DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum

DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum (
-   Custom Dodge Ram Interior and Exterior Lighting (
-   -   Quad and Fog HID Install Tutorial (

philpott50 12-17-2011 04:29 PM

Quad and Fog HID Install Tutorial
18 Attachment(s)
I know woodmw has posted a tutorial on how to install DDM HID lights for dual headlamps. But I have yet to see anyone do one for quad lamps or fogs. So while installing mine, a few weeks ago, I took pictures and notes. I will try to give good detail description on how to do it for quads and fogs. I used woodmw post for help but there were some differences.
Note these are DDM 55W 5000K lights. I purchased the full size raptor ballasts along with the relay harness for the highs and lows. I also purchased the mounting bracket. I recommend the mounting bracket. The bulbs to purchase are H10, 9005, and H11.
Now to the instructions.
1. Remove the radiator cover. To do this pop the plastic tabs out. I used a pair of small needle nose pliers for this.
Attachment 23756
2. Remove the bolts holding the grille on and remove the grille. The bolt heads are size 10mm. A nice ratchet and socket should work for this. The grille has two snaps at the bottom corners. To remove the bottom, pull straight out on the corners. The snaps are a tight fit so it is a little difficult.
Attachment 23757Attachment 23758
3. Remove the headlight assembly. To do this there are two bolts up front, one on top and one on bottom (10mm). There is also one in the back. To remove this on you will have to remove the cover inside the wheel well (a plastic tab holds the cover in place). Behind the cover is a bolt (10mm and extension is needed). Also behind the cover is a white plastic lever (push straight up on this to release the headlight). After all of that is done, pull the headlight straight out or push from the fender well side.
Attachment 23759Attachment 23760Attachment 23761
4. This is where it starts getting a little different from dual lights. On the back of the headlight assembly is two twist lock covers. Behind those covers are the bulbs and plugs. Note that the top light is your low beam and the bottom is your high beam. After removing the twist lock cover, a 1Ē hole will need to be drilled in it to accommodate for the new wire coming through.
Attachment 23762Attachment 23763
5. Remove the old bulb and install the new one. Just like woodmw, I did not like the way the bulb fit in the housing with the oíring that came with the bulb. I used the old oíring off the old bulb to make a tighter fit.
A: The low beams (H11 bulbs) did not come with the connector on the wiring. Instead it came with two spades. This is normal according to DDM. (Bad design IMHO) Plug the spades into the connector on the truck for the original bulb. Make sure red positive goes to white/blue wire and the black negative goes to the black/blue wire. I recommend using electrical tape to hold these in place. Run the other wires through the hole you just drilled on the twist lock. I put RTV silicone around the rubber grommet of the new wires for peace of mind.
Attachment 23764Attachment 23765Attachment 23766
B: The high beams were a little easier. The connectors are straight plug and play. For grins and giggles I put electrical tape around these also. Same thing as for the lows, run the other wires through the hole you just drilled on the twist lock.
Attachment 23767Attachment 23768
6. Mount the ballasts and relay harness.
A: On the passengerís side there is a plastic cover that runs from the top to the bottom. I found this to be the best place to mount the ballasts (one above the other). The relays I just zip tied to an existing wire loom.
Attachment 23769
B: On the driverís side there is a rubber piece up top. This is wide enough to mount the ballasts right next to each other (side by side). Or you can mount them sideways on top of each other. The relays were also zip tied to the fuse box.
Attachment 23770
7. Run the wire and plug everything up.
A: On the passengerís side run the wire through the intake hole. Or drill a hole right next to it and run the wire through the drilled hole. To pop the intake tube off reach inside the air intake box and push the tabs in and pull the tube out. While pushing the headlight assembly in run the wiring through the hole of your choice. After running the wire through, plug everything up. And reinstall the intake tube.
Attachment 23771
B: On the driverís side there is a hole right next to the fuse box. Same as the passengerís side push the headlight in and pull the wire through. After getting the wire through plug everything up. I taped all connections up just for peace of mind.
8. Check everything before bolting it all back up. You will have to start the truck to check the highs and lows. I had forgotten to plug the high side up on the driverís side.
Now the for the Fog Lights. These are VERY EASY.
1. Crawl under the truck and remove the blubs and put the new ones in. No need to remove the assembly
Attachment 23772
2. Mount the ballasts.
A. On the passengerís side I just mounted it on the same plastic piece as the other ballasts.
Attachment 23773
B. On the driverís side I mounted the ballast to the bolt that is holding the fog light assembly in place.

3. Now just plug everything up.
Good Luck and enjoy being able to see at night:smileup:

moparornocar72 12-17-2011 08:10 PM

thanks for the write up. reps for that!

erm 12-17-2011 11:39 PM

Great info! I put a sticky on this thread. Nice work.

GordsRAM 12-30-2011 10:36 AM

Awesome Tutorial!
Thanks very much for taking the time to put this together. I can't find anything on the web for installing new bulbs in my 2012 RAM 1500 Quad headlights. I'm not going HID at this time, but this is exactly what I need to know to install the Sylvania Silver Star Ultra bulbs.

Rumor has it that this can be done without removing the least for just replacing bulbs. I would hope this is true...otherwise Dodge is just lining the pockets of our local, grossly-overpriced dealership service department ;o). I will do the install today and comment on whether I can do it without grille removal.


GordsRAM 12-31-2011 11:25 AM

OK you win. It may be possible to pull the headlights without removing the gril, but it's so ridiculously easy to pull it, why bother?? The extra room for working is worth the minimal effort, and if you leave the grill in place you risk scratching it up.

Your tutorial was bang on, and was very useful in getting the job done. I referred to it a couple times during the procedure to verify certain things. Awesome! Thanks again for your effort!

philpott50 01-04-2012 05:33 PM

Thanks for the comments. I plan on posting before and after pictures eventualy.

HenDom 01-05-2012 02:40 PM

Awesome man. You rock. I can't wait to install mine now.

dodgert 01-05-2012 02:43 PM

Ya no need to remove grill just get a long ext with a 10 mm makes it alot easier i know a few that have broke there grill have had my light out about 6 times not once removed grill.

dodgert 01-05-2012 02:46 PM

Nice write up to bad you used DDM they are horrible and hope you used a canceler or a relay harness cause if not you will get flicker. Hope your lights last cause if not you have to send back to ddm so they can check the ballast hole time your without a light.To many horror stories with ddm will never use again there prices are cheap cause you get what you pay for

speciale348 01-06-2012 06:33 PM

hid install
I giust install hid with the help of your tutorial and work,wen i turn my hi beam on,the passegger side he dont come on,wy? wat possible i diet wrong.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:24 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.10 Release Candidate 2
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
= Copyright a Network Site =Ad Management by RedTyger