in each bulb, and the bulbs each have 4 elements. You can wire them up to either go in in High beam mode or add a separate switch so you have the stock lo/high and super duper high. It does make a noticeable difference. I did this along with bypassing the fog light defeat with the high beams.
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I used some LED retro fit bulbs I found on Amazon in my 3rd gen.
With all new lenses they worked awesome.

Don't forget to order the anti flicker pigtail or else your "lamp out" light will stay on.
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I like the led bulbs... and for the cloudy, yellow lenses, wetsand them with 320 until all the oxidized plastic is gone, work up to 600 and then shoot (or have a friend shoot) them with good automotive clear coat... crystal clear for years... :-)

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I used some LED retro fit bulbs I found on Amazon in my 3rd gen.
With all new lenses they worked awesome.

Don't forget to order the anti flicker pigtail or else your "lamp out" light will stay on.
This is a 2nd gen. We do not need antiflicker harness'.

And leds do not belong in reflector housings. Stop being douche bags and blinding people with scattered light.
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I went with headlights through these guys.

2nd Gen Dodge Ram HID Projector Retrofitted Headlamps

It took me years to finally order a set, the price holding me back. After I installed them and drover at night, I wouldn't hesitate spending the money again. I think it is well worth the money.

Photobucket is dead to me, but if you swipe right on the headlights I have a pic of a side by side difference of yellowed factory lights with the brightest bulbs I had, compared to the 55w HIDs I have now. All elements in the picture as far as surrounding light and time after sun down being exactly the same. I'm parked directly under a street light.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BUcsTASl...y=_aaronmathew

These are pretty much what I built myself. After having done it that's not a bad deal at all for what you get. I'd buy those without a second thought if I needed another set.

Mine. Covered in bug guts and dirt right now but still work awesome.
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I've been verey happy with my Xenon & LED's from OPT7.
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Any of you have parts lists?
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Any of you have parts lists?
Actually I did put together a bit of a parts list.

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Actually I did put together a bit of a parts list.

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Just not sure what I did with it... I had it all together when I was going to order, then held off when the wife started complaining about how much my truck cost, and buying light housings. Just wait til she finds out how much a new engine is!

Picked up a pair of really nice Eagle Eyes projector/reflector combo lights from Ebay, pretty cheap ($170-ish?). Polycarbonate lens which is supposed to be the good stuff, and the lights seem to be as nice quality as OEM. Braided wire sheathing and soft rubber boots for the back.

If you phone The Retrofit Shop they can help you figure out what you need. My (future) kit consisted of the lower priced H1 minis with upgraded something or other.. (reflector bowl, or lens?) 35 W ballasts for longevity, 5000 K bulbs for lots of USEABLE light, precision bulb holders, and an etched lens and back light just 'cause I'm fancy. Came out to about $300, but if you took out the etched lens, and back light, it would be more like $200.

Of course you can spend more, but this seemed sufficient. One day I'll be able to give a good review...
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Kinder and gentler, eh? - We done talked about everything hardcore.

I did search, fawker.

This thread is what I found.



and what about night wheeling a 3/4 shit box and wanting to see that big assed boulder in front of you isn't hard core?
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