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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 05-05-2017, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Question Cherokee KL Headlights

I want to upgrade the headlight bulbs on my 2015 Cherokee (KL) Trailhawk. I keep looking at different sites and some say use a 9006 replacement bulb, others say a 9012 replacement bulb, while others say a 9005 bulb. Can someone tell me what is the correct replacement upgraded bulb for my 2015 Trailhawk?:confuse d:
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I have Sylvania Silverstar 9012 (HIR2). The people at O'Rielly Auto Parts told me that these were better than the higher priced Ultras. I don't believe that the headlights were changed between 2015 and 2016.

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If you have a 2015 you have 9012.

2015 built 2016s also have 9012.

2016 build 2016s and on have 9005 bulbs.

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I have Sylvania Silverstar 9012 (HIR2). The people at O'Rielly Auto Parts told me that these were better than the higher priced Ultras. I don't believe that the headlights were changed between 2015 and 2016.
Yeah 2014-2015 and early 2016 builds have 9012s, while later 2016s and non HID 2017s have 9005s.

Regular 9005 bulbs are rated at 65W while 9012s are rated at 55W, but 9012s make up for that with a superior output (compared to other 55W bulbs).
@tpm : just know that the Cherokee computer watches headlight bulbs very closely... and will throw errors and cut power to them if you use a different bulb type/wattage than OEM. I suggest you have a read in the Lighting section here on the forum, because the Cherokee's halogen headlights are a hot topic...

Edit : Len beat me to it...

Edit #2 : just to clarify about 9005 vs 9006. Cherokees (2016-17) use 9005s (65W) and not 9006s (55W). They are identical as far as fitment and connector, but the 9006 was designed as a low beam bulb for twin bulb systems while the 9005 is the high beam bulb (more power). FCA went with the 9005 because it produces more light than the 9006, and of course the Cherokee only has one bulb per side. And the 9012s, while only rated at 55W, produce more light than a 9006, probably close to a 9005 in terms of lumens.
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So then an April 2016 build would be a what?


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Yes, 9005 for halogen. I'll just add a little complement to that info : if you are going with halogen bulbs then yes, the ones you want are 9005. But if you look at alternatives like HID or LED, you may see kits with 9006s for the Cherokee : no worries, it's fine, because the bulb design is the same for both. Because the light output is so much greater with a xenon (HID) or an LED bulb, 9005 or 9006 doesn't matter as far as we're concerned. For halogens it matters, because like I said earlier a 9006 halogen is 55W while a 9005 is 65W (= more powerful). I think the Xenon Depot HID kit for 9005 equipped Cherokees is actually sold as a 9006 kit, which is fine...

Bottom line : don't stick a 9006 halogen bulb in a Cherokee headlamp, ever, because a) it is less powerful than the original (9005) and b) because of the lower draw (55W instead of 65W) you may get a headlight out error...
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