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Old 07-09-2013, 11:39 AM   #1
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Truck-lite LED upgrade review

Should come as no surprise to anyone here that the stock JK headlights are pretty crappy as far as modern headlights go.

I was looking at the JW Speaker upgrade and the Truck-Lite upgrade. I asked the guys at Northridge about their opinions. I was concerned about flicker (which I did not want) and of course money is a concern but not at the expense of quality or what I wanted which was more light.

They recco'd that I do that Truck-Lites, they have had good feedback, no issues with flickering and to boot, they are less expensive than the JW's. I will give the nod to JW though, they look bad ass in comparison but the Trucks are pretty cool looking too.

Install was a breeze, pop off the grill which is like 6 fasteners along the top, remove the blinker harness and pull it off.

Once you remove the grill, it's as easy as removing 4 screws that hold on the headlight bezel and then remove the old and swap in the new. There are *tabs* on the lights that line up with the factory housing so it is basically dummy proof. Only thing was the Trucks did seem to have a little play in them even with the bezels completely tight. I simply removed the lights, put a little weather seal in 2 spots to tighten them up.

I installed them at dusk and by the time I went to go take a ride it was dark so I did get to see the difference if any.

Good news is that they do not rattle or shake over bumps, not sure if they would have if I had not put in the foam but I did for my own piece of mind.

The lights were aligned well, you could see that they were level (of course I did not change the adjustment screws for the headlight housings) and centered.

Light output on the low beams was NOT that much brighter in the center, different color yes but not that much brighter in the center. However, the sweep of the light from left to right is MUCH wider than the factory setup. Provided much more light off to the sides giving a much better field of vision.

The hi-beams were pretty impressive, even more so then the low beams. These are pretty damn bright.

Pros
-Cheaper than the competition
-Increased light output
-Look pretty cool

Cons
-Would have liked them to a little tighter in the housing / bezel but I made it work.
-Jeep should have come with these in the first place.
-now I have to upgrade my driving lights because I hate the halogen/ led color difference.






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This is one of the first mods I have planned for mine once I get it nice write-up

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Old 07-09-2013, 11:47 AM   #3
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This is one of the first mods I have planned for mine once I get it nice write-up
It's not the most "fun" mod but it certainly adds to the safety aspect. I wish I did not have to do it but I felt like it was a must have.
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:53 PM   #4
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Yes! I'm loving them because of the HUGE sweep from side to side. As far as flicker, mine do it ever so slightly, but I'm used to it now. I didn't put weather seal in mine, and as they have a little wiggle room, I've never seen them jump or move.

All I can say about these is that they were definitely worth the money for me.
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Only thing was the Trucks did seem to have a little play in them even with the bezels completely tight. I simply removed the lights, put a little weather seal in 2 spots to tighten them up.
Everybody runs into this.

A lot of people wrap one layer of electrical tape around the outside of the light and that firms it up nicely. But weather seal works too.
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Did the same thing recently. Easy install, already had the Rally Lights harness so simple plug and play. I found the passenger side needed no shimming at all to fit snug. But the driver side needed a good 3 wraps of electrical tape to be secure. Great light output, super wide low beam throw. Great for the city to help illuminate stray pedestrians that are always lurking around every corner.

No flashing from oncoming traffic either like I got with the Hella E code H4 lights.
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Did the same thing recently. Easy install, already had the Rally Lights harness so simple plug and play. I found the passenger side needed no shimming at all to fit snug. But the driver side needed a good 3 wraps of electrical tape to be secure. Great light output, super wide low beam throw. Great for the city to help illuminate stray pedestrians that are always lurking around every corner.

No flashing from oncoming traffic either like I got with the Hella E code H4 lights.
How would you compare the Hella beam pattern vs the Trucklite? Do you find the artifacts annoying at all?
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:31 PM   #8
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Nice write up. Looking forward to doing this mod.
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mine will be here on the 19th. Can't wait to get some more light out there for night driving back roads in rural areas. My Subaru had HID's and what a transition to go from HID's to Jeep headlights.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:27 PM   #10
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Thanks for the writeup, I plan on doing this upgrade and found that my local Napa store could get them for a good price.
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Love the lights nice write up
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I've had mine since they first came out. I didn't shim mine as the "wiggle room" helps deflect rocks if the take a shot. I haven't had them move after trails, road or anything else my wife has done and not told me about in my jeep.

I did have to re-aim them because of my lift, and the led beam. I found they were still low. Once I raised the lights and moved the beam out a tad, the whole world changed. I only flash the brights now when using the spots during night wheeling... And that's over kill. (If possible)
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Off, low beam, HI beam photos.
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What do you mean who you say you have to upgrade your driving lights now? Didn't you upgrade them by installing these lights or am I missing something?
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:06 PM   #15
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Anyone know if the JW Speakers have the same wiggle issue?
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It sort of looks like there's a shaded # minus a line pattern on the ground. Is it that noticeable in person?
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That was one reason I returned mine. That pattern (times two) bothered me.
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All the other photo sets I've seen don't make it look so bad except for the X in the distance. I was thinking of the Trucklites, but I'll probably go Rally Lights and upgrade to Speakers later.
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Here's mine, install took me about 30 minutes today. Super Super easy and I used the truck-lite anti-flicker harnesses. I almost think they are too bright. When the light reflects off those yellow and white reflective signs it's almost blinding. I found myself squinting a few times driving down this extremely dark rural road. They light up an incredible arc of road/shoulder. The "X" everyone talks about is definitely there and is no issue when going straight but when you are turning it is eXtremely clear crossing over road and land as your lights swing with the front of the Jeep. The brights are simply nuts. Can't imagine what other lights I would need for road driving besides some inclement weather lights these are so bright. Remains to be seen if I think they are "too bright" or if that X bothers me enough to swap back.

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How would you compare the Hella beam pattern vs the Trucklite? Do you find the artifacts annoying at all?
I really haven't noticed the X artifacts yet- it's definitely not that pronounced, at least not to me and in my driving environment. Compared to the Hellas they are an improvement for sure. After reading Batjeeps post i'm going to try and aim them up a bit. And I don't have to worry about burning out both low beams at the same time with the Trucklites.
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What do you mean who you say you have to upgrade your driving lights now? Didn't you upgrade them by installing these lights or am I missing something?
He probably meant the fog lights in the bumper
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It sort of looks like there's a shaded # minus a line pattern on the ground. Is it that noticeable in person?
Actually the brighten the street so well you see the tire marks in the road. My neighborhood streets are not clean. Out on the hwy or dirt the # symbol isn't there. Though you will see the two circles from the spot light part of the beam on walls when you turn.
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Installed mine a couple of months ago I feel they are a big improvement over stock. My only concern is how they will perform in the winter because they will not generate heat to clear ice and snow off of them. Partly an advantage because they may not create as much ice on them because they stay cool. I will see.

These along with the Rigid2 driving lights I put on sure light things up much better.
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Put mine in a couple of days ago. Went out driving that night. Big difference. Like mentioned above, lo beam is much brighter side to side. Highs are really bright. X-pattern is there but it helps me keep pointed in the right direction. It's not objectionable. Feel like Batman.

Install took me a couple hours. Did it along side the road. Dropped a couple of the trim ring screws in the dirt (black screw in black dirt) on the first light. Took a while to find them. Would recommend using magnetized torx bit. And maybe a cloth or cardboard under just in case. Second light went in much easier...took maybe 15 minutes. Lights fit snug without tape.

installation was foolproof...they only go in one way. But just in case, they are marked with "top" to help.

Got mine at Drivetrain America. Under $400 for the pair. No shipping or handling charges. Best packing I have ever seen on anything.

These lights rival the Xenon's in my Cooper S.

Would recommend the Truck-Lite 27270C to anyone with a Jeep that takes the 7 inch round.

My original lights made night driving really difficult and fatiguing.

I read somewhere that the Truck-Lites use about a third less electricity than the stock lights. Suppose the alternator is happier too.
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Is the wiggle issue limited to just the Truck-Lites? I installed JW Speakers on mine but did not have to worry about it wiggling or adjusting them. (I did have to adjust them after I got a lift, but that's expected.) I personally got the JW's cause someone had said flickering was no longer a issue for them back when I got it; they were wrong.

However, the flickering can now be fixed for about $55.

Headlight Revolution Anti-Flicker Harness for LED Headlights | JeepsonTrails.com



The link above is my review of the harness w/ my LED headlights. Would love to see someone run this harness on the Truck-Lite's and let me know how it works.
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Depending on the viewing angle they can look almost black.
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Depending on the viewing angle they can look almost black.

Yup I like them because they have a slight smoked lens look to them even though they are clear. On the white jk they look even darker! Awesome!!

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Drove last week from Las Vegas to Red Lodge MT, via Jackson WY........the Trucklites are amazing. Yes theres the "X", and the light is not perfectly even.....but the peripheral lighting more than makes up for any minor issues. Saw countless deer, elk, and antelope just off the pavement that we'd have never seen with stock headlights. LOL, and once away from civilization turned on the Rigid Dually driving and fog lights.......saw even more wildlife that could potentially have been hood ornaments.
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Is the wiggle issue limited to just the Truck-Lites? I installed JW Speakers on mine but did not have to worry about it wiggling or adjusting them. (I did have to adjust them after I got a lift, but that's expected.) I personally got the JW's cause someone had said flickering was no longer a issue for them back when I got it; they were wrong.

However, the flickering can now be fixed for about $55.

Headlight Revolution Anti-Flicker Harness for LED Headlights | JeepsonTrails.com



The link above is my review of the harness w/ my LED headlights. Would love to see someone run this harness on the Truck-Lite's and let me know how it works.
Looks the same as the one Trucklite recommends now - Truck-Lite 96830 7" Round LED Light Anti-Flicker Harness Adapter Jeep JK
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My car is the european setup since its for the export market, my bulbs are H4, so I was wondering if i have to use the anti-flickering harness as well. or is it just a problem with the H13.

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