Recently I completed a projector retrofit on my motorcycle. I was pretty much hooked right away. As I tell my wife often:
"There are worse hobbies I could be spending money on"
With that I'll get started
My 08 WK is a Laredo and came equipped with the halogen headlamps. We've all seen them, nothing special or exciting.
I threw in a set of Silverstar Ultras once the first bulb went out. Halogen Light output:
The OEM HID headlights to me look awesome. I've wanted to get a set after I saw them the first time. They are HID and use a Valeo D1s Projector & Ballast. I still need to buy a set. I'm looking at a few options online now but if anyone has a set for cheap please send me a message.
The new thing in the headlight world is LED. Here is where the fun really is going to start.
Lucky for me the Jeep WK OEM setup only requires a lowbeam 2.5" projector. This means I don't have to attempt to fit a Bixenon in the small area. I chose to go with LED projectors out of a 2015 Nissan Murano. I purchased these from "Theretrofitsource.com". I will need to shave off a little of the heatsink below the lens to make it fit but I don't see it becoming a problem.
The LED projectors have NO
Ballasts or Bulbs. Which is a blessing and a curse. If a projector ever goes out I will need to replace the whole unit but the up front cost is much much cheaper. The LED's also have a longer life expectancy. I also ordered a set of clear lenses to swap on. A clear lens is used a lot on retrofits to add to the color of the cutoff and/or to increase the sharpness of the cutoff.
Projector Testing & Output shots!! @50ft-60ft with stock lens. Surprised at how wide they actually are, I kept hearing that the beams were super narrow and pencil-like.
Left Projector Output:
Left Projector Cutoff:
Right Projector Output:
Slight bowing to the left and right along the cutoff. You can kinda see it here. Center of beam is aimed at far right of white fence:
Color in the bow to the left. Equal sized on the right:
This was the right side of the beam that wasn't out into the yard. I love the color these have: