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I know this probably shouldn't even appear on this site yet since the 2011 is so new and there is nothing out on it yet (the local dealership doesn't even have a catalog on aftermarket parts or anything yet).

I was wondering if anyone else has noticed that the new 2011 Jeep Compass and 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee headlights look exactly the same?....

Would it be possible to snag the projector headlights from a Grand Cherokee and put those on the Compass? Could you imagine how it would look with the projector fog lights AND headlights? Not to mention the coolness factor of the lighting at night and custom look since projectors are not even an option on the Compass... Thoughts or insider information anyone?
 

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Hello.

I'm on the same path as you. Yes, the cherokee HID lamps will bolt right in to the Compass. And yes, the compass headlights are the same ones used on the non-HID cherokees.

The actual lighting is another issue. The headlights do not include all of the extra electrical that goes along with HID. The bulbs, ballasts, and more, are separate. It would be difficult to get all the part #'s with the parts being so new, and expensive.

What I plan on doing is swapping in the cherokee headlights in and then using a cheap HID kit off of Ebay for the bulb/electrical portion.

With the price of these new headlights and a cheap kit off Ebay you're probably looking at $500-$700...

If a 3rd party vendor comes along and makes cheapo hid headlights housings like happens for many vehicles, plus a cheap HID electrical kit, then we'll get away with $150 total but that wouldn't happen for a while.
 

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Hello.

I'm on the same path as you. Yes, the cherokee HID lamps will bolt right in to the Compass. And yes, the compass headlights are the same ones used on the non-HID cherokees.

The actual lighting is another issue. The headlights do not include all of the extra electrical that goes along with HID. The bulbs, ballasts, and more, are separate. It would be difficult to get all the part #'s with the parts being so new, and expensive.

What I plan on doing is swapping in the cherokee headlights in and then using a cheap HID kit off of Ebay for the bulb/electrical portion.

With the price of these new headlights and a cheap kit off Ebay you're probably looking at $500-$700...

If a 3rd party vendor comes along and makes cheapo hid headlights housings like happens for many vehicles, plus a cheap HID electrical kit, then we'll get away with $150 total but that wouldn't happen for a while.
I am glad that someone else has been thinking the same thing! I used to have a 2004 Ford Focus that I got projector headlights for with the Angel Eyes. I really liked them, they looked cool at night. Hopefully they will come up with something for the Compass soon!

I noticed that those HID headlight housings on MOPAR are over $400 each, but the strange thing is that they also charge more for the Cherokee version of the same headlight than the Compass. If I could just find the housings really cheap then get lights, that would be awesome!

Let me know what else you plan on doing with your Compass style-wise.
 

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I must point out that "To increase road safety, the European Commission has decided to introduce dedicated Daytime Running Light (DRL) on all new types of motor vehicles from, 7 February 2011 onwards all new types of passenger cars and small delivery vans will have to be equipped with DRL. On vehicles equipped with Daytime Running Light, this light is automatically switched on when the engine is started. When it is dark the driver has to switch on the driving lights manually. In this case the DRL goes off automatically".
This is usually a row of LED's placed under the headlamp units.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:LED_DaytimeRunningLights.jpg
Please see above link.
I think this is what you may be referring to, although I may stand corrected.

Raff.
 

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I must point out that "To increase road safety, the European Commission has decided to introduce dedicated Daytime Running Light (DRL) on all new types of motor vehicles from, 7 February 2011 onwards all new types of passenger cars and small delivery vans will have to be equipped with DRL. On vehicles equipped with Daytime Running Light, this light is automatically switched on when the engine is started. When it is dark the driver has to switch on the driving lights manually. In this case the DRL goes off automatically".
This is usually a row of LED's placed under the headlamp units.
File:LED DaytimeRunningLights.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Please see above link.
I think this is what you may be referring to, although I may stand corrected.

Raff.
That is just what I want to add to my Compass.

Jeep Compass 2011 - Jeep Lighting - Universal Lightning Eyes Headlight Kit

I think that would be kick-butt on my black Compass! I would like to get a 20" pair on Ebay and connect them to the parking lights. I found 12" kits at Autozone and Advance Auto Parts, but I want the strip to wrap up around the headlight for a more dramatic affect. I will take pictures if I get the kit and install them.

Yay for aftermarket universal lights and stuff! :)
 

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I had my eyes on those Grand HID headlights and was thinking the same...the compass would look so awesome with them HIDs.

Anyway, while I'm here, I hope you don't mind me sharing my 2011 Compass with headlights mod a bit. See the the attached pics.

Finally, does anyone know how to disable the lock feature on the Media Center DVD player? That is, you can only watch DVD while the car is parked...is there a way to disable this? Any suggestion is much appreciated.

Thanks,
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I had my eyes on those Grand HID headlights and was thinking the same...the compass would look so awesome with them HIDs.

Anyway, while I'm here, I hope you don't mind me sharing my 2011 Compass with headlights mod a bit. See the the attached pics.

Finally, does anyone know how to disable the lock feature on the Media Center DVD player? That is, you can only watch DVD while the car is parked...is there a way to disable this? Any suggestion is much appreciated.

Thanks,
jav
Oh, that is exactly what I want to do with mine, those are awesome! Do tell, what kit did you get, where did you get them, how did you install them (inside housing, outside, etc), and can you post daytime pics? I want the same thing along the bottom and then turn up along the inside of the headlight housing.
 

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Oh, that is exactly what I want to do with mine, those are awesome! Do tell, what kit did you get, where did you get them, how did you install them (inside housing, outside, etc), and can you post daytime pics? I want the same thing along the bottom and then turn up along the inside of the headlight housing.
I replaced the low beam with HID kit from carid.com. I got the NOTTO SE with the 5000K color. It is very bright. Be careful when installing this; it comes with capacitor so make sure you get the +/- in order; otherwise, you'll see smoke...like I did :) but made correction immediately.

The LED strip, I got it from Autozone. I got the white one.

And the LED turn signal, I got from ijdmtoy.com. As regular driving light, the color is Xenon white...but when you activate the turn signal, it alternates between amber and white...it's pretty cool. This one is a little tricky to install...first off, it will not fit directly inside the housing. The LED lamp head is a little too wide to fit inside...I've almost returned it BUT it looked so cool when I tested it , so, I took a gamble by shaving some fat off until it fit...and so, there it is.

I just recently order an HID kit to replace the fog light...should be here next couple of days.

I'll take a daytime pics soon.

jav
 

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I replaced the low beam with HID kit from carid.com. I got the NOTTO SE with the 5000K color. It is very bright. Be careful when installing this; it comes with capacitor so make sure you get the +/- in order; otherwise, you'll see smoke...like I did :) but made correction immediately.

The LED strip, I got it from Autozone. I got the white one.

And the LED turn signal, I got from ijdmtoy.com. As regular driving light, the color is Xenon white...but when you activate the turn signal, it alternates between amber and white...it's pretty cool. This one is a little tricky to install...first off, it will not fit directly inside the housing. The LED lamp head is a little too wide to fit inside...I've almost returned it BUT it looked so cool when I tested it , so, I took a gamble by shaving some fat off until it fit...and so, there it is.

I just recently order an HID kit to replace the fog light...should be here next couple of days.

I'll take a daytime pics soon.

jav
Cool deal! If those are the same as what I think they are, I have seen those at Autozone, but didn't know how bright they would be. It seems like they wouldn't be very bright, but I guess they show up much more with a true 12v connection rather than the little battery or whatever they have in those kits with the test button. I guess those are the Alpena 28" LEDLitz? Alpena/28 in. white colorful LED light (77015) | LED Exterior Accessories | AutoZone.com
I have found 20" pairs on ebay for $16 shipped from the US, they look exactly the same...

Also, how is the beam cutoff with the HID's? I know the Compass has a decent flat cutoff even though they are not projectors. Just curious as to if they would still look good, otherwise, I would probably just get Silverstars.

I have looked around, but haven't found a decent answer for exactly what the light bulb is in the projector fog lights. What is the light or the equivalent to it?

Sorry about all the questions, it just seems like you are on the exact same path as I am for lighting and such and I want to do it right the first time. :)
 

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Javelin, thanks for sharing. Did you install the LED strip INSIDE the headlight housing or right outside of it?

Also: For the LED that you used for the turn signal/Driving light, did you have to install a resistor to keep it from flashing fast?
 

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Cool deal! If those are the same as what I think they are, I have seen those at Autozone, but didn't know how bright they would be. It seems like they wouldn't be very bright, but I guess they show up much more with a true 12v connection rather than the little battery or whatever they have in those kits with the test button. I guess those are the Alpena 28" LEDLitz? Alpena/28 in. white colorful LED light (77015) | LED Exterior Accessories | AutoZone.com
I have found 20" pairs on ebay for $16 shipped from the US, they look exactly the same...

Also, how is the beam cutoff with the HID's? I know the Compass has a decent flat cutoff even though they are not projectors. Just curious as to if they would still look good, otherwise, I would probably just get Silverstars.

I have looked around, but haven't found a decent answer for exactly what the light bulb is in the projector fog lights. What is the light or the equivalent to it?

Sorry about all the questions, it just seems like you are on the exact same path as I am for lighting and such and I want to do it right the first time. :)
With the HID you don't see as much cutoff anymore since the light and brightness goes beyond that. I had Silverstar Ultra for 3-days until I got my HID. I'm thinking of keeping the Silverstar as backup but I'll sell it to you at discount... :) they're good lights...but note it's white but not bright white.
 

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Javelin, thanks for sharing. Did you install the LED strip INSIDE the headlight housing or right outside of it?

Also: For the LED that you used for the turn signal/Driving light, did you have to install a resistor to keep it from flashing fast?
I installed the LED strip outside the housing. Din't want to break open the housing... :)

I purchased the resistor with the LED turn signal. Without the resistor, the LED
will flash too fast and your cpu will think its defective and will return a message
in dashboard.

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Javelin, thanks for all of that info.

I ordered the same white+amber driving+bturn LEDs and resistors. I'll post some pics up when they're installed.

I also ordered amber LED's and resistors for the tails to "clear" them out since some amber bulb color is still visible stock, so I'll post pics when that arrives too.

About the HID's, honest question: Do people flash you at night?
 

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Well well well, looks like we are going to have the nicest looking Compass' around here as far as lighting goes! :) Thanks for all the info Javelin!

I am going to get the 20" white strips for the bottom and inside by the grill of the headlight, and perhaps amber strips along the top for additional turn signals. I am still debating on HID vs Silverstars, I really like the cutoff with the standard halogen, but we will see. Perhaps white LED windshield spray nozzles are also in order?

I did see that there are 12" LED kits on ebay that have the white LED's as well as amber LED's that you could wire up for a turn signal, all on the same strip...

What color is your guys' Compass'?
 

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Javelin, thanks for all of that info.

I ordered the same white+amber driving+bturn LEDs and resistors. I'll post some pics up when they're installed.

I also ordered amber LED's and resistors for the tails to "clear" them out since some amber bulb color is still visible stock, so I'll post pics when that arrives too.

About the HID's, honest question: Do people flash you at night?
As I mentioned from my previous post, the turn signal LED bulb will NOT fit into the housing without some modification to it. If it fits on yours directly, then you're luckier than me. I had to shave off some of the round edges to make it fit.

As for the HID, there was only one occasion when a driver flashed at me...the car was a Jeep Liberty and he was about 10-20 feet when he did. Let's put it this way, if you stare at the sun, will it make you look away? Yes? well then, don't stare at my lights...at least that's my thought anyway...:D But it can't be helped, people like to see the lights...it's just definitely unique...not something you see on the road every day.

But what I enjoyed doing the most is turning the HID lights on at dusk. That's when you see lots of drivers look towards you...with HID, when it first comes on, it burst into a yellow-white light and gradually turns into a bright pure-white light...again, something not too many drivers see everyday.
 

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I spoke to a dealer today and it looks like I'm 90% there to just going with Cherokee HID housings and fitting my own HID into it.

If I do it I'll let you guys know what the big road blocks are to getting it all installed.
 

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I spoke to a dealer today and it looks like I'm 90% there to just going with Cherokee HID housings and fitting my own HID into it.

If I do it I'll let you guys know what the big road blocks are to getting it all installed.
That would be terrific. Are you getting them from the dealer? Last I checked on original Jeep parts from the manufacturer's website, those headlights were over $400 a piece! I would love to get a set and swap out the headlights on mine. Still waiting to get the LED strip...
 
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