So I installed cab lights on my truck today and want to hook them up directly to the headlight switch. I cant find a wiring diagram for my truck and I tried downloading the service manual in the faq but its a .rar file and have no clue what program to open it with. Anyways I know on my Ram the black wire with yellow stripe was the wire for the marker/parking lights. Is it the same on the Dakotas or what wire is it? Thanks much
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i had a ram truck with cab lights. i wired mine to the ignition so the light was on if the engine was running, i ran it like that for a long time, no trouble. but note: even though cab lights are not required, if one is burned out they will give you ticket.
Vehicle: 2001 Dodge Dakota Club Cab 3.9, 5-speed manual
Location: Clermont, Florida
If you wire the lights to come on with the parking lights, use a relay. The parking light circuit may not handle the extra load by itself, I think it is only a 10 amp circuit anyway. Use a Bosch 12 volt 30 amp relay and tap into the black/yellow wire at the headlight switch, connect that to terminal 86 on your relay. Connect terminal 85 to a good solid clean bare metal chassis ground. Connect terminal 87 to 12 volts fused at about 15 amps, maybe more or less depending on how much current your new lights draw, and then terminal 30 connects to the positive wire on each of the new cab lights. Be sure to fuse the 12 volt positive wire, within 6 inches of the point where you make the connection for power, like at the positive battery terminal. This will prevent a fire if the wire ever shorts to ground.
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alright black wire with yellow tracer so the same as the rams. And I hooked up the cab lights on my ram the same way just spliced into the wire without using the relay and then put an inline fuse in it and they still work and that was over 2 years ago, my friend now owns that truck. And once I get them hooked up Ill take some pictures
you can grab the red or pink/black off of the ignition harness if you want to keep all the wiring inside the cab. like 01silver said, fuse it and also solder your connections. do use a relay as these are sensative trucks when coming to electronics.
when going in the ditch, some say "oh crap" and some say"hold my beer and watch this" 239000 miles and running; complete interior color change(went to black&blue suede); 10in overhead dvd; multimedia headunit; ; remote start/push to start ignition.