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Old 03-23-2012
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Canadian Ranger owners with HIDs, get in here!

Yep it's me again with a HID-related question

Since we HAVE to have DRLs in Quebec, i wondered if there was a specific wire that was used only for that purpose? I was thinking about installing some high output l.e.d. strips instead of the regular headlights.

Has anyone diverted DRLs to any other type of lights on here? Is it complicated?
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just switch the power wire going in.
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as soon as i take off my parking brake the headlights turn on. never had any reason to not run my hids like my factory lights were set up
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as soon as i take off my parking brake the headlights turn on. never had any reason to not run my hids like my factory lights were set up
Because in quebec they ticket you for not having those retarded drls on.

When you plug in the HIDs, you lose day lights.

I'm going to install LED strips and leave them on like all the 2011+ cars have now.


I just need to know where to install them, and which model to use. Seen a few members that had them in the past, but i never asked.
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no... you dont lose your drl's... because the drl's are your headlights...
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^^ But don't the DRLs run at half the power of the high beams, causing the HIDs to flicker?? Seen this on many vehicles.
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^^ But don't the DRLs run at half the power of the high beams, causing the HIDs to flicker?? Seen this on many vehicles.
If you power the HID's off a relay than the half power or full power is only being used to switch the relay and full power to the HID's.

Personally I like your idea of using led's for daytime instead of HID's all the time.
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^^ But don't the DRLs run at half the power of the high beams, causing the HIDs to flicker?? Seen this on many vehicles.
When i researched, i was baffled by how clueless head mechanics at ford dealerships (i tried 3 of them) were. None of them could tell me if DRLs on our rangers were fed by means of pulse signal or low output... and that's with detailed specs manuals on hand!

From what i've read, and what i've been told by people selling kits, pulse will require a relay to prevent your bulbs from flickering (like zx6 mentionned), while low current will simply not send enough current to turn them on at all. Our trucks seem to be running on low current.

I've heard about high output LED strips at walmart, wonder how good those are!
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you need to get a hold of bob, aka rwenzinger (or something) I know hes on generation-edge.info
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^^ But don't the DRLs run at half the power of the high beams, causing the HIDs to flicker?? Seen this on many vehicles.
so are you running your hids on high beam only? cause mine run on the regular low beam circuit and i have not had a single issue with them in two years
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so are you running your hids on high beam only? cause mine run on the regular low beam circuit and i have not had a single issue with them in two years
Waiiit.

Are you saying that HIDs actually turn on with the ranger's DRLs?

That would save me soooo much trouble (and money lol)


I went to Walmart, but they only had flexible strips of leds. VERY powerful, doubt they would survive winter though.
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Waiiit.

Are you saying that HIDs actually turn on with the ranger's DRLs?

That would save me soooo much trouble (and money lol)


I went to Walmart, but they only had flexible strips of leds. VERY powerful, doubt they would survive winter though.
They are made for automotive and are fully sealed. I've got the Walmart LED strips installed in my truck as hood lights and they are super bright and they've been in through summer and winter and no problems. https://www.ranger-forums.com/exterior-semi-tech-39/hood-engine-light-132164/
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There are kits available that work 100% with DRL's

Check out theretrofitsource.com
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They are made for automotive and are fully sealed. I've got the Walmart LED strips installed in my truck as hood lights and they are super bright and they've been in through summer and winter and no problems. https://www.ranger-forums.com/showthread.php?t=132164
I saw that thread! And the strip is the same i saw in person, VERY powerful!! But directly exposed to winds/sand/snow i doubt it would last long... Those would make a great source of DRLs though, i'll have to go back and ask the auto dept clerk.

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There are kits available that work 100% with DRL's

Check out theretrofitsource.com
Ouch, 160$. The only thing i see that's different from DDM is a relay, which would only be effective for pulse systems. Is that what we use on our rangers? Ford themselves couldn't tell me.
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$250 for a proper HID projector retrofit kit.
So much better then just buying bulbs and using them in the stock housings.
And trs uses the top of line products only. It's what I'll be doing.
If you wanna buy cheaper, and not use projectors, then go ahead. I was just stating an option is all. :)
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$250 for a proper HID projector retrofit kit.
So much better then just buying bulbs and using them in the stock housings.
And trs uses the top of line products only. It's what I'll be doing.
If you wanna buy cheaper, and not use projectors, then go ahead. I was just stating an option is all. :)
Oh i wasn't dissing your suggestion at all.

It's just that for the same base system, DDM charges 110$ less and gives a lifetime warranty versus Trs' five years.

I was looking to compare warranty info between companies, and found that the harness (which is not at all what i initially thought it was) will allow my HIDs to turn on with the DRLs. Problem seems to be solved?

See how helpful you end up to be!

As for projectors, i'm constantly blinded by them, i'm keeping my stock housings because the '10 ranger has a very decent cut-off, and i'll adjust it accordingly, unlike the oem scene.
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Projectors blind you? That doesn't make sense lol. Whoever installed them must not have done it right then. But I will agree, all ford trucks seem to have pretty decent cutoffs for stock!
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Projectors blind you? That doesn't make sense lol. Whoever installed them must not have done it right then. But I will agree, all ford trucks seem to have pretty decent cutoffs for stock!
Yup, stock OEM projectors...they blind even more than hids in 1989 honda civic housings because they send a more focused beam.

Sitting semi-high (hey, we're not full sized trucks lol), i'm always annoyed by them.



I'm so glad you posted in here, i'm getting excited with the conversion!
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Ah stock oem projectors ok I can see them being no the best.

I can't wait to do mine either, I'm gonna be
Doing a full projector retrofit into stock housings. Annim gonna paint everything inside black. Will look super sick on my whitey ranger.
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Do you have fog lights? If so why not wire the fog lights to be your DRLs? If not marker lights will work too. Not every vehicle uses the actual headlights as DRL. Next time you see a Dodge Caravan (early 2000s) drive by take a look and you'll see that they use the amber markers from the factory.
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what you need to maintain DRL function is this harness

BuyBriteBox.com - Brite Box Smart Headlight Relay Harnesses - Compatible with Daytime Running Light (DRL) Head Lights and Lamps - Made in USA!

google ( bosch relay # 0 332 204 001 ) these bosch relays are triggered at 6 volts

your DRL on the low beam circuit pulses between 8.28 and 8.48 volts

that low voltage is enough to trigger the 6 volt relay in the forementioned harness and power up your ballasts
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