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post #1 of 27 Old 12-23-2013, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Low headbeam

I'm new to the forum, and just purchased a 2005 grand cherokee. I noticed that my headlights seem to be rather low, the beam doesn't seem to have much of a distance on them. Is this a common problem or have a common fix? My first jeep.

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post #2 of 27 Old 12-24-2013, 04:59 AM
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Headlights on the WK in my opinion are not very good, a lot of people swap in Silverstars or another quality bulb (easiest upgrade), if you want to get creative you can go all the way up to Projectors with HID bulbs.

Have you checked the alignment to see if they are angled down to far?

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post #3 of 27 Old 12-24-2013, 09:13 AM
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Aiming Headlights

There are several posts on this topic but here goes again.
I find the stock headlights on my WK are very good when aimed properly
If you look under the hood near the headlights on each side you will see an adjuster by the back the headlights that accepts a medium size Philips screwdriver. It is marked with a bi-directional arrow marked R and L
This means raise and lower not right and left. There is no adjustment for right and left and both low and high beams are aimed together with the one adjustment. I found out the hard way that the driver's side adjuster is labeled backwards. I am assuming the headlights on the 05 are the same as mine. I have the round headlights.

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post #4 of 27 Old 12-24-2013, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your response, I'll look around a little next time before asking a question.
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post #5 of 27 Old 12-24-2013, 09:57 AM
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I installed silverstars and adjusted them up just a bit. HUGE DIFFERENCE.

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post #6 of 27 Old 12-24-2013, 10:49 AM
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Silverstars

Yah, you can never have too much light. I may look into some Silverstars. Will I need a bigger alternator to power them

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post #7 of 27 Old 12-24-2013, 10:59 AM
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No, in this case a bigger alternator would not help, depending on voltage at the connector a upgraded harness might due to line loss.

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Yah, you can never have too much light. I may look into some Silverstars. Will I need a bigger alternator to power them

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post #8 of 27 Old 12-24-2013, 11:48 AM
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The biggest improvement are HIR 9012 Bulbs. Very pleased with mine, don't waste your money on silverstars.
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post #9 of 27 Old 12-25-2013, 08:04 AM
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If I have read correctly, you may have to trim the 9012 bulb base to fir the connector in the jeep or the headlight lamp base. If they were meant to be used, I would think you would not have to trim. Being that I once had an old vehicle that light upgrades were a bit rough on, I would be hesitant to upgrade to make it fit.


The new lights melted the wire sheathing on my light harness and the dimmer switch never worked for very long. Got very hot to the touch and when driving barefoot, it was a surprise to have a torched toe.


I have had no problems with Silverstars in any vehicle and they do help over a standard bulb or so it seems. You should just replace bulbs every so often anyway as the filaments wear out.

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post #10 of 27 Old 12-25-2013, 08:20 AM
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Silverstars are great. Zero risk of anything but bright white light.

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post #11 of 27 Old 12-25-2013, 09:13 AM
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Have a read, might learn something.
http://www.danielsternlighting.com/t...good/good.html
And 9012's are completely safe, do a search.
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post #12 of 27 Old 12-28-2013, 07:29 AM
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Silverstars are great. Zero risk of anything but bright white light.
I was thinking of grabbing these silverstars. Plug and go right?

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post #13 of 27 Old 12-28-2013, 08:13 AM
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Yes. My 08 might take a different model though. Not 100%. Really happy with them though.

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post #14 of 27 Old 12-28-2013, 09:02 AM
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I'll probably pick them up. I've been looking for a better light (white) and I'm not interested in anything super fancy. Thanks.

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post #15 of 27 Old 12-28-2013, 10:25 AM
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I installed mine in april 2009 when I bought the Jeep. Just had one go out during this last summer. 4 years and 40k miles or so. Not bad. I replaced both and kept the old good one as a spare. I still have the stock high beams. Happy with those.

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