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Inexpensive headlight options that don't suck

I don't need to mention that the factory headlights on JK are miserable ineffective trash.

So, what are reasonably priced options to remedy this issue? I know I'm not going to be able to fix this with a twenty-spot, but not spending 6 or 700 bucks for replacement would also be nice.

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this is the best deal that I have found for reflectors
http://www.busdepot.com/0301600118
add h4 lamps and a ebay relay harness and should be good to go for around $130

nothing against stern but his prices and opinion are kinda high...

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I have always used a company called DDM tuning for all my HID's I bought some for the jeep but have yet to install them. The are really reasonably priced.

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I'm going to completely ignore the "inexpensive" part of the title . . . I have HID's in Daniel Stern housing and it is one of the best mod's I have done. Bright + even light . . I only get flashed crossing the everglades in the middle of the night by civics/low cars.

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Rebel Offroad HID upgrade kit is incredibly lacking in suckage. Check out the headlight shootout for results.

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Rebel Offroad HID upgrade kit is incredibly lacking in suckage. Check out the headlight shootout for results.
I also have the Rebel Off Road Hellfire HID's and I am very satisfied!
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Bang for the buck you can't beat the truck lights. They are 390.00 a pair and are a far superior part to any of the H4 conversions out there.

http://northridge4x4.com/shop/truck-...gn-pair-27270c


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The IPF H4 conversions are a great bang for the buck as well for $150 out the door. Worlds better than the stock lamps.

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I would recommend rallylights harness and h4 lights.
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Rebel Offroad HID upgrade kit is incredibly lacking in suckage. Check out the headlight shootout for results.
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I also have the Rebel Off Road Hellfire HID's and I am very satisfied!
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Just installed a set of 55 watt hi/low 6k DDM HID's and I'm blown away at how much better I can see. I did some quick aligning for now and took a test drive without any issues with blinding oncoming drivers or blinding people in front of me at traffic lights. I will be doing a thorough aiming next per Daniel Sterns instructions. Seriously one of my best mods for the money to date.

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this is the best deal that I have found for reflectors
http://www.busdepot.com/0301600118
add h4 lamps and a ebay relay harness and should be good to go for around $130

nothing against stern but his prices and opinion are kinda high...
This is what I run. No harness just conversion plugs. Works great and I am picky about lights.


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I have always used a company called DDM tuning for all my HID's I bought some for the jeep but have yet to install them. The are really reasonably priced.
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Just installed a set of 55 watt hi/low 6k DDM HID's and I'm blown away at how much better I can see. I did some quick aligning for now and took a test drive without any issues with blinding oncoming drivers or blinding people in front of me at traffic lights. I will be doing a thorough aiming next per Daniel Sterns instructions. Seriously one of my best mods for the money to date.
Like others have said the DDM tuning 55 watt kit is great. It is plug and play and is 1000 x better than the stock lights. I've used DDM tuning in all my vehicles for the past few years and they have all been great. I actually switched to the truck lights and they are good but not as bright as the DDM's. When you figure you can get the DDM's for under $100 its hard to beat them.

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What would one need to buy other than the 55w DDM kit? Do you use the OEM reflector? Is there a better "inexpensive" option?
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What would one need to buy other than the 55w DDM kit? Do you use the OEM reflector? Is there a better "inexpensive" option?
DDM H13 55w 6k hi/lo is all you need. They work great in the factory housing. You can also opt for the 35w set up.

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DDM H13 55w 6k hi/lo is all you need. They work great in the factory housing. You can also opt for the 35w set up.
Looking at the ddm tuning site now:
http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/DD...ast-35W-or-55W

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H13 Hi/Low bulb type
Cant decide between 6K or 8K....
should you get mounting brackets?
should you get HID harnesses?
should you get error eliminator?
are adapter cables required?


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X2 on the IPF H4 upgrade. Did it almost 3 years ago and have no need or desire for anything else
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Looking at the ddm tuning site now:
http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/DD...ast-35W-or-55W

55 watt
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Cant decide between 6K or 8K....
should you get mounting brackets?
should you get HID harnesses?
should you get error eliminator?
are adapter cables required?
Don't get the brackets as there is really no place to use them. The kit your looking at comes with the power harness to the battery so no need for the wire upgrade. I didn't use error eliminstors and so far so good. No adapters needed, plug and play. I went with 6k to stay away from the tuner blue look.

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Don't get the brackets as there is really no place to use them. The kit your looking at comes with the power harness to the battery so no need for the wire upgrade. I didn't use error eliminstors and so far so good. No adapters needed, plug and play. I went with 6k to stay away from the tuner blue look.
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Would any of these HID kits work in IPF housings? I already have them and didn't keep the stock housings.

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The HID shootout showed that some aftermarket housing are really bad with these HID's. Not sure what brand was being shown as an example. I would try to find some stock used housings for cheap.

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I have an extra pair. Bought them for 20. Would let them go for the same...


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I have an extra pair. Bought them for 20. Would let them go for the same...
Yes, I'll take them. I'll PM you my number.

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After putting a 3.5" lift on my '13 JKU, I agree, the lights are junk. So, after hunting around a bit on here and seeing what was out on the market, I went with HIDprojectors (screen name) stuff.

I can tell you, I am impressed. Very simple install, yes it requires a new harness, but man, was it worth it. I splurged a bit and got lazy and had him make me complete lights start to finish, plus I sent him the Oracle Halos to install for that ambient lighting coolness, but man was it worth it. Waaaay brighter than stock, look good, and perform flawlessly.

I believe that Tom also has several different options as to how much you want to spend, the DIY kit was under $300 I think (been awhile since I checked pricing, out to sea an all) and as high as I what I did for $500 for the prebuilt loaded up new lights. Lighting, IMHO, is something that shouldnt be skimped on.

I couldnt be happier. Tom was awesome to deal with, and I thought the price was very reasonable. One of these days, Ill slam up some pics to show how it turned out...

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