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Old 04-26-2013, 08:52 AM
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I am sorry I tried to look but found nothing but I bought a cheap Xentec HID Kit and went to try an hook it up on my 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 but could not get them to work I had a Red Wire and I Black Wire ( Hot and Ground ) but when I try to hook them up to the stock harness and turn the switch it doesnt turn on but the 3 wires are Red/White-Purple?/Purple?. So is any of those the ground? but if I take the ground wire and ground it to the truck and plug the red wire to the purple it will turn the light on but if I switch the switch it doesnt turn it off it just stay on constant but now if I take these headlights to my 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 its headlight harness has 3 wires Red/Something?/Black if I plug black into the black the the red into whatever the middle color is ( I forget it was dark and late ) They work when I pull the ****.. so my question is how the heck to I get these suckers to work on my 2001 without plugging the red wire into the purple then running the ground wire up to my gab to a toggle switch to ground it to turn it on lol... Please Help
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:37 AM
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you have two or four headlight system? (is it a sport truck?)
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I only have a two headlight system (non-sport)
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Ok, on the 01:

Left side:

Violet wire: Power feed from PDC.
Red/Orange: High beam circuit. Heads off to dimmer switch.
Violet/White: Low beam circuit. Heads off to dimmer switch.

Right Side:
Violet/Red: Power feed.
Other two wires are same color/purpose.

I know on a lot of the aftermarket lights, they are wired wrong from the factory..... Figure out which wire is which, and set them up correctly. Should make it work right.
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:22 AM
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what I am saying is where would the ground wire go? because if I ground the wire to my truck and plug the red wire into the violet wire it will turn on but never turn off.
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Power comes from the PDC. The headlight switch provides ground. Yeah, seems backwards to me too.
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ok so I plug the ground into the violet wire and then the red wire into the violet/white because the hid kit I bought was only for lows because those are still brighter than my stock brights lol
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You need to rewire the bulb female end to match whatever the HIDs are wired for IE 9007 or 9004.

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yeah the hid kit just has two wires hanging there with a plastic adapter I plug them into to then plug into the harness so I was messing with it by just putting the prongs into the harness to try an figure out the setup and thought I tried every possible connection lol I will try here in a while after I get off work
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Are these bulbs polarity specific? For a 'normal' circuit, yeah, I don't see any problems, but, on the dodge, where things are a tad backward, power (violet, or violet/red) would go to the ground terminals, Red/Orange would go to high beam terminal, and Violet/White to low beam...... and things should work as advertised.
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