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Unread 03-01-2011, 01:51 PM   #1
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HIDs on Laredo

I work at a Jeep dealer in Northern Virginia and I had an odd request today.

A customer came in liking all the features on the Limited, but hated the chrome. I suggested getting a loaded Laredo. All the options that stood out to him are available, except HIDs.

Can the projector headlamps and HID ballasts be retrofitted? My service technicians are yet to try and were wondering if anybody else had.

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Unread 03-01-2011, 02:37 PM   #2
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I work at a Jeep dealer in Northern Virginia and I had an odd request today.

A customer came in liking all the features on the Limited, but hated the chrome. I suggested getting a loaded Laredo. All the options that stood out to him are available, except HIDs.

Can the projector headlamps and HID ballasts be retrofitted? My service technicians are yet to try and were wondering if anybody else had.
I don't know for sure but in addition to the headlamps and HID Ballast there is also the question of power. HID use a lot of power, more than halogen headlamps (check the warning for replacing HID bulbs) so will new wiring etc. be required for HID conversion?
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I don't know for sure but in addition to the headlamps and HID Ballast there is also the question of power. HID use a lot of power, more than halogen headlamps (check the warning for replacing HID bulbs) so will new wiring etc. be required for HID conversion?
Ya i assumed there would be additional wiring involved. I would hate to have a number of parts ordered only to have a short out or something after installation.

Someone have the balls to try it out? haha
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He can get the chrome pieces removed (door handles and chrome mirrors) for less that the swap would cost probably. Just sell the limited and swap the chrome pieces with regular colored ones from a laredo. Then... add an addendum to the other Jeep for 25% of usual cost and call it a deal
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He can get the chrome pieces removed (door handles and chrome mirrors) for less that the swap would cost probably. Just sell the limited and swap the chrome pieces with regular colored ones from a laredo. Then... add an addendum to the other Jeep for 25% of usual cost and call it a deal
Looked into it. Jeep sends chrome door handles and mirrors from the factory, standard. To swap the parts would be huge costs in parts and labor.
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The mirrors are just covers. There is a set of used silver ones from a member on here on ebay. He replaced the regular ones with chrome ones.
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ya i saw those. Guy is coming back in tonight. I'll see if he can deal with chrome handles with a second look.
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I don't know for sure but in addition to the headlamps and HID Ballast there is also the question of power. HID use a lot of power, more than halogen headlamps (check the warning for replacing HID bulbs) so will new wiring etc. be required for HID conversion?
HID lamps do not use more power. They need a high voltage for a fraction of second to ignite the bulb. Once the bulb is ignited the power consumption falls dramatically. They typically consume 35 watts power compared to 55 watts in the halogen bulbs but provide 2-3 times more illumination at the correct color temperature (around 4000-5000k) . To offset the extra load on the stock wiring it is generally a good idea to run a harness directly from the battery via a relay switch so you dont toast the stock wiring or other electronics. The aftermarket HID kits definitely are brighter but people tend to get the blue and purple bulbs for the looks which beats the whole purpose of better visibility. At higher color temps (over 7000k) the light causes too much glare that it really should be made illegal. Hope this info helps.
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Holy Thread Resurrection, Batman!!

For curiosity sake, any update on this?
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The power of someone wrong on the interwebs compelled him. I've been corrected before and appreciate when it happens.
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For curiosity sake, any update on this?
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Ya wow, I totally forgot about this. That guy never ended up buying. Kind of a waste of time.

If I was him, I would have bought a Laredo X, then spent the cash on a whole new headlight assembly from a Limited and address any needed wiring/power issues. Either that, or quit being so picky.
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Ya wow, I totally forgot about this. That guy never ended up buying. Kind of a waste of time.

If I was him, I would have bought a Laredo X, then spent the cash on a whole new headlight assembly from a Limited and address any needed wiring/power issues. Either that, or quit being so picky.
Might as well just get a Limited if you plan on re-wiring and buying a whole new headlight assembly to get HID headlights anyway.
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I don't know for sure but in addition to the headlamps and HID Ballast there is also the question of power. HID use a lot of power, more than halogen headlamps (check the warning for replacing HID bulbs) so will new wiring etc. be required for HID conversion?
Speaking of the Halogen lamps...why on earth did these get combined with the HID lights. Seems like it should have been one or the other not both. I would love to replace my Halogen running lamps with a light that matches my headlights - I hate the current look at night!
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