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Old 11-08-2016, 09:53 AM
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2017 OEM LED Headlight Review

So I received a set of take-off OEM LED headlights from a 2017 Rubicon. I had started a previous thread about these lights in person located here: https://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/20...n-1854161.html

UPS just delivered my set yesterday! For the record, I have a 2015 Sport S that had previously had a Cibie H4 conversion. While that was a vast upgrade from the stock H13 housings and bulbs, I always knew I wanted more.

To me, having a very well lit road is a matter of safety for everyone in the vehicle which is why it is important to me.

First, I unboxed the lights and they were brand spanking new. The previous owner had the dealer swap in JW Speakers before it left the lot.



They have a nice weight to them, everything was super clean and I remembered reading somewhere that they were marked RH and LH for install purposes.

Then began the install. As you can see in the above picture, this is not simply a housing swap like my Cibie H4 conversion (with bulbs and adapter). The OEM LEDs include the black plastic mounting as well, meaning I would need to take out my existing ones which are held in by the vertical adjustment screw and 2 pop/off mounts (sorry I don't know the technical name if there is one).

Before I removed anything, I backed my Jeep up about 25 feet on my flat driveway, closed the garage door and marked the beam with painters tape so I knew where to reaim the new lights. All in all it took maybe 20 minutes to remove grille, remove the trim ring, remove the Cibie housings and adapters and the plastic mounting ring. It would have taken less but I couldn't find my torx drill bit so I had to use a wobbly multi-tool and hand crank everything out. The trim rings have 4 torx screws each and the plastic housing you only have to back out the adjustment screw all the way and then pop off the other 2 mounts holding it together.

Next it was simply plug and play. I first made sure I had the lights on the correct side as per the bottom rear of the lights listing RH or LH for right hand or left hand side. I plugged in the stock H13 wiring into the back of the new LEDs, turned on the headlights to make sure they worked and they fired right up. No issues what-so-ever. No flickering. Here is a picture of my Jeep looking drunk with the new headlights hanging down.

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Next all it took was putting everything back in place except the grille and backing the Jeep up again to 25 feet, closing the door and re-aiming the lights.

Here are the lights installed and on.

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Then of course, the next step HAD to be a test drive! Not far from my house I found some unlit/dimly lit roads. Photos are from my cell phone so don't mind the quality. The first thing my buddy noticed (he has JW Speakers) is that these lights seemed to have no artifacts, a super clean cutoff (much like other aftermarket offerings) and a little better color beam when compared.

The lights do put off some head. No, not halogen or HID heat and no they are not heated but they put off some heat. I will keep updating this thread with new experiences, especially come winter here in Michigan.

The first picture is the low beam only (no halogen fogs or light bar)

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As you can see, it throws far and clean light and surprisingly illuminates the sides more than I expected.

Here is the high beam.

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The low beam stays on when the high beam is initiated. Man is it bright! The cell phone camera picks up more than desired feedback from the signs (they do not blind you in reality) but they continue the brilliant illumination of the road to a higher degree.

I have heard of other offerings having a slight delay when switching from high to low and this is true with my experience as well. It is maybe a 0.5 second delay from high beams turning on and off. I did not experience anyone flashing me when I encountered oncoming traffic, I did not experience any flickering so in my knowledge I do not need a dealer flash for these to work properly in my 2015.

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This is displaying the clean cutoff and the throw the lights have to the side as well as forward and I believe the "dark space" usually needed to be filled with fogs is lessened by these new lights.

It hasn't been 24 hours yet but I plan on updating this thread continuously with helpful feedback in different driving conditions, rain, sleet, snow, whiteout, with traffic, off-road and anything and everything I can think of. Don't hesitate to ask questions, I hope I can answer them and this will be a helpful resource for JK owners.



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They look awesome! Want a set badly.

Thanks for the writeup.

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Wow those look great. I'm surprised. Clean, wide, bright, full beam.....😥 Must have

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Great addition, definitely on the short list of next additions to the Jeep.

Thank you for the write up, installation looks quick and simple. Hopefully Fogs are the same.
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Thank you for the solid write-up. If they do well in heavy snow, I'll go this route. Otherwise it'll be heated trucklites.

How would you compare them to your previous upgraded lights?
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If ya don't mind what was the asking price for these? Hopefully they start showing up in the parts forum.

If you do mind, it's all good.

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I'm interested in price too. i have a set of JW's that i will be selling soon!
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Thank you for the solid write-up. If they do well in heavy snow, I'll go this route. Otherwise it'll be heated trucklites.

How would you compare them to your previous upgraded lights?
Not even a comparison. Stock headlights are like a rusty 1990 Honda Civic, the H4 Cibie swap was like a 2017 Charger R/T lease for $199/month and the OEM LEDs are like a new Ford GT. The H4s were a great hold-me-over but I knew I would want more. The H4 is great for an interim fix or maybe someone that doesn't care for the white light from HIDs and LEDs.
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@RED_JKUR They are $838 on Qtec. I'm sure Rick could get you a slight discount. I paid less than a set of brand new Trucklites or JW Speakers by a decent amount.
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Wow nice beam spread. And sharp cutoff. Even better than my JWS by the looks of it.

So the stock plastic mounting bucket is not compatible with these lights on 2016-earlier?

And does anyone know what the warranty is on these?


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Wow nice beam spread. And sharp cutoff. Even better than my JWS by the looks of it.

So the stock plastic mounting bucket is not compatible with these lights on 2016-earlier?

And does anyone know what the warranty is on these?


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The stock bucket is compatible however it is a one-piece headlight. You can't separate them on the new LEDs like you can with halogen or other replacements.
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Impressive. Hopefully these can soon be found within the same price range as the aftermarket options.
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I remember when I posted in your thread my impressions when I picked up my 17 and posted pics.
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@RED_JKUR They are $838 on Qtec. I'm sure Rick could get you a slight discount. I paid less than a set of brand new Trucklites or JW Speakers by a decent amount.

@hockeyman474 thanks man, i am going to try searching for some take offs here and sell my JW's.

BTW awesome review!
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Thanks, Hockeyman.
...still wish you were close by so I could stick a meter in front of them. Maybe I'll ask my dealer for some test time.
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The color on these is so nice. The one thing I don't like about LED's is the color they put off.
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Thanks, Hockeyman.
...still wish you were close by so I could stick a meter in front of them. Maybe I'll ask my dealer for some test time.
I'll likely be in New Orleans in January but I won't have my Jeep with me
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Looks awesome!
I already sold my JW Speakers (wasn't super happy with them anyway), definitely looking forward to get these.
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These LOOK awesome!

I ordered a set of OPAR LED lights and returned them after I got them out of the box. Looked cheap and weren't sealed correctly.

These (and the matching Fogs) OEM Mopar headlights are at the top of my upgrade list.
Just going to wait for the price to drop as I am not paying over $500 for headlights!
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Looks awesome!
I already sold my JW Speakers (wasn't super happy with them anyway), definitely looking forward to get these.
How much did you sell the JW's for?

I wish i still had my stock lights so i could put them back on until i found a set of these.
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I totally wish the housing was black...
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I totally wish the housing was black...
I don't think there is a good way to make it black. Unlike JW Speaker, this still uses reflector housings for the low beams. I had the same thoughts initally but I changed my mind and they grew on me.
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In '12 I installed Cities with a relay harness. But I want more too. thanks for the write up. How did you find them?
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Was a dealer flash required?


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Was a dealer flash required?
This is a question he addressed in his original post....

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I did not experience any flickering so in my knowledge I do not need a dealer flash for these to work properly in my 2015.
Hockeyman,

Thank you so much for the write up. I geek out when it comes to lighting (and doing it the right, proper way). So I am elated to see my money is well spent on selecting the LED lighting option on my soon-to-be-built 2017 Sport.

Thank you for your write up, opinions, and most of all the pictures.
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I've been waiting for the OEM LED's to come out and after reading this, I'm glad I waited. Thanks for the great write-up!!! I'm kind of shocked that someone removed these to put in the JW Speakers. Seems kind of like backwards thinking to me.
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Great review! Was there much aiming adjustment required?
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How much did you sell the JW's for?

I wish i still had my stock lights so i could put them back on until i found a set of these.
I sold mine for $350 (bought for $480), but don't use this as a reference - I sold them to a guy who bought some other stuff I was selling, so I stepped down a bit (initially I was asking $400 on CL).
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Wonder if they're DRL compatible.
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Update! On my drive home yesterday, I experienced some flickering. Not enough to bother me but I plan on talking to the dealer today so see if I flash was required or if it can be fixed with anti-flicker harnesses.

So I may be wrong from my initial post when I said it doesn't need a flash. Stay tuned.

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