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Wiring help for headlight upgrade

I'm currently in the process of doing a HID projector retro fit and adding in some DRL strips into the headlights. Hopefully a wiring guru can help me out here. The strips I'm using are switchback and will run white as a DRL and then turn amber when I signal.

Here's the problem, I would like the LED strip to activate when the truck is off and I lock or unlock the truck with the remote. Anyone know if there's a way to do this? Is there a fuse that I can tap into that is specifically for the keyless entry that will send a quick pulse to the LEDs so they light?
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Seems to me that the parking light circuit is what triggers when you lock/unlock the vehicle, are you wanting white or amber to light up?
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I want the amber to light when the door lock/unlocks via remote. But the problem is if I splice into the parking lights, when I start driving and use the signal, the DRL module wont activate because it's getting constant power from the parking lights. Was wondering if there is a fuse/wire that I can tap that only gets momentary power when the key fob door lock button is pushed
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If I understand correctly, if you splice into the parking lights and have that connected to amber, you always have amber lights on? Then when you go driving, they are always amber?
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The side mirror puddle lights (and also the dome and map lights) turn on when you unlock the vehicle with the fob and automatically shut off after a few seconds. Maybe you can trace that wiring, tap into it and use a relay (if needed)?

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@4Rums I think that will be the way I do it. That way the amber lights will flash with the remote and then flash when I signal while driving. Thanks guys!
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@supratt I'd love to see the finished product! Also more details on the parts/where you bought stuff, etc.
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its been a crazy long process and im getting tired, but i know it will be awesome when its done. Retrofitted the projector low beam with a pair of IS350 Bi-xenon HID,s. The highbeam reflectors were painted and I installed Morimoto Mini HB which is a dedicated LED highbeam. So ya, quad highbeams with lots of light. Still a work in progress...
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its been a crazy long process and im getting tired, but i know it will be awesome when its done. Retrofitted the projector low beam with a pair of IS350 Bi-xenon HID,s. The highbeam reflectors were painted and I installed Morimoto Mini HB which is a dedicated LED highbeam. So ya, quad highbeams with lots of light. Still a work in progress...

So did you cut/drill the OEM housing to make the IS projectors drop in? Looks like an interesting approach. I did a little trimming to the housing and felt like if I did anymore it wouldnít have enough structure to be sustainable off road.
Definitely in for more details on this one. FWIW this is a long, tedious mod, but so gratifying when itís finished. I just finished my retrofit and installed two weeks ago - after several months of building them.


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So did you cut/drill the OEM housing to make the IS projectors drop in? Looks like an interesting approach. I did a little trimming to the housing and felt like if I did anymore it wouldnít have enough structure to be sustainable off road.
Definitely in for more details on this one. FWIW this is a long, tedious mod, but so gratifying when itís finished. I just finished my retrofit and installed two weeks ago - after several months of building them.


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that's awesome. Did you do a clear lens swap too? Makes a HUGE difference I had some TYC headlights that I bought awhile ago and cut them for parts. I used those brackets to mount the IS projectors. Went in smooth as a glove. I tested out the quad highbeam setup on the truck and it works perfectly to. Im also building in a DRL/switch back LED strip. Ill attach pics.

Today was a piss off. I sanded and prepped my headlights, used adhesion promoter and 2k clear. Something went terribly wrong and it etched the lenses. So now im stuck looking for 2 more donors.
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In the kick panels, there are lock and unlock detect signals. I used them to trigger my folding mirrors. I believe you can use them to trigger your leds when locking and unlocking.

Blue - lock detect (bottom right)
White - unlock detect (top right)

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that's awesome. Did you do a clear lens swap too? Makes a HUGE difference I had some TYC headlights that I bought awhile ago and cut them for parts. I used those brackets to mount the IS projectors. Went in smooth as a glove. I tested out the quad highbeam setup on the truck and it works perfectly to. Im also building in a DRL/switch back LED strip. Ill attach pics.

Today was a piss off. I sanded and prepped my headlights, used adhesion promoter and 2k clear. Something went terribly wrong and it etched the lenses. So now im stuck looking for 2 more donors.

I did IS bi-xenons with STi-R lenses and a few tuning spacers. It dulls the cutoff but the birefringence color is worth the trade off for me. My donor set was OEM, but I did trim some of the housing internals to get a perfect fit. Itís covered by the other half of the headlight housing, though. I kept the halogen drl/hi but itís split to the solenoid for the IS, so itís a complete plug-n-play install. I had toyed with the idea of something in the hi beam slot that was more useful, but Iíd already been messing with these longer than I anticipated and I wanted to keep an OEM appearance.

Your setup will definitely eliminate the need for most auxiliary lighting. Nice work.


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In the kick panels, there are lock and unlock detect signals. I used them to trigger my folding mirrors. I believe you can use them to trigger your leds when locking and unlocking.

Blue - lock detect (bottom right)
White - unlock detect (top right)

Hey thanks. I found a video online and that's the route I took
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I did IS bi-xenons with STi-R lenses and a few tuning spacers. It dulls the cutoff but the birefringence color is worth the trade off for me. My donor set was OEM, but I did trim some of the housing internals to get a perfect fit. Itís covered by the other half of the headlight housing, though. I kept the halogen drl/hi but itís split to the solenoid for the IS, so itís a complete plug-n-play install. I had toyed with the idea of something in the hi beam slot that was more useful, but Iíd already been messing with these longer than I anticipated and I wanted to keep an OEM appearance.

Your setup will definitely eliminate the need for most auxiliary lighting. Nice work.


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Thanks. Ya I tuned the projectors with STI's too but with 3 spacers I found the cutoff was completely unfocused. I went for the sharpest cutoff with only 1 spacer. There isn't much color, but I can live with that. O, and I did chop the housing, the one it the pic was just a prototype hence why you can see the broken frame. I only had to do some light sanding with the dremel
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