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Old 01-24-2012, 01:27 PM
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Re: Aftermarket HID info and pictures

I researched all options and there is no better bang for the buck than the aftermarket HID kit on a Laredo. Spending $1500+ on an custom setup where they need to open and modify your headlamps just so you can tell your friends it's custom is a bit of a joke. Go ahead and call it half assed if you like but I'll take the $1400 I saved and laugh all the way to the bank.

As for "claiming" there was no detrimental glare - have you ever riden in or owned a WK2 with an aftermarket HID kit? Not trying to be a dick, but I don't see how you can comment on this without any first hand experience. I have spent a lot of time working on lighting on both my WK2's so I am confident I know what I'm talking about here.

The Laredo X was traded in because I was offered a deal I could not refuse on the Overland. Essentially it cost me nothing because I will make up the difference at time of resale so it was a no brainer. Username refers to the area code where I live - 604.
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Re: Aftermarket HID info and pictures

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I researched all options and there is no better bang for the buck than the aftermarket HID kit on a Laredo. Spending $1500+ on an custom setup where they need to open and modify your headlamps just so you can tell your friends it's custom is a bit of a joke. Go ahead and call it half assed if you like but I'll take the $1400 I saved and laugh all the way to the bank.
With that example of "laugh all the way to the bank" I can picture a big, fat, capitalist with a cigar and holding a money bag lol. I believe your price example is quite inaccurate. Maybe if you did a quad setup with all the bells and whistles utilizing OEM ballasts and factoring in labor as well from a professional retro-fitter it might approach that cost but most you can go about at $500.

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As for "claiming" there was no detrimental glare - have you ever riden in or owned a WK2 with an aftermarket HID kit? Not trying to be a dick, but I don't see how you can comment on this without any first hand experience. I have spent a lot of time working on lighting on both my WK2's so I am confident I know what I'm talking about here.
Just because one does not own a WK2 doesn't mean they can't experience first-hand examples. I have a spoiled friend with a bare-bones 2011 WK2 Laredo that was unfortunate enough not to come factory equipped with the HID package so he opted for a kit through DDM which is notorious for their sub-par quality and he blinded people like a muthaf***a. Maybe he didn't have them aimed right, maybe it was the housing, Maybe it was the HID kit or a combination of all 3. I don't know.

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The Laredo X was traded in because I was offered a deal I could not refuse on the Overland. Essentially it cost me nothing because I will make up the difference at time of resale so it was a no brainer. Username refers to the area code where I live - 604.
Well from a re-sale standpoint I can see the obvious choice why you took that route. That's the most important factor, make sure your bottom line doesn't suffer in the long run.
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Re: Aftermarket HID info and pictures

I'd give it a try but I've read about exploding capacitors when polarity is reversed? and I don't like to use a relay harness...
I've read conflicting posts about the relay harness / capacitor AKA CAN Error canceller being mandatory...
I'd like real plug and play and the larger ballast with integrated ignitor and "CAN-Bus" compatibility... anybody?
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Re: Aftermarket HID info and pictures

From personal experience, I can tell you that the exploding cap is not something that you want to experience. However, having said that, it is really quite easy to make sure that doesn't happen. Simply look at the stock bulb harness and make sure that the wire colors match up with the cap when the connectors are aligned. If you are installing on a WK2 (laredo), they will most certainly need to be reversed. Reversing the polarity on the cap is also quite easy. Simply pull out the wires from the connector and put them back in reversed. I bought the Xtreme kit, which came with the relay so it powers from the battery rather than the stock connector. Personally I believe the relay is the correct way to go, so you get optimal life out of your bulbs. The CAN-Bus (capacitor) is extra, but is definitely needed for the WK2.
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Re: Aftermarket HID info and pictures

There has been much discussion (here and other threads) about putting hid bulbs in a halogen housing. I just wanted to post a couple pics to show that the WK2 headlight design is actually quite good and doesn't blind on-coming traffic.

The left side is stock bulb, and right side is HID. Jeep at about 25 feet from wall with fogs off.
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Anybody else who did the lo-beam install?
Can you seat the H11 Xenon bulb properly? Not much room there...
Do you really think DDM Tuning uses different bulbs than Xenon Depot?
One kit blinds and the other won't? I kind off doubt that.
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Do you really think DDM Tuning uses different bulbs than Xenon Depot? One kit blinds and the other won't? I kind off doubt that.
The only thing I think DDM makes alright is the ballasts, their bulbs are s*** so if you bought a higher quality bulb and paired it together you might have some luck.

It's all about quality and as for the Xenon Depot kits that use the re-based 85122's, then yes they do.
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Re: Aftermarket HID info and pictures

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There has been much discussion (here and other threads) about putting hid bulbs in a halogen housing. I just wanted to post a couple pics to show that the WK2 headlight design is actually quite good and doesn't blind on-coming traffic.

The left side is stock bulb, and right side is HID. Jeep at about 25 feet from wall with fogs off.
Thanks, looking pretty good. Do you know if you kept your shutter speed, aperture, ISO... constant between the 2 pics? You might be able to check your picture Exif info.
The HID picture shows a lot more foreground light closer to the vehicle but all this depends on your camera setting.

Just ordered at XenonDepot.
H11, 4300K (don't like blue) less expensive "Volt" kit and CanBus Fix (capacitor),
applied "JG" code for $25 discount and included relay harness. Now I can't forget to reverse polarity at the capacitor http://kbcarstuff.files.wordpress.co...ctionguide.pdf
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Thanks, looking pretty good. Do you know if you kept your shutter speed, aperture, ISO... constant between the 2 pics? You might be able to check your picture Exif info.
The HID picture shows a lot more foreground light closer to the vehicle but all this depends on your camera setting.

Just ordered at XenonDepot.
H11, 4300K (don't like blue) less expensive "Volt" kit and CanBus Fix (capacitor),
applied "JG" code for $25 discount and included relay harness. Now I can't forget to reverse polarity at the capacitor http://kbcarstuff.files.wordpress.co...ctionguide.pdf
Nice order process and confimation and quick response from JG-member "Xenondepot".
Good luck and enjoy your setup
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Re: Aftermarket HID info and pictures

Good link here:

http://www.kbcarstuff.com/Jeep-Grand...ion-s/1262.htm


There are more pictures, show well how to wire the relay harness to the positive 12V terminal....



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Thanks, looking pretty good. Do you know if you kept your shutter speed, aperture, ISO... constant between the 2 pics? You might be able to check your picture Exif info.
The HID picture shows a lot more foreground light closer to the vehicle but all this depends on your camera setting.
Thanks, but no, the shutter speed and and aperture were not the same in both pics. The darker pic has a higher speed and smaller ap to compensate for the ambient lighting in the garage (gives more focus on the light output focal points). The second pic was to show that there was more light output horizontally using the hid bulb than stock.

But of course the main point of both pics was to show that there wasn't much light diffraction above the normal cut-off point.

Congrats on the 4300K kit purchase! I'm sure you'll be happy with it.
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Thanks, but no, the shutter speed and and aperture were not the same in both pics. The darker pic has a higher speed and smaller ap to compensate for the ambient lighting in the garage (gives more focus on the light output focal points). The second pic was to show that there was more light output horizontally using the hid bulb than stock.

But of course the main point of both pics was to show that there wasn't much light diffraction above the normal cut-off point.

Congrats on the 4300K kit purchase! I'm sure you'll be happy with it.
OK, thanks. Cut-off is imporant, I'd hate to be the A-hole driving behind other guys driving them crazy
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