How to install KC HiLiTES 7″ LED Headlights in the Jeep Wrangler

We recently came across this product install of the 7″ Round KC HiLiTES LED Headlights in a Jeep Wrangler. Keep reading to see how this Wrangler owner did the project.

Re-posted from the Wrangler Forum.  Write-up and pictures by user HSKR4X4 on http://www.wranglerforum.com.

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)

KCHILITES 7INCH ROUND LED HEADLIGHTS

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.

jeep wrangler blinker and harness

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.

Jeep wrangler hood latch

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

push tabs under jeep hood

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.

taking out push tabs to release jeep grille

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

removed Jeep grille

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.

unscrewing jeep headlights

**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!

unscrewing jeep headlights 2

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.

jeep wrangler headlight harness

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.

jeep with removed headlights removed jeep headlights

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.

KC HiLiTES 7inch LED headlight back and harness

KC HiLiTES 7 LED headlights with harness attached

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)

attaching KC HiLiTES 7inch  LED headlight to jeep

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.

KC HiLiTES 7 inch LED headlight in place

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

KC HiLiTES 7inch LED headlight high and low

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.

reinstalling jeep grille

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

reinstalling jeep grille

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)

jeep tabs and pins to hold grille

You’re now at the FINAL STEPS!

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

installing jeep blinkers

Close hood and latch down…

DONE!!!!

installed KC HiLiTES 7 inch LED headlights

If you want to get your own set of 7″ Round LED Headlights from KC HiLites, you can find them for sale and many other LED headlights to fit your Jeep Wrangler here at Headlight Superstore!

Jeep LED Fog Light Upgrades: Review of the Four Best Options.

If you are looking to upgrade your Jeep Wrangler JK fog lights, you’ve probably thought about making the switch to LED. Here is a video that talks about four of the most popular LED fog light options for the Jeep JK. This video will walk you through all the specs of the different LED fog lights, show you the pros and cons, and walk you through the installation of each light in a Jeep Wrangler JK front bumper. The video does go in-depth on each LED light, so we’ve broken the video down for you. After watching this video you’ll be ready to make the choice of what LED fog light is best for your Jeep JK.

This video reviews the Truck-Lite 80275, the JW Speaker 6045, the JW Speaker 6145, and the Vision X 2″ 10w Solstice Solo.

 

The first two LED Fog Lights reviewed for the Jeep JK are the Truck-Lite 80275, and the JW Speaker 6045. Both of these LED Lights are PAR36, 4.5″ lights, and as you can see from the video, both of these lights use extra brackets to mount them from behind the JK bumper. At 8:34 you can watch the steps to install both of these lights.

PAR36 LED fog light mounting bracket

 

Here’s a quick look at the specifications of the Truck-Lite 80275 and the beam pattern it gives off. The 80275 is a great cost saving option for new LED fog lights especially if you already have the Truck-lite LED headlights.

truck lite fog lighttruck lite fog light beam pattern

 

Here’s a quick look at the specifications of the JW Speaker 6045 and the huge beam pattern it gives off.

JW Speaker 6045 LED Fog lightjw speaker 6045 beam pattern

 

 

These next two options are great because they have built in brackets for an easy behind the bumper installation. These are the JW Speaker 6145, and the Vision X 2″ 10w Solstice Solo. At 18:54 you can watch the mounting of these two lights in a Jeep bumper.

Jeep LED Fog Lights with built in mounting

 

Here’s a look at the specifications of the JW Speaker 6145. The design is a little smaller than the 6045 predecessor, but that allows the light to fit just as well as the original stock fog light housing. Here you’ll also see the impressive beam pattern that has a great color.

JW Speaker 6145 LED Fog Lightjw speaker 6145 beam pattern

 

 

And the last LED fog light reviewed is the Vision X 2″ 10w Solstice Solo. Here you’ll see the specs and the beam pattern. This fog light was designed for off-road use and gives off a long beam of direct light.

10W Vision X Solstice Solo LED Fog Light10W Vision X Solstice Solo LED Fog Light beam pattern

 

If you want to look at more pictures and pricing of any of these fog light options, check out the Jeep Wrangler section at Headlight Revolution here.

Here is the full video:

 

Truck-Lite 80275 Review Video and Jeep Install Tricks

If you own a Jeep Wrangler, you’ve probably looked at upgrading the foglights and headlights on it with HID or LED. Finally there is a really good, in depth review about a popular Jeep LED fog light option. The video is located here, but it’s pretty long so we broke it down for you. Just click on each section below to watch that part of the video. This video talks about the features of the PAR36 (4.5″)  80275 LED Light from Truck-Lite. Installation of the Truck-Lite 80275 is shown in a Jeep Wrangler JK bumper as a fog light.

 

The Truck-Lite 80275 is an affordable LED replacement for the common PAR36 size light. The Truck-Lite 80275 gives 280 lumens, draws .84 Amps of power, is DOT Approved, has a 3-year warranty, and is made in the USA.

80275 par 36

 

At 5:07 in the video you can see different versions of LED PAR 36 lights: The JW Speaker 6045  is a more costly LED replacement for the Par 36 size light, but is much brighter. The JW Speaker gives 750 lumens, is DOT approved, has a life-time warranty, and is made in the USA.

truck lite and jw speaker

 

At around 6:23 in the video you can see different types of mounts like a universal rubber PAR36 pedestal mount that will work for any of these lights.  Shown here is a rubber mount and pedestal to hold and mount the light. This would be a great option for fog lights mounted on the top of a bumper.

par 36 rubber mount

 

 

At 6:54 in the video a different type of mounting bracket is shown. These are aluminum fog light brackets for mounting the 4.5″ LED lights to the inside of a Jeep Wrangler JK bumper. These brackets are installed from behind the bumper and clamp the light firmly in place. Watch here for some great tips and tricks to get the best fit possible for a LED housing replacement.

par 36 mounting brackets

truck lite installed in jeep jk bumper 2

 

At 12:36 you can see different wire harness adapters that make the Truck-Lite 80275 plug into the factory Jeep fog light wiring without any modifications. The new Truck-Lite LED replacements can be manually soldered and hardwired in, but an adapter is available for an easier plug and play install. The first is a 9145 style fog light bulb adapter, (common in 07-09 Jeep Wranglers) and the second a 2504 style fog light bulb adapter for 2009 and up Wranglers.

 

jk fog light plug and play harness

 

 

Lastly, at around 15:28 you get to see  the products in action. The original stock fog light bulbs in the Jeep JK are somewhat dim and yellow.  Here you can see how much brighter and whiter the different LED fog light replacements are. The fact that these products can be used largely as a plug and play upgrade is pretty exciting to anyone who needs brighter, whiter lights in the fog location.

truck lite 80275 beam pattern 3

jw speaker 6045 beam pattern 3

 

 

Watch the whole review and installation of the Truck-Lite 80275 in a Jeep Wrangler JK and its comparison to the JW Speaker 6045 on youtube.