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These pictures are of my modified headlamps (with an Oracle powered Dodge Nitro CCFL Demon Eye “Halo” lamp kit) purchased from Advance Automotive Concepts are really impressive. This lamp is setting on our dining room table is powered by my 12 volt battery charger! If you do an install and want to check them out before reassembly remember to use the inverters supplied with this kit. My first impression is these are really, really bright!
 

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Instructions

INSTRUCTIONS

To start remove your grill as posted here: http://www.dodge-nitro.com/dodge-nitro/f5/nitro-grille-removal-3293/




You will also need to purchase a tube (caulking gun?) of BLACK silicone and one CLEAR if you don’t want to use the Epoxy supplied. More on this later.

HEADLAMP DISASSEMBLY

After removing the headlamps from the grill and all bulbs it is time to bake. Yes you will bake them in your oven! I started out with instruction early instructions that now have been replaced. They stated 230 degrees @ 20 minutes on a cookie sheet. I found 25/30 minutes were needed in our oven and chose not to use the cookie sheet on the second headlamp. In their latest Install Guide downloaded after disassembly InstallDocNITRO.pdf (455KB) it says preheat to 235 for 12 minutes. Not sure that is enough at least with our oven.



Remove from oven (use oven mitts) and start to separate the back black housing from the clear from lens. I used small wide pry bars, but screw wide drivers can be used instead.



I also bent the clear headlamp lens tabs out of the way, too. After establish a gap you use your hands to pull the headlamp assembly apart. After separation I then remove ALL the factory black sealant/gasket from the headlamp housing, using a flat-blade screwdriver. When the housing is still warm repair and straighten and areas that you pried on so it will be a perfect reinstall.

 

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Halo Rectangular Ring Install

Halo Rectangular Ring Install

Some options as to if you want to paint the factory chrome inside housing. I chose to leave it chrome on my Nitro.

You will need to drill a hole in the upper top outside inside and rear lamp housings for the “Halo” lamp wires to exit. I pre-drilled, and then used a 7/32 bit.



I used and mixed the supplied Epoxy on the first lamp but found it sloppy and hard to apply. The twin mixing syringe would have been better instead of the "A" & "B" tubes. Mounting the lamp on the second headlamp I used the clear silicone tube already on hand, with far better results with this application. Tape it down with painters tape till dry.

 

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Headlamp Reassemby

HEADLAMP REASSEMBY

When ready to put the headlamp back together you will place the inside chrome (or painted) housing into the back black housing before running a bead (I filled the cavity) around to total lens a before the outside clear lens is clamped on to dry. Also seal the back of the headlamp housing where the “Halo” lamp wires exit. I used a hair dryer (1875W) to heat and bend the front clear lens tabs over the complete housing the next day.






 

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i just painted my headlights black, will be interested to see how yours turn out.
Well I did not want to diminish the headlamp range by painting the chrome housing. Nitro has an issue with their regular factory headlamp lighting anyway so I am running 8500K Xenon Krypton headlamp and fog lamp bulbs. These "Halo" tubes are rated at 8000K but I really did not think they would be so bright. Wife wanted a colored "Halo" but from past experiences with the local police I felt that would attract too much attention. Guess I could have gone black on a white vehicle using both and not loss too much lighting range. Maybe someone else will try it and post up here so we can compare. You have any pictures on your modification? Did you choose black because your vehicle is highlighted with black?
 

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Install Complete

Well the final install of the headlamps and the grille went smoothly. See
http://www.dodge-nitro.com/dodge-nitro/f5/nitro-grille-removal-3293/ and scroll down to Installation.

I painted the A/C condenser and radiator fins flat black, before the install using "High Heat" Rust-Oleum, for that extra effect. Having your NITRO grille inside as I did, is an excellence time to detail it, removing any tar & dead bugs and touching-up any paint chips. I did read "On-Line" that it would be advisable to use two people on the install, so I did take some precautions doing it by myself. I used 3 inch wide painter's tape and placed it around the grille location on both fenders and the front bumper, just-in-case. Reinstalling it on the bottom first I used bungee cords on the top with slack to hold it in place while I hooked up the side lamps, connectors to both headlamps and turn lights. I had already installed the bulbs to both.

I took pictures in daylight (some with headlamps on or on brights, but sometimes it is hard to tell!)and night for your review. I am very impressed with this modification!







 

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"Halo" Foglamp Install

I chose to add "Halo" fog lamp rings after performing the headlamp modification, because of the difference they made. I ordered the same 8000K rated tubes as installed in the headlamps. The K (Kelvin) rating of lamps is a measure of color NOT brightness, as most would think (like myself). The higher the K# the bluer the light. Tubes go as high as 10,000K from this manufacture. If I had ordered both at the same time I could have received a sizable discount. At the time of the original order I was pleased with my Non-Halo fog lamps using with 8500K bulbs. That changed.

First off check out this Thread and go to the end:
http://www.dodge-nitro.com/dodge-nitro/f5/nitro-grille-removal-3293/

NO you don't have to remove the grille on your NITRO to install "Halo" Demon Eye fog-light rings, but info here does show you how to remove your present lamp housings.

From my standpoint this modification is easier than the previous headlamp install. Mainly you don't have to tear your NITRO apart making it undriveable with no grille and headlamps. You don't have to pre-heat your oven and these units are much smaller to work with and easier to handle.

You then remove the bulb, breather cap and the black bracket with the adjusting TORK T15 screw. I marked both so maybe I can reinstall with the same light alignment adjustment.





Instructions I have read "Online" or included with this kit suggest several tools that I did not have or have access to. Some suggest that you use a band saw, rotary cut off tool, hack saw and so on to cut the clear lens off the housing. I would think a ban saw would work the best but I decided to improvise and use an hand held 4 1/2 angle grinder mounted that I already owned. Worked great and even used it for detail instead of a belt grinder. Only problem was it is 11,000 RPM and not variable speed. Something with a lower RPM might have been better suited.

 

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I took UN4GTBL suggestion and pained the inside housings Black, unlike the headlamps. I used a high heat semi-gloss black because of the 8500K fog lamp bulbs. Before I painted them I knocked the chrome gloss off by using Isopropyl Alcohol. Before placing the rings in I did paint the back half with black paint to prevent "black-lighting" unlike my headlamp install. I was also very cautious to swivel the ring connectors to the rear, feeding the power wires out the top breather hole. I also chose to use clear vinyl adhesive caulk instead of Epoxy again. I will use the same to reattach the clear lenses.



I drilled a 13/64 inch hole in breather cap and ran ring power wires out and reinstalled breather and black mounting bracket. When applying clear sealer to mount the clear lenses remember to seal the breather cap wire exit too.



Placed sealer on base lip and reinstalled clear lens. I removed the adjusting alignment screw spring and held lens in place with only the tork screw. Will replace spring before installing "Halo" fog lights after sealer is dry.

 

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wiring

rickaren, how did you connect the wiring from the fog light hallo rings so that you can turn it the rings on separate from the fog lights.
 

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rickaren, how did you connect the wiring from the fog light hallo rings so that you can turn it the rings on separate from the fog lights.
Good Eye! Welcome and thanks for your question. I intentionally did not share my wiring that allows many options since I felt it might be too confusing for some and really is not a requirement. My present set-up is that I run the "Hallo" headlamp rings, fog lamp "Hallo" rings and fog lamp bulbs when the engine is running as daylight running lamps. I have a switch that will disable them all, also. Headlamps (bulbs) are operated as from the factory. I will put something together and post a detailed answer as soon as I can, so please check back.
 

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Different fog light sizes

I was just about to install the Hallo rings into my fog lights. I took them out, cut the clear lens off the housing (took some great effort as I did not have any adequate tools) and was about to place inside the Hallo rings when I realized they are too big for my fog lights. Well, it seems that the EU model of the Nitro must have smaller fog lights than the US model. The outside diameter of the clear lens is around 94mm (around 3.7"). Just out of curiosity, if any of you have other than the EU model, could you measure the diameter of your fog light lens? thanks.
 

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I was just about to install the Hallo rings into my fog lights. I took them out, cut the clear lens off the housing (took some great effort as I did not have any adequate tools) and was about to place inside the Hallo rings when I realized they are too big for my fog lights. Well, it seems that the EU model of the Nitro must have smaller fog lights than the US model. The outside diameter of the clear lens is around 94mm (around 3.7"). Just out of curiosity, if any of you have other than the EU model, could you measure the diameter of your fog light lens? thanks.
I believe they would the same. My U.S. "Nitro" rings measure about 3 inches in diameter. Are you sure you have the correct rings? I think other Chrysler models like the Charger look about the same, but are larger and require a different "Halo" ring.
 

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I bought them through ebay from advancedautomotiveconcepts.com and they came with the Dodge Nitro installation guide and packaging. I responded to them already that the rings do not fit, so let's see.
 

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I bought them through ebay from advancedautomotiveconcepts.com and they came with the Dodge Nitro installation guide and packaging. I responded to them already that the rings do not fit, so let's see.
If they respond as fast to you as they did me, when they sent me the wrong install guide, you should have an answer real fast. I really was impressed with their fast response to my e-mail. Good Luck and let us know what happens.
 

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"rickaren, how did you connect the wiring from the fog light hallo rings so that you can turn it the rings on separate from the fog lights."

NITROSK there is a simple way and the way I did my install. These lights are amazingly bright but require just standard wiring to power, unlike many of the high performance accessory lighting modifications. Depending on how you want them to function with headlamps or fog lamps it is simply finding a power source that is active when the Nitro is running or when the ignition switch is on. This could be taping into the headlamp or fog lamp wiring or any other power source. You can then add a switch if you do not want them powered, only when you want them activated, due to that source. They are a very simple install.

HISTORY:
As for myself I have ran some form of daylight running on all my cars before many members were even born here, I suspect. Many times it was that parking lamps I used instead of headlamps, but sometimes as now with my Wife’s Ford Explorer I modified it to run both when the engine is running. Some complications now can be with automatic headlamps, but years past it was simple to just modify the headlamp switch wiring that could be simply reversed, if need be. In more recent times you could purchase an inexpensive Automatic Headlamp System Kit, like the 45040 Visi-Lamp from Hamsar that was easy to add that would allow one to run parking lamps, Halo rings or headlamps whenever the engine was running. These kits are still available from JC Whitney as Automatic Low-Beam Headlight Control and on e-bay.


Problem is that starting around 2006 car companies started fusing their left side lamps and their right side lamps on different circuits. Maybe this new kit has a solution to this, but on the last two cars I owned and modified, I found it simpler to run wiring from the left side to the right side headlamp and/or fog lamp to utilize it. Even Chrysler and Ford no longer offer a kit to do this, and modifying the program chip usually has some unwanted side effects.

WHAT I DID:

I had previously modified my Nitro with high performance headlamp and fog light bulbs, installed a running light kit, and ran fog lamps anytime while driving. Over time I found my wire splices near the fog lamps failing due to weather conditions and the extra current required due to not running factory bulbs. Since I was going to remove the grille and headlamp and fog lamp housings to install “Halo” rings I started looking for a solution.

On eBay I found this heavy duty head lamp/fog lamp harness
HARNESS RELAY H10 9145 HEADLIGHT BULB WIRING WIRE 6000K:eBay Motors (item 380159893654 end time Oct-18-09 09:14:27 PDT)
that would allow any modifications to head lamps in the future, even HID units. Since I was going to have everything removed for my “Halo” rings install, why not give this a try? I had to change a few things around but I powered it up from the positive battery lead as I have in the past that allows simple disconnect, and it the past it power lead has a built in fuse for safety.



I ended up using a cheap power distribution connection that allows “Halo” rings or even the fog lamp bulbs to on in several configurations. This panel is not weather proof but has been sprayed with a electrical weather proof spray and is located on the back left side of the engine so I do not expect any issues. If there was, the in-line fuse at the battery would cut the power.


I also install a pull-on, push off switch under the hood when I take it in to the Dealership for service. Having any lights on when they are servicing your vehicles (listing to your radio?) drives most mechanics crazy, so this is a good option. In my present configuration my headlamp bulbs function as from the factory, requiring them to be turned on from the dash. The headlamp "Halo" rings, fog lamp bulbs and the "Halo" fog lamp rings are always on when driving when activated. Even in sunlight, let-a-lone on an overcast day, these lights look amazing.



Very pleased with this set-up that I expect no one else would ever do, but it does show what can be done and should answer any future question. Good luck on your simple install, not the way I did mine.
 

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