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Yo Nadz 02-05-2013 08:12 PM

55w Retro Solutions HID Headlight & Fog Install...
 
I picked up a set of 55w 8000K HID headlights and fogs from Retro Solutions. Figured I'd share my install experience with you.

First off, Retro Solutions' customer service is INCREDIBLE. They answered EVERY question I had, and made this install completely pain free. THE DIFFERENCE IS INCREDIBLE as you will see.


This is the headlight kit w/ wiring harness
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps70ed00a1.jpg


This is the fog light kit with harness
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps4d94bad7.jpg


I know it looks a little intimidating, but the install instructions Retro Solutions gives you are TOP NOTCH. I'd share, but I believe they are copyrighted, so for the integrity of Retro Solutions I'll keep them to myself.


Started by taping off the bumper with painter's tape in hopes of providing a little protection against accidents. Then I removed the radiator cover (6 of those stupid clips), and the 4 bolts that hold on the grill.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psffad4e1d.jpg


Next, I removed the grill and removed the 2 bolts that hold each headlight in. There is also a little access door in each wheel well. You need to get in there any slide the clip up that hold the back of each headlight in place.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psec349db5.jpg


Now on to where to mount the ballasts. There are 4 in total, and I debated for a while over locations. Eventually I decided that mounting to the frame below the headlights was probably the best location. It's pretty well protected by water (just incase) and also was very easy to get to. I ran each harness across the bumper support in front of the radiator.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps99dc9b9a.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psd9b46616.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps8a44fa10.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps048171b9.jpg


From hear I simply plugged in the fogs according the the instructions, but for the headlights I took the back cover off each headlight. You have the drill a 7/8" hole in the cover so the wiring for the bulbs can pass through. Theres a rubber grommet built on to the wiring the protect the housing against moisture. You have the "notch" the holes a little bit so the connector can fit through.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps3b074ab8.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps8755db84.jpg


Now plug everything in, and put it back together........

Yo Nadz 02-05-2013 08:14 PM

And now the before and after pics. Honestly, these pics don't really do the lights justice. The only camera I have that is worth a damn is my iPhone 5, so this is the best I could do. In person the lights are a little more BLUE in color, and are DAMN bright. The first pic really shows you what to expect on the road.....



Before
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps00f546ef.jpg

After
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps56d2faf7.jpg



Before
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps60f03d79.jpg

After
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps2c956510.jpg



Before
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psf1954b54.jpg

After
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psaec9cbfb.jpg



Before
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps859d8a82.jpg

After
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps1560352b.jpg



Thanks for looking!

s1000rrhp 02-05-2013 08:28 PM

Nice lights... I put the Canbus system in... works great as well. The only thing is now the condensation is worse then befor so see what happens.

Georshrwd 02-05-2013 08:30 PM

Very nice write up, very well thought out pre and post pictures. I am planning to do this upgrade as well. Can you share any info on kit part numbers or did you just call them up?

Yo Nadz 02-05-2013 08:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Georshrwd (Post 1004212)
Very nice write up, very well thought out pre and post pictures. I am planning to do this upgrade as well. Can you share any info on kit part numbers or did you just call them up?

It's super easy. Go to their site, pic the bulbs and color you want, them pick the option for 2013 Ram 1500 Projector. I bought the add on "bulb capping" for the fogs, but honestly I don't think it make much of a difference.

Georshrwd 02-05-2013 08:54 PM

The headlights are H7's correct? What about the fogs?

Yo Nadz 02-05-2013 09:06 PM

Ram projectors are 9012/HIR2 bulbs. Fogs are 9006/HB4

Asur 02-05-2013 09:29 PM

nice job looks great. told ya they had great product at Retro solutions. truck looks great. Reps for the pics and the write up.

s1000rrhp 02-05-2013 09:52 PM

i used 9006 in the low beam they work and fit as well

merve04 02-05-2013 10:47 PM

55w is safe to use? No melting of the fogs?


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