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post #591 of 625 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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@Jsswish - I was mistaken when I spoke with you on the phone... I thought that @Mark_ had already installed the kit (which he obviously had not).

However, we have been selling these 9012 bulbs for a good 6 months -- and have had many members on this forum post feedback.

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I appreciate the visit and information. That extra info about the shadow is news to me, and I'm happy you shared it because I was preparing for battle, haha. Kidding aside, I was already thinking about how I was going to trim one or two tabs in order to rotate that 8 o'clock shadow away. So less work and less worrying now... yess...

@Jsswish : armed with this new info, you could go back to that shop and tell the guy they will go in... even though they are unconventional 9012s. They just need to make sure all 3 tabs are in before they twist them into final position, or else you would end up with a crooked beam.
Santa brought me a cheapo boroscope (aka inspection cam, aka colonoscopy camera ) that I intend to use for this install. I'll snap some stills and share them here, once I decide to do this install...
I called the shop back and he swears they won't go in, but said he'd try again and if he breaks something it's my fault basically. Doesn't seem like much of a people person and I really wish I could just do this myself, not to mention his install cost of the LED fog lights took me by surprise a bit.

Still communicating with Steve. Anyone know of a good shop that can do this in central Pennsylvania, Harrisburg/Lancaster area, or want to come to my house for beers and pizza and help me out?
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I saw in another thread that a member took their Jeep to Best Buy and Geek Squad did the HID install, has anyone ever done anything like that? We do have a couple Best Buys around but I never would have thought they'd do that.
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I saw in another thread that a member took their Jeep to Best Buy and Geek Squad did the HID install, has anyone ever done anything like that? We do have a couple Best Buys around but I never would have thought they'd do that.
Hmm. Yeah I remember that post. I can only tell you this : with jobs like these, it's all about the individual who does the work. You may get an incompetent (or lazy) tech in a shop you think is specialized, while you may find a gem in the Geek Squad, kinda like against the odds... So sometimes it's a crapshoot... Best thing to do is try to find local reviews, ask around, etc...

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Hmm. Yeah I remember that post. I can only tell you this : with jobs like these, it's all about the individual who does the work. You may get an incompetent (or lazy) tech in a shop you think is specialized, while you may find a gem in the Geek Squad, kinda like against the odds... So sometimes it's a crapshoot... Best thing to do is try to find local reviews, ask around, etc...
So after a few phone calls and some back and forth communication with Steve I ended up re-scheduling with the same shop with the agreement that it would be a weekday, and if they run into any problems I will make sure they have the number to contact Xenon Depot for support, which they better do.
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So after a few phone calls and some back and forth communication with Steve I ended up re-scheduling with the same shop with the agreement that it would be a weekday, and if they run into any problems I will make sure they have the number to contact Xenon Depot for support, which they better do.
That sounds like a good plan to me

The installer is probably hesitant when he faces this type of a challenge. That's Ok to a point... I'm sure that with your blessing and XD on stand-by, he'll have all the needed courage to twist it in, haha.

Keep us posted. Fingers crossed here.
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Wow they are very blue for 4300?

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They weren't warm yet so they look a bit blue at startup, they get more white and match the LED DRL very well.. Don't notice any shadows either. Turning on brights is amazing now! Did get 1 light out warning one night as the passanger side bulb would not turn on. Had to shut vehicle off for about a minute then start back up which worked. It was raining good that day not sure if that had anything to do with it. I mount the balasts underneath the rods that keep the hood open. Just enough clearence for when it's closed.
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So after a few phone calls and some back and forth communication with Steve I ended up re-scheduling with the same shop with the agreement that it would be a weekday, and if they run into any problems I will make sure they have the number to contact Xenon Depot for support, which they better do.
Hey there,

Just a quick update here. I got one bulb in and working. Ran out of time today so I'll do driver's side (battery side) tomorrow. I'll post later with more details, but just so you know, the XD bulbs go in very easily with no trimming or cheating. The secret : insert them with the long tab in the same slot as where the long tab on the OEM 9012s went. I originally thought I would go with where the connector rested with the OEM bulbs and try to match that position with the xenons ; wrong, since the tab configuration is different, you have to go with the long tab as a guide, not the connector...
In other words : OEM 9012 rests in the housing with the connector at 2 o'colck which means its long tab rests at 8 o'clock (ish). When you take out the OEM bulb (twist it CCW), the long tab comes out at 5:30 ish on the housing. I'll post pics of this later. So when you insert the XD xenon, the long tab must go in at 5:30 ish which means the connector will be at 2:00 ish (going back to my bulb photos a few psots back >> long tab on XD bulb is in the 8:00 position when the connector is at 6:00 while OEM long tab is as 12:00 (opposite connector).
So the connector's final resting position (twisted in) on the XD bulbs is 5:30 ish (where the long tab went in).

I'm guessing your shop guy tried to insert the bulbs with the connector as a guide. I tried that a few times and they won't go in, not without cheating/twisting which I didn't even attempt.

Result for passenger side : no shadow, bulb well seated and beam pattern same as with the halogen bulb. It's not dark out yet but I'm guessing 40% brighter than the OEM 9012.

More later...
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@Mark_ - Thank you so much for the detailed reply!!! I'm glad to hear that you've gotten the kit installed, and I appreciate you taking the time to post up the "tip"!

What color temperature did you end up going with again?

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@Mark_ - Thank you so much for the detailed reply!!! I'm glad to hear that you've gotten the kit installed, and I appreciate you taking the time to post up the "tip"!

What color temperature did you end up going with again?

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Hey Steve,

I'm halfway done, still need to do driver's side tomorrow. But it should go much more quickly tomorrow, having dealt with a non cooperative hole saw bit today (fixed), having to remove the air box again (because I dropped a wrench down there oops) and also because I'm more familiar with the bulbs and wiring now. Oh and I also lost a lot of time playing around with the inspection cam (new toy Santa dropped...).

I went with the XD 4300K. I haven't seen close-up pics of the Philips 4300K's tabs so I can only guide those who have the *regular* XD bulbs, the ones with the unconventional tab arrangement...

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