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Old 07-10-2014, 09:56 PM
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Hey guys, I'm looking to get some additional lighting on the truck for use in the back country but my truck has a stock exterior. No bull bar, light bar, push bar, or bush bar. Now, these are the lights I'm looking at:

http://northridge4x4.ca/shop/ipf-968...-lights-968csg

http://northridge4x4.ca/shop/ipf-7in...ght-kit-868dys

Have any of you mounted lights of similar size somewhere on your bumper? If so I'd love to see pictures and see how they turned out. Small bull bars typically run around $350 locally so I was hoping to avoid spending money on that if I could.
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:13 PM
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Keep your eyes open. You'll find something cheap. Where are you located? I saw a brush guard today for a good price. If you're on facebook, search for "Dodge Dakota Parts Group" and join it. Lots of cool stuff there. Otherwise, join some local garage sale groups or car parts groups. I got mine on one for $150

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Old 07-10-2014, 11:30 PM
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I'm located in Alberta, Canada. Unfortunately accessories aren't quite as cheap as they are across the border. Occasionally deals come up but you gotta jump on them pretty quick. I always keep an eye out but for now I'm looking for alternatives. I'll check out the facebook group though!
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Yeah, I'd assume there's less good used parts in Canada for that reason. Some people in that Dakota group are willing to ship for a fee, but something like that might cost a lot. He's only asking $75, though, so if he can ship it, total might still be decent. I have no idea how customs work for that kind of stuff. Good luck!

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I dunno if there is the room behind the grill on a DAK, but a LOT of Ram owners who don't have any external pieces with light tabs put 'em there. I know the Hella 500s are very thin, not expensive at all and light things up well. Plus for about $10 you can pick up 100 watt bulbs and replace the stock 55 watt bulbs for even more output...
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I was a looking around eBay and found a safari bar from westin. Now usually buying a bar off eBay becomes cost prohibitive when shipping to Canada. Usually the shipping is as much as the item or more. I found one though that goes through eBay's global shipping program and that makes it a more realistic price so I jumped on it. I've never seen them sold through the program before. I'm still looking at possibly getting a set of those lights I linked to but I'm going to wait till the bar comes here so I can pull some measurements off it and be sure those lights will fit before I order them too.
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I took a piece of 1" x 48" flat stock, and put it across the front of the frame in front of the radiator. Use the bumper mounting bolts, and just hang the lights from that.
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I would never pay that much for 2 lights. Upgrade your headlights and get hid's for around that price.
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I've seen all kinds of headlights on eBay. Some advertise HIDs but what kit out there is worth getting? I know there's a lot of garbage out there.
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I've ran eBay lights with no problems. somethings you have to watch out for. I've been running vvme hids for about 7 years now. I get them from mydepots.com but sometimes you can find the kit you need a little cheaper on ebay
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Looking at the kits on that site they look like they plug into the existing housing? I was under the impression you needed a certain housing to properly use HIDs.
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Looking at the kits on that site they look like they plug into the existing housing? I was under the impression you needed a certain housing to properly use HIDs.
I run myDepot VVME HID Fogs.

Yes, by DOT laws, you do have to change housings. 85% of people don't. That's why I have halogen heads (in crystal clearCorner housings off ebay) and HID fogs. Police complain, i turn them off. No complaints yet though.

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In all the years I've had hid's I have yet to run them in an hid projector. A lot of guys will give you crap for doing that but if you aim the lights down a little you won't have a problem. I'm lucky to get flashed a handful of times in a year. Heck I get flashed more in my dads challenger with factory hid's than I do in my truck.
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I guess HIDs are something to think about, do the stock housings work well enough with them?

The reason I'm looking for better light is because of this:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/092oxdusu4...2011.18.58.mp4

This is the crap we put up with in winter. Now imagine trying to drive through that at night, it's scary and the stock lights just don't cut it.
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Me myself, I would be highly nervous about HID's and snow. Reason being same as why you dont use your high beams in fog- the material can refract and reflect the light and blind you or other drivers. Now that said, HID's in stock housings SCATTER light unlike projector housings which FOCUS the light. I actually prefer that for fogs, as it lets me see from ditch to ditch close, but it's a very fast taper to darkness (though I could probably drive with no primary lights if I had to). Whereas projectors are a very cropped beam of light and field of illumination, not much wider than the road itself, and can illuminate probably a quarter mile away if unobstructed.

Here in texas, having wildlife cross the road is the norm, thus why I prefer having the wide (albeit slightly illegial) coverage of the stock housing, especially when combined with the halogen high beams. The "best" combination IMO would be stock housing HID fogs and projector housing primaries.
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I see your point and I see how that could be an issue. I do have stock fog lights on the truck. Just looking around the MyDepot site they don't have HIDs in 894 but they do have them in 880/881/893. I think 881 does fit stock fog light housings.
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I live in the mountains of pa so we see a lot of snow. I never had a problem with them reflecting off the snow or causing you not to see any less. I think I might have a vid or 2 of them at night in the snow.
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I see your point and I see how that could be an issue. I do have stock fog lights on the truck. Just looking around the MyDepot site they don't have HIDs in 894 but they do have them in 880/881/893. I think 881 does fit stock fog light housings.
All 880/890 series are the same I think, just different connectors, straight vs right angle, maybe bulb length. Not positive though. I think I have 893's in mine?
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Well at this point now I'm still leaning to IPFs on a bar as auxiliary lighting. But I've been thinking one way to get some better lighting might be to replace the stock housing. I've been looking at this one:

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/180867980980?...84.m1423.l2649

Also, HIDs in the fog light housings is an interesting idea, I'll have to think about that.

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Depo is the preferred brand. Mine are crystal black clear corners.

If you go to this topic, I have beam patterns posted: http://dodgeforum.com/forum/2nd-gen-...d-back-up.html

Here's some more from when I first went HID:

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