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HSKR4X4 03-01-2013 12:47 AM

New KC HiLiTES JK H4 Headlight Kit
 
This is a write up for the new KC HiLiTES JK H4 Headlight Kit.


Tools needed

Flat Head Screwdriver
T20 Hex
Favorite beverage

Yep it's that simple!


New Headlights

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7041c305.jpg

Lets get this started!

STEP 1. First open your hood

STEP 2. You will see 6 black tabs running across top of grille. You will need to pull both parts of the tabs before removing.

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Once the 6 tabs are pulled you will then move on to back side of grille.

STEP 3. There is 2 bulbs that will need to be removed before pulling off grille. On each side of grille at 3oclock and 9oclock. Just twist and pull to remove.

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...psfd17cd88.jpg

STEP 4. Now that you have bulbs and the 6 tabs removed we can now pull off grille gently. Start by pulling above headlights (gently) and move towards bottom corners of grille.

STEP 5. Around headlight housing you will see the hex bolts. This is where you will use the T20 hex to remove.

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...psfb574081.jpg

"THE SILVER HEX BOLT IS FOR ADJUSTING HEADLIGHT UP AND DOWN"

STEP 6. Once you have removed the hex bolts you can now start fully removing the headlight housing.

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...psdd001193.jpg

STEP 7. On back of headlight housing you will need to pull red tab up then push in the thumb press to remove bulb

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...ps05ceef4e.jpg

STEP 8. After bulb is removed, you will need to take off the trim ring (some will need to pull from these tabs to remove)

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...psac37445f.jpg

OK LETS GRAB NEW HEADLIGHTS!!

STEP 9. Take the trim ring and put over new headlight housings

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4d9e7750.jpg

Now that the headlights are ready to be re-installed, let's go do the H13 TO H4 wiring housing

This is what your stock wiring should look like

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...psc953cb91.jpg

STEP 10. Now take the new wiring that came with headlights and plug into old wiring housing

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7297ff19.jpg

STEP 11. Plug new wiring into new headlight housing

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...psaff3321d.jpg

STEP 12. Line up trim ring to hex bolt mounts

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...ps2ec1f255.jpg

Now that your headlights are remounted its time to put back on grille.

STEP 13. Line up grille on top to the holes where you pulled out 6 tabs on STEP 2

STEP 14. Line up bottom tabs to the rectangle holes and spring clips mentioned above

STEP 15. Once grille is lined up start pressing in gently for everything to snap in place

STEP 16. Install the 6 clips that you removed on STEP 2 (put bottom part of clip on first then line up male clip and press in

STEP 17. Reinstall the blinker bulbs you removed on STEP 3

STEP 18. YOU ARE DONE!

THE KC LOGO GLOWS IN DARK!

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...ps5923d455.jpg

HSKR4X4 03-01-2013 01:17 AM

Overview

New - KC JK H4 Headlight Kit is a DOT approved "street legal" replacement that fits 2007 - 2013 JK Jeep Wrangler. Our headlights features a clear, virtually unbreakable Hard Coated Lexan Lens and new computer designed Multi-Surface Reflector Optics to create a superior beam pattern and looks. This direct plug-in headlight kit comes complete with a 55/60w H4 Halogen bulbs and H13 to H4 Bulb Connectors

This is my reviews so far....

I received these lights about 3 weeks ago and so far I really like them. They have great light output compared to stock, cleaner lines, and because they don't have mirror at bottom of housing it reflects more to ground than in the air. (Actually looks like fogs are on even when they aren't)

My only negative comment so far is that the light color is still stock looking instead of a bright white h.i.d style. I did talk to KC HiLiTES and they commented that some like the stock color some don't which is very understandable.

HERE ARE THE COMPARISONS!

KC HiLiTES against IPF's (mine were'nt fully adjusted yet) (KC on left)

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Against IPF brights

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...ps5f4bce1b.jpg


KC HiLiTES against stock (KC on left)

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...ps59abcf21.jpg
http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...ps74c5dff8.jpg

Brights

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...pse2642b34.jpg
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cornfedksboy 03-01-2013 07:39 AM

Good write up!

Casotakar1229 03-01-2013 09:12 AM

really can't tell that much of a difference of clarity, just that KC seems to cover a slightly bigger area, maybe you were too close or the pictures don't do it justice. either way, nice write up!

Lithium Lotus 03-01-2013 09:29 AM

Can always try some Sylvania bulbs.

HSKR4X4 03-18-2013 08:35 PM

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f132/fu...os-227715.html

st1264 04-30-2013 12:45 PM

Thanks for the write-up. Think I'll try this in the near future...

st1264 06-19-2013 01:24 AM

The KC's seem to be as bright as the IPF's, just with the stock color. I'm not a fan of the overly 'white' light as I find it's only beneficial on dry pavement and when there is any type of fog, rain or snow the stock color is superior (for me anyway).

Also the KC's have a better pattern and more illumination than the stock setup. Especially the brights... I can't believe how weak the brights are on the stock system. My friend who helped install my aux fogs couldn't believe how bad the stock lighting was on my JKU. He was in disbelief, due to it being a pretty expensive vehicle.

I'm considering buying the upgrade as it seems to be quite good. Great write-up... surprised I don't see many others with this cheap upgrade.

HSKR4X4 06-20-2013 02:18 AM

Everyone would rather waste $400-$600 more just so they have that "look"

st1264 07-29-2013 11:54 PM

I just did this upgrade... well worth the $109 for a noticeable improvement in beam, brightness and pattern. With even better bulbs I'm sure the results could be even better.

My screws were T-15, not the T-20 as listed in the write-up.

unccescape 08-12-2013 10:37 AM

@HSKR4X4 - Great write up! If you get a chance can you post a pic of the headlights during the day. I was wondering what the KC ones look like off compared to the stock ones. From what I can tell they look very similar. Maybe one pic from a small distance and one closer? Thanks in advance!

dawhitesJKU 08-12-2013 10:47 AM

Great write up. Thanks for the comparison.

kurtz265 08-12-2013 10:54 AM

Im going to give this a try! Thanks for the write up.

HSKR4X4 08-13-2013 01:26 AM

You will like them.. I have zero complaints. I really like the h4 Silvania ZXE bulb upgrade if you like a whiter color on rd

hotrod6464 08-13-2013 08:04 AM

I just did this upgrade also. Big improvement over stock for the money. Especially the high beams.

HK_Runner 08-13-2013 08:44 AM

Good option if the beam pattern is wider and brighter and also if the high beam has more reach. Do the light wiggle or is either one a bit loose under the retaining ring? That seems to be an issue for all the non-stock lamps.

unccescape 08-13-2013 11:09 AM

For those who have these lights please post up some daytime shots of the grill. Trying to see how the compare looks wise to stock. Thanks!

st1264 08-13-2013 12:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by unccescape (Post 4072567)
For those who have these lights please post up some daytime shots of the grill. Trying to see how the compare looks wise to stock. Thanks!

Look almost the same from 10ft away. Biggest difference is the absence of the reflector on the bottom. The little KC logo isn't that noticeable unless you are close. More concentrated light on the road ahead of you, stockers had very little concentrated on the road. Brights are night and day difference. I may put in Philips +80 H4 bulbs if they are stock color.


http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/...psff175a0b.jpg

KC 55w Fogs + KC H4 kit

http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/...pscaf8350f.jpg

unccescape 08-13-2013 01:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by st1264 (Post 4072757)

Look almost the same from 10ft away. Biggest difference is the absence of the reflector on the bottom. The little KC logo isn't that noticeable unless you are close. More concentrated light on the road ahead of you, stockers had very little concentrated on the road. Brights are night and day difference. I may put in Philips +80 H4 bulbs if they are stock color.

KC 55w Fogs + KC H4 kit

Perfect! That really helps my decision. I didn't really like the other options out there. Thanks for the info!

stroked250 08-13-2013 02:38 PM

I think this has been answered, are these the exact color of the stock ones? I don't want a whiter light. I want them to match the fog lights.


st1264 - Can you turn on your headlights and stock fogs? :popcorn:

st1264 08-13-2013 03:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stroked250 (Post 4073377)
I think this has been answered, are these the exact color of the stock ones? I don't want a whiter light. I want them to match the fog lights.

st1264 - Can you turn on your headlights and stock fogs? :popcorn:

Color is close to stock (can't say if it's exact), definitely not the ugly white/blue crap that I avoid like the plague.

I can run all 3 if I choose too. I usually don't run the stock fogs as they are garbage, like having two Iphones with flashlight apps running in your bumper :hide:
http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/...ps5963b901.jpg

stroked250 08-13-2013 03:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by st1264 (Post 4073617)
Color is close to stock (can't say if it's exact), definitely not the ugly white/blue crap that I avoid like the plague.

I can run all 3 if I choose too. I usually don't run the stock fogs as they are garbage, like having two Iphones with flashlight apps running in your bumper :hide:
http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/...ps5963b901.jpg


Hahah! Hey now, the iPhone 5 light is damn bright!

I just don't want to have the lights mis-matched in color. I know the stock fogs stink, I am debating some lights for the front bumper as well. This seems like a perfect upgrade to the stock bulbs. I just want to keep it OEM looking!

Any chance to talk you into a night picture with the new headlights and fogs on?

:whistling:

1manWolfpack 11-27-2013 02:41 PM

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Anyone else have issues with the bulbs that come with this unit? I installed the end of August and had one burn out on me already. Went ahead and replaced with Sylvania XTravision h4 bulbs, but don't want this to be a recurring theme. Also of note is I use these maybe 3 days a week so not heavy use.

Strokerswild 11-27-2013 03:01 PM

Nice writeup.

I've been pondering the KC lights and putting the Philips bulbs in them. From what I see here it's well worth the minimal expense versus other options.

st1264 11-27-2013 06:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1manWolfpack (Post 6425682)
Anyone else have issues with the bulbs that come with this unit? I installed the end of August and had one burn out on me already. Went ahead and replaced with Sylvania XTravision h4 bulbs, but don't want this to be a recurring theme. Also of note is I use these maybe 3 days a week so not heavy use.

4 months of 7 days/week and mine are fine. You didn't touch the bulbs for any reason, by chance? Should get 2yrs out of these bulbs I would think.

How are the XTravision bulbs for color and light output?

1manWolfpack 11-27-2013 08:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by st1264 (Post 6430706)

4 months of 7 days/week and mine are fine. You didn't touch the bulbs for any reason, by chance? Should get 2yrs out of these bulbs I would think.

How are the XTravision bulbs for color and light output?

Thanks for following up- haven't had a chance to test them at night yet. Did buy the xtravision because they are still oem color and not the blue/Bright white like the silver star etc, but they are supposed to be brighter than the standard sylvania h4.

Was surprised too it went out so quick, hadn't touched it and it was well seated and plugged in when I took it out. Made sure to check all connections before removing the old bulb and everything was good. Oh well, will keep tabs on these new bulbs. Still like the upgrade!

st1264 11-27-2013 11:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1manWolfpack (Post 6432250)
Thanks for following up- haven't had a chance to test them at night yet. Did buy the xtravision because they are still oem color and not the blue/Bright white like the silver star etc, but they are supposed to be brighter than the standard sylvania h4.
Was surprised too it went out so quick, hadn't touched it and it was well seated and plugged in when I took it out. Made sure to check all connections before removing the old bulb and everything was good. Oh well, will keep tabs on these new bulbs. Still like the upgrade!

I ran Silverstars in a previous Jeep and I thought they were garbage. Seemed brighter on dry pavement but the light disappeared in fog and rain. I concluded that the whiter light made me think they were brighter, but they were not. I ended up putting the stock bulbs back.

I think you ran into an anomaly... bulbs should never go out that soon. Let us know how the premium bulbs affect the output. Most swear by the Philips +80 bulbs as the best.

st1264 11-28-2013 12:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stroked250 (Post 4073377)
I think this has been answered, are these the exact color of the stock ones? I don't want a whiter light. I want them to match the fog lights.
st1264 - Can you turn on your headlights and stock fogs? :popcorn:

Well, I'm 3.5 months too late in reading this, but the light color is pretty close. Stock fogs may be a touch more yellow, but they are very close. My KC Apollo fogs and KC H4 headlights are exactly the same color.

Not the best pic, but I can't seem to get a better one when it's dark outside and the only lighting is from my Jeep. You be the judge. Looks almost identical with the naked eye, with the camera there is a tiny bit of difference.
http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/...psbffed979.jpg

Thegame 11-28-2013 09:11 AM

This is different than the kc led headlight conversion for 499$ right? I remember those had a black bar in the middle of the light with the yellow kc logo.

st1264 11-28-2013 12:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Thegame (Post 6440298)
This is different than the kc led headlight conversion for 499$ right? I remember those had a black bar in the middle of the light with the yellow kc logo.


This is the kc h4 halogen swap for $109.


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