This was my first Grand Cherokee I owed that I was going to do some modifications too and I knew I wanted to upgrade the headlights from the yellow halogen bulbs to a nice white HID one. This was my first time every going any type of headlight modification so I did my research and notices on the WK2 ’14 and ’15 people were running into flicker problems with a bunch of different set ups. And I didn’t want to waste my time or money on trying a set up that claimed to be plug and play that are simply not!
Through my research I kept on coming across Xenon Depot who were helping not only their customers but people who bought products from other vendors to get there HID kits to work on the ever so frustrating WK2 ‘14+.
I came into contact with Steve from Xenon Depot, who is awesome guy to deal with by the way, who sold me on their new Xtreme HID kit for a truly plug and plug experience.
Let me tell you this set up works great! I am not having any issues with flickering or blinking. There is great output and when I want the lights on they come on then I want them off they stay off.
Below you will read about my experiences installing the Xtreme HID kit. The install is easy enough where you do not need to be a mechanic or body work guy to figure it out.
Very first thing you must do is make sure your lights are turned off and not to “Auto” and your daytime running lights option is turned off.
To start you will need to take the bumper off the bumper. There are several videos and instructions you can find just by googling how to do this but here is my quick steps to do it.
There 2 10mm screws on top and with 4 clips on the top black panel across the grill.
You will need to remove 1 10mm screw from near the top of the fender and then 2 rivets towards the front of each wheel well.
Then there will be 5 plastic “screws” along the bottom of the bumper that you will need to unscrew.
Slightly pull back each fender flare and start to pull the bumper forward with some force to unclip some hidden clips. And then pull the top panel of the bumper forward.
Each headlight is held in five screws. One on the top of the frame rail and then 4 screws that are screw into the black plastic piece below the head light. 2 on the front and 2 on side (the 2nd side screw is not pictured but is amount 4 inches back from the front side screw)
Pull out the head light and locate the appropriate light you want to upgrade. The low beam is on the outer light behind the plastic dust cap with the 4 arrows, just twist and it will pop off.
For the low beam you will need to drill a hole in the dust cap to be able to thread the bulb through the dust cap and then plug the hole with the rubber grommet. I ended up just using a step drill bit until I got to the size I needed.
Install the new HID bulb into the headlight socket and then reattach the dust cap.
Look for an area in your engine compartment to for placement of the ballast for your each light. The place that looks to have the most room is the radiator mount on the driver side and for the passenger along the fender in front of the fuse box. I just used 3M double sided tape.
Then loosely reinstall each headlight and plugging in all the connectors then make sure to test the lights to make sure they function before putting the front bumper back on. If one or both lights down work try flipping the connectors around as the connections of polar sensitive. Once you confirm everything is working properly, tighten up the headlight screws and reinstall the bumper. Note you will need either replacement rivets or buy a few extra body clips to replace the rivets you had to cut in the wheel well.
Stock Headlights and fog lights
After HID 4300K headlight and stock fog light. I know it doesn't look like a major difference in this photo but in person the look is a lot more drastic.
Overall this is a fairly simple and straight forward install, only took about 3 and half hours tops due taking off the bumper and reinstalling it. Considering it being my first time doing anything like this I don’t think it was that long. The light output is amazing and I only went with the 4300K bulbs. I can tell a dramatic different when driving at night, I feel I can see everything so much better and everything is sharper.
This has been my first write up for an install on the Jeep so I hope you like it and hope that this helps people out there about doing an HID Kit.
Just contact Xenon Depot and they will get you set up with whatever you!