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Post HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

This is my second post here, so I decided to make helpful to those seeking help. I was unable to find anyone that had tried to open the headlamp assemblies on the WK2 Grand Cherokees 2011 and up and retrofitted projector assemblies in them.
I went with aftermarket projectors because how much clearer and more light output they have over factory projectors

- I'm not responsible for any damage you may cause to your vehicle, do this at your own risk -

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- Bi-xenon Morimoto Mini H1 4.1 projector assemblies, 2ea.
- Gatling gun 2.0 shroud assemblies, 2ea.
- Low beam wiring harness compatible with H8/H9/H11, 1ea.
- 55 watts, H1, 4500k color HID kit, DDMtuning, 1ea. (it comes with ballasts and light bulbs)
- Roll of 3M windo-weld ribbon Butyl sealer, 1ea.

I used this to seal the lens to the housing and also seal the bulb area. Put it around the bulb once it's in.




First, I couldn't find a way to open these headlamp assemblies because of the type of glue that Chrysler uses, everyone else uses Butyl, which softens right away once you apply heat for 10 minutes in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. I even tried 45 minutes without success. I ended up just cutting the the edge of the headlamp assembly that surrounds the clear lens, and then to the oven at 250 for 10 minutes (don't forget to protect the under side of the headlamp by placing it over a wet towel or large pan or something) after that, the lip you cut, should just rip off easily and allow you to slowly start to pry off the lens off. If it starts to get harder to keep prying, just reheat it for 10 more minutes.

Remove the front bumper, grille, and headlamps



Projectors, ballasts, and shrouds. Note: I had to trim the top of the shroud a bit to make it fit nicely.



Headlamp with the lens removed



Here you can see factory vents on the housing.




I added another vent to be safe and prevent condensation, since there is added heat inside, I think... You can see the little hole drilled, bottom right.



These are the vent I glued in place.



Lenses removed



These projectors slide thru the hole where the low beam bulb used to be. A little trimming of the hole was necessary.




I painted the chrome inserts flat black while at it. Tape the chrome center section to avoid over spray.



The harness came complete with it own fuse, easy to hook up to the jump posts.




The relays that came with the harness.



Assemble it with the new Butyl weather sealant.

Before.



And the final result is.......












I hope this ends up helping someone.

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Great Write up. I'm sure others will find it very useful. +rep for you. Looks awesome. This is what the site is for sharing and caring.

P.S. Possibly Sticky this????? Scott?????
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

That is awesome and you did a wonderful job! I think this is the first retrofit I've seen on a non-HiD WK2.

If I were you, and for the sake of longevity, you should try to upgrade to a better HiD kit from either Xenon Depot or TRS as DDM isn't the greatest when it comes to kits you can buy.

DDM's ballasts aren't too bad but their bulbs are atrocious. TRS makes an awesome quality H1 bulb known as the "XB35" you should check out sometime.

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...roducts_id=235
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very nice! I was gonna suggest your own thread...but looks like you took care of that! +_rep
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BIG PROPS! You deserve it!
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I want to see them lit up!
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Thanks for the props. I'll try to upload a few night shots in a bit.
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

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).
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Updated the original post with night shots.
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Re: HID projectors headlamp retrofit - DIY (picture heavy)

Sorry if this is a dumb question. Is this to convert a non-bi-Xenon headlamps on the Laredo to something similar to what's on the limited and overland? or is the end result different than the Limited/Overland headlights?
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Sorry if this is a dumb question. Is this to convert a non-bi-Xenon headlamps on the Laredo to something similar to what's on the limited and overland? or is the end result different than the Limited/Overland headlights?
Not dumb, I did this to convert a non-HID to true HID projectors. I have not seen the Limited/Overland HID light output to say if it's any different.
Maybe someone can post a night shot to for us to compare?
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