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Re: What did you do to your WK2 today?

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Considering the time and labor involved to do it properly, that really isn't too bad. Especially if it includes the cost of the product.
it didn't, but that paint is pretty cheap.

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Re: What did you do to your WK2 today?

I've been contemplating swapping my 2014 Limited headlights for LEDs for a while, I knew it was going to be a PITA to install given how inaccessible the bulbs are but I finally decided to take the plunge...

I got these H11 LEDs from OPT7 via Amazon - Amazon.com: OPT7 LED Headlight Bulbs w/ Clear Arc-Beam Kit - H11 (H8, H9) - 60w 7,000Lm 6K Cool White CREE - 2 Yr Warranty: Automotive

They seem very well made and packaged, come with polarity inverters and capacitors (more on those later).

I followed the manual for removing the front bumper and fascia, wasn't too difficult but it's definitely a two man job (luckily I had help)

Removing the bumper


and headlights.. (yes, it needs a wash)


LEDs installed very easily once you have good access to the socket. The black connector is the original power for the H11 coming from the inside of the headlight.



There was no way (or would it be advisable) to install the driver inside the headlight so I drilled a hole in the cap just big enough for the connectors



I used a grommet to keep dust out of the headlight and to keep the wires away from sharp edges, the driver is held by double-sided tape to the outside of the headlight, wiring got tidied up to the original harness.



When I first tested it I got nothing... so I installed the polarity inverters and voila, let there be light. I noticed that there was a bit of flicker, hardly noticeable if you're not looking for it but it was there. The kit ships with capacitors that should solve the issue so I added them to the chain but at that point the lights would not come at all. I emailed OPT7 about that, they very quickly responded saying I might need a relay and they immediately shipped one to me. Unfortunately the relay didn't really help as a, it would be somewhat difficult to install given the battery is under the passenger seat (the jump terminals are an option but not ideal) and more importantly because both headlights would then be controlled in tandem, losing the selective on/off when running them as DRL and using signals. In the week that I have been using the LEDs without the relay I never noticed the effects of the flicker so I will be keeping the installation as-is. I made a note of the height of the light beam cutoff pre-install and adjusted the headlights slightly up to match that with the LEDs installed. I have not had anyone flash me or any other indication of the lights being a nuisance to others. There are also no warnings or anything else indicating CANBUS errors.

Here's what it looks like - all pairs are shot with the same camera settings at Daylight color temperature. I don't notice as much difference in light output but the temperature difference is just as pronounced as it looks in the photos, I absolutely love the way LEDs light up street signs...



The beam cutoff isn't as well defined but it's pretty close



Left side looks cleaner, right side has a little "notch" to it - it is visible when you light up a wall, not so much when driving down a road





All things considered I'm very happy with the results and would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a much more modern look in their non-HID WK2 although the installation really was a proper PITA (it would have been a 5 min job on my VW..).

So if anyone needs a relay for switching H11 lightbulbs let me know, OPT7 were ok with me keeping it and offering it to anyone who might have use for it.

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I placed a deposit for a 2016 Overland EcoDiesel in Velvet Red Pearl with Jeep Brown/Light Frost Beige interior.
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I placed a deposit for a 2016 Overland EcoDiesel in Velvet Red Pearl with Jeep Brown/Light Frost Beige interior.

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After weeks of rain and snow finally a stretch of good weather coming. So I washed her... Dried her off with Adams Detail... Corsa exhaust coming today. Installed on Friday.
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This is something I would really like to do, but it is so labor intensive. Also at my age, the entire job would have to be done either bending over, or else down on my knees because I have no access to a lift. My back and knees can't take it any more. It sure would look good though. Especially in gloss red!

Unfortunately without a lift you're going to need to be on the ground and even under the car to get all the spots. Did this prior on my '15 and it takes some maneuvering. Longest part of the process is just taping it all off. I don't think I'd pay $400 to have anyone paint them though. Just my opinion but that's a lot of money to tape off everything and throw some paint on...

Doesn't look like the weather in TX is going to be very good again tomorrow or the whole week. Guess I will try again next weekend.
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Installed automatic obd-ii adapter to help me read my check engine light on my iphone and has a lot of other great features. I got it on amazon for $79.

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Don't get mad everybody but I got this yesterday..

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Ram 2500 Cummins diesel..

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First wash since I got it.
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