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Headlight upgrade for 2018 RAM (Or any 9005 bulb)

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The only thing that I wish was better on my pickup was brighter headlights. Having ridden in one that has been swapped to 9011 HIR bulbs, I knew this was going to be an easy upgrade that doesn’t break the bank. I bought four bulbs off amazon for 60 bucks.

 

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First remove the plastic cover off the radiator.

 

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Remove the grille. Four 10mm bolts attach the top. Pull forward to unsnap it from holders. Lift gently then pull forward to get bottom to release.

 

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Head lights are easy after this point. Mark the heads of the two 10mm bolts to make it easier to position the housing when you’re done. The flap in the fender liner hides the retaining mechanism for the housing. Slide the white tab up. When the tab is slid up, and the bolts are out, the housing comes out easily with a gentle tug forward. Careful with finishes. Unplug the housing and move to the bench.

 

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Behind the cover plate is the meat and potatoes of the projector lights.

 

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The modifications to make the 9011 bulb fit into the 9005 housing is simply making half of one tab go away. Here you see the initial cut, then second picture is smoothed and ready to install.

 

Simply replace 9005 bulbs with modified 9011 bulbs. And put it back together.

 

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Before and after. It’s hard to tell but they are definitely much brighter. By the numbers it’s 1700 lumens on the 9005 and 2350 on the 9011 bulbs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mark, does the increased lumens add a lot of heat, or is there sufficient space in the assembly to protect it. 

I know that I melted the fog light lens on my '98.5 trying brighter bulbs. 

The added brightness looks great. 

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It’s not supposed to. The truck I know running these has been issue free for two years. 

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how about oncoming traffic , get flashed much ??

also is that both high and low beam upgrade ?

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how about oncoming traffic , get flashed much ??
also is that both high and low beam upgrade ?
The cutoff on the projectors is great. You can see the line of light on the rear bumper on a car in front of you. Unless I am going up a hill and the car in front crests the hill they never see my lights. Much better than most of the aftermarket LED lights I see out there.

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I don’t know about traffic yet. The projectors have a clean cutoff line. I don’t think they will be an issue. 

 

The projector style lights take 9005/9011 bulbs for both high and low. 

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Not sure what’s happening with my posts. I have had a couple not post until I check back in. HOSS nailed it. 

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So Mark is this the normal procedure for replacing a headlight in our trucks? 

Seems crazy to me to have to do all this to get the headlight bulb out. 

If I understand correctly all that is being done is installing a modified bulb with no changes to the headlight assembly itself. 

I definitely want to do this.  

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Yes this is the procedure to replace a headlight. 

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Nice! If there is one thing that can hinder an otherwise great vehicle, its poor lights. My '05 factory lights leave a lot to be desired.

 

I love the European spec light pattern. Even in our Jeep with 100w/80w bulbs which are technically illegal, I've never been flashed once and it has a 5.5" lift on it as well.

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Mark S ... is you truck quad bulb or single each side ? hard to tell in pic

 

also if quad bulb are you replacing all bulbs with these new ones ?

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My truck is the projector for high/low and has an additional bulb for high.  It takes 4 9005/9011 bulbs to do this.

 

I am NOT sure if the actual quad bulb, non reflector, headlights take a 9005 bulb.  

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6 hours ago, HOSS said:

So Mark is this the normal procedure for replacing a headlight in our trucks? 

Seems crazy to me to have to do all this to get the headlight bulb out. 

If I understand correctly all that is being done is installing a modified bulb with no changes to the headlight assembly itself. 

I definitely want to do this.  

 

HOSS  there is ZERO modifications to the headlight assembly.  Just the tab on the bulb.

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Roger that Mark! What a PITA to change a headlight bulb!!!!!

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This will have to be my first actual modification to my truck!

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aren't the lights MUCH better [than 2nd gen or even 3rd gens] in factory lights ??

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aren't the lights MUCH better [than 2nd gen or even 3rd gens] in factory lights ??
Yes but more better is always better. That's why the whole BOMB started!

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Last night coming home from the lake was a huge difference. It wasn’t full dark, more that squint because headlights are typically useless time frame...... I had well defined headlight spots out front. Had ZERO help before. 

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Nice!!!!!!

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I think you would see an even bigger difference with HID bulbs, almost all LED bulbs are not made for projectors, they cast light differently. They change the reflectors in projectors specific to LEDs. I like my LEDs a lot, but when I go to D2S projectors I will go back to HID's, mostly because LED specific projectors are 3 times the cost, and then it'll be easy to upgrade to laser lights when they come out this fall or early next year.

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Hey Pat.... these aren't LED lights. ;)

 

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22 minutes ago, marksmith said:

Hey Pat.... these aren't LED lights. ;)

 

 

He isn't that smart...but he tries hard. LMAO!!!

 

 

Sorry Patricia, I couldn't help myself.

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