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Old 01-27-2016, 07:15 AM   #1
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Can someone suggest good headlight replacement for Dodge Ram?

I have an 04 1500, mostly stock. The original headlight lenses fogged up, and after "repairing" them 3 times, I decided to get new ones, aftermarket, from e-bay.

I cannot get them to go up high enough to be anywhere near what the factory manual says they need to be. At 25 feet from the test screen, and with them adjusted all the way up, they are still about 6-8 inches off the ground of the screen, and nowhere near the level line on the screen. Maybe 24 inches low.

But worse, when I switch from low beams to high beams, it almost looks like the driver side goes to high and the passenger side goes to low. And the light pattern is not a circle, it is a V.

See video...

https://youtu.be/fRC5SI8Jnik

I assumed these are chinese knock-offs and are not made to spread the light correctly. Should I replace with some projector-type lights, and if so, please suggest a decent set.

Or go to Dodge and replace with OEM set?

Getting ready to make a LONG trip and really need decent lighting...
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A good replacement would be a new GM truck. Just kidding!!

A lot of GM guys on another forum use The Retrofit Source (website) for HID lighting and have been satisfied with those.

Anzo also makes LED lights that I think can be used as replacements.

Or maybe you could try some new bulbs in your current headlights and just add some auxiliary LED lights (such as a light bar) from Rigid. They are pricey but very nice.
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Old 01-27-2016, 12:57 PM   #3
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I rear ended a car late last year (first chargeable accident since high school and I'm 69). The repair shop used an aftermarket passenger side headlight and it can't be aimed correctly. The shop admitted that after several complaints and attempts at aiming. Right now there's a new light waiting for me to bring the car in to have it replaced.
Sounds like the OP got some bad units. Usually the ones sold on eBay or Amazon are not DOT approved even though they carry the correct numbers.
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I rear ended a car late last year (first chargeable accident since high school and I'm 69). The repair shop used an aftermarket passenger side headlight and it can't be aimed correctly. The shop admitted that after several complaints and attempts at aiming. Right now there's a new light waiting for me to bring the car in to have it replaced.
Sounds like the OP got some bad units. Usually the ones sold on eBay or Amazon are not DOT approved even though they carry the correct numbers.
That is what I am thinking...

Will try some of the ones listed above.
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just a note on the LED and HID stuff...I think your RAM has CanBuss, this means the computer looks for the proper resistance at the lamps. if it is not getting the proper feedback (expected resistance)...things my not work...error codes...other!
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just a note on the LED and HID stuff...I think your RAM has CanBuss, this means the computer looks for the proper resistance at the lamps. if it is not getting the proper feedback (expected resistance)...things my not work...error codes...other!
Thanks for the heads up. But the items I am looking at (Anzo, as mentioned above) are supposed to be direct fits.

I doubt I will go LED and HID, the stock replacement is fine for me and 1/2 the price!

There are good bulbs out there, that are plenty bright for what I want to do. I just need a good pattern and to be able to adjust it to the correct angle.

I wish I had kept my old housings, cut the new clear lenses off, and glued them on to the old housings. I wouldn't be spending ANOTHER $200
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Old 01-29-2016, 05:41 AM   #7
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An 04 shouldn't be canbus... heavy duty Dodges didn't go to canbus tell 06 and half tons are usually a year ahead.
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Here is a set: New 94 01 Dodge RAM Pickup w O Sport 1500 2500 3500 Headlights Headlamps Set | eBay
Or here: Dodge RAM 94 01 Pickup Headlights Headlamps Corners Pair Set 1500 2500 3500 New | eBay
This page has quite a few: dodge ram headlights 94-01 | eBay
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[QUOTE=SouthpawHD;2917539]A good replacement would be a new GM truck. Just kidding!!

Trade it in the day time.
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This truck is barely broken in. Only has 306k on the odometer!
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This truck is barely broken in. Only has 306k on the odometer!
That's more than my '96 has on it. I am only at 297k........
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I got some nice, clean, OEM lights for my motorhome from https://autolightsusa.com/.

They are local to me (Michigan location) and I was able to look at the 4 or 5 sets they had there and pick the best ones. They knew exactly what I was after as they know the cheap Chinese knockoff story well.

They have a couple ebay seller names, as well as their website. They mainly deal in newer stuff. 10 year old lights were cheap, like $40 each, they just needed them gone. I'd give them a phone call and see if they might have some Ram lights.


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They show having a few Ram lights for $50/$60 in one of their ebay stores:
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I'd still call them, as what they showed on ebay was different than what was on the shelf when I got mine.
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Yesterday, got home a little early and had time to mess with these lights. I have been thinking of solutions.

So there is this thing that hangs in front of the bulb, probably to prevent the bulb from shining just straight out and blinding oncoming drivers. I yanked it off.

The lights are still low, but instead of shining just a V, it now shines nearly a full circle. (probably not technically "street legal" anymore...)

At 25' still 18" low on the right, and 24" low on the left. But I think I can physically shim between the truck frame and the headlight box to correct this.

So this weekend, I have a project.

In the meantime, I need to call that company suggested in post #12, or Spyderauto, and see if either can provide true, adjustable, decent pattern lights. Just as a backup, in case I end up destroying these while trying to make them work.
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