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Old 11-28-2012, 10:47 PM
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

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Looks good. You are right that the sealant used doesn't soften with heat.....but it is possible to separate them without cutting (I opened up a WK2 OEM Projector housing just to see how hard it was).
How did you do it? I'm in the process of opening them right now and if i can avoid cutting the housing i would be glad...
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

Has there been any other successful wk2 retrofits? I just ordered a MH1 kit from TRS. Hopefully I'll be installing in the next week or so.
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

I think the hard part is the sealant that Jeep uses on these headlamps makes it extremely difficult to get them open. However, I have been told that if you buy replacement headlamps from TYC the sealant they use is much easier to work with.
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

I know this thread is about Headlamp retrofit,

But I just want to share my experience, maybe you guys are looking for Good quality HID Conversion Kits as well.

I would like to recommend HIDextra. I got all my kits from them.
excellent customer service and great quality products.

Was very easy to install, plug and play, no wire-cutting unlike some kits. My new HID lights give the car the aggressive look and improved visibility that I wanted.

Highly recommended HID vendor! Posting photos sooon!

And they have anew blog too, you may want check this out -->
HID Capacitors Explained: What When and How | HIDeXtra Blog
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

Advertising your own company, eh?
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

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I would venture to guess it would cost you at least $1200-$1800 to have someone else do it for you.



Generally speaking, cut the area where the glue attaches the lens and housing. Eventually it'll start cutting away at the lens (I have not had direct experience with the WK2 headlights).

I would also suggest cutting little sections at a time. The glue will eventually start to melt and create quite the mess.
So I am new to this forum. Having had supercrew f150 2003 and then 2007 Acura RDX made the switch to 2011 WK2 Overland Summit. It is part of the challenge to make changes to make my vehicle different.
First step was to purchase some ORACLE HALO's, link below. Looking through this forum saw several comments around the difficulty in softening the seal..... I would really prefer not to make any cuts to the lenses. Any tips or discoveries to prevent the need for cutting?

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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee ORACLE LED Halo Kit from ORACLE Lighting
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

The other option is baking the head light open in an oven. Of course, a lot of the new head lights are sealed with permaseal which makes it extremely difficult to open. In some cases, the housing will melt long before the permaseal even softens.
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

This past week I began installing retrofit HID BiXenon projectors in the wife's 2013. Last month I installed capped HID fog lights. I didn't have the experience or time to do it all at once, so I went with TYC replacement units ordered through Amazon.com for $125 each. This way the GC didn't need to be down while I took my time and if I broke anything or screwed it up, I could just stop, put it back together and I didn't mess up the OEM headlamp units. (which I'll have as extra's and the TYC aftermarket units are identical). Using the TYC's was a blessing in disguise.

I'll start by saying I would have never attempted this without How-to's like the OP"s and this one, How-To: Fog light HID kit in 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee (pic heavy)

The TYC units separated in five minutes after baking at 225 degrees for 14 minutes in the oven placed on a clean white towel. I only had to use a clean stiff 1 inch putty knife to separate the halves and then used a clean round punch to run in the warm butyl sealant to make a smooth track for re-sealing when I go to seal them up.

I will follow again the removal instructions in the previously mentioned fog light "How-to". So far I've assembled the wiring harness, it is simple plug and play from RetroSolutions, I've installed the projectors and shrouds, and now I'm just waiting for enough downtime to install It is a serious pain in the ass in some regards.

I found that removing the complete front bumper was actually pretty easy and choosing TYC units has made it simple to separate the lamp housings. I'll update as I move on.

(And before you remove anything mark the OEM headlamp aim on a garage door or wall first, then leave the tape up. 25 feet back, measure from center-line height and width of the center of low and high beam, etc. That way when you install/align HID's you already know where to aim them.)

I went with RetroSolutions, PROJ-MINI-BIX Mini BiXenon Retrofit Projectors, 35W-DIGI-KIT-HEAD 35W 4300K DIGITAL HID KIT for Head Lamps, and RetroSolution wiring harnesses because they come completely plug-n-play and assembled and even I cant wire it wrong. Their Tech Dept. also responds to every question I've ever had the same day.
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

I just finished sealing both TYC headlamp units and they are ready to be installed back in the GC. (I tore a muscle lifting which had to be surgically repaired so I have to recoup for a few weeks) From reading many different Forums the unsealing and sealing of the headlamp units is the biggest reservation guys have before doing any HID retrofitting. I wanted to post A few tips that I learned doing it my first time to prevent someone else from doing the same.

When you heat the units in the oven, only do one at a time. Make sure the towel doesn't get close to/block the heat temp probe in your oven and the "plastic chrome" parts are nowhere near the heat elements. They discolor way before the plastic gets hot.

When you separate the two halves, have a razor knife or preferably a large pair of scissors handy to cut the "strands' of melted butyl hanging between the lenses and the housings. They separate the consistency of cheese strands melting off a slice of pizza, which are easily cut with the scissors, as they cool quickly.

I used 3M 1/4" Window-weld. I found that the best thickness is actually 1/4" stretched or kneaded slightly thinner. When you separate the two hot halves; one third of the black sealer will stay in the housing channel, one third will stay on the lenses, and you will cut off approx. one third as strands or rubber balls as you separate the halves. When you go to reseal the units lay the kneaded window-weld in the lamp housing channel re-heat both halves at 200 degrees for about ten minutes.

Have a can of compressed air or air line on hand to blow clean the dust and particles that get on the chrome plated plastic reflectors. I found out the hard way, do not wipe them with even the softest, best cloth you have, they will scratch or dull.

About half of the headlamp seal jobs I read on Forums result in slight leaks after the first time it rains. So while they are out and right in front of you run a small bead of sealant around any gaps that you see. I used Permatex #81730; Flowable Silicone Windshield & Glass Sealer.
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

Bump.

How are these holding up? Any condensation issues? Any flickering or codes?
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

Bump.

I was wondering the same thing. How they holding up, jpcjf?
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

They are holding up very well. No problems of any kind.

Even though the fogs are "capped" and the fog lights being aimed properly the wife say's she does get "high-beam flashed" every now and then. They are real bright and only light up the ground the way you want them too.

Sorry if I didn't reply if asked earlier, after the mods to the wife's GC I haven't been monitoring the site often.
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