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Old 04-29-2014, 03:29 AM
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Default Another 2nd Gen fog lamp question

I'm a noob and not very mechanically inclined so please bear/bare? with me.

In 2004 I bought a 2001 Ram Quad Cab...used obviously. I'm pretty sure it didn't come with stock fog lamps. I've purchased the sight shields and some lamps and I'm in the process of figuring out the best and cleanest way to install them.

I've read tons of threads here relating to this topic, but I haven't yet come across what I'm about to ask. So, here it goes...

First, how can I tell if my truck has been pre-wired for fog lamps?

Second, is it possible that, if it is pre-wired for fogs, I can just buy a wiring harness for the fogs and plug them right into the existing lighting harness?

I'd also like to change my original light switch to the OEM head/fog light switch:



My third question is, is it possible to change the switch and run the fogs off the switch pictured above? If at all possible I'd like to avoid running wires for a new switch into the cab. I just want to keep the install as clean as possible.

I look forward to all your recommendations and advice.

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I know that it would be nice to make it factory, but it could become expensive. If you want fogs, my advice is to go aftermarket. I say this as someone that works at a car factory, and as an electrician. Install a switch that activates a relay, and use fused underhood battery power to feed them. You will avoid voltage drop, and get full brightness. Just my advice.
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Thanks for the reply and the advice Lazarus. I appreciate you taking the time. That sounds like a sound recommendation.
Just out of curiosity, what would be the process of making it factory and can you put a ballpark price on the job as far as parts go?
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Look up under the front bumper and see if you have wiring running to the fog light mount holes. If the truck used to have fogs, there is a good chance the wiring is still there.
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I say do it custom if it didn't come from the factory because we use different harnesses for different models. Yes, there may be pig-tails at the light locations, but alot of things may be missing further up-stream. Just because the pig-tails are at the lights, does not mean the upstream wiring is there. Just talking from experience. I work at a factory, and if they dont need that wire in the harness, its not there. Saves them $.10 per vehicle X 100,000. Thats how accountants run car companies. Thing is, when we run out of one, we have to stop making cars. What are we saving then?
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Thanks for your response MADDEVILL. There is wiring up front but, as Lazarus mentioned, there might not be the proper wiring "up stream".

I just received my original build list from Chrysler and the truck did not leave the factory with fog lamps.

I'm going to take Lazarus' advice and go custom.

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