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Old 10-24-2013, 09:11 PM   #1
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Landi Jeeps. Granite Crystal, Rock Lobster, and Anvil; a family affair.

Time for my build thread. I did not have one dedicated to my last JK, just posting up whenever I had mods done. Ill keep my mods to this thread dedicated to my new JKU. As always, appreciate your ideas and input.

So technically, my build actually started with my 2012 JK. Here is the day that I picked her up.



Trail ride


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bye JK, first jeep love

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Mods so far
1. Window tint 18% to match the rear
2. Smittybilt XRC Side Armor
3. Quadratec Grab Handles
4. Euro Tail covers
5. Premium Soft top (2013, new in box)
6. Mopar fuel door

Mods waiting to be put on
1. MB Razor wheels
2. HID retrofit (stay tuned...)
3. Aurora LED spot lights

Mods in the hunt
1. Sahara fenders / flat fenders
2. Nitto Trail Grappler 315/70/17
3. Stock Rubicon Suspension
4. 50 in LED light bar

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Old 10-25-2013, 05:29 PM   #2
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this arrived today. hoping to take apart my lights tonight. although probably wont have the retrofit completed until next weekend.


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What projectors did you end up going with? And also will you please please please document a bunch of it?
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I will certainly document. I'm taking pictures along the way. I went with morimoto mini H1 kit. I have taken my spare headlights apart and housing has been painted black. I'm off Wednesday, and plan on test fitting my setup by then. Wish me luck!

I will post DIY for those interested once I have a working setup.
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:58 AM   #5
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Awesome. I have a set of evox-r's that have been calling my name to retrofit into the jeep. I have only ever retrofitted into previous projector based headlights so these will be an adventure. Good luck!
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:47 AM   #6
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some progress. have to go run some errands as well for now. will work on the second one later tonight

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sorry for the crappy cell phone pic for now...
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:57 PM   #7
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No in progress pics!?
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This just a sneak peak. I havent completed yet, but have taken a few pics. Ill post my write up witb pics once they are up and running.

Id like to paint over the chrome on the shroud. Probably going to go with a satin grey shroud against a satin black housing. I chose not to go with any halos to give it a cleaner look.
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Looks great. I agree with painting the shroud. Also, whats that little hole in the housing? What housings did you end up using? Before you seal the light, tape it just so that everything holds, MOUNT the housing on the jeep, and make sure the projector is perfectly indexed (straight.) If it isn't, nows the time to fix it, its a PITA to do it after the light is sealed. Right before sealing, put on rubber gloves and wipe everything down inside the light, maybe even blow some compressed air to make sure its dust free. It will bug the hell out of you if you leave a speck of dust in there.
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Looks great. I agree with painting the shroud. Also, whats that little hole in the housing? What housings did you end up using? Before you seal the light, tape it just so that everything holds, MOUNT the housing on the jeep, and make sure the projector is perfectly indexed (straight.) If it isn't, nows the time to fix it, its a PITA to do it after the light is sealed. Right before sealing, put on rubber gloves and wipe everything down inside the light, maybe even blow some compressed air to make sure its dust free. It will bug the hell out of you if you leave a speck of dust in there.
Thanks Dave. I went with OEM housings that I purchased from ebay. They were a tough mudder to take apart. The hole is stock, although not sure what for. Maybe condensation release? The projector isn't seated yet. I will try to get them installed Saturday.
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I probably will not finish the project this weekend. But I will try to get a test fit going.

I have to hook up the harness, ballasts, and bulbs. Waiting on my shrouds to dry. I ended up painting them in Satin Nickel while eating dinner tonight. I wanted some contrast in the black housing.

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congrats on your new jeep !! im liking what you have so far and what you plan on doing. Will you be lifting it or keeping it on stock suspension?
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^ thanks Don. No plan to lift yet. I plan to go nitto grapplers 315/70/17 in a few weeks. I'd like to see how the jku performs with that on a stock set up. I would like to go with AEV 2.5 set up next spring.

I wasn't able to get a test fit tonight, as I saw Nick Foles tie for a NFL TD record. Next weekend.
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waiting for the steel stick to cure... I finished up my test fit tonight. Its dark out and I havent tucked in the wires yet. Ill probably save that for next weekend. Once it cures up, Ill take the new lights off and table them until then.

This is my first attempt. I learned a heck of a lot. Probably could do it in half the time, if I had to do it again.

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Love the look man ! Those headlights are awesome.
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Thanks Dave. I went with OEM housings that I purchased from ebay. They were a tough mudder to take apart. The hole is stock, although not sure what for. Maybe condensation release? The projector isn't seated yet. I will try to get them installed Saturday.
Did the projectors fit in (with housing lens on) without cutting the housing? If so, care to post a link?
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Love the look man ! Those headlights are awesome.
Thank you! I'm about 85% done. I LOVE the light output compared to OEM.
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Did the projectors fit in (with housing lens on) without cutting the housing? If so, care to post a link?
Definitely not. I was under this impression before the kit arrived. I had to cut almost 3inch hole in the back. The hardest part of the retrofit project so far, honestly, was just getting started. I hit the point of no return when I painted the shrouds. I love the outcome thus far.
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I reviewed the before and after pictures and disassembled the setup today because the cut off isn't as good as I want it to be. Will reattempt this weekend. I will tuck in the wires as well for a clean install.
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Props for doing HID's right. So many people just put the bulbs in factory housings but you went the extra mile(s) and spend the extra money to do it right. Your lights look great and I'm sure they'll be even better when you make some adjustments and get the cutoff where you want it.
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Cutoff looks perfect, great job. To those that asked about cutting, if you want to save $100 and use OEM housings, you're gonna need to slice and dice. If you get the Depo housings, you will not have to cut as they are a little deeper. Pick your poison. For $100, I'd personally get the depo lights. Gotta love HIDs when they are done right.
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Props for doing HID's right. So many people just put the bulbs in factory housings but you went the extra mile(s) and spend the extra money to do it right. Your lights look great and I'm sure they'll be even better when you make some adjustments and get the cutoff where you want it.
Thanks Ryan. Learned a long time ago to do things right, even it is more expensive up front. It costs more to do things twice, lol.

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Cutoff looks perfect, great job. To those that asked about cutting, if you want to save $100 and use OEM housings, you're gonna need to slice and dice. If you get the Depo housings, you will not have to cut as they are a little deeper. Pick your poison. For $100, I'd personally get the depo lights. Gotta love HIDs when they are done right.
Thanks Dave. I think there was a slight tilt to the left headlight. You know me and my OCD.
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Thanks Ryan. Learned a long time ago to do things right, even it is more expensive up front. It costs more to do things twice, lol.



Thanks Dave. I think there was a slight tilt to the left headlight. You know me and my OCD.
Those are always hard to cure because in order to get it perfect, you need to make sure the jeep, and the ground are completely level. You also need to make sure the cutoff is level, regardless of how it looks on a wall, since most walls aren't level. Its really difficult to find a location with all of the above. I got mine as good as I can get it, but its still slightly off, and without having a perfectly level everything, I'll never get it perfect. You can get it to 97% if you have a buddy with an OEM projector equipped car (like an MDX) park 20 feet away from a wall, turn on headlights, and you mark the cutoff with tape. Then, park your jeep in the same spot and level yours out using his tape marks.
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Cutoff looks perfect, great job. To those that asked about cutting, if you want to save $100 and use OEM housings, you're gonna need to slice and dice. If you get the Depo housings, you will not have to cut as they are a little deeper. Pick your poison. For $100, I'd personally get the depo lights. Gotta love HIDs when they are done right.
Autopals are deeper, depos are the same dimensions.
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Those are always hard to cure because in order to get it perfect, you need to make sure the jeep, and the ground are completely level. You also need to make sure the cutoff is level, regardless of how it looks on a wall, since most walls aren't level. Its really difficult to find a location with all of the above. I got mine as good as I can get it, but its still slightly off, and without having a perfectly level everything, I'll never get it perfect. You can get it to 97% if you have a buddy with an OEM projector equipped car (like an MDX) park 20 feet away from a wall, turn on headlights, and you mark the cutoff with tape. Then, park your jeep in the same spot and level yours out using his tape marks.
Good info. I was thinking on how I could redo this. I will use my wife's truck. I need a larger wall, like side of a big box store or something.

I was able to score oem headlights from ebay at $60 shipped. Seems like the seller has a few pairs. He resisted the same auction after I made the payment.
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Update:
1. Had an issue with the HID kit wiring, so it has been sent back for review. Thank you Retrofitsource, amazing customer service. I spent extra knowing that they stand behind their product. So that project is on hold for now.

2. Nitto Trail Grappler 315/70/17 ordered today. Thank you Discount Tire Direct. Gave me 5 replacement certificates for price of 4 in addition to the other applicable discounts. Hopefully have these mounted by the weekend!
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Today's progress

I had the rims purchased before delivery. I wasnt planning on doing the tires for a while. Worked a deal out with the wife and I was able to get them sooner than planned.

Discount Tire came through with an awesome deal. They even threw in a free replacement certificate after I purchased 4 from them plus another 90 in discounts currently available. Not to forget free shipping. Ordered Wed and here Friday.





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Thanks bro. It rides noticeably different. Although better than the 2dr. It rubs a good bit. Will be removing the air dam.
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Thanks bro. It rides noticeably different. Although better than the 2dr. It rubs a good bit. Will be removing the air dam.
Fellow Anvil here…gotta luv it! Nice change with the new wheels and tires. Tires are my next upgrade and am leaning heavily to DuraTracs but haven't pulled the trigger quite yet. See a lot of folks with Nittos and those are the two I've been wondering between. What swayed you to the Nittos? Have you run with those before?

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