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Unread 07-16-2007, 08:56 AM   #1
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08 wk headlamps

hey guys im looking at getting a wk. doing my research and i stumbled accross the fact that the 08s are getting hid headlamps. just wondering whos looking at doing an 08 retero fit into their wk?

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Unread 07-16-2007, 08:58 AM   #2
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Everybody's looking into it. Ok, not everybody, but lots. It's a mega-project that's not as easy as it seems. Body style's a bit different, headlights are integrated into the MyGIG system, stuff like that.
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Unread 07-16-2007, 09:01 AM   #3
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ouch thats crappy to hear.
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Unread 07-16-2007, 09:22 AM   #4
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has anyone just retero fitted hid bulbs into the current headlight refelectors.
yes i know thats not the proper way to do it but im just wondering
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Someone has. They ground out the socket in their headlamp and shoved the new HID in. It was either here or on JeepsUnlimited. Just do a search in the WK forums for "hid retrofit"
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Unread 07-16-2007, 10:36 AM   #6
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Here is the thread where a retrofit has been done.

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That wasn't the thread I was thinking of. Someone had detailed instructions with pictures on how they did it. It was about 4-6 months ago.
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That wasn't the thread I was thinking of. Someone had detailed instructions with pictures on how they did it. It was about 4-6 months ago.

Maybe not the thread you were looking for, but it's a good thread for telling you why you shouldn't do it.
Now I'm with you that HIDs are great, but please do us all a favor and don't put HIDs in non HID/projector housings.
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it's probably possible to purchase just the housings, purchase a HID kit with the projector bulbs, and use the stock wiring to provide the signal. i assume the highbeam system is the same. this should be the easiest solution.
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Maybe not the thread you were looking for, but it's a good thread for telling you why you shouldn't do it.
Now I'm with you that HIDs are great, but please do us all a favor and don't put HIDs in non HID/projector housings.
i agree with you in general to your statement. However, not all HID systems need to be on projector housings. There's quite a few vehicles that don't use projectors and are factory OEM. Most of these systems do not have auto leveling to the best of my knowledge (i.e. Volvo's). As long as you have the beams aimed lower and the beam cutoff is very pronounced, I think you can get away with HID on halogen housings.

I'd rather see these then any aftermarket PIAA system on the road.

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I don't think HID's are used for high beams. They take too long to come on.
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i agree with you in general to your statement. However, not all HID systems need to be on projector housings. There's quite a few vehicles that don't use projectors and are factory OEM. Most of these systems do not have auto leveling to the best of my knowledge (i.e. Volvo's). As long as you have the beams aimed lower and the beam cutoff is very pronounced, I think you can get away with HID on halogen housings.

I'd rather see these then any aftermarket PIAA system on the road.

Just my .02
Mercedes used to put HID lights in non projector housings (they didn't like the way projectors looked in their headlight designs) so did Acura. Both of those cars are annoying and blinding (which is why they gave it up and started using projectors).
Those early Mercedes are pretty much solely responsible for people thinking all HIDs are blinding.

The blue "ricer lights" if that's what you are referring to are annoying, but not nearly as bad as bad HIDs since they have way less light output than pretty much any conventional bulb.
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I don't think HID's are used for high beams. They take too long to come on.
Cars that have HIDs for the high beams actually has the bulbs lit all the time (when the low beams are on). They use a little mechanical "shield" that is pulled back when the driver "turns on" the high beams.
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Unread 07-19-2007, 08:21 PM   #14
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Passing Lights are Halogen

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Cars that have HIDs for the high beams actually has the bulbs lit all the time (when the low beams are on). They use a little mechanical "shield" that is pulled back when the driver "turns on" the high beams.

Correct- they use a mechanical shutter. The passing lights are halogen due to the timing, but we don't use them much in the US because if you do the other driver assumes your well into a road rage incident.
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Unread 07-19-2007, 09:32 PM   #15
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I have the Xenondepot.com Xtreme 6500K kit in my GC and love them. I did aim the lights down a little more than normal and I have never been flashed. I love the look and the light output. The kit cost me $250 shipped and was cake to install. Just make sure you get a kit with relays to prevent the blinking.
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