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Unread 01-21-2010, 09:10 PM   #1
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Rampage Housings/Upgraded Harness Writeup - And A Fix For Some of You!!

I know this is a hot topic, so I decided to do a quick writeup with some pics on my install. I bought an eAutoworks harness and the Rampage headlights through Amazon. I started by removing the headlight bezels, stock headlights, and grille. Then I ran the long side of the harness through the hole in the passenger-side firewall behind the header panel (in front of the battery), zip-tied it to the harness that runs across the bottom of the header, and brought it up on the driver side.



The 3-prong connector on the lower left gets plugged in to the stock headlight plug (shown in the bucket).



Here it is plugged in, now just tuck it in behind the bucket.



Now, bring the new socket up behind the hole in the headlight bucket, and screw the ground wire to the core support.



Here's a shot of the harness coming through, under the header panel. It's the bright yellow one.



And here's where it goes up on the passenger side. I fished the socket through, taped off and tucked the stock one behind the bucket, then screwed the ground wire to the core support on this side as well.



And here's a good shot of the Rampage housing.

Now, here's a potential fix for some of you that had issues with the lights staying on after shutting off the switch with your HD harnesses. After driving around last night, I found after I used the headlights, they would stay on until I turned the key off - even if the light switch was off. The weird thing was, the side markers and tailights were off, but the two headlights were still lit - almost like the delay if you turn off the lights after shutting off the key. I checked my owners manual and found Fuse 9 controlled the Headlamp Delay Module, along with the gauges and a few other things. I pulled the fuse, and lo and behold, the lights worked fine and switched properly! So, after searching the FSM, I located the Headlamp Delay Module and pulled the plug. The lights work perfectly now!!! I guess it was somehow backfeeding the module, so it kept the headlights on when the switch was off. Here's a pic of the offending module on the left -



The harness has 2 light green wires, a red/white stripe wire, a white/black stripe wire, and a black wire going into it, and is located behind the knee blocker panel below the steering column. The FSM states to disconnect the battery when working in this area - I guess if you pull the wrong plug or hit something you could potentially set off the air bag. Be careful, and I hope that helps you all!!!

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Unread 01-26-2010, 11:05 PM   #2
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Nice writeup. Mine sometimes stay on when I turn the switch off with the key on. But a simple flick of the flash-to-pass bright switch and they go off. Doesn't happen very often though.

I like my Delayed off at night. It's amazing that a car or my year has that. When I drive with people around, they tell me I left my lights on. Then I tell them that they go off by themselves and their look is priceless.
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I admire your writeup and pics but why would you install something that disables your light function and doesn't allow it to work the way it was designed? Not to mention the headlights are probably worse than the stock headlights as far as putting light in front of the vehicle.
If your going to upgrade then why not do it right?
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Excellent shots... and 100% identical to my install. I was having issues with mine too, and I think this may be the fix. I will give this a try, after disconnecting the battery. lol

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I admire your writeup and pics but why would you install something that disables your light function and doesn't allow it to work the way it was designed? Not to mention the headlights are probably worse than the stock headlights as far as putting light in front of the vehicle.
If your going to upgrade then why not do it right?
Are you serious? How do you figure they are worse then stock headlights? A maglite taped to your hood would out shine stock headlights. Oh nevermind, I read your sig. You're one of the " HID projector" or go home fanbois.
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Good write up, that is how I did mine. With the eautoworks harness that seems to be the only way to do it. I used the autopals and light output is way better than stock. One of the best upgrades I've done so far, even with the auopal h4 bulbs. Why spend the money on an hid upgrade?
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Thanks for the compliments guys!

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Excellent shots... and 100% identical to my install. I was having issues with mine too, and I think this may be the fix. I will give this a try, after disconnecting the battery. lol
Hopefully that works for you too, make sure you report back to let us know!

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I admire your writeup and pics but why would you install something that disables your light function and doesn't allow it to work the way it was designed? Not to mention the headlights are probably worse than the stock headlights as far as putting light in front of the vehicle.
If your going to upgrade then why not do it right?

The only thing this disables is leaving the headlights on after the truck is turned off. Not a big deal to me, I always turned off the lights first anyway. And, as far as light output, these are not some cheap housings with plastic lenses. The Rampage lights are an aluminum housing with a glass lens, and DOT-approved; they have a much better cutoff than the original headlights, and beam pattern is WAY better. These headlights are pretty much a rectangular version of the OEM headlights on my wife's KJ, and I can see great at night in that truck. Besides, this is the "right way" to do it in NJ - an HID retrofit is illegal at inspection time.
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Which harness did you use? Searching Amazon but can't seem to find it.
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Same one everyone else uses, lol.Factory Replacement H4 Headlight Harness Upgrade Kit from eAutoWorks
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Nice write up, I will be installing my upgraded wiring harness soon. The one I got was a different one from ARB, not the Eautoworks harness, but I'm sure the wiring is similar. I have the IPF H4 upgrade and agree that they are much better than stock, and IMO better than HIDs. Most of the HID kits I have seen don't match the correct projector to the housing and scatter the light everywhere which blinds on coming drivers and WILL get you pulled over. I've also seen kits which are way too blue and don't light up the area infront of the vehicle very well. I'm not saying HIDs are the wrong way to go, if you do them CORRECTLY. Its pretty expensive to do them the right way and people usually go the cheap way.
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Well said jeepkid. Projectors are amazing if done well. It's sad that they're so damn expensive to do. I'll stick with my halogens and rampages.
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Are you serious? How do you figure they are worse then stock headlights? A maglite taped to your hood would out shine stock headlights. Oh nevermind, I read your sig. You're one of the " HID projector" or go home fanbois.
true about the maglite LOL and the hid, although I respect everyone's choice.
but I was curious why you would settle for a harness that would force you to disable any part of the lighting regardless of it's usefullness. Seems like a step in reverse. For a few dollars more you could buy a safer heavy duty harness.
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Anyone have a link to this Eautoworks harness ?
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Factory Replacement H4 Headlight Harness Upgrade Kit from eAutoWorks

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Thank you sir !
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