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Been reading this forum for a few years and just now finally got around to posting a mod I am currently working on. First off I need to thank Firemedic10584 for his thread as well:
http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=187953
His work was the genesis for this mod. Thanks!

I am trying to make it possible for future removal of the lighting system from the truck if needed and have it revert to as close to unmodified as possible. To do this, will try to make pigtails to plug into the factory wiring everywhere I can.

The original mod was just to be a simple install of 2 Rigid SR 10" amber light bars behind the grill. I then decided to add 2 10" E2 Combos as well. Upon stumbling across Firemedics's thread, the wheels started turning again. My idea was to take the new Hi/low Rigid D2 driving lights and replace the OEM fog lights along with a set of D2 Hyperspots to compliment the other light bars currently being installed. The caveat is to modify the OEM status as little as possible.
 

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Here is the wiring diagram for my mod. I'm trying to have the most versatility with the least amount of switches.

View attachment wiring diagram.pdf

On my '13 access to the headlight switch was gained through the panel just below the switch. Switch simply pushes out from behind. Access to the wires is adequate.

lower panel.JPG

This was one place I couldn't figure out how to pigtail the plugs so I settled on a simple Lockitt POSI-TAP I tapped into the dash light dimmer circuit (OR/BR wire) and ran wire (blue in photo) to the switch illumination LED terminals.

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Originally, I had planned on mounting the switches either in the panel removed to gain access to the headlight switch or the bottom dash panel under the steering column. I wasn't happy enough with the access, or switch positions to justify cutting holes in my dash. I found that the small cubby above the power inverter was a perfect fit for the two OTRATTW switches in the bracket. This is a simple push in (tight) fit and only needed a hole drilled in back for the wires to exit the compartment. The small void was covered with a scrap of black plastic notebook cut to shape and glued to the switch bracket.

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The switches aren't front and center, but still ok to reach.
 

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Finished the wiring short of the last two plugs for the D2 hyperspots that will also go in the fog light brackets (once they arrive).

One of three separate looms... this one for the D2 pods.

Fog light loom.JPG


This is more or less what I'll end up with (minus backordered D2 spots).

OEM Quad low beams:
low beams.JPG

Low beams with D2 Driving Pattern on low power:
lowbeams - D2 Driving Low Power.JPG

Low beams, Low Drivers, SR 10" Amber Combos (Spot - Flood)
low beams - SR 10%22 Ambers.JPG

High beams with D2 Driver on high power
high beams - D2 Driving High.JPG

High Beams, high D2's, and 10" E2's Combo (Hyperspot/Driving)
High Beams - D2 High - E2 10%22 Combos.JPG

The full Monte, (minus missing D2 spots)
The full Monte.JPG

Now all I need are for my ICI brackets and D2 hyper spots to arrive and fab brackets to mount bars behind grill. Long day.
 

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Thanks. I'm happy with it. Another unintentional benefit is the difference in light levels between the stock and aftermarket switches (a bit brighter) isn't a distraction with them mounted slightly further away.

crappy cell phone photos, but....

dash lights full bright - similar light levels between OEM and AUX switches
dash lights bright.JPG

dash lights dimmed - AUX switches don't dim as much as OEM lights
dash light dim.JPG

AUX switches turned on
aux switches on.JPG
 

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SBarron, did you install the high/lo D2's so that they are tapped into the oem wiring for fogs? I'm looking for ideas on how to wire some D2's that are hi/lo so that I can keep them on low and have them come on automatically when my lights come on, however have the option to use the toggle switch and boost them to high when it's wanted.
 

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Yes, I have the low side of the D2's wired into the OEM fog light circuit, works fine. The high side is powered through a relay triggered by my high beam headlights, which turns off the circuit for the OEM fogs, so no power bleeding back where it shouldn't be. I didn't want an extra switch, so the D2's high side will be on whenever my high beams are on.
 

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So if I wanted to run the 3 way switches in the cab, I'd tie them into the OEM fog wires and then run a relay to the "Hi" setting on the switch?

In my head, the plan is to basically have the pods act as OEM fogs in the low setting since I don't think they would overpower anyone, but also have it so I can switch them to hi manually only when needed. I just haven't found a straight answer on how to accomplish that.

Yes, I have the low side of the D2's wired into the OEM fog light circuit, works fine. The high side is powered through a relay triggered by my high beam headlights, which turns off the circuit for the OEM fogs, so no power bleeding back where it shouldn't be. I didn't want an extra switch, so the D2's high side will be on whenever my high beams are on.
 

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no problem. Heres a wiring diagram and a photo of the pigtails i made to tie into the OEM system.






Another reason I chose to go through the OEM high beam circuit is that it turns off power to the OEM fog light circuit when engaged. My concern was having the OEM fog light system open while the hight power high side was also open. I'm not sure if the D2's internal circuitry isolates the two circuits and I didn't want the higher amperage from the high side bleeding back to the truck electronics.
 

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Got the SR Amber Combos and the E2 Combos installed. The SR mounting is ok, I'm not real pleased with the mounting of the E2's; they are TIGHT to the grill and adjustment is limited. I will be re-doing the upper mounts.


All 4 lights mounted.


Upper E2's mounted using existing holes in the upper core support(?). The Rigid supplied brackets are slightly bent to make them work. I will be changing the mounting of these to move them down and back 1/2".


SR's on bottom mounted to plate bolted to lower crossmember.


4 lights as currently behind grill.


It was painful to take this picture.

I will get some night output photos as soon as I get a chance.
 

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I FINALLY received my ICI fog light brackets, (thats USPS for the 2 week priority mail service...lol).


Lights mounted to brackets.


Installed... As you FireMedic noted in his build, the lower light is mounted quite a lot further back doe to the way ICI stamps the bracket. I have placed the Hyperspots in this position as with their much tighter beam, they won't be shadowed by the bumper.
 

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I also finished repositioning and modifying the brackets for the lights mounted behind the grill.




Lights mounted/Covers installed. The lights needed to be tied into the upper support as well to eliminate an awful vibration. Now lights are rock solid even driving over washboard roads.


Bracket detail
 

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Below are some output shots. It was the worst conditions for vision, wet ground, no snow, nothing to reflect the light.


OEM low beams


OEM Low Beams with D2 Driving Light Pods on low power


Photo 1 - SR Ambers (behind grill)
Photo 2 - Low Beams and SR Ambers
Photo 3 - front view. This blew the camera out for some reason.
 
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