I told myself I would never buy one of these kits ever again. Either OEM or retrofit only....
After having HID lights for years, going back to halgon on my '14 JGC was like going blind at night.
I saw members here had XD kits, but I've dealt with TRS in the past and had great results, so I went with them.
TRS Mopar H11 Harness
Morimoto 35w Ballast
H11 XB35 bulb
I thought I could install them without removing the bumper and maybe take me an hr. Well that was a bust.
I had to remove my bumper and never done it before. Found the PDF and tried it out. Took me a long time to pop it off because I was afraid of breaking things.
But eventually removed the bumper/grille. I did have one 1 black piece that broke off. Not sure what it is. Maybe part of a clip or something. Heard it hit something and saw it on the ground.
Anyways, I eventually get the headlights out. I ran my Mopar harness and tested ballasts and bulbs to make sure they worked. Woot, lights right up.
So continue the install. I drilled the holes on the back of the headlight caps first. On the passenger side, I connect the bypass harness and HID bulb into place. On the driver side, I just connect the HID bulb into place and didn't touch the OEM bulb connector.
Then mounted the relay on the passenger side, right next to that big ECU cooler or whatever that is. There's a bolt there that fits perfectly. Ran the power wire towards the (+) post and ran the ballasts wires to where they should go.
Next was to figure out where to mount the ballasts. Man, it's so cramp all around the perimeter on the JGC. On my Tacoma, I had tons of room. I decided to mount the ballasts low. There's a tab and I just bend it so the ballast is hanging behind this plastic thingy.
I start putting the headlights back into place. Then I reach and try to connect the ballasts to the bulbs..... OMG, it might not reach... LOL.
I thought I had plenty of slack, but they barely reach each other. Very close call.
I secure all the grounds and put everything back in place. Didn't see any spare parts, plastic tabs, or screws.
I connect the power wire to the (+) post. Get into the car to turn on the headlights. I see light, but it looks odd.... I get around and see the passenger side isn't working!!!!!!
I look in the engine bay and notice I didn't secure the ground wire to that ballast. I held firm on the terminal and the passenger side lights up.
So I turn off the lights and secure the terminal. I start the car to go for a test drive and see the passenger side is out again..... Turn off the car. Then just turned on the lights. Same thing. Driver side is perfect, passenger side is out.
I check the ground again and it's solid tight... I connected it to the right post on that ECU radiator or whatever it is with the OEM ground wire attached to it.
So I remove my kit's ground wire. I go turn the headlights back on and test ground spots. For some reason, if I just touch the point of the tip of the ground terminal onto metal, the passenger side will light up just fine. But whenever I would mount it, passenger side wont light up. UGH. Doesn't make any damn sense to me. So I thought maybe the wire is broken inside the terminal. Can't see, since it's insulated. So I cut that off and put a ring terminal on. Same issue. I changed grounding points. No matter what, when I secured the point, passenger just dies.
Then I remember people were having some weird polarity issues, but I didn't think that applied to me, since my driver side was working perfectly each time I turned on the lights. I just assume it was some grounding issue on my passenger side... But I gave it a try. Where the OEM headlight harness, connects to my harness, I just rotated the plug to switch polarity. Holy crap, both sides work. I was expecting the driver side to go dead or lights to start strobing. I touched the capacitor and it felt cool to the touch.
Cleaned everything up, finally ate my sandwich, went back out to make sure they still work. Both sides fire right up. Took a test drive. Looks damn good for halogen projectors.
Anyways, so wtf is the deal here. Is it really a polarity issue with my situation? I don't understand that. Doesn't make any damn sense to me.