KC HiLiTES NEW 7" LED HEADLIGHTS! - JKowners.com : Jeep Wrangler JK Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 17 Old 01-19-2014, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
Granite Guru
 
HSKR4X4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Scottsdale AZ
Age: 38
Posts: 182
Feedback: 0 reviews
KC HiLiTES NEW 7" LED HEADLIGHTS!

KC HiLiTES 7" LED Headlight Install

Install time
20-45 minutes

Rating
EASY!


Let's get started!

Hopefully I am making this as easy as possible for those that are experienced and to newbies that have never touched their Jeeps.

Here is what comes in box. (Make sure you obviously have both lights and both harnesses before starting)


Tools needed:

Flat Head Screwdriver
T10 Torx Screwdriver
Pick Tool

First you need to undo the blinker/running lights on grille. You have two options depending on what you find easier. You can pull red tab, press the harness bottom tab and pull harness, or you can just twist the light housing and light when come out with harness still attached.





Next, opening hood. On each side of front of hood you will have two latches. You will need to pull back those hood latches on each side for hood to open enough to unlatch hood lever under hood. **Note** to Jeep owners that have never owned a Jeep before. There isn't a hood lever to pull inside of Jeep :friendly_wink:



After propping the hood open, you will see on the top of grille 6 black push button tabs.



Here is where you will need the flat head screwdriver and pick.

First take flat head screwdriver and pop at the plastic pin in the tab. (If the entire push button comes out that is fine)
Then take pick and gently go under tab to pop out.



After all 6 tabs are completely pulled out it is time to gently pull corners of grille. On each end of grille there is tabs behind and also down lower middle section. By pulling one or possibly even both ends "gently" that will help pull the rest of grille from Jeep.



Place grille aside and this is what your Jeep should look like at this point.





Now it is time to start pulling your factory headlights!

Grab your T10 torx screwdriver (I've heard some Jeeps have a different size) and unscrew the chrome ring that goes around the actual headlight.





**BE AWARE THAT ONCE ALL FOR TORX SCREWS ARE PULLED, THE HEADLIGHT CAN FALL OUT** Make sure you are holding light in place with one of your hands!





Now that the ring is pulled, gently pull light out so you can see wiring harness behind.

**Note** My harness will be different due to having the KC HiLiTES H4 coversion 7" Headlight upgrade.

On the wiring harness you will need to pull the red tab out then push the harness tab button and pull wiring harness apart.

HSKR4X4 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 17 Old 01-19-2014, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
Granite Guru
 
HSKR4X4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Scottsdale AZ
Age: 38
Posts: 182
Feedback: 0 reviews

Once you have both headlights and harnesses pulled this is what you should have and what stage your Jeep should look like.





**Good time to grab some glass cleaner and wipe the grime off the chrome ring**


NOW TO THE UPGRADE!

Grab your new KC HiLiTES LED Headlights and harnesses and attach the yellow three pronged plug in to the back of headlight housing.





When done they should look like this.



Now take headlights back to Jeep for final install!

Take wiring harness and plug back in to the green harness that is hard wired in to the Jeep. (Make sure after attaching harnesses to push back in red tab)



Next is lining up the headlights. (There is 4 little rectangle grooves that match up with the 4 rectangle boxes that will help you line up new headlights perfectly)

Once you have your headlight lined up, slide back on the chrome ring and start screwing in the 4 torx screws.



Now that you have both headlights installed, check to make sure your low/high beams work!





ALMOST DONE!!!

It is now time to put the grille back.

On each end once again there is two tabs and the rest will be holes to help you line up grille.





Once lined up gently tap in from one side to other and you will see/hear everything go back in to place.



Now that grill is lined up, take the tabs and put back in the 6 holes then take the 6 pins and slide in to the tab holes (They can only go in one way due to the grooves so don't force)



HSKR4X4 is offline  
post #3 of 17 Old 01-19-2014, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
Granite Guru
 
HSKR4X4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Scottsdale AZ
Age: 38
Posts: 182
Feedback: 0 reviews

You're now at the FINAL STEPS!

Put the blinker/running lights harness or lights back in.



Close hood and latch down...

DONE!!!!

HSKR4X4 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 17 Old 01-19-2014, 08:32 AM
Granite Guru
 
palmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Cheese Country
Posts: 106
Feedback: 0 reviews

Nice write-up!

On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the worst) how lame and brittle are those plastic pins on the top of the grille?
palmer is offline  
post #5 of 17 Old 01-19-2014, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
Granite Guru
 
HSKR4X4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Scottsdale AZ
Age: 38
Posts: 182
Feedback: 0 reviews

I will give it a 2. I've pulled them out more times than I care to count and have never had an issues with any of them
HSKR4X4 is offline  
post #6 of 17 Old 01-19-2014, 10:22 AM
Wheeler
 
GtEcH25's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Bloomington, In
Age: 30
Posts: 41
Feedback: 1 reviews

Will you be giving a review of the lighting? I'm looking at these, Trucklites or HID kit in stock housing. Looks to be a fairly straight forward install and KC is a great brand. Nice writeup!
GtEcH25 is offline  
post #7 of 17 Old 01-19-2014, 10:28 AM
Granite Guru
 
OH9JK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Graham, NC
Posts: 262
Feedback: 1 reviews

What are the things I have circled in red? Some sort of resistor?

OH9JK is offline  
post #8 of 17 Old 01-19-2014, 10:35 AM
Wheeler
 
GtEcH25's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Bloomington, In
Age: 30
Posts: 41
Feedback: 1 reviews

I retract my previous post, I see you just posted a review. lol
GtEcH25 is offline  
post #9 of 17 Old 01-19-2014, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
Granite Guru
 
HSKR4X4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Scottsdale AZ
Age: 38
Posts: 182
Feedback: 0 reviews

Quote:
Originally Posted by OH9JK View Post
What are the things I have circled in red? Some sort of resistor?

That is the anti flicker harness built in so you wont have to buy anything extra
HSKR4X4 is offline  
post #10 of 17 Old 01-21-2014, 05:49 AM Thread Starter
Granite Guru
 
HSKR4X4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Scottsdale AZ
Age: 38
Posts: 182
Feedback: 0 reviews

FYI to all those debating and possibly questioning price, The KC HiLiGHTS LED Headlights come with a 23 year warranty! I talked to owner this morning and it is confirmed!

http://www.kchilites.com/warranty/

Name another headlight that backs their product like that!!
HSKR4X4 is offline  
post #11 of 17 Old 01-21-2014, 10:05 AM
Wheeler
 
GtEcH25's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Bloomington, In
Age: 30
Posts: 41
Feedback: 1 reviews

Quote:
Originally Posted by HSKR4X4 View Post
FYI to all those debating and possibly questioning price, The KC HiLiGHTS LED Headlights come with a 23 year warranty! I talked to owner this morning and it is confirmed!

http://www.kchilites.com/warranty/

Name another headlight that backs their product like that!!
I really am debating on these or just doing a drop-in HID kit into the stock housing just for the price but don't want to skimp. Tough decision.
GtEcH25 is offline  
post #12 of 17 Old 01-21-2014, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
Granite Guru
 
HSKR4X4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Scottsdale AZ
Age: 38
Posts: 182
Feedback: 0 reviews

Good luck getting the HIDs not to flicker or possibly throw codes. I tried 2 different sets about a year ago with everything people would said would help fix and nothing. Always flickered no matter what I bought
HSKR4X4 is offline  
post #13 of 17 Old 10-17-2014, 12:10 PM
Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Kennebunkport, ME
Posts: 1
Feedback: 0 reviews

How easy/difficult was it to install the KC C3 LED's? Mine arrived today.
ERGrady is offline  
post #14 of 17 Old 10-17-2014, 10:50 PM
Wheeler
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 40
Feedback: 0 reviews

Can anyone compare them to the truck lights/jw speaker lights?
klif01 is offline  
post #15 of 17 Old 10-20-2014, 10:02 PM
Wheeler
 
conejo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 76
Feedback: 0 reviews

Quote:
Originally Posted by ERGrady View Post
How easy/difficult was it to install the KC C3 LED's? Mine arrived today.
Super easy, just follow the write up in this thread.
conejo is offline  
post #16 of 17 Old 10-31-2014, 07:26 AM
Granite Guru
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lake Charles, LA
Posts: 251
Feedback: 0 reviews

Quote:
Originally Posted by ERGrady View Post
How easy/difficult was it to install the KC C3 LED's? Mine arrived today.
As stated, very easy. Only bad thing will be thinking you are going to break the grill if you haven't pulled it off before. Also, mine were a fraction of an inch undersized for the bucket. Two wraps of electrical tape around the circumferance equals nice and snug.

Go tackle it and bask in the LED goodness.

Quote:
Originally Posted by klif01 View Post
Can anyone compare them to the truck lights/jw speaker lights?
From the pictures I found the beam pattern is slightly better than the trucklights but still not quite as smooth as Speakers. For me it was a pretty easy decision. I found the KC's (on Amazon) for ~$40 more than TL's with harnesses. I couldn't justify the almost double price for Speakers, though. I'm very happy with them.
rfr002 is offline  
post #17 of 17 Old 12-29-2014, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
Granite Guru
 
HSKR4X4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Scottsdale AZ
Age: 38
Posts: 182
Feedback: 0 reviews

Quote:
Originally Posted by klif01 View Post
Can anyone compare them to the truck lights/jw speaker lights?

http://www.jk-forum.com/forums/jk-el...tition-294716/

GO BIG RED!
PABST BLUE RIBBON!

My build page

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
HSKR4X4 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JKowners.com : Jeep Wrangler JK Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome