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well this is gunna start out as a build 'story' before i get into it.

I started this awesome silver(ish) 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 in a trade. My first ram was a black 1500 Sport. While i was deployed, i loaned my black sport to a friend.... and he beat the living snot out of it. there was too much damage to list, but after a new front end and a new tranny, she just was not the same truck. There was just an overwhelming amount of repairs over the whole truck, and i was starting to tackle them one by one. Tires finally came up, and i found a guy on craigslist with some 33s. when i went to buy em, i saw a silver extended cab sitting on the side of his garage ( my soon to be tank). my thoughts were PART TRUCK! I asked a few general questions about it, and short of just over 200000 miles, she ran like a champ... so no part truck. he offered a straight trade, mine for his, because i had a new tranny, and there was a 5 inch fabtech sitting in the bed of his, new in the box. so i made the leap and so starts my project tank.

Since i joined the forum well after i started building the ram up, i dont have many pictures of what she started out as. I installed the lift shortly after getting it, got a cheap black roll bar, and a set of 16x8s wrapped in goodyear wrangler 35s. pretty sweet. oh and a black grille off ebay for dirt cheap. real tough for me. so heres where i start some pictures .



35s!!!!!!! ( the below picture was took much later from when the first one was, its just the best pic i have of the rims and tires)

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I'm more than pleased with how well it turned out. Like you said the headlights line up with the drop in in the bumper so well.

Next up is trying to find a sport grill and a way to fill the gap a bit. I'm thinking some diamond plate plasti dipped black.
 

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Ok I lied... next up is my hid converted fog and driving lights... I have those I just need to put em on and wire em up

Oh a side note...

The step pad on the new bumper is sitting in my garage, with it off I might mount something under it for the gap...
 

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driving hids installed. Hella 500s, daytime pics










blue switch turns on the Hellas, and the yellow switch will turn on my PIAA 3000k hid convertions, once i get the new glass for one.



the PIAAs will sit to the outside of the Hellas
 

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Looks good! What about mounting them in the holes where fog lights would go on a 3rd gen? And I wonder if there's a way to mold something to make the bumper completely straight instead of dipping below the grill
 

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I'm going to put some 3rd Gen factory fogs there anyways. The sport grill is gunna fill it out a lot, and I don't want to modify the bumper, I like the drop it has.

The goal is to produce enough light from the front end to mimic the sun ha...
 

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I'm sold on hellas. Even without the hid conversion there bright. The only reason I'm adding Piaas is cause I already have them. I plan on replacing em with the hella 500 fogs.

I didn't get a chance last night, but for sure tonite ill get some night photos.
 

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Where can you get the HID conversion kit fir the HELLAS? local store here has the HELLAS so will have to see if they have the kit also but can bet they won't.
 

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I doubt there's a kit from hella.

I had a collection of hid ballasts and bulbs laying around from the wife's car. There ddm tuning 55w 9006 or h3. There a small hid bulb so its a perfect fit. I powered em by loping the 9006 female plug off and then wiring.em up to the switch. I also ran a 30 amp fuse inline like a standard hid kit has. Its a really simple conversion and it yeilds untold amounts of light. Ill take pics tonite.

If you want a step by step write up ill do one.
 

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Discussion Starter · #58 · (Edited)
Well disregard all that talk about PIAAs being used on my ram.

http://www.4wheelparts.com/Lighting...c=14&t_s=69&t_pt=4188&t_pl=9582&t_pn=PIA35201

according to PIAA (I emailed em directly) the best way to get the replacement lenses is 4 wheel parts online. And 50 bucks a pop, I might as well hold off and get my Hella 500 fog patterns that I was going to get anyways. At under 80 bucks for both lamps, its a better deal in my eyes...

http://www.4wheelparts.com/Lighting...Kit.aspx?t_c=14&t_s=445&t_pt=3730&t_pl=101449
 

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ok let me get this out of the way... HOLY @#$% !!!!
:greenchainsaw:

alright moving on. this is the first time i got to get out at night and play with my Hella 500 hid conversions, and im beyond impressed. it came down to the fact that i couldnt stop taking pictures because these look and function so well at night. I took way more than this, but there is about 10 pictures to put up. Enjoy, cause i sure do!

Here's just my led turns



headlights, not quite warmed up sorry



headlights with hellas turned on, unaimed at this point, HUGE DIFFERENCE

 
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