• Register Today It's free! This box and some ads will disappear once registered!

^^Searches ExplorerForum.com^^

Nightmare Installing Aftermarket DRL's on 2015 Explorer Sport - PLEASE HELP!!!


New Member
December 1, 2016
Reaction score
City, State
Mt. Pleasant, NC
Year, Model & Trim Level
2015 Explorer Sport
Hello all,

First time on the forum and hoping some fellow members can help me out with a dilemma I'm having. My father-in-law has a 2015 Explorer Sport thats fully loaded. He wanted aftermarket HID's to help him see better at night. He asked if I could install them for him as every car I own has the same kits in them. So. he ordered the kit for the headlight and foglights from DDM Tuning. Everything came in, everything went in without a hitch. He then told me he had ordered a set of daytime run lights(or DRL's) that he wanted installed as well. This is how the nightmare started...

Where do I begin? Well, the lights were "universal 6-LED" drl's. I mounted them under the bumper and all looked great. Time to run the wires. Well, the sheet that was given to me for assembly was the following:

I hook up everything as above and wired the white wire to the accessory source in the fuse panel under the hood. I turned the lights from the off position onto the On position. Tried it numerous times and everything worked good. Only hitch i noticed was if the car is running(and DRL's are on), if you open the door, they go out and park lamps come on. Closet he door and 10 secs later, DRL's come back on. Im guessing this has something to do with courtesy lights when you enter/exit the vehicle. I thought I had it right but its all over the place now. First it was the park lights that would come on. Now, just the fog lamps turn on and go out after 10 secs. And now, 3 nights after install, when you turn on all the lights(manually), now the DRL's come on as well. Its like it changes the way it wants to operate daily.

Im yanking my hair out over here...is there a way for them to work correctly...like DRL's are suppose to? On if the ignition is on and headlights are off. Turn the headlights on and the DRL's go off. I dont know why its changing what it does now. Im at my witts end and I cant seem to find anything on the forum here...just numerous posts about people having issues with factory DRL's. Is there a simple solution or particular wire I need to tap in to? He plans to p/u his car this weekend so I want it to be right.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for the help!!!


New Member
January 20, 2017
Reaction score
City, State
Year, Model & Trim Level
2015 Explorer Sport
Just wondering, how do the HID's look ? I have the same yr/model & I bought a set of Kensun HID's and the beam pattern was all over the place. I ended up putting LED's in but they aren't that bright.

Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
I Question about installing aftermarket LED light Performance Lighting 5
T Looking at installing HIDs Performance Lighting 6
T installing fog lamps on a base 2012 x Performance Lighting 0
9 Installing aux lights :) Performance Lighting 8
K Installing 94-99 Explorer Projector Instructions Performance Lighting 0
D installing resistor for LED turn signals (which wire to tap in?) Performance Lighting 10
BrooklynBay Cure for rapid flashing turn signals after installing LED light bulbs. Performance Lighting 35
D Installing neon's in 06 Explorer Performance Lighting 4
T Need Help Installing Clear Headlights... Performance Lighting 17
R Question on installing Hella 500's... Performance Lighting 7
D Need quick help installing Halo fog lights Performance Lighting 3
B installing my own fog lights HELP! Performance Lighting 15
aldive Installing driving lights and light mounting bar on a ‘99 Performance Lighting 22
B Installing Aftermarket Fog lights (in factory location) Performance Lighting 22
aldive Installing Diamond Clear Headlights: Second Generation Performance Lighting 6
S Installing Daytime running lights in 04 explorer sport trac Performance Lighting 5
bigapple Installing Load Resistors for LEDs? Performance Lighting 18
O Installing PIAA 525s. How to get thru firewall??? Performance Lighting 13
C Help for installing blue auxillary lights? Performance Lighting 3
J Need help installing replacement lights behind instrument guages Performance Lighting 1
Afboy143 Question on installing LED bulbs... Performance Lighting 1
celly When using installing Diamond Cut clear corners (2nd gen). Performance Lighting 19
C installing diamond cut headlights Performance Lighting 1
T Installing Gauges *HELP NEEDED* Performance Lighting 3
B Need help installing fog lights! Performance Lighting 28
S installing 'reverse' lights Performance Lighting 10
J installing clear corners? Performance Lighting 8
Y installing windshield LEDS Performance Lighting 10
D Installing fogs useing parking lights Performance Lighting 4
R Installing clear corners on a 1991 Explorer? Performance Lighting 9
A Installing my PIAAs Performance Lighting 2
J Installing 2 light sets Performance Lighting 6
K whats involved in installing fog lights? Performance Lighting 12
N Installing KC lights?? (Matt Adams) Performance Lighting 3
M Installing Fog Lights Performance Lighting 0
D Help on installing Hella's on a '93 Performance Lighting 0
Q Installing lights under the dash.. ideas? Performance Lighting 18
P Problems installing bulbs... Performance Lighting 3
yob_yeknom installing factory fog lights Performance Lighting 5
G Mounting aftermarket fog/driving lights Performance Lighting 5
M Wiring aftermarket fog lights to high beams (Help) Performance Lighting 10
J Choosing aftermarket tail lights 2002 Exp Performance Lighting 7
F Aftermarket Headlight Bulbs Performance Lighting 8
F aftermarket lighting? Performance Lighting 4
S How can you tell a good aftermarket projector headlight on line from a piece of crap? Performance Lighting 2
6 Aftermarket fog light wiring overheating?? Performance Lighting 16
T What are the best aftermarket headlights? Performance Lighting 3
S 98 explorer aftermarket headlight adjustment clips? Performance Lighting 16
S HID Wiring Questions. Aftermarket Housings. (Pics) Performance Lighting 2
B Lets see your 2nd gen aftermarket tails Performance Lighting 19

Similar threads