2012 JKU Cibie/H4 Upgrade with before & after pics and a short review
I thought I'd share my before and after pics of my 2012 Stock JKU headlights and my Cibie H4 conversion. I don't believe anyone posted how the factory H13's compared side by side in the Headlight Shootout thread, and if they did, oh well, here are some more ;)
Before doing this upgrade I was not totally unhappy with the factory Jeep headlights, but I did feel they could use an upgrade!
I looked through and read every post in the Headlight Shootout thread many times before making my decision to go with the Cibie lights. I chose them for the performance of a halogen bulb and the cost savings over some other choices.
I purchased the headlight housings, 2 sets of bulbs (spare set just in case they burn out quickly), and the harness do it yourself kit all from D.S. Lighting. I contacted Ray at RallyLights for a male H13 adapter so there was no splicing or cutting of any wires. The D.S. kit did not include the H13 adapter for some reason, but no big deal since I knew where to get one. Radio Shack supplied me with the 2 diodes and 2 capacitors I needed for the connections at the relays. The trigger wires were connected with 14ga wire and 12ga wires were used for grounds and to supply the relayed power the new lights. The wire was 12v wire purchased from AutoZone.
The Cibie light housings are stamped on the back "Made in France" and the Narva bulbs D.S. recommended and sent to me are labeled as a product of Germany, but the metal ring said "Made in Poland". When I was installing the Cibie housing into the Jeep's headlight opening, I noticed there were metal tabs on the Cibie's to align them perfectly into the Jeep housing. The factory Jeep metal headlight retaining ring fits around them perfectly also. I am VERY impressed with the quality of the housings, the bulbs and the spring clip plugs sent to me by D.S.
I'm including pictures below of the factory bulbs and housings on the street and pictures of the Cibie's on the street for everyone to see the difference. The pictures were taken while the Jeep was stationary with a cell phone camera resting on the driver's mirror with the flash turned on. I want to stress that the flash adds quite a bit of whiteness/lighting to the picture, but the non flash versions did not come out too great.
I'm extremely happy I did this upgrade. The light output is about as good as you can get with a halogen bulb. I will recommend this upgrade to any Jeeper.
Low Beam Stock
Low Beam Cibie
High Beam Stock
High Beam Cibie
These next pictures are just to show the difference in the pictures with and without a flash on the camera. All pics below are of the Cibie's!
Cibie No Flash Low Beam
Cibie Flash Low Beam
Cibie No Flash High Beam
Cibie Flash High Beam
Thanks for checking out this review and pics... and hopefully this helps someone make their decision about lighting. :thumb:
Some links for the bulbs/housings
100/90W Narva Bulbs from D.S. Lighting (Daniel Stern)
Cibie 7" round H4 Headlamps (No DRL option)
Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply
Will you post some of the wiring?
I did not take pictures of my install build and everything is now hidden and loomed up under the hood, but I do recommend buying the RallyLights harness for the Jeep JK for the H4 conversion. You can find them in these links.
SMS Custom Wiring Harnesses
(note this shows you a full kit from RL .. this is not what I installed)
Susquehanna MotorSports - Auto Performance Product
HL28130J - From H13 to H4 2007> Jeep Wrangler (NOT for DRL)
I believe this is the harness RL makes for the JK's to do an H4 upgrade.
7ekken thanks for sharing they look great!! I just heard from Ray my harness is shipping today. He made me a harness that will work with my sPOD so I am looking forward to getting everything hooked up. I went with the Phillips Extremes hope they work as great as you set up.
Let us see the finished install! :thumb:
Those look great
DS helped me with the lighting on my previous car. I will be going with him again for the jeep. Thanks for the great pics. Was it difficult to wire up?
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