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Old 01-19-2014, 10:52 AM   #1
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KC HiLiTES NEW 7" LED HEADLIGHTS!

(Hopefully I am posting this write up in correct area)

KC HiLiTES 7" LED Headlight Install

Install time
20-45 minutes

Rating
EASY!


Let's get started!

Hopefully I am making this as easy as possible for those that are experienced and to newbies that have never touched their Jeeps.

Here is what comes in box. (Make sure you obviously have both lights and both harnesses before starting)


Tools needed:

Flat Head Screwdriver
T10 Torx Screwdriver
Pick Tool

First you need to undo the blinker/running lights on grille. You have two options depending on what you find easier. You can pull red tab, press the harness bottom tab and pull harness, or you can just twist the light housing and light when come out with harness still attached.





Next, opening hood. On each side of front of hood you will have two latches. You will need to pull back those hood latches on each side for hood to open enough to unlatch hood lever under hood. **Note** to Jeep owners that have never owned a Jeep before. There isn't a hood lever to pull inside of Jeep :friendly_wink:



After propping the hood open, you will see on the top of grille 6 black push button tabs.



Here is where you will need the flat head screwdriver and pick.

First take flat head screwdriver and pop at the plastic pin in the tab. (If the entire push button comes out that is fine)
Then take pick and gently go under tab to pop out.



After all 6 tabs are completely pulled out it is time to gently pull corners of grille. On each end of grille there is tabs behind and also down lower middle section. By pulling one or possibly even both ends "gently" that will help pull the rest of grille from Jeep.



Place grille aside and this is what your Jeep should look like at this point.





Now it is time to start pulling your factory headlights!

Grab your T10 torx screwdriver (I've heard some Jeeps have a different size) and unscrew the chrome ring that goes around the actual headlight.





**BE AWARE THAT ONCE ALL FOR TORX SCREWS ARE PULLED, THE HEADLIGHT CAN FALL OUT** Make sure you are holding light in place with one of your hands!





Now that the ring is pulled, gently pull light out so you can see wiring harness behind.

**Note** My harness will be different due to having the KC HiLiTES H4 coversion 7" Headlight upgrade.

On the wiring harness you will need to pull the red tab out then push the harness tab button and pull wiring harness apart.


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Old 01-19-2014, 10:54 AM   #2
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Once you have both headlights and harnesses pulled this is what you should have and what stage your Jeep should look like.





**Good time to grab some glass cleaner and wipe the grime off the chrome ring**


NOW TO THE UPGRADE!

Grab your new KC HiLiTES LED Headlights and harnesses and attach the yellow three pronged plug in to the back of headlight housing.





When done they should look like this.



Now take headlights back to Jeep for final install!

Take wiring harness and plug back in to the green harness that is hard wired in to the Jeep. (Make sure after attaching harnesses to push back in red tab)



Next is lining up the headlights. (There is 4 little rectangle grooves that match up with the 4 rectangle boxes that will help you line up new headlights perfectly)

Once you have your headlight lined up, slide back on the chrome ring and start screwing in the 4 torx screws.



Now that you have both headlights installed, check to make sure your low/high beams work!





ALMOST DONE!!!

It is now time to put the grille back.

On each end once again there is two tabs and the rest will be holes to help you line up grille.





Once lined up gently tap in from one side to other and you will see/hear everything go back in to place.



Now that grill is lined up, take the tabs and put back in the 6 holes then take the 6 pins and slide in to the tab holes (They can only go in one way due to the grooves so don't force)




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Old 01-19-2014, 10:55 AM   #3
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You're now at the FINAL STEPS!

Put the blinker/running lights harness or lights back in.



Close hood and latch down...

DONE!!!!

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Old 01-19-2014, 11:24 AM   #5
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Awesome write up.
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:29 AM   #6
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Thanks buddy
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:26 PM   #7
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Nice write up, I noticed you pulled an older set of KC's out. How much better are the new KC LED's compared to the old set?
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Old 02-07-2014, 11:52 PM   #8
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Day and night difference but I liked them both a ton more than stock
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:16 AM   #9
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This is slightly off topic but will installing LED headlights 'break' the fender light turn signal mod?
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:17 AM   #10
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^ You mean by having to take off the grill? Just take the bulb out of the front parking light and reinstall the bulb when finished and it should be fine.
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:45 PM   #11
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Nice write up. On the '13 you use a T15 to take off the trim rings. A T10 will work, but you will never get them tight enough and probably strip them on the way in.
Also, when I need to take my grill off I usually take the pins out of the top first, tilt it forward and then unhitch the turn signals before pulling out the bottom. Do it the same way when reinstalling. Just makes lining up the housing easier.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:23 PM   #12
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I put mine in a couple of nights ago, very straightforward, HSR4X4s writeup is spot-on!
The lights are a HUGE improvement over stock, I really like them!
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:18 AM   #13
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Thanks! Glad the write-up helped you out
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:43 AM   #14
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Subscribing - thanks for the awesome instructions :-)
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Old 04-24-2014, 01:59 AM   #15
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No problem! Let me know if you have any questions
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Does the snow block the headlight in the winter or does it melt away?

Normal bulbs generate quite a bit of heat and melt the snow away when driving in snow.
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Does the snow block the headlight in the winter or does it melt away?

Normal bulbs generate quite a bit of heat and melt the snow away when driving in snow.
Due to being in Scottsdale Arizona we typically don't have snow so I can't truthfully answer that question. I will contact KC though and see what I can find out
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Thank you.

I am between these KC LED headlights or HID retrofit for my JKU Willys Wheeler I hope to take delivery of tomorrow.
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I finally installed my set today. Hardest part was figuring out the release on the wiring harness!
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Just installed them this AM. Seems that they are a bit loose and I can wiggle them a bit. Anyone else have this issue?
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Old 07-01-2014, 02:11 AM   #22
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Make sure your headlights fit in the notches and you didn't just screw in
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Yep, done that. Maybe I just got a set built to the limits of tolerance.
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These are nice looking and the install is easy.... Any recommendation on where to get these?
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These are nice looking and the install is easy.... Any recommendation on where to get these?
I got mine from Quadratec.
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Write a very detailed very clearly, very good
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Awesome write up! I know this thread is a bit old, but I'm really close to ordering a set of these and I'd like to subscribe to the thread. Thanks for the detailed notes and review!

Also, what kind of Fenders do you have HSK4x4??? They are exactly what I'm looking for...
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Those are Poison Spyder narrow fronts and standard rear
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thanks for the DIY. I'm also considering these kc lights as opposed to trucklights/jk speakers.

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