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Old 01-19-2014, 02:23 PM
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wow still haven't received mine yet either... QUESTION.. W/ the HID's, what happens to the DRL's? Currently isn't the low beam used as the DRL's?
I just deactivated mine through the settings in the car.

Under settings, lighting and DRLs
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:48 PM
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I just deactivated mine through the settings in the car.

Under settings, lighting and DRLs
So what happens if you don't deactivate them or do you have to?
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:44 PM
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I run my HIDs as DRLs; have had no problem doing so. I leave switch in auto mode; if headlights aren't on the DRL on the same side as an activated turn signal will go off and then come back on when the signal goes off. I like having HID DRLs; I believe it makes me more visible and have noticed many drivers who wait 'till I pass before turning in front of me; etc.
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I run my HIDs as DRLs; have had no problem doing so. I leave switch in auto mode; if headlights aren't on the DRL on the same side as an activated turn signal will go off and then come back on when the signal goes off. I like having HID DRLs; I believe it makes me more visible and have noticed many drivers who wait 'till I pass before turning in front of me; etc.
That is great but... "2. Avoid switching the headlights on and off frequently. As with all electronics, HID systems have a limited number of starts and stops before they will fail." Until I can bypass the turn signal forcing the one light going off...
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:56 PM
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Yes, I'm aware of that - although I'm old, I'm not old enough yet to drive 20 miles at a time with my left blinker on and don't consider my use of the turn signals to be "frequent".
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Old 01-20-2014, 08:59 AM
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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee HID Kit Installation

XenonDepot, I haven't gotten my order yet either. Order placed Jan 2nd and tracking says it's been sitting in Toronto since the 8th. Like you said, I called USPS and all they said was "in customs, nothing we can do". Keep us updated if you get any news on why this is taking so long.
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Yes, I'm aware of that - although I'm old, I'm not old enough yet to drive 20 miles at a time with my left blinker on and don't consider my use of the turn signals to be "frequent".
It is not how long it is off for, it is the frequent "off and on" that shortens the life. I am glad you do not need to use your blinker as much as some of us that drive on highways and side streets making many left and right turns and lane changes.

And age has nothing to do with forgetting you have your blinker on, just FYI there could be many factors involved in the act.

On a last note the system is yours do as you please, I am glad you are enjoying it as much as I am. Enjoy the day!
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villanova09: Can you send me your order info so that I can pull up the information?

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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee HID Kit Installation

Finally got around to installing the XenonDepot Xtreme HID kit on my '14 Laredo. I went with the Philips 4300K option and the 5000K fogs. I also bought the "Nightbreaker" highs. Some notes:

- Removing the bumper was a real PITA. I have big hands so didn't even consider the no-bumper route. Once it was off it was very easy to get the headlight assembly out and work with the kit.
- I removed the entire fender flares, but later figured out that only the front part has to be removed in order to detach the bumper.
- The PDF instructions for the 2014 WK2 do not exactly coincide with the actual jeep - they might be outdated (for example: on the 14s the grill is embedded to the bumper).
- On the driver's side I grounded the kit to where the washer fluid is, a bolt to the chassis. On the passenger side I used the negative (ground) bolt to the chassis.
- The Harbor Freight rivet kit was great in replacing the non-reusable rivets.
- On first "turn on" the lights would simply not turn on. No error codes, no blown CANBUS, no heating up of the relays, etc. They would simply just not turn on even though the dash indicated the lights were on.
- A simple reversing of the polarities of the CANBUS as per the XenonDepot instructions fixed this. On second turn on both lights came up!
- I had equally terrible shadowing on BOTH sides. I had to fix it as per other member's suggestions - take the bulb out, clip the largest tab, and make sure the "return wire" was facing DOWN on both sides. Shadowing is gone!
- Put everything back together without a hitch. I secured the ballasts with the supplied 3M tape, and let the other relays and canbus boxes sort of hang neatly on a few corners of the engine bay. Dont think this will be a problem.

Really happy with the kit. The Philips 4300k are just a tinsy bit more yellow than I would have hoped (they are pure white with a touch of yellow), but am happy with my decision because of the (a) increased light output vs. the 5000K (b) feel more comfortable with the Philips brand and (c) they supposedly turn more "blue" as they age.

All in all, took me about 6 hours, but I really took my time, had a lunch break, and spent about an hour or two "troubleshooting" (reversing polarities, turning the bulb upside down). Also spent too much time opening the hole in the plastic caps for the wires to pass through to the inner headlight because I did not have the proper tools (a hole saw).

Happy to answer any questions for would-be DIYers.
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el_guineo: Thanks for taking the time to post up some feedback!!! Did you take any pictures by chance? Philips 4300k bulbs colour shift, meaning that they will reach colour temperatures of up to 4700k once they fully colour shift (approximately 100 hours)

villanova09: Glad to see progress on your shipment!! Gotta love the postal service… It's a good thing we paid a premium for expedited shipping
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:44 AM
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It is not how long it is off for, it is the frequent "off and on" that shortens the life.
"Shortens the life" by how much? And how do you know this? If it means a reduction in useful life of the HID bulbs by, say, 50% then I'd likely turn off the DRLs. If it means a reduction of 5% I'll not worry about it.
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"Shortens the life" by how much? And how do you know this? If it means a reduction in useful life of the HID bulbs by, say, 50% then I'd likely turn off the DRLs. If it means a reduction of 5% I'll not worry about it.
I have no idea, I just tend to read "instructions" maybe an expert Like xenondepot can chime in. Believe I would love to have my HIDs as DRLs I was nearly pointing out what the instructions stated. And that until I can bypass the blinker turning off, I refrained from using as DRL. Hopefully maybe taillight solutions or some one else will come up with a harness that will prevent the blinker "on ad off" feature.
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