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Old 02-13-2010, 03:59 PM
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I just purchased and installed KC HiLite 800 off road and driving lights. I have my switch power for these lights connected directly to my battery. How can I find the wire that turns my high beam headlights on? I want to be able to leave the KC Lite switch on and use my normal high beam/low beam headlight lever to turn the KC lights on and off.
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You'll need to add a relay to the system (which you should already be using anyway) to do this and then use the WT/LG wire from the L/F headlamp to power the coil side of the relay. Good luck not getting stopped by the police for that.
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What Randy ^^^^ said!
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You'll need to add a relay to the system (which you should already be using anyway) to do this and then use the WT/LG wire from the L/F headlamp to power the coil side of the relay. Good luck not getting stopped by the police for that.
Randy, thanks for the help. KC Lites has a pretty good wiring harness that has a built in relay for the switch and the light. I do not use my lights in city limits and the troopers don't bother you if you're not running people off the roads with them.
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I found the White/Light Green wire (big bundle...couldn't tell if it was Left Front or Right Front Headlight) and tried tapping into it with no luck...does Left Front or Right Front matter?
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No, so long as you're on the high beam circuit.
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I found out today from a Dodge mechanic that the circuitry (at least on 09's) will not allow tying the switch in to the high beams ...I guess vehicles are getting too smart these days
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I found out today from a Dodge mechanic that the circuitry (at least on 09's) will not allow tying the switch in to the high beams ...I guess vehicles are getting too smart these days

Its always possible.. Your gonna want tap into the Positive wire right before your actual light bulb. Now you can try 2 things here...

Option 1 (single relay setup) Attached image for this setup.
1. Run the tapped wire to a switch in cab.
2. Run a Positive wire from the switch to a relay we will call this wire your control.
3. Wire your relay up, ground, positive, and Control.
4. From the accessory spot on your relay and wire to your new lights.

If this causes strain on your ECU use option 2.

Option 2 (dual relay setup)
1. Run tapped wire to Relay1, we will call this Control1. Your gonna want to make this run as short as possible.
2. Wire relay 1, Ground positive and Control1.
3. From accessory spot on Relay1, wire this to your switch.
4. From the switch, run a wire to Relay2, We will call this control 2.
5. Wire up Relay2, Ground, Positive, Control2.
6. From accessory spot on Relay2, wire this to positive on your new lights.

You can get these relays at your auto parts store.. What I did is asked for there parts book. Found ones with a mounting hole, and asked for prices on them all(to find the cheapest of coarse). I had to order them so I ordered like 8 of them at 1.99 each.

Legend for Diagram on relay.
Positive = 30
Ground = 85
Control = 86
Acc = 87

If Neither of the options work, well them I am at a loss. Option 2 should put like a 1/10 of a watt load on the + wire from the light bulb.

Here is the wiring diagram fro Option 1, its using a lighted switch thus the extra wire on switch (a ground).
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And I gave up hope so easy...

Option 1 was attempted already with no success (The diagram and components are identical to the KC Lite factory kit/wiring harness)

Option 2 seems feasible...I think I may have found the best relay...let me know if you agree: http://www.allspectrum.com/store/pro...oducts_id=1528

If you cannot get to the link, here are the specs:

Automotive RELAY, 12V DC/30A FASTON (Model # 960)
$2.99 each
rating: 12V DC / 20-30A
operating current: 140mA
contact: 1 x inverter
housing: ABS
lips: 6.35mm FASTON


Is there any relay with an operating current less than 140mA and/or will the on board computer system detect this low of a draw?
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