TruckHacks - Hella 500 Off-Road Lighting Behind the Grill
Installing Hella 500s Behind the Grill
The Dodge Ram 5.7L HEMI© has a good amount of room between the radiators and the grill. It also has two very conveniently located cross members which make a great mounting point for behind the grill off-road lighting. This is a pretty easy mod, and the Hella 500 lighting kit I received has very nicely done installation instructions. I ended up wiring mine a bit different though because I wanted it to be a completely independent setup. The downside to having it completely independent is that I could forget to turn them off and kill the battery overnight.
One thing you have to remember about doing behind the grill lighting is that the grill design (especially the 2005 PW honeycomb design) isn't conducive to flood or fog lighting because it doesn't allow much lateral light escape. This means the lights you choose need to be driving lights / pencil or spot beams.
I didn't have a big enough deepwell socket to get the lights torqued down properly so the alignment is off. Once I get the right socket, I will not have both lights converging exactly on the same spot, but maybe a couple to four feet apart. The lights were also pointed down a little, so I need to raise them a bit.
For two 55w lights, they do pretty good. Getting on a back road with no traffic it really lights the distance up quite a bit.
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