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Old 12-30-2013, 02:08 PM   #1
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JK Windshield A-Pillar Light Mount (Why KC HiLites is a terrific American company)

I wanted to mount some previously purchased LED lights on my JKUR's A-pillars to get some additional light.

I checked out a number of brackets and decided to go with the KC HiLites model 7317 which mount on the outside of the pillar as I hoped their location would help reduce the reflection/glare off the hood.

Here's the Model # 7317 pic from KC HiLites:



I installed them and was unhappy with the brackets for 2 reasons:

1. The brackets were produced using a 90 degree angle and when mounted to the slightly angled JK's windshield pillar, it didn't provide a flat mounting point for the lights.

2. KC didn't provide gaskets to I had to purchase rubber gasket material at Home Depot and cut the sheets which I used in between the brackets and the JK's A-pillar.

Here's what the installation looked like - you can see how the 90 angle of the brackets and the angled A-pillar caused the lights to be tilted:





You can see the gasket material and other related info here:
JK Windshield Light Mounting Brackets

Needless to say, I was disappointed and I decided that, instead of taking the brackets back, I'd send KC HiLites an email with pictures and explain the situation as I figured they'd want to know about what I think is a design flaw.

One week later (in October 2013), I received this email:

Thanks for supplying the detailed information the JK bracket. Our team has taken a look at these issues and are in the process of re-designing the bracket. Once completed, we will supply are new set to you.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you,

Ron Pryczynski | Natíl Sales Manager
KC HiLiTES, Inc.



IMO, that was a very cool response - about as good as I could have expected.

Well, it didn't take them long to do what Ron said they'd do. They re-designed the brackets and sent me a new set which I just received (about 60 days after Ron's email). Here are the results:

* New brackets with a non-square (not 90 degree angle) to compensate for the JK's A-pillar angle.

* Thicker brackets - the previous ones were very stout with a nice powder coated finish. These brackets are slightly thicker and have an even better powder coated finish.

* Black rubber gasket material included! A complete package!

Ron and the KC HiLites team came through with a re-designed product (which apparently uses the same part number and installation instructions) in short order. Here are some pics of the previous ("square") brackets and the new angled brackets with gaskets and KC sticker...

Pic of the old "square" brackets (top) and new "angled" brackets (bottom) with gaskets and KC sticker. Notice the new brackets are thicker steel and they have a matte (less glossy) powder coat finish:



Here you can see the new KC brackets by themselves along with the rubber gasket material and sticker - a complete set of high-quality light brackets from KC HiLites:




And, for anyone wondering, while the bracket location mounts the lights to the outside, the lights do not interfere with the mirrors when the doors are opened as you can see from the pic posted by Fooddude:



IMO it's a great product from a terrific American company that has been in the industry for over 40 years. Thanks Ron and KC HiLites for working to quickly improve an already great product design!
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:23 PM   #2
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I'm glad you got a response from KC's customer service. I sent them a E mail early last week asking them about there new LED headlights and I have not heard from them. I guess it's time to buy the Truck Lite headlights. I have seen posts from others that there customer service leaves a lot to be desired.

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Nice they got back to you like they did, good service. But does seem to vary I've read a lot of people that never hear back from KC... consistency is a good thing.
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This is great news and thank you for sharing this!!! I have a set of the "old" style and hate the angle! I used some nylon washers to offset the angle and it turned out "ok" but I'd like a more permanent solution.

I've had mine about three months...do you think they'd "take care of me" on this?
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That's impressive!
Now if only they would come with tamper-proof nuts/bolts/screws hardware.
I'm not impressed that PIAA 540 lights cost me almost $300 then I needed to spend another $40 to buy TP screws, the driver, a 1/4" tapClick image for larger version

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I also welded the brackets to the light bar.
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This is great news and thank you for sharing this!!! I have a set of the "old" style and hate the angle! I used some nylon washers to offset the angle and it turned out "ok" but I'd like a more permanent solution.

I've had mine about three months...do you think they'd "take care of me" on this?
If I were you I'd get in touch with KC HiLites about this right away. You can refer them to this thread (I sent them a link to it) and tell them you have their JK A-pillar light brackets (# 7317) and you'd like them to send you the new, correct version.

Here's the email address I used: info@kchilites.com

You could also call them - they're in Arizona.

Let us know how it works out for you.
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Email sent! Thanks so much and I'll let you know what they tell me.

Happy New Year!
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Ok...WOW!

I've already heard back and I am BEYOND IMPRESSED!

Very short and sweet and just what I was hoping to hear!

Thank you, MagicMtnDan for the info and thank you KC!! You guys rock!!



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From: Jim
Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 5:57 PM
Subject: RE: JK A-pillar light brackets (# 7317)

Give me your address and we will ship you a new pair. Angle problem was corrected, sorry for the problem. Will get them shipped out later this week.
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KC's doing good work!

Here's the information for those of you wanting to buy KC HiLites' new "angled version" of their model # 7317 A-pillar light brackets - this is straight from KC...



Anyone interested in the new (P/N 7317) brackets will have to call us directly (customer service) and ask for them.

It will be a while before the old style brackets are out of everyone’s system.

P. 800-528-0950

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