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Old 03-27-2013, 02:12 PM
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Default 2013 Ram 1500 headlight mod.

So getting excited about getting the 2013 . I would like to mod the headlights.

1. Change the factory installed projectors to HID projectors

2. Modify the LED cluster to show white LED daytime running lights. ( like those cool Audi DRLs )

any suggestions would be helpful and welcome.

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Bringing this post back up again...first time to post, so hello everyone! I have a 2013 1500 Laramie with the amber LED DRL's/turn signals, and have been searching EVERYWHERE for the actual LED bulb size/part number being used in these headlamps in order for me to switch them out to white LEDs. Calling the parts desk at any dealership returns nothing but "No, sir...no part numbers listed for those LEDs because they are built into the housing".

Has anyone done this mod? If so what LEDs were used? Any advice would be helpful!
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You would probably have to open it up and inspect the LED's as I doubt there is a pn for the actual LED since they never get changed out. Then, you'd have to find an LED with the same specs (voltage, size etc...) but a dual color one that does white and amber otherwise your running lights and turn signals would be white and that's just guido..
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The LEDs are on a chip board and can not be replaced/removed unless you are willing to desolder and replace with exact size/resistance LEDs. I have seen ONE person swap the LEDs but he had custom circuit boards made with RGB LEDs so he could have a psychedelic strobe show, but that is the one and only LED swap I've ever seen.
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CdnoilRAM...is this what you are referring to?



That kind of bums me out...I think replacing the amber LEDs with a bright white LED strip would look fantastic. Unfortunately for me I just can't bring myself to put on the adhesive LED strips. Too tacky for me. Oh well...
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That's the one I was talking about. The write-up is on a Russian lighting site and I did enough Google-translation to figure it all out but it's way out of my league when it comes to electronics.

However, if you wanted to retrofit something and wire it yourself it's entirely do-able. There is a 3/8" gap in each of the reflectors so there's plenty of room to add a surface mount diode in whatever color you want and wiring wouldn't be bad since you could just adhere it to the current circuit board then hook those LEDs into the DRL circuit wire and ground. The headlight swap in my build log shows which those wires are so if you have a small amount of electrical knowledge and the ability to solder then you can do this.
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Yeah...I went to his site as well, and thanks to google translate found his email. Sent him what I wanted to do and he explained it all in perfect english to my surprise lol.

I'd say it's a bit over my head at the moment so I'll just make do with the ambers for now...Nothing really to complain about with them, just would rather have whites. First world problems : /
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This was his reply for anyone wondering:

Hi Zac!

Yellow LEDs on white LEDs? Its not DRL. You must change the electronic unit and make new LED PCBs (yellow LEDs for turn signals and white for DRL).
In this case it is possible to use any appropriate LEDs (for example - smd 3538 with lens).
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[QUOTE=CdnoilRAM;1093354]That's the one I was talking about. The write-up is on a Russian lighting site and I did enough Google-translation to figure it all out but it's way out of my league when it comes to electronics.

Just as an FYI for you in the future, if you would use Google Chrome as your Browser, when you run into a web site the is in a foreign language all you have to do is, once your on the site, Right Click anywhere on the page (except a pic or flash object) scroll down and click on Translate.. All is well, no extra time searching for translators....
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