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Old 02-10-2015, 10:48 PM
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Looking to install some hids on my 2013 ram 1500 w/ projectors. Do i need a wire harness or can i just plug the ballasts into my stock low beam plug? I dont want any codes popping up so im trying to get everything i need and do it right the first time. I also am gunna go with the 6k for the low beam (9012) and 6k for the fog (9006) both 35w. Does this sound like a good choice bc i was nervous about melting my housing in the long run with the 55w? Thanks for all the imput its much appreciated.
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5K will give you more useable light then the 6k. Yes you will need canbus adapters otherwise you'll throw a code. Check out Retro Shop for their HID setups. I've got the 55w in headlight and 35w in the fogs. No issues with that setup. I've been running them for a few months now.
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There is a ton of information in the exterior lighting forum.

Debunking popular Internet beliefs, HIDs use a little less power than the factory halogens and have about the same current in-rush at start up albeit for less milliseconds. HIDs also do not run any hotter than halogens, you will not melt your headlamp buckets with a 50 watt HID system.

The headlamps are powered by pulse width modulation, this simply means the power is switched quickly on and off. I have a scope shot of the power feed in in my gallery if you are interested in seeing the durations.

One common issue is light flickering, this is due to the PWM power source turning on and off. Second is a lamp out code when using a wiring harness. The first issue can be removed by using a 4,700 uf capacitor in the headlamp power feed, the capacitor will provide power to the HID ballast during the PWM off period removing the flickering. The second issue can be removed by adding loading resistors to each headlamp (most harnesses include the loading resister) so the BCM sees that the proper amount of current is being used, better yet, don't use a wiring harness.

There are HID kits available that are labeled as "CAN Bus", even through the lamps are not on the vehicle's CAN bus. They simply have incorporated the capacitor in the HID wiring to prevent lamp flickering. Loading resistors are not need and don't use a wiring harness, a harness will force you to use loading resistors and add more points for failure. I've have had a 50 watt, 4,300K HIDs in my Laramie since 6/13 with out issues.

Color temperature is more about what you are trying to achieve, do you want boulevard looks or lighting? If you want to light your way, go with a color temperature of 4,300 (typical OEM) to 5K Kelvin. For the fogs, I would leave them halogen but if you insist on HID, look for a color temperature under 4K Kelvin.
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if your going to buy the ballasts and just "plug them in" your in for a huge suprise. HIDs on a retrofit are NOT an easy thing if you dont know what your doing.
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hi , i installed hid 6000k lights from retro solutions in Berlin ,CT. it was a very easy install that took 30 min the most .i have not had one problem at all with the HID lights . i also ran a set from retro solution on my older 2006 dodge ram with no problems what so ever . if you want there number i have or you can google them.
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Looking to install some hids on my 2013 ram 1500 w/ projectors. Do i need a wire harness or can i just plug the ballasts into my stock low beam plug? I dont want any codes popping up so im trying to get everything i need and do it right the first time. I also am gunna go with the 6k for the low beam (9012) and 6k for the fog (9006) both 35w. Does this sound like a good choice bc i was nervous about melting my housing in the long run with the 55w? Thanks for all the imput its much appreciated.
Check out Retroshop. Plug and play. Just need the ballast and canbus adapter for flickering. I ended up getting 6k The picture does no justice.
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I had 6000k HID in the proper projector style housing and the light is great for dry roads and snow.. however the 6000K I found to just get soaked up on wet roads, next time for myself I will go with more of a stock light temperature 4300K or 5000K.

6000K does look really sweet though

Edit: this was in a previous car.. might be different in the ram
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if your going to buy the ballasts and just "plug them in" your in for a huge suprise. HIDs on a retrofit are NOT an easy thing if you dont know what your doing.
Completely disagree with this. Even with retrofit, if you do the research and see what everyone else has tried and found to work, then you could just "plug them in". I've been running canbus ballasts and bulbs from an ebay dealer for well over a year now with no issues at all in my projectors. Just gotta do a little research before you buy something.
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