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Old 08-01-2012, 12:51 PM
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Hi all,

I want to use the bright filament on the signal/park light as my DRL much like the Toyota Tundra and other late model cars.

Using the signal bulb filament (especially if converted to LED) is soooo much easier on the electrical system and saves headlight bulb life.

I did this conversion on my second gen diesel out of necessity when I wired up a Sport Headlamp conversion to power bulbs direct to battery using relays. By doing that, I lost essential DRL's (Canada) and used the signal lights to get around that.

The fix was pretty straight forward with a wire tap for signal and a jumper to "fool" the high beam indicator. The signal tap went to a DRL module for a late model Mustang and it was beautiful. Fully automatic and legal.

My question is, has anyone done similar to a late model Ram? I have a 2012 and understand the lighting circuitry is now managed through an ECM. Anyone know of a plug n play kit? I don't mind doing some wire cutting but would rather just plug things in.

Comments/advice welcome.

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Old 08-13-2012, 12:56 PM
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Bump,

Anyone try this or have the knowledge?

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hey bud, I found a post you made about you saying you made your signal light stay on all the time as a Daytime Running Light. I would like to do the same as I have hids as well. Could you please explain what you did to make that work? Does the signal light still function properly? Thanks
Vegh,

Couldn't PM you with a low count so hopefully you see this and have your answer

Converting the RAM signals to DRL's is easy. Killing the stock DRL's is the hard part and one I have not yet figured out with the exception of using the Bullydog Hemi Tuner which is supposed to do that.

For the signal lights, I used this

WEB-DRL1M5 1 39.99 39.99
05-09 MUSTANG DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHT MODULE

available at www.latemodelrestoration.com

The unit simply splices into signal and park leads with a power and keyed power lead. Easy-Peasy.

I had to ground out my park brake switch to kill the stock DRL's but the module takes over the rest. Lights up the signal lamps as DRL's and maintains the turn signals just fine.

You have the option to wire such that when turn signal is on, the opposite lamp goes out or, it stays on. your choice.

Running this two years on my truck and four years on a previous one, never a problem.

Good luck! and if you ever come across a solution to kill the OEM DRL on a 2012 RAM, let a guy know please.

Cheers,

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I believe I read that some vehicles not equipped with DRLs, it's simply a matter of having the dealer do a flash to the computer, selecting a Canadian or DRL option. Not 100% if I am correct here but makes me wonder if the same can be done to disable some cars with DRLs.
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The Canadian flash was tried & failed to make DRLs work

Note:
DRLs will not work while the vehicle is in Park or the Emergency Brake is in use

I read that IF you can talk your dealership into adding a Sales Code & flashing it to work is an option, they have to get a OK from someone above the dealership level

The Sales Code are found under HEADLAMPS on the Code list
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DAYTIME RUNNING HEADLAMPS, LOW BEAM
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DAYTIME RUNNING HEADLAMPS, DEDICATED
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this is what someone posted during a discussion on DRLs last year

It's probably the same as the Challengers, you do not have to change the country code.

You can use the StarScan, StarMobile (which is basically starscan on the laptop), or WiiTech (which is the latest scan tool, laptop driven, 100x faster than starscan). The StarScan is being phased out, but anyways.

StarScan: ECU View--->TIPM/CGW ---> Misc Functions --->Enable DRL - follow prompts. Check the status of the DRL and see if its ENABLED. I missed it the first time because I was looking for "Daytime Running Lights" but its actually "DRL" in the scan tool

The truck has to go into gear before they come on after they are enabled. The above is the Challenger procedure..
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Vegh,

Couldn't PM you with a low count so hopefully you see this and have your answer

Converting the RAM signals to DRL's is easy. Killing the stock DRL's is the hard part and one I have not yet figured out with the exception of using the Bullydog Hemi Tuner which is supposed to do that.

For the signal lights, I used this

WEB-DRL1M5 1 39.99 39.99
05-09 MUSTANG DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHT MODULE

available at www.latemodelrestoration.com

The unit simply splices into signal and park leads with a power and keyed power lead. Easy-Peasy.

I had to ground out my park brake switch to kill the stock DRL's but the module takes over the rest. Lights up the signal lamps as DRL's and maintains the turn signals just fine.

You have the option to wire such that when turn signal is on, the opposite lamp goes out or, it stays on. your choice.

Running this two years on my truck and four years on a previous one, never a problem.

Good luck! and if you ever come across a solution to kill the OEM DRL on a 2012 RAM, let a guy know please.

Cheers,

Bix
So, if I'm understanding you correctly...
you had highbeams set as DLRs
you wanted to change DRL function to turn signal bulbs
and you were able to achieve this with the process you described so now your turn signal bulbs are set as DLRs
Correct??
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Am in the same boat. I would like my turn signals to be my DRL's. But my dealer can't seem to figure it out. I will try to contact another dealer to get it done.
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