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post #1 of 6 Old 04-04-2014, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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2009 grand cherokee Laredo light upgrade help

Hey everyone. I just recently bought my first jeep it is a 2009 grand cherokee off road edition and also certified preowned. I have a question about upgrading my lights I want hid and maybe halos too. I've read various threads but I still have no clue where to get a good upgrade or if my housing is appropriate for them I don't wanna blind other drivers. My jeep doesn't have stock hid they are yellow lights. Also I would do the high and lo beams along with fogs. If you guys/gals could point me in the right direction that would be very appreciated. Thank you!

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-04-2014, 12:00 PM
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You might not get any good responses to this thread until after 5 or over the weekend but here is something to keep your thread bumped.

There are many options out there, some look sweet, some are expensive.

Most people use the 9011 and 9012 bulbs instead of going with HIDs because the 9011 and 9012s are much brighter than stock, wider, cheaper, plug'n'play(no ballasts) and don't blind anyone. They're not as white as HIDs. With a slight mod, those bulbs will fit in your lows, highs, and fogs. Most HID kits suck and fail quickly. You can buy some nicer ones and they will last longer but...

The most important thing about upgrading to HIDs is to make sure you get a projector headlight assembly. Without it you will blind everyone.

Here is a link to a thread about the 9011 and 9012 bulbs:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f67/hir-9012-a-2024481/

Here is the coolest headlight upgrade I've seen:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f67/o...ation-2177609/

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post #3 of 6 Old 04-04-2014, 03:54 PM
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It's possible to retrofit the factory HIDs, though on an '09 you might eventually need a dealer's assistance—I think they were all self-leveling by that point. That's probably the direction I'd go if you absolutely have to have HIDs. As MacGyver said up there, aftermarket ones suck. And if you're in a state with in-depth inspections, there are exactly zero for the WK that are road-legal.

Also as he mentioned, 9011/9012s are the easy route. If your bulbs haven't been changed recently, even simply swapping in new stock bulbs may give you a decent "upgrade." 5 or 6 years on a set of halogens will have a pretty good loss of output. (Of course, so will 5 or 6 years on HIDs, but it's a lot easier to swallow tossing $40 worth of bulbs. Most people run HIDs until they're really awful.)

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Thanks for the response guys. Im still doing research on what to do. I see a lot of nice HID set ups on the grand Cherokees.
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-09-2014, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone have advice on what they did? I want 10000k light from low beams/hi and fogs
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-11-2014, 06:14 PM
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Hey there:

Just FYI, 10,000K is a light color, not a power rating. Lumens is what you want to look for if you're looking for output. 4300K is the closest to true HID, though many like 5000 or 6000. Much more to either side and the light quality goes away.

I'd second the 9011/9012's. I put them in and they're a huge, inexpensive interim upgrade.
Good luck!
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