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post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old 01-23-2017, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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HID conversions - blinding everyone in front of you?

I'm in the "OMG these headlights are dim" club, but I don't want to be that guy with the retina-searing HIDs installed in housings that don't control the light pattern well.

I have noticed that my headlights do have a pretty sharp cutoff at the top of the beam pattern in low beam mode, so I have hope that HIDs will work in a "friendly to others" way.

Has anyone with an HID conversion actually done an on the road test or something with a friend observing, comparing their HIDs to the stock halogens?
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post #2 of 65 (permalink) Old 01-23-2017, 06:17 PM
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No officially sanctioned testing on my part but I've been flashed exactly twice in the 26 months I've owned my TH.

Once with the stock halogens and again with the HID's.

Not sure how scientific that is but I don't feel I'm any more blinding than I was before the HID's.

That being said, the difference between the hal's and hid's is AMAZING!!
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I'm in the "OMG these headlights are dim" club, but I don't want to be that guy with the retina-searing HIDs installed in housings that don't control the light pattern well.

I have noticed that my headlights do have a pretty sharp cutoff at the top of the beam pattern in low beam mode, so I have hope that HIDs will work in a "friendly to others" way.

Has anyone with an HID conversion actually done an on the road test or something with a friend observing, comparing their HIDs to the stock halogens?
Hi there,

Your timing is very good ! I installed an HID kit last week. First thing I did when I backed out of the garage, after the install, was to lower the headlight aim. I lowered it because the factory aim on mine was high, just high enough I got flashed maybe twice with the halogens on low beam. I've lowered them roughly 2 full turns on the adjuster and they are perfect. I'll link you to a recent post where I posted onroad pics with the HIDs. Note that the high beam shot is not great because of a dip on the road ahead, that kinda ruined the distance on the beam. I'll take new pics later this week. I also aimed the driver's side slightly lower than the passenger's side (a DOT requirement for HIDs, or so I've read on other forums...). I waited a long time before installing this kit because, like you, I was worried about assaulting others. After seeing tons of pics from people who have installed this kit on the Cherokee, I felt comfy enough with the beam pattern and cutoff ; now that I have them, I can confirm the cutoff is crisp and the bleeding up, if any, is minimal. The beam pattern is somewhat narrow, which can cause a problem when bouncing up and down with HIDs ; that is why I lowered them as much as I did. I also carry a 6mm hex tool to lower them on the fly, if I have more weight onboard, etc...
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Hey Mark, is the headlight adjustment accessible from the engine compartment?

I didn't even look to adjust mine since the line was exact to the stock bulbs. That being said, with these being so much brighter, I'm going to see if I get flashed this next week and if so, lower them as you did.

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A picture of the adjuster I did for someone a few days ago. This is standing in front of the radiator looking left:



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A picture of the adjuster I did for someone a few days ago. This is standing in front of the radiator looking left:

Good pic there David. Yes indeed, you need to spot that little black plastic funnel : the hex screw head is right in that funnel. I read somewhere that if you didn't have a 6mm hex tool (aka "Allen key"), then a flat head precision screwdriver worked just fine ; well I tried with a screwdriver and it didn't work for me, so I went to the nearest tool place and they had run out of those 6mm T handle hex tools like Dave has in the pic, so I bought a 3/8" drive 6mm long hex bit instead. With a long extension the ratchet handle is up above top of fender level so I rotate that sucker freely.
Adjusting down is counter clockwise. As Dave said, the funnels are easy to see when standing in front of the Jeep, looking down where the headlights are. No need to remove anything.

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Yeah that's actually a 5mm from my roof racks so won't actually work... I too use a 6mm 1/2 in drive version with a long extension. However please note if doing this to tape the adaptor to the extension!! This is from the wonderful experience of trying to get the bit after it came off and dropped...

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Yeah that's actually a 5mm from my roof racks so won't actually work... I too use a 6mm 1/2 in drive version with a long extension. However please note if doing this to tape the adaptor to the extension!! This is from the wonderful experience of trying to get the bit after it came off and dropped...
Hahahaha... been there, done that. The other day when installing the HIDs, I dropped the 8mm socket while re-installing the air box ; it came off the extension. I finally got it by removing one screw holding part of the wheel well liner, stuck my hand in there and grabbed it. Pheww. Hex bit held very firmly on the extension so I wasn't worried. Yeah famous last words lol. I'll be keeping the tool in the Jeep, so... I guess I'll have to tape those suckers together now that you mention it

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Right on. Thanks for the pics and the info guys!

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Heh, I forgot that most headlights are that easy to adjust down. I think I'll give HIDs a shot.
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