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RetroShop 2019+ Ram 1500 Halogen to LED Headlight Adapter Install Guide



What you'll need - Headlight(s), RetroShop adapter, dielectric grease, trim removal tools, 8mm & 10mm socket. Drill optional.



Headlight removal on the 2019+ Rams can be a bit tricky! Estimate about 90-120 minutes for this swap.


To remove the headlights, first of all, pop the hood and disconnect the vehicle's negative battery cable using a 10mm wrench or socket.

Remove the radiator cover, using a trim removal tool to remove 12 push pin fasteners.

Next, remove the header panel (12 bolts, 2 push pins):

Next, remove the fender liner (or at least loosen, pull back).

Locate the screw that holds the fascia on, and remove it:

Remove the fascia. Using a trim stick, you can guide the stick between the fascia and the clip, which allows for easy release of the tab holding the fascia to the clip:




Fascias removed:



Remove the grill, and headlights. Grill has 10 bolts, 4 along the upper, and 3 per outer lower on each side. Headlights have 3 bolts, one on the side (under where fascia was), and 2 along the top.

Zip tie the adapter to the brace behind the headlights:



Harness installation

Remove F35 fuse (15a):


Install in the fuse tap (VERY IMPORTANT!! If you do not reinstall the fuse, the truck will not start!):

Reinstall fuse tap to F35:

Install red wired power link to first post on fuse box:

Position wires, tuck them neatly along the side of the fuse box:

Run power lead to other side of the truck, along the radiator support. Leave loose for now, after all wires are plugged in, go back and secure wires, tightening slack, etc:

Apply dielectric grease to each of the connectors:

Plug in 2 connectors per side, power leads & Halogen mating plug:



Plug in headlights:



Bolt in headlights, and test function:



DRL will come on when the truck is running (or key on run):



Parking lights, fogs on as well:

Turn signals:

Low beam:

High beam:

Route wiring, and backtrace your steps to install the grill, fascias, header panel fender liners and radiator cover.

Install is now complete:

2019 Ram HD Headlight Adapter Instructions
 
RetroShop 2019+ Ram HD (2500/3500) Halogen to LED Headlight Adapter Install Guide

**This guide is the same for Mid Line LED headlights (pictured in the guide) or Limited lights**

This guide will show you the steps to upgrade from the boring Halogen headlights (on the left in the pic below) to the LED lights (on the right)



You will need the OEM LED Headlights of your choice (we can source these for you!) and our headlight
adapters:


Tools needed - Trim removal sticks / panel poppers, 10MM socket.


Pop the hood, lets get at it!



Remove push pins, then remove radiator cover.





Remove screws (and 2 push pins) from top applique, and remove









Remove lower outer trim pieces. These do require a bit of force, but be careful to not snap them!









From below the truck, loosen screws that hold in the lower trim. DO NOT REMOVE THESE, JUST LOOSEN THEM UP. Remove 10mm bolts (one per side) and remove trim panel.











Remove long screws in bottom of grill, and upper screws as well. Lift grill out, clearing the headlight tab.









To remove the headlight, remove screw and push pin from top. Under the headlight there is another push pin, and another screw. Remove those as well. Remove headlight and unplug it.











Adapter harness installation is up next! Not a lot of "text" for this part, as its pretty self explanatory. The harness has a 12v positive connection (red ring). Connect that to the 12v battery + or on the 12v + on the fuse box (as shown). Fuse tap will go to F43 - remove your existing fuse, install it to the tap, then plug into F43. Mount the adapters behind the core support, zip tie them on. Run wiring across the front of the truck, plug everything in. Be sure to use dielectric grease on ALL connections!





















Test lights!

When the truck is running, DRLs should be bright:



Parking lights will dim, and have the side marker on (amber LED behind the reflector)



Headlight low beam is the "outer" area. High beams will keep those on and illuminate the inner LED area as well.





PLEASE NOTE, SOME TRUCKS HAVE THE "DRL" ON WITH UCONNECT AS THE LOW BEAMS. THIS NEEDS TO BE DISABLED, FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO DISABLE:










Completed!





4th Gen Ram - Quad headlight HID installation guide
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How to install your RetroShop HIDs in your 09+ Ram (with Quad lights)

1.       First of all, pop the hood and disconnect the vehicle's negative battery cable using a 10mm wrench or socket.

2.       Remove the insulator thing that runs across the top of the radiator, it uses six of the plastic push pin things.  You'll find one in each fender, two near the front (grill) area, and two large ones at the back of radiator pen the truck's hood.

3.       Remove the grill by taking out the four 10mm bolts holding it in place and then pulling the grill straight out to release the two tabs on the lower corners. **WARNING: Watch your bumper cover to keep from scratching it!**

 

4.       Removing  the headlights is a two part process. Start by taking out the two 10mm bolts on the inside edge of the lights, one mounts vertically and one mounts horizontally.

5.       Next, access the back of the headlight through the access door inside the inner fender wells. Open the access door and reach inside. There is a tab that slides vertically. To release the headlight, push the tab up.

6.       Pull the headlight straight out to remove it. Be careful as there are two connections on the back of the headlight.   Disconnect the two connections on the back of the headlight to completely remove it from the truck.

 

7.   To install the low beam HID bulb, remove the round access cover.

8.   Disconnect and remove the halogen bulb. Inside the HID kit, you will find one small, black connector. This connector will attach to the original halogen bulb connector.

 

9.   Remove the HID bulbs from their packaging. **WARNING: Do not touch the glass bulb!**

10.   Very carefully install the HID bulb into the halogen bulb's original location.

11.   There is a rubber grommet with four wires routed through it on the HID bulb wiring. Two of these wires do not have a connector and have blades at their ends. Before inserting the blades into the small black connector mentioned above, verify that, when the connector is connected to the halogen bulb connector, the red wire will be connected to the white wire and the black wire will be connected to the black wire. Once you verify this, insert the blades into the back side of the black connector and then plug the halogen connector into it. **This is only applicable to the driver side light as the HID kit uses only this OEM input.**

12.   In order to make the necessary connections outside of the headlight, you must cut a small circular hole in the round access cover. Do this slowly so you do not cut out too much. This picture shows a hole cut in both the high and low beam access covers, which is only necessary when installing HIDs in the high beams as well.  A 7/8" holesaw works great for this task.  (pic below shows both drilled, if only installing a low beam kit, only drill one per light)

13.   Now feed the wires through this hole and use insert the rubber grommet in the hole.

14.   Complete this for both headlights and then set the headlights aside until later.

15.   Now, install the wiring harness included with the HID kit. While this appears to be intimidating, it is not if you take your time. Do not make any connections until the final install, especially the 12v connection.  Here are the connections labeled:

16.   Once the harness is installed, find a location for the two ballasts. Keep them in an area near the headlights themselves and also within reach of the harness connections. One of the best places for the ballasts is between the headlights and radiator. Simply find a place to install them using double sided tape or the bolts included in the kit. The ballasts come with small mounts that may be used for mounting the ballasts.  There is no right or wrong place, mount where you'd like.  Ballasts are these:

17.   Now, find a suitable location for the necessary grounds for the harness and ballasts.  I recommend making your own grounds.  Sand off the paint in a very small area, and use a self tapping screw to ground them to the metal.  

18.   Now, make the necessary connections between the harness and ballasts. 

19.   While carefully holding the headlight, reconnect the OEM connections as well as the HID kit connections.  The "OEM Input" on the harness goes to the plug that you installed the end on earlier (driver's side, next to the HID bulb wires)

20.   Now, reinstall the headlights.  Reverse the earlier steps, don't forget to pull the white lever inside the fender down to latch the lights in.  2 10mm bolts to hold them in from the top and side as well.

21.   At this time, connect the harness's 12v connection to the truck's battery.

22.   Now, verify that the lights are working correctly.  While the truck is off, turn the lights on for approx 20 seconds (to warm up).  Turn the lights off, and count how long they take to actually shut off.   There should be a delay, if there is not - please check your grounds on the capacitor link, and verify the polarity on the driver's light inner plug (the one where the end needed to be installed).   Remember, black to black on those wires.  

23.     Reinstall the grill, and enjoy your RetroShop HIDs!  

If you have any quetions about your installation, please email us - jeremy@retroshop.us - we'll get back ASAP!

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RetroShop Projector Adapter Install Guide
 

RetroShop 2013+ Ram Projector Adapter Install Guide

What you'll need - Headlight(s), RetroShop projector adapter, dielectric grease, 10mm socket. Drill optional.

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To remove the headlights, first of all, pop the hood and disconnect the vehicle's negative battery cable using a 10mm wrench or socket.

Remove the insulator thing that runs across the top of the radiator, it uses six of the plastic push pin things. You'll find one in each fender, two near the front (grill) area, and two large ones at the back of radiator pen the truck's hood.

Remove the grill by taking out the four 10mm bolts holding it in place and then pulling the grill straight out to release the two tabs on the lower corners. **WARNING: Watch your bumper cover to keep from scratching it!**

Removing the headlights is a two part process. Start by taking out the two 10mm bolts on the inside edge of the lights, one mounts vertically and one mounts horizontally.

Next, access the back of the headlight through the access door inside the inner fender wells. Open the access door and reach inside. There is a tab that slides vertically. To release the headlight, push the tab up.

Pull the headlight straight out to remove it. Be careful as there are two connections on the back of the headlight. Disconnect the two connections on the back of the headlight to completely remove it from the truck.

Connections from the truck - headlight plug on left, park / turn on the left:

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Apply dielectric grease on the adapter plugs (on the pins):

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Plug in the adapter, as shown:

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Plug in the projector adapter to the headlight:

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Install headlight to the truck, using the 10mm bolts you removed earlier:

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Test the lights at this point. Low beam, high beam, parking lights and turn signals. Then, reinstall the grill, and the radiator cover - and the job is complete:

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Shipping instructions
 
First and foremost, thank you for your order! Below you will find the details on shipping in your lights for customization.

Shipping address:

RetroShop LLC
120 Fox Hill Rd
St Charles MO 63301
(314) 669-4437

Important Shipping Information

1) Headlights - please include all rubber boots that go around the bulb openings in the rear of the head lamps. These will be used to ensure a good seal around the plug, bulb, or socket. If you do not have these caps, you risk having debris and possibly condensation inside the lights if water gets inside.

2) Include all bulbs whenever possible to seal the lamps for return shipping.

3) Protect the outer lenses of the housings; never let them rub on the bottom of the box, believe it or not cardboard will scratch them. Best bet is to wrap the lights in plastic wrap or put a garbage bag around them to keep dirt off them.

3) We highly recommend using bubble wrap going around each housing at least twice and still padding the box very, very well. 2" of bubble wrap around the lights is highly recommended.

4) Pad the tabs if needed. The mounting tabs and corners are the things that will break if not padded, especially tabs protruding from corners.

5) Do not skimp on the box size. If the housing doesn't fit when fully wrapped, get a larger box.

6) Do not stack headlights on top of each other, as the weight of the upper headlight may damage the lower headlight. Use 2 boxes if needed.
Rules of thumb:
a) if the housings can move in the box then it could break
b) if a tab is touching the side of the box it can break off
c) if part of the light is touching the side of the box, the conversion can be damaged
d) Once placed into your box, bolster the area between the housings and the box walls with smaller boxes, folded boxes/triangles of cardboard, or broken up Styrofoam. This will prevent any box crushing from touching the lamps inside. Do not rely solely on packing “peanuts” to protect the housings, they will settle during shipment and leave the lamps vulnerable.
e) Shipping the lights, you are more than welcome to use the shipping company you prefer. We have also worked with our friends at ShipNerd if you don't have a preferred shipper. You can use their website and get great rates on shipping, using our discount code. Just head over to https://www.shipnerd.com/signuppromo/retroshop - and use the password (all caps): RETROSHOP In most cases we encourage you to place at least $1000 insurance on your housings when sending them to us. This ensures ample coverage should the worst ever happen. (please ensure for the replacement value of your lights, if you are unaware of their cost, please ask us ahead of time)

*Remember, you are responsible for the way the lights are protected during transit*
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