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Old 08-24-2014, 07:18 PM   #1
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JW Speaker 8700 Evolution Questions

I'm looking to replace the stock headlights in my '14 JK with a pair of 8700 Evolution LEDs, and I have a few questions.

I've watched several videos online of people replacing the stock headlights with the JWs and it looks like a dead simple process. Is this really that easy of a process to install them? Are there any tricks to doing it correctly that these videos might be leaving out?

Also, about the JWs themselves: I live in a very rural community with poor street lighting on Main Street, little-to-no lighting elsewhere in town, and no light sources outside of town for about 35 miles in any direction, with lots of deer and coyotes, so I'm looking for headlights with high light output over a wide angle. From the research I've done, it appears the JWs fit what I'm looking for. Can anyone confirm this?

Finally, will the JW low beams blind those unfortunate souls driving sedans? That's not necessarily a deal breaker, but I'd like to know if I'm going to be receiving middle fingers on a regular basis.

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I don't have the JW's but I replaced my headlights with the Trucklite's. I have JW's on my UTV and they're awesome. Yes, the lights are that easy to replace. No additional tricks that I can think off. You will need the anti-flicker harness with the JW's.

The light output is definitely bright and over a wide angle. The high beams are fantastic. If properly adjusted, the light will not blind oncoming traffic. There's a screw to adjust the lights up or down. Good luck with the install.

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I'm looking to replace the stock headlights in my '14 JK with a pair of 8700 Evolution LEDs, and I have a few questions.

I've watched several videos online of people replacing the stock headlights with the JWs and it looks like a dead simple process. Is this really that easy of a process to install them? Are there any tricks to doing it correctly that these videos might be leaving out?
No tricks necessary. It's a very simple process. Remove grill (plastic clips on top, then pull grill outwards from the sides and bottom; remove turn signal connector after releasing red locking tab). Then remove the headlight by removing two T-15 Torx bolts and the harness connector from back of headlight. Reverse process to install headlights.

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Also, about the JWs themselves: I live in a very rural community with poor street lighting on Main Street, little-to-no lighting elsewhere in town, and no light sources outside of town for about 35 miles in any direction, with lots of deer and coyotes, so I'm looking for headlights with high light output over a wide angle. From the research I've done, it appears the JWs fit what I'm looking for. Can anyone confirm this?
Yes, they do have a wide angle of illumination. The last page here specifies the angle of illumination, but unfortunately it doesn't reference the angle of illumination of the stock headlights. In any case, I can confirm, as will anyone else who has these, that the angle is greater on the JW Speaker headlights.

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Finally, will the JW low beams blind those unfortunate souls driving sedans? That's not necessarily a deal breaker, but I'd like to know if I'm going to be receiving middle fingers on a regular basis.
If you lift your Jeep without re-aiming, then yes. That would occur even with stock headlights because the beam will be aimed higher than before. However, if it's a stock Jeep, even on a Rubicon, then they won't blind other drivers. I've not re-aimed them on my 2-door Rubicon (no aftermarket lift on mine), and nobody has flashed me. They're not HID kits thrown into stock headlight housings. They're totally re-designed headlights by a professional company. The glare is comparable (if not equal) to OEM HID kits that you find on factory vehicles.
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:42 AM   #4
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Recently installed my JW Speakers and the light output compared to stock headlight are a noticeable difference. The light output is wider than stock too. You will need to adjust the beam of the headlights once installed. There are several threads on headlight adjustment on his forum, which is what I referenced when I installed my lights. Once they are adjusted correctly for the ride height if your jeep they won't be a nuisance for oncoming traffic.
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Could be a matter of semantics and/or just having gotten used to "Forum exaggeration speak" but for almost $1000 for headlights I'd be hoping the difference between the JWS's and the stocks would be more than "noticeable".

Does the JK (with JWS's) just get to what one would expect from say stock Toyota headlights or is it in a category to itself?
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Good reference read - with pictures - JKOwners.com - The community for Jeep JK Owners
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It was a while since I installed these. I need to correct one thing. Once you remove the grill completely, the headlight is held in place by a metal ring which itself is held in place by four T15 Torx screws.
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Could be a matter of semantics and/or just having gotten used to "Forum exaggeration speak" but for almost $1000 for headlights I'd be hoping the difference between the JWS's and the stocks would be more than "noticeable".

Does the JK (with JWS's) just get to what one would expect from say stock Toyota headlights or is it in a category to itself?
There are headlight comparison threads that depict the difference of JW Speakers & all other headlights. The JW Speakers tested superior to the others (Pirate4x4.Com - The largest off roading and 4x4 website in the world.). I didn't go into great detail of the difference between JWS headlights & stock headlights because if you are going to spend $700 on headlights you will do the research first. There are plenty of photographic comparisons of before & after of JWS & stock headlights. People will have to make the decision if it is worth the money or not.

I can't give an answer about the comparison of Toyota headlights and JWS but my wife owns a Tundra & it's something I can look at when I get back into town.
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My JW Speakers (headlights 8700 and foglights 6145's) came today.
I got anti flicker pigtails for the HL's the foglight A.F. pigtails come Friday.
Big day for my Jeeps front end.
JW Speakers, Metal Fabricators grill insert and the VDO high clearance conversion.
Looks a little different tonight.
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I get nothing but compliments and looks of jealousy when other jeepers see my headlights.

Even if I didn't get compliments I'd still love them. The only issue I had was my anti flicker harnesses wouldn't clip/snap together well and kept coming loose. A zip tie resolved that problem.
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Ah yes. You have to trim the little protrusion on the harness. Forget which side...mine had the same problem, but a little trimming (with knife blade or X-acto knife) and it fit snug as can be. If you eyeball it closely and think about how the connectors fit together, you'll see what needs trimming.

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