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I installed bi xenon H13 HID on my headlights and I had some problems with it. On the DRL, the HID are supposed to be off, but sometimes they are off, sometimes, one is lit, sometimes both are lit but one is flickering. When on I'm on my night lights, the bulbs are powerful and don't flicker but sometimes they stop working for one second and start again.

I tought it was the relay harness, but I heard many stuff from Canbus vehicules that the computer sees that it is not the normal current and blah blah blah...

I still haven't received my new harness to test it but do you guys had problems too?
 

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pretty sure nobody on the forum has installed HID's, i was going to but i heard of a nightmare story from a patriot owner and HID lights, where each side required 3 extra relays to make them work. what HID kit are you useing?
 

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I've heard other folks have problems installing them as well. I'm curious as to which kit you're using as well, but I can find a good write up on that for you if you'd like. Granted, it will be for a Ram truck, but the principle is the same. They were having problems with the lights flickering or not turning on at all, but after they installed the relays, things seemed to work well. Let me know and I can get you some good install info.

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I had a buddy install them on his Ram and the RCMP gave him a ticket because they wouldn't work in all 3 factory modes (daytime running, low and high). As far as I know there isn't a kit out there that does daytime running properly.
 

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I had a buddy install them on his Ram and the RCMP gave him a ticket because they wouldn't work in all 3 factory modes (daytime running, low and high). As far as I know there isn't a kit out there that does daytime running properly.
No it cannot make the DRL but you can replace them with led strips or leds or you can make them light during daytime.
 

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The law as written states that any aftermarket HID system must function as the original was designed by the manufacturer. I used to work for the DOJ. I do know of one guy that bypassed his to make them work with DRL but I don't know how he did that. I'm going to see if he still has the schematic next time I talk to him.

Direct quote from a friend of mine still in DOJ:

"To date, no aftermarket HID conversion or retrofit kit has been approved by any government regulating body. All conversion and retrofit kits being sold have the explicit disclaimer “For Off-Road Use Only”".
 

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Well I find the Compass lights with those big head lamps pretty bright and have an tight upper clipping of the beam. It does no radiate higher to affect the oncoming traffic. However, if brighter was required I would simply install GE Nighthawk Platinum bulbs. They are up to 80 or 90% brighter (advertised) and plug & play with the same wattage.

I have them in two other 4x4 and you can really see the difference. They are sold in Canada exclusively by Canadian Tire. Many vehicles don't handle HID well due to lack of control of the light and you end up blinding the other drivers. Thats not the objective in having bright lights or more light and you are more likely to get pulled over and ticketed. Parbolic and or projection fixtures from my reading are best for HID illumination since the control and focus the light very well. I can't see these wide big head lamps in the Compass doing that effectively at all. Hence I would not be in favour of it being on my roads.
 

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I like the HID's, was looking into a set for my truck and I still may end up doing it, but I think I'm going with the the halo's instead, too bad they don't have those for the Compass, at least not that I've seen.

- Cherokee
 

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It would be a nice set up but I haven't seen a kit either. I like the look of them and the brightness of them too.
 

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I have to agree with Tripplec on this one. I put a set on my Vibe and I intend to upgrade the Compass shortly. They seem to pick up deer and skunks nicely.
 

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I have to agree with Tripplec on this one. I put a set on my Vibe and I intend to upgrade the Compass shortly. They seem to pick up deer and skunks nicely.
Thanks oh wise Ironwood, There is not rewiring or risk of harness/connector burnout which is very common these days with higher current solutions. I was quite satisfied with the on coming look as well. they also have a blue tinge largely because of a blue ring near the base of the glass to get that effect but the light is white.

Back to HID and the Compass electrical systems. If their light is controled and powered by say the TPIM or other electronic/relay systems. That would have to be bypassed to some degree. HID have a very high start current and may vary with starter circuits but having read dozens of post in the Cherokee forums in the pass. You're looking at 15-20 amp surge/HID before they drop down after they illuminate.

I suppose its possible to use the existing circuit as a trigger to turn on the HID ballast which would have to get power from the batter through much heavier gauge wire.

For me I just don't want to go down that road. I recently found the amber/yellow fog light bulbs I have worked extremely well a few weeks back in a major down pour.
 

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Honestly I don't think HID are dangerous for your electrical system. I've installed 20 and more kits on my cars and my friends' car and I've never had problems. Also, the ignition current is 8.5A and the normal current is 3.5A. It is not 15-20A.
 

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I've seen some halo kits for the compass but they are made from the most expensive lightning company : Oracle Lightning Technology.

Check out this website : http://www.automotivelightstore.com/jeepcompassoracleheadlighthalokit.aspx
The kit header for the above refers to "Headlight kit" and yet in the listing of what you get below it the last line is "- Everything you need to add Demon Eyes to your Foglights!"

So is this the lower foglights upgrade or the main headlights? Also no mention of being DRL compatible as we have in Canadian builds.
 

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Those look cool but cutting open my headlights doesn't excite me so much. I think I'll keep my warranty for now and maybe it's something to do later.
 

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I've seen some of Oracle's stuff, very nice!

- Cherokee
 
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