Halo Headlights On A 2001 Dodge Dakota - Older Truck, New Eyeballs

Give Your Older Pickup A Modern Make-Over With Some New Halo Headlights

Andy Mock
Jun 1, 2008
Photographers: Calin Head
Photo 2/15
What do you get when you take an '01 Dodge Dakota, yank out the old yellowed headlights, and swap in some new, modern, one-piece halo headlights? Boom! A cool late-model look on an older truck. We contacted Stylin' Trucks for a set, and after a pretty simple install we suddenly had the look of an '08 Charger on the front of our '01 Dakota.
After seven years of road debris and atmospheric fallout, the stock eyeballs on our Dakota developed a bad case of cataracts. The old headlights were so yellowed and hazed over, even a solid attempt at polishing them out did no good. Our eye doctor, Stylin' Trucks, gave us a prescription for some pretty awesome one-piece headlights to cure our disease. After a quick phone call, we were on our way over to Industrial Motoring in Anaheim, California, to have our prescription filled and get a little outpatient surgery.
The lights we installed are fairly new and feature CCFL halo technology. CCFL is short for "cold-cathode fluorescent lamp" and it basically means neon tubes surround the lights. They're pretty bright, even in the daytime, and they really update the look of our truck.
What's In The Box?
Once we opened the box, we knew we were in for something cool. The headlights have a full one-piece design with separate circular bulbs for high and low beams. Along the bottom of the front face is a row of five LEDs. These are the turn-indicator lights and are an amber color that matches the front and side marker lights. The coolest feature though is the "angel-eye" halo effect around the main headlights. The light from these is bright enough to use as daytime running lights. The headlight units are SAE and DOT certified and come fully wired for a true plug-and-play installation. In all, it only took us a couple of hours to pop these bad boys in the Dakota.
I Can See Clearly Now!
Once the sun set, we finally got a chance to test the light output of our new lights. Needless to say, it was pretty refreshing to be able to see at night. The light output is pretty amazing, and the road gets lit up like never before. After installing the lights, we realized we needed to install an inline resistor for the LED turn signals. Without the resistors, the signals flash ultrafast due to the lower resistance in the LEDs. A quick order to an online store and everything was fixed. Overall, this is a pretty cool and simple modification that really has a big impact on the looks and functionality of the truck.

Sources

Stylin' Trucks
Independence, OH 44131
800-586-9713
www.stylintrucks.com
Industrial Motoring
Anaheim, CA 92806
714-871-2905
www.industrialmotoring.com

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