I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of a set of the Ram Sport quad headlights before they became available to the public. I was one of the first to convert a Second Generation Turbo Diesel when I installed them on 2Timer. I wrote about the installation back in Turbo Diesel Register Issue 25, page 50, and it remains one of my favorite upgrades today. With help from Joel Toy at Innova Design and Distributing, Inc., manufacturer of the Brite Box, this conversion will permit the use of all four bulbs when switched in the high beam position. The light produced by all four bulbs makes a significant improvement for nighttime driving.
Today, it is easier and more cost effective than ever to do the conversion. You can get the headlights and Brite Box required for the installation from us at Geno’s Garage. The Brite Box is available in several different configurations, so I did a couple of installations with the help of my friend Piers Harry. One installation was just to convert the OEM lights to the Sport Ram Quad light with the Brite Box feature and the other made the same conversion but also included the factory fog lights (so high, low and fog are all on at the same time) and daytime running lights.
The reason for the larger cutout is to accommodate the dual lamp sockets found on the quad light. If you need to trim, a Sawzall with a metal blade will do the trick, just be careful not to cut the ground lug found at the top of the existing headlight opening, and remember to paint the freshly cut metal to prevent future rust. Here is the Canadian Turbo Diesel with the sheet metal trim completed.
• Next remove the Phillips screw just below the turn signal
• This will allow removal of the turn signal assembly (it slides forward) and provide access to one of the headlamp anchoring screws.
Then remove the three screws, which hold the headlamp in place.
After you have trimmed and painted the sheet metal, you may plug in the adapter harness for the quad lamps.
The Brite Box can be installed on either the driver or passenger side. Using the double stick tape provided, I placed the box under the hood in the battery box with the wires pointed down to facilitate drainage.
The new quad lamp assembly installs using the reverse procedure to the removal of the old assembly; towel in place, lens facing down on top of the bumper cover and rotate in place. There will be enough space to connect the lamps to the harness once they are sitting in the well before you install the three screws to hold the assembly in place.
Installed, they not only look cool, but the lighting is far superior to the original configuration. Don’t forget; adjust the quad lamps for proper placement on the road. There is nothing worse than blinding an oncoming driver with improperly adjusted lamps.
Originally published in Turbo Diesel Register, Issue 77.
Article by Scott Dalgleish