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Hey guys, Sara from americantrucks.com, and today we have a review and install for the black dual projector headlights, fitting your 2006 through 2008 RAM 1500s. These headlights feature a one-piece projector style design, with black housings and clear lenses, that are sure to give your truck a modern and aggressive style. These have dual halos, as well as LEDs and H1 high and low beams included. Coming in at around $250, these are definitely a budget-friendly upgrade option to your stock faded headlights. I'm gonna give this install a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It is a very simple install that can be done in about an hour, but it will require some wiring to power the halos. For this install, you will need a 3/8 drive ratchet, a 10-millimeter socket, electrical tape, and an optional but helpful tool is a set of needle nose pliers.So, the first step in our install is gonna be to pop the hood so we can gain access to the front bolts on our headlights. And now that we have access to our bolts, using our 10-millimeter socket, we can go ahead and loosen them up. So, the third point on our headlight that attaches to the truck is a nut inside of the wheel well. We have taken our inner fender liner out to give you guys a better shot at it. You do not have to if you don't want to. There should be a small sight hole so you can get extension and a socket in on this. So, grab your 10-millimeter socket, and we're gonna go ahead and loosen this up. Ours is a little bit rusty, so we did spray it with PB B'laster. You might wanna do so, depending on how yours looks as well.Now that we have all of our bolts out, we can go ahead and pull the headlight out. There are two tabs at the back. You're gonna wanna just gently pull straight out so that you don't break them. Once our headlight is out, we can disconnect the wiring harness with both of these tabs here. You wanna pull back on a red tab at the top of this green connector. Push down, and pull back. This tan connector, you just push down here and pull out. We do need to make sure to take the amber bulb out of our stock headlight, because we will be reusing it. Okay, now that we have our stock headlight out, we can take a look at the wiring that we will have to do to give power to these halos. This is the connector that you're gonna wanna tap into. This is the main headlight connector. You just wanna take the electrical tape off of here and peel the connector back, exposing the wires. For this, we're gonna tap into the ground, which is the center one, and the main headlight low beam power, which is this one here. So, let's grab our headlight and we'll position it in place and start the wiring. We wanna place our amber bulb in this new headlight here, removing this sticker, make sure your wiring is out of the way, lining up our amber bulb like this, and then just twisting it slightly. Now we can get started on our wiring.Now, we are going to wire in our LEDs, which are these loose wires here. We're gonna tap into our main headlight harness. To do that, we're going to tap into this first pin here. It has like an orange or light brown stripe on it. And then the second black wire here is our ground. So, we're gonna start with our ground. They've included these vampire clips for us to use. We're just gonna slide these over our wire, and then in the other side, there's one open, one closed side on this. That is for these that are already opened. Now, we wanna make sure that this grabs the wire. You're supposed to be able to do this by hand, but we're going to grab a pair of pliers just to be sure, because if you don't have a tight enough of a connection, these will not work. So, we have our two wires from our headlight here, we have our factory ground here, and we're just gonna put the pliers on this, just to make sure we have a good connection.If you don't feel like utilizing the clips that were provided, of course, you can do your own method of wiring. There's lots of different ways to do this. We are wiring it into our main headlight, so our low beam. If you want it to be on all the time, you just need to wire it into constant power. But this will make the halos and the LEDs come on when our main headlight is on, our low beam. So, again, just like the other side. This is our power wire so we've got it onto our low beam on our factory connector. Grab the two white wires that are power from our headlight, and go into the side that has only one opening. Make sure they're in there as best as possible. Again, you should be able to clamp this by hand, but we wanna make sure that the metal inside this vampire clip is actually slicing into our factory wire, so we are gonna use a set of needle nose to be certain.All right, now that that's finished, we can clean up this wiring a little bit and we can go ahead and install our headlight. Okay, now that we have our connections finished, we just put a little bit of electrical tape on here to secure them. Now, this is one way to do it. This is the tools that they gave us to do it as well. More weathertight and slightly better of an option is to solder it if you have the resources, but if not, this will definitely work fine. So, now that we have that finished, we're gonna grab this green connector and this gray connector, and these guys are gonna go together. And make sure you push down your red clip. And then this tan connector is going to go back here with our amber light that we took off the stock headlight. The angle might make it a little difficult, but you can always twist this bulb back and forth a little bit, just to be able to get that in. But now that our connection's in, make sure we route our wiring properly, and we can start to place our headlight. Again, you wanna line up the stud back here. And then both of the push pins up top, and the push pin up front. And our bolt hole should line up as well once we have everything in place. You might wanna give it a little bit of a push just to get that seated. Can go ahead and attach our bolts. We're gonna grab our 10-millimeter socket and reattach our front two bolts. Now that that's done, we can move on to the wheel well. All right, last but not least for this headlight, we wanna get our nut on the back of this stud here and get it tightened down. We're gonna grab our 10-millimeter socket, same one we used for the front two bolts. All right.Now that we have our headlight out of our truck, we can put them side by side and take a look at the differences between our stock headlight and our aftermarket headlight. As you can see, the black housings really give it that aftermarket look. It's gonna completely change the look of your truck's front end, not to mention, this headlight has taken some styling cues from the fourth generation RAMs with its stacked design. With these headlights, you are going to get halos, as well as LEDs on the bottom, making them a great upgrade option from your faded stock headlight. Okay, now that we are done with our passenger side, we're gonna move on and repeat the process on our driver side headlight.Once our headlight is out, we wanna make sure to disconnect the connector on the amber bulb, because we're going to reuse it. Okay, first step in our install is to take our amber light that we just took out of our stock headlight and go ahead and place it into this opening. You just have to remove a sticker here and twist it. Now we're ready to connect our wiring harness and do our wiring. So, this connector is slightly different from the other side color-wise, but we are still going to tap into the ground, which is the center, and then the power for the low beam, which is this outside white with a blue stripe. We're gonna start with the ground, the same way we did the other side, which is joining these two ground wires, and putting the vampire clip on the ground, and then joining them together. Okay, now that we have the vampire clip on our connector, we can go ahead and insert our two joined ground wires from our headlight into the one side with the opening, make sure this goes all the way in, and you can go ahead and close it. Now, like I mentioned on the other side, it is extremely important that this grabs a good amount of the stock harness, so it can contact metal. So we're just gonna use a needle nose and make sure this is clamped tight enough. All right. Now, if it's not tight enough, it's not gonna fully penetrate the stock wire, and the halos will not work.Next step is gonna be this white and blue wire. This is our power wire for our low beam. We're gonna connect that to our white wires on our headlight. Okay, so we're grabbing our other vampire clip, putting it over our harness, and then we can take our power wiring from the headlight and put it into the open side. Now, the second side will only have one opening. The other side will have plastic over it. Make sure you're putting this wiring as far in as you can get it, and then we're gonna clamp it down. Now, like we said on the other side, I'm gonna grab a needle nose because I wanna make sure that the metal in this vampire clip is going all the way through the stock harness, so that we can get power. You should be able to do this by hand, but if you wanna be safe or if you wanna make sure that it's connected, I just like to do that one extra step. Does kinda mangle the vampire clip a little bit, but that's fine, we're not gonna see it.Okay. Now we can tuck our wiring away neatly. We can go ahead and start to connect our connectors. This brown connector goes to our amber light that we transferred over earlier. You might have to turn it to face it the correct way. It's a little difficult on this headlight. And then, last but not least, we're connecting our green connector that we tapped into to our headlight. Make sure this clicks, and then pushing the red tab down. All right, now we're ready to mount our headlight. The wiring harness can get in the way a little bit when you're doing this, so just make sure that it's routed properly and tucked away as best as possible. Now, there are several tabs that align in the back. We wanna make sure those are in the right spot, and if they are, we can just go ahead and push straight back on the headlight and make sure it's in place. Grabbing our two bolts from earlier, you can go ahead and put them back in the front here. Okay, we're gonna grab our 10-millimeter socket and tighten down the headlight bolts.All right, so that is gonna do it for the review and install of our headlights. Remember, for all things RAM, keep it at americantrucks.com.
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Fitment: 2006 2007 2008
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