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Hey guys, so I have a job for the summer and money in the bank. Summer starts soon, and that means for me to get started in enhancing my Jeep. I recently took it to the shop to get tuned up, so I believe it's ready! However, I don't know how to begin.
I have a stone gray V8 02 Jeep GC with 75000 miles on it. I plan on getting tint first and soon installing new headlights and setting up HIDs on it.
My question for y'all is (besides my plans already): what shall I do to get started?
I plan on posting pictures soon for ideas. Please and Thank you!
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Check out the sigs on some of the members... that will give you some good ideas!!!
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Check out the sigs on some of the members... that will give you some good ideas!!!
That sounds like a plan. But.. what does "sig" mean? check out different profiles? Haha I appreciate it!
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it means signatures a lot of members like to boast what they write a special one you would enjoy is our member Marlin
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Thanks, Ill check out that page.

Do yall have any creative ideas yall have or that yall have done? I wanna have the basics but not be too generic
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That sounds like a plan. But.. what does "sig" mean? check out different profiles? Haha I appreciate it!
1) Since you're fairly new, Welcome to the JG

2) For people who are too lazy to type out full words online lol it's short for "signature". Many user's on this forum include what mods they've done to their Jeeps so far, some list future mods, some have pics of their current set-up.

3) If you wan't to get started with the whole HID process, you're going to want to invest in a pair of projector headlights. If you don't know what projectors are they differ from reflector headlights in that they try to evenly distribute the light in front of the vehicle. All projectors have what's known as a "cutoff", A cutoff is the area exactly where the light is projected, good projectors do not have any scatter above the cutoff to prevent blinding other drivers.

4)As for projectors, You'll want to go for a Generation III, The Gen III currently offers the best performance out of the 3 generations. An easy way to identify a Gen III is to look for the 3 LED's on the side. The Gen III come's in Chrome or Black depending on preference and include either LED halo's (The ring around the low and high beams) or CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps) Which are 4x brighter than LED halo's and are as bright as what you see on most BMW's.

Here are some examples to better help you differentiate them:

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5) As for looking for HID's goes, If you're looking for optimum performance, you'll want to stay in the Kelvin temperature range of 4300k-6000k (Where 6000k is pushing it). A common myth/misconception is that the higher the temperature the brighter it is, That is false. All OEM car's come with HID's at the 4300k range which is a pure white. The only reason is looks blue is because of the projector they use. When looking at an OEM equipped car with HID's, They appear blue when looking at certain angles of the projector when in actuality they are white.

6) As for where to buy from:

DDM Tuning (A good kit for your first HID experience, Customer support isn't great, I've read reports that their inventory control is lacking, But a lot of users have had positive experiences, Myself being one of them, I've had a 4500k kit for about 8 months with no problems)

Their kits range from $30-40$ and are backed by a lifetime warranty. Not too bad if you're looking for a cheap kit.

XenonDepot (Quality, Their a supported vendor on here so you know their good, A lot of Jeep owner's on here run their kits and swear by them. Customer support is stellar, The owner Steve is extremely friendly and helpful with any questions/concerns you may have.)

If you have the extra money to spend and want to get a quality kit. Known by their web address "KBCarStuff", They offer two different HID kits starting with the Volt Which runs on average of $200, But currently are on sale for $120 to their Xtreme kit which is normally $500 (I know seems crazy) but is currently on sale for $200. Though their prices may seem high, you truly are getting a quality product.

Here are some testimonials from customers who have purchased from XenonDepot and have enjoyed their results

http://www.kbcarstuff.com/Customer-T...views-s/61.htm
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Thanks! Thats a great explanation; I will search for Generation 3 projector headlights soon.
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Thanks! Thats a great explanation; I will search for Generation 3 projector headlights soon.
No problem, Good luck with your search.

This is the cheapest I've been able to find them.

Chrome:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/99-04...Q5fAccessories

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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/99-04...Q5fAccessories
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Ill look onto it. Even though they're cheaper.. do you think they'll still have solid quality?
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Ill look onto it. Even though they're cheaper.. do you think they'll still have solid quality?
If you're referring to the Projectors, I questioned that too. I think they should be fine. I've noticed two manufacturers for the Gen III's. Spyder and Sonar (I would try to go for sonar) In the second pic which is up close you can see the Sonar branding on the lower part of the headlight.

As long as they end up looking as good as they do in these pics I'll be fine







Here are some pics of output from various owner's of the Gen III's.



























The first pic is the difference with a reflector on one side and projector on the other. All others are both Projectors













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Re: Getting Started..?

I'm a huge audiophile so a sound system upgrade was a must for me. If you have any questions regarding that let me know.
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That light output pic 3rd from the end is clearly the best...heheheh. Don't forget tailight options, wheels, better shocks, etc. Personally, if I were you, I'd start with things like a set of Bilstien shocks. Your jeep has 75k. Chances are the shocks are worn or will be kicking it soon. Spend wisely.
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