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Old 07-05-2019, 07:15 PM
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Newbie installing JK headlight and running into problem

Hey guys, I am installing an LED headlight to replace my OEM LEDs, and ran into an issue. The OEM LED is attached to the big heavy bracket, but the Chinese LED didn't come with such a bracket. It's supposed to be plug and plug. I can't seem to detach the OEM LED from the mounting bracket--I think they are supposed to stay together. Pictures attached of the new LED, old LED (attached to bracket) and the mounting area.

All the YouTube videos I saw show the headlight just falling out of when you take off the ring, but mine wasn't like that. It is mounted into the bracket.

Am I doing something dumb here, or is this a 2017 model thing?

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I think this might be what I need:

https://www.amazon.com/Hooke-Road-He.../dp/B07K6K4YHV

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The OEM incandescent headlight mounts in a "bucket" which attaches to three studs on the radiator support. The headlight is retained by a retaining ring that mounts to the bucket with three screws. All the aftermarket lights are designed to mount in this bucket.

The OEM LED light is one unit mounted to those same three studs. The buckets and the OEM Mopar LEDs are marked R and L. The OEM Mopar factory LEDs are not considered removable and must in fact be pried off. When pried off, generally one of the three mounting clips break off. The design of the Mopar LED was that it would only be removed in case of being damaged in an accident or if it failed, so damage to the mounting system is not concerning.

Is there a special reason you want to remove over $700 of Mopar lights ($570 for one side, $570 for one side)?
https://www.quadratec.com/p/mopar/le...r-unlimited-jk

your link is to the bucket, but how about the retaining ring?
https://www.amazon.com/Omix-ADA-1242...ype=automotive

Since you have already removed the OEM LEDs, if you did not break more than one of the mounting clips on the back, put them up for sale and recoup some of your investment. My '17 Chief has those LEDs and I love them.
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The OEM incandescent headlight mounts in a "bucket" which attaches to three studs on the radiator support. The headlight is retained by a retaining ring that mounts to the bucket with three screws.

The OEM LED light is one unit mounted to those same three studs. The buckets and the OEM Mopar LEDs are marked R and L. The OEM Mopar factory LEDs are not considered removable and must in fact be pried off. When pried off, generally one of the three mounting clips break off. The design of the Mopar LED was that it would only be removed in case of being damaged in an accident or if it failed, so damage to the mounting system is not concerning.
So you can actually pry off the bracket? I tried like heck to get it off, but no go.
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Is there a special reason you want to remove over $700 of Mopar lights ($570 for one side, $570 for one side)?
https://www.quadratec.com/p/mopar/le...r-unlimited-jk
Yeah, they are fine LEDs, no issues. Short answer is that I promised a company I would review their lights in exchange for free headlights. I thought the install would be plug and play, and I could swap the lights out as I see fit. It doesn't sound like that is exactly the situation.
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No. The OEM LED headlight is bucket and light in one unit. You have pried the light off and you can see the three mounting studs in the one photo. The replacement bucket snaps onto those 3 studs. The after market LED or standard incandescent light housing then mounts into the bucket and a retaining ring holds the light in the bucket. I gave you a link to the retaining ring. You will have to find some screws on your own. I don't recall the size.

Here's a better link for the retaining rings:
https://www.amazon.com/u-Box-Headlig...gateway&sr=8-5

And here are the screws:
https://www.amazon.com/Each-Wrangler...gateway&sr=8-8
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That "bucket" stays in there on those three posts. Might be a good chance you'll need a new bucket if yours were anything like mine.

You unscrew the trim ring and the headlight will fall out of the bucket. Then its a simple swap.
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When you are done with the review, if you like their lights as well as or better than the Mopar, you can just leave them in. If not, you would then have to pry the buckets (shown in your link) back off and remount the OEM LEDs.

If I had done that, I would have reviewed them in my TJ. It uses the standard headlight bucket/light/ring mounting. (If the JK LEDs would fit, I might already have had LEDs in place on it).

The JKs also need a Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) adapter. most of them have an H13 intput and H4 output. You have already discovered that the aftermarket headlights are H4 (standard 3 flat prong) connection but the JK is H13. (Many newer vehicles are as well.)
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No. The OEM LED headlight is bucket and light in one unit. You have pried the light off and you can see the three mounting studs in the one photo. The replacement bucket snaps onto those 3 studs. The after market LED or standard incandescent light housing then mounts into the bucket and a retaining ring holds the light in the bucket. I gave you a link to the retaining ring. You will have to find some screws on your own. I don't recall the size.

Here's a better link for the retaining rings:
https://www.amazon.com/u-Box-Headlig...gateway&sr=8-5

And here are the screws:
https://www.amazon.com/Each-Wrangler...gateway&sr=8-8
Thanks, rgreen65. You got it right. Little disappointed that I damaged my housing in this little experiment, but at least now I know. Appreciate the valuable info you gave me here.

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