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2015 JGC XenonDepot Xtreme HID kit install

After looking around and not being able to find a detailed DIY for an HID kit install on 2014+ JGC, I decided to gather and list some resources that I've found useful during my install as well as post some pictures of the process. This write up is intended to be used as an installation guide only. I am not responsible if you break something on your car.

Basically me and my fiance bought a 2015 JGC Altitude in December of 2015. All the accessories the car came with are awesome (U-connect, subwoofer, speakers, sunroof, etc) The one thing it was missing was some nice headlights. It is a bit surprising that a 40K car does not come standard with HID lights but whatever.

In the past, I've had good experience with DDM tuning HID kits however, Xenon depot seemed to be really active on the forum and had a lot of knowledge with these cars so I decided to contact them to see what it is that I need to successfully install HID lights in the jeep. I was led to the Xtreme kit with the 2015+ Mopar option. Below is what was included in the kit:



Sure enough I ordered the kit that was recommended but I did not get around to installing it for some time, partly due to the fact that I was stalling to see if I can find some detailed install pictures since I was a bit confused on the connections. I ended up asking for clarification on another HID thread to which Steve from XenonDepot replied and ended up sending me their new PMW modules which basically combine the PMW module, relay harness, resistors (RFIX) and the connection to car harness into one unit (see below):



Then I started the process of preparing all the parts for the install over the long 4th of July weekend. As recommended in other threads, I drilled a 1 inch hole through the plastic headlight bulb cover found on the back of the headlights to feed the HID wires through and to attach the rubber grommet to seal the hole up. See the following video on how to remove the plastic bulb cover (around the 1 minute mark):



Once I had the covers out, I used a manual lathe at my work to drill the 1 inch hole:







I cleaned the burrs off using an exacto knife and some sandpaper to make it smooth:



In order to test fit the parts, I removed the black plastic piece and yellow gasket off of the connector for ease of assembly through the plastic cover:



Feed the wires through and attach the rubber grommet:





Then came the daunting task of removing the bumper. Some people have installed HIDs without removing the front bumper but I thought it would be easier to work with if I removed the bumper so I followed this video to remove it:



Open the hood, remove these two clips from the top of the bumper on the driver and passenger side:





Remove two (one on driver and one on passenger side) 10mm bolts:



I used a razor to cut a slit into these 4 plastic rivets (two on driver and two on passenger side) and then broke them off:





Remove these "quarter turn" fasteners under the bumper, 1 under passenger side wheel well, 3 along the front on the bottom of the bumper, and 1 under driver side wheel well. See video above for clarification.





Follow the video on the actual method to pull the bumper off of the car and the plastic clips. If you have fog lights, make sure you disconnect the wiring once you have the bumper partially off so you do not rip the wires out.

In order to have more room, I took the headlights off. Use a 10mm ratchet with an extension to get the two bolts on the front of the headlight off:





For the two 10mm bolts on the side, you can take the extension off, or leave it, your choice:





At this point the headlight is held on by one 10mm bolt found under the plastic cover under the hood. To get to it, you have to remove some more plastic clips like the ones from the top of the bumper. These to be exact:



Once you lift the plastic cover, you will see the last 10mm bolt:



Remove this bolt and the headlight will almost be free. Carefully pull the headlight towards yourself and disconnect all of the wiring/bulbs from the back:



I removed one headlight at a time in case I didn't know which bolt went where or wasn't sure on the reassembly so you can check the other headlight for guidance. I installed the HID on the passenger side first. The ballast was placed on the beam by the top bolt of the headlight:



I had the HID connectors just dangling there for a bit:



Reinstalled the headlight, making sure the correct bolts went back into their proper spots (three are longer, two are shorter) and checked to see if the passenger side HID worked:



Sure enough it did!

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Re: 2015 JGC Xenon Xtreme HID kit install

Repeat the headlight procedure on the other side. On the driver side, I placed the ballast on the frame since the air intake tube was in the way:





Feed the HID connector through the plastic headlight cover as previously shown, connect the HID bulb to the car harness, put the cover on the back of the headlight. Follow the procedures backwards to reassemble the headlights, covers, bumper, etc.



Some side notes:

-The HID bulb comes packaged in a cylindrical container that you unscrew and feed the bottom part through the wiring and the rubber grommet. There is a plastic washer assembled with the bulb that you need to cut and then pull the rubber gasket that is attached to the bulb over the lip where the washer was to properly install and seal it into the headlight.

- When you pull the plastic side molding to get the front bumper off, make sure you don't pull the clips in the fender. They are different than the ones in the bumper and will break off.

- The plastic rivets that had to be cut off can be replaced with 1/4" universal clips. I've seen people using screw in ones but I think ones that "pop" in will work better.


Below are some night(ish) pictures after the install. This is right after turning the lights on so they still had to warm up:



After warmed up:





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Re: 2015 JGC Xenon Xtreme HID kit install

@jjablo6 - Thank you so much for taking the time to post up such a detailed review! I'm glad to see that you're enjoying your new H11 HID Kit

It's a good thing you waited to install lol... the all-new PWM module certainly makes things ALOT easier.

For anyone interested in this product, we now have a 2015 Jeep Grand-Cherokee vehicle specific HID kit:

XenonDepot | 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee HID Kit | Xtreme H11 HID

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Re: 2015 JGC Xenon Xtreme HID kit install

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@jjablo6 - Thank you so much for taking the time to post up such a detailed review! I'm glad to see that you're enjoying your new H11 HID Kit

It's a good thing you waited to install lol... the all-new PWM module certainly makes things ALOT easier.

For anyone interested in this product, we now have a 2015 Jeep Grand-Cherokee vehicle specific HID kit:

XenonDepot | 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee HID Kit | Xtreme H11 HID

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I'm glad I waited as well haha. Thanks again. The fiance was asking if we can get HIDs for the fog lights so expect an order in the future hahaha
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Re: 2015 JGC Xenon Xtreme HID kit install

sounds good my friend The PWM module would work for the fogs as well.

According to our 2015 Jeep Grand-Cherokee Lamp Replacement guide they use an h11 bulb just like the low beams.

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Re: 2015 JGC Xenon Xtreme HID kit install

You certainly did a nice job and I am sure many will find this helpful. BUT, and many will probably disagree with me, now that the XD kit has the PWM modules and are simpler to install I would not recommend removing the bumper for the install. If you 1) loosen the fabric wheel liner by removing the plastic turn screw and 10 mm bolt, 2) remove the air box on the LH side, and 3) unplug and remove (after disconnecting batter under seat) the ecm behind the headlight on the RH side there is plenty of room to install the kit without taking the bumper off.

My experience with taking bumpers off is that there is always the risk a tab breaks, that the lights don't go back in the quite same and require a bit of work to align them in the opening properly, paint can chip, etc. Why remove if it is not necessary? Any added convenience seems negated by the extra work involved in removing the bumper. Someone will surely mock me and say they can tear it off in 30 seconds, but the first time I did a kit on my WK2 I removed the bumper and headlights.....and it wasn't fun.

The above is just my $.02.
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Re: 2015 JGC Xenon Xtreme HID kit install

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You certainly did a nice job and I am sure many will find this helpful. BUT, and many will probably disagree with me, now that the XD kit has the PWM modules and are simpler to install I would not recommend removing the bumper for the install. If you 1) loosen the fabric wheel liner by removing the plastic turn screw and 10 mm bolt, 2) remove the air box on the LH side, and 3) unplug and remove (after disconnecting batter under seat) the ecm behind the headlight on the RH side there is plenty of room to install the kit without taking the bumper off.

My experience with taking bumpers off is that there is always the risk a tab breaks, that the lights don't go back in the quite same and require a bit of work to align them in the opening properly, paint can chip, etc. Why remove if it is not necessary? Any added convenience seems negated by the extra work involved in removing the bumper. Someone will surely mock me and say they can tear it off in 30 seconds, but the first time I did a kit on my WK2 I removed the bumper and headlights.....and it wasn't fun.

The above is just my $.02.
I will agree with you that it is extra work and there is more risk of breaking tabs (I actually did break one off of the black headlight piece), and then putting it all back on is a pain in the ass. I just felt more comfortable having extra room. I was barely able to get the plastic covers off of the back of the headlights and with all the extra wiring and rubber grommet to feed through the plastic cover, I just thought it would be simpler. But this definitely is not the only way to tackle this task.
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Great write up ! Wish I would have had this when I did mine.

I decided to remove the bumper as well since I swapped headlights, fog light bezels, grill and installed HID's at the same time.

One thing that I noticed you did not mention. Did you tie / strap the small silver box to the frame ?

I used plastic ties to do so by running them through the small holes that are on the box. I'm guessing you may have done the same thing ?






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Great write up ! Wish I would have had this when I did mine.

I decided to remove the bumper as well since I swapped headlights, fog light bezels, grill and installed HID's at the same time.

One thing that I noticed you did not mention. Did you tie / strap the small silver box to the frame ?

I used plastic ties to do so by running them through the small holes that are on the box. I'm guessing you may have done the same thing ?






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I did not. The HID kit came with 2 double sided sticky pads for each ballast. See the yellow piece under the ballast in the following picture:

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@jjablo6 - Just wondering if you have any more feedback/thoughts now that you've had the kit installed for a bit.
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