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Daytime running headlights

Have bought a 2008 dodge ram 1500 that does not have daytime running headlights. I need them when I bring the truck into Canada, what is the modification needed to get them to work.

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It might be as simple as having the computer reflashed for canada and adding a relay. I would think the bcm will have to be programmed for sure

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