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mswlogo 10-03-2013 03:43 PM

What are Headlight Upgrade options on 2014 Stock Limited
 
I'm not sure I'll do anything but curious about my options.

I have a fairly stock 2014 limited.

I really prefer OEM options.

Are there any OEM options to upgrade the Headlights to have DRL LED and HID. Or are they only 3rd Party options?

Are there simple options like simply changing a bulb (3rd party or OEM)?

And what are the costs with the various options?

DanPorges 10-03-2013 09:16 PM

Re: What are Headlight Upgrade options on 2014 Stock Limited
 
I have been looking for much of the same information. The general consensus on the forum is that you can go with a HID kit or you could swap to the OEM lights from the Limited Lux II package or higher models. The switch to the OEM lights is COSTLY! Expect to pay close to $1200-1500 for the lights alone and then the only way to actually wire them is to hunt down a guy on YouTube that has designed a custom retrofit/integration harness to make the OEM lights work with the base wiring.
Bulb swaps are an option for things like LED's and whatnot, but I have heard very poor reviews as to the actual light output of those options.

I am hoping someone will just make a really cool looking plug-and-play headlight replacement for the Laredo and base Limited units without needing the harnesses and wiring of HID ballasts and all..... Lets see who else has an opinion or can offer some guidance?

GCLimited 10-05-2013 08:22 AM

Re: What are Headlight Upgrade options on 2014 Stock Limited
 
I'm very pleased with just the Phillips halogen bulb replacement I made (lows, highs, and fog light). The "yellow" look is gone, and they seem to put out a bit more light than the stock bulbs...all for about $25 per set ($75 total).

gaidin43 10-05-2013 12:10 PM

Re: What are Headlight Upgrade options on 2014 Stock Limited
 
You have heard bad reviews for the output of the LED DRL's? I love the look of them, but not looking to spend $1000 for lights.

So as I understand it the upgrades for the stock limited and lardeo without the LUX II package are bulb replacements and harness attachments which run $200 or less from what I have seen or buying the OEM LUX II lights and getting a custom harness for them which is $1200-1500?

Any other suggestions? Are the replacement bulbs have a much greater output?

Northland 10-05-2013 07:33 PM

Re: What are Headlight Upgrade options on 2014 Stock Limited
 
I went with the Xtreme Digital HID kit and am very happy with it. Works great as DRLs and also with the stock auto headlights feature. I even notice since installing the HIDs and leaving DRLs on, other traffic gives me a wide berth - so it's actually a safety feature as well! I pulled the front bumper cover off to install the HIDs; was very intimidated at first but it's a piece of cake.

gaidin43 10-05-2013 07:41 PM

So basically a $200 mod? All you did is add a harness and change out the bulbs with that kit correct?

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Northland 10-05-2013 08:00 PM

Re: What are Headlight Upgrade options on 2014 Stock Limited
 
Correct. Little over $200; maybe $220 or so. The Xtreme kit comes with relays, ballasts, and bulbs; you'll also need to purchase the canbus fixes (two of them; one for each side - but I believe they're sold as a pair) to eliminate flickering. If the code "MOPARHID" is still valid on xenondepot.com (or kbcarstuff.com, which is where you'll wind up) they'll throw in the canbus fixes for free if you order the kit. Read through this thread: http://www.jeepgarage.org/f176/2014-...ion-58703.html. Note when installing this kit you'll have to: 1.) Drill about a 1" diameter hole through the plastic cap on the back of each headlight housing in order to mount the xtreme kit to each; 2.) You'll have to check polarity on each side - some of the '14s are reversed, and some just on one side; and 3.) For best lighting pattern you'll have to ground off the largest mounting tab on each side to match the other two tabs - that will allow you to install the bulb indexed so that the ground wire faces down. Otherwise you'll get a shadow, which is really bad on the passenger side.

WATacoRider 10-05-2013 10:03 PM

Re: What are Headlight Upgrade options on 2014 Stock Limited
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Northland (Post 904696)
Correct. Little over $200; maybe $220 or so. The Xtreme kit comes with relays, ballasts, and bulbs; you'll also need to purchase the canbus fixes (two of them; one for each side - but I believe they're sold as a pair) to eliminate flickering. If the code "MOPARHID" is still valid on xenondepot.com (or kbcarstuff.com, which is where you'll wind up) they'll throw in the canbus fixes for free if you order the kit. Read through this thread: http://www.jeepgarage.org/f176/2014-...ion-58703.html. Note when installing this kit you'll have to: 1.) Drill about a 1" diameter hole through the plastic cap on the back of each headlight housing in order to mount the xtreme kit to each; 2.) You'll have to check polarity on each side - some of the '14s are reversed, and some just on one side; and 3.) For best lighting pattern you'll have to ground off the largest mounting tab on each side to match the other two tabs - that will allow you to install the bulb indexed so that the ground wire faces down. Otherwise you'll get a shadow, which is really bad on the passenger side.

Wait, what? What's the deal about this 1" hole? So does this mean you cant go back to stock anymore?

Pics?

Northland 10-05-2013 10:26 PM

Re: What are Headlight Upgrade options on 2014 Stock Limited
 
Sure, you can go back to stock - just might get condensation in the headlight assemblies, though, as those plastic caps seal the rear of the assembly. Relay assemblies on the Xtreme kit include grommets that fit in the hole you have to drill and allow the relay wiring to enter the assembly. Could just purchase new caps if you go back to stock. I'll take some pics when I pull my bumper off to re-index my HIDs, but it may be a few weeks.

WATacoRider 10-05-2013 11:17 PM

Re: What are Headlight Upgrade options on 2014 Stock Limited
 
Hmmm, is this for all HID kits or just XD's?

Northland 10-05-2013 11:27 PM

Re: What are Headlight Upgrade options on 2014 Stock Limited
 
Since I've only installed the Xtreme kit in my '14 I can't say for certain how all the others out there are wired - all I know is that the factory connector is inside the headlight assembly, hence the need for some means to get an aftermarket connector into the assembly. On the Xtreme kit that's accomplished by drilling a hole in the cap on the rear of the OEM assembly.

David_Hart 10-07-2013 11:48 PM

Re: What are Headlight Upgrade options on 2014 Stock Limited
 
A quick reminder about HID kits. Technically HID kits are against federal DOT law. Most states and police do not enforce this. However, my state, Massachusetts, will not pass vehicles with aftermarket HID installations and is forcing their removal. So, you might want to check around to see if this is being enforced or not in your state before you buy a HID conversion kit.

The reason why the HID kits are against the law is because HID lighting requires the headlight to be properly designed to support the light pattern and to self-level to prevent blinding other drivers. Some may contend that halogen projectors can be converted and calibrated properly. However this just isn't so.

Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply

What this comes down to is whether or not your state and the police are enforcing this or not. Most aren't today. Mine is, though...

These guys sell complete HID headlight replacements which they claim are DOT approved. However, they don't have one yet for the 2014 Jeeps. My thought is that something like these would be the best way to go for HIDs.

Spyder Auto - Projector Headlights,Tail Lights,Crystal Headlights,Fog Lights,Brake Lights,Accessories

For now, though, I have replaced the OEM headlight bulbs with OSRAM Night Breaker Plus. They throw out a little more whiter light and add some distance. They will work fine for now until I can find a proper HID solution.


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