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Upgrading your Projector Halogens? Read this first!

Hello fellow Jeep owners. I'm going to make this as short and sweet as possible.

My experience has been with a 2014 JGC Altitude and a 2015 JGC Altitude. Both models come with the Projector style halogens and I hate them to say the least. So after 2 LED kits and 2 HID kits take it from me. Don't use anything but Halogens in these stock projectors. I installed car audio as a teenager and worked on aircraft in the US Air Force so trust me this isn't an install error.

My 2 LED Kits were from a good quality company called Opt7 LED H11 kits and another similar company. And my 2 HID kits were from CarXenonHIDkits.com and XenonDepot.com.

All of the kits had great Color Temperature (Kelvin) giving that crisp white/ light Blue factory HID look, but you couldn't see down the road more than about 20 yards due to poor projection focus. It was terrible on the Low Beams with all the kits. The only explanation I could come up with is most of the bulbs were longer and hit the projector at a different angle causing poor focus. Imagine an old Mag Light that was on the wide angle focus and you wanted to see across a field... That's the only way I can explain it, the lights scattered everywhere but down the road.

As for the Fog lights, they actually did pretty good, I would say equal to the factory output, it's harder to tell with them.

In the end I ended up switching back to upgraded halogens and going with the Osram Nightbreaker Unlimited bulbs. They are pretty good and a little brighter than factory. They don't have the (5-6k) Kelvin I am looking for, but I'd rather be able to see down the road with a hint of yellow in the lights. I think they are around 3400 Kelvin, but def a little whiter than factory.

All in all don't waste your time or money on an HID kit with these Low Beams. Once my frustration subsides I'm going to look at the Factory Xenon upgrade options, but for now I don't even want to look at headlights.

Moral of the story, learn from my mistakes!

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I'm sorry, I was was trained not to believe ANYTHING that anyone says that was or is in the USAF.

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Re: Upgrading your Projector Halogens? Read this first!

LOL, well you trusted us enough to fly your ass in our planes... Haha.
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Re: Upgrading your Projector Halogens? Read this first!

There is a new flash out that appears to help the brightness of the 2015 halogens.

http://www.wk2jeeps.com/tsb/tsb_wk2_0803216.pdf
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There is a new flash out that appears to help the brightness of the 2015 halogens.

http://www.wk2jeeps.com/tsb/tsb_wk2_0803216.pdf
Can I just bring my Jeep into the dealership and inform them of this service bulletin?

I was looking at the site and noticed a few issues I was already having but didn't realize that there was a service bulletin for it.
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Can I just bring my Jeep into the dealership and inform them of this service bulletin?

I was looking at the site and noticed a few issues I was already having but didn't realize that there was a service bulletin for it.
Yes as long as you are under your 3/36 they will not charge you for it. But go in telling them you are experiancing the specific problem and this TSB seems to address it. Dont go in with a stack of TSBs and say load these that approach often isnt recieved well by dealers.
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Hello fellow Jeep owners. I'm going to make this as short and sweet as possible.

My experience has been with a 2014 JGC Altitude and a 2015 JGC Altitude. Both models come with the Projector style halogens and I hate them to say the least. So after 2 LED kits and 2 HID kits take it from me. Don't use anything but Halogens in these stock projectors. I installed car audio as a teenager and worked on aircraft in the US Air Force so trust me this isn't an install error.

My 2 LED Kits were from a good quality company called Opt7 LED H11 kits and another similar company. And my 2 HID kits were from CarXenonHIDkits.com and XenonDepot.com.

All of the kits had great Color Temperature (Kelvin) giving that crisp white/ light Blue factory HID look, but you couldn't see down the road more than about 20 yards due to poor projection focus. It was terrible on the Low Beams with all the kits. The only explanation I could come up with is most of the bulbs were longer and hit the projector at a different angle causing poor focus. Imagine an old Mag Light that was on the wide angle focus and you wanted to see across a field... That's the only way I can explain it, the lights scattered everywhere but down the road.

As for the Fog lights, they actually did pretty good, I would say equal to the factory output, it's harder to tell with them.

In the end I ended up switching back to upgraded halogens and going with the Osram Nightbreaker Unlimited bulbs. They are pretty good and a little brighter than factory. They don't have the (5-6k) Kelvin I am looking for, but I'd rather be able to see down the road with a hint of yellow in the lights. I think they are around 3400 Kelvin, but def a little whiter than factory.

All in all don't waste your time or money on an HID kit with these Low Beams. Once my frustration subsides I'm going to look at the Factory Xenon upgrade options, but for now I don't even want to look at headlights.

Moral of the story, learn from my mistakes!
Do you have photos of the light output from the Osrams? I'm thinking of changing my stock bulbs as well. What about the fogs?
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Re: Upgrading your Projector Halogens? Read this first!

Quick question. Osram Nightbreakers (for a 2015 Altitude) are the same for the low beam and fogs (H11); 9005 for the high beams?
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