Jeep WJ Grand Cherokee Lamps & Lighting Part 3: Upgrading

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Welcome to the in-depth information on WJ Generation Jeep Grand Cherokee lighting and lamp specs. We have organized as a lot info as we might discover right into a useful desk beneath. Is one thing incorrect or lacking? Please get in contact with us and we’ll repair it!

Vehicle lighting and security info

Before changing any automotive bulbs with varieties or types apart from what the producer has specified or beneficial, make sure to examine native and Federal legal guidelines governing automobile lighting. An glorious reference web page for this info will be discovered right here: Motor Vehicle Lighting Standards.

The Federal Code of Regulations governing automobile lamps, reflective gadgets, and related tools, FMVSS No. 108, is greater than 100-pages lengthy. If you’d prefer to learn it, click on right here: FMVSS No. 108 Text.

Worthwhile studying:
An intensive and extremely informative FAQ web page on automobile lighting will be discovered at this web site: Lighting FAQ.

Exterior lighting

This part covers headlight and fog lights. Proper headlight alignment is essential, as most glare is attributable to lighting that’s improperly aimed. The set up of sure excessive powered headlights could require that the harness be upgraded to deal with the extra present stream. Several commonplace alternative bulbs are additionally out there in “long-life” variations. These embody the 9005XS, 9006XS, 3157 and 194’s. They are normally recognized with the addition of “LL” on the finish of the bulb quantity and range between 1.5 to 2x the life of normal bulbs.

Headlamp choices

There will be a number of benefits and downsides in utilizing completely different lighting techniques. In most States, the low beam is just not imagined to exceed 55 watts and excessive beams are to not exceed 60 watts. It’s authorized, although, to run larger wattage for “off highway” use, however many drivers have used these higher-powered lights on-road. It’s greatest to analysis totally to acquire completely different opinions and extra info earlier than you make your improve choice.

Jeep makes use of the “straight base” model headlamp bulbs, designated by the “XS” or “X/S” within the half quantity. The commonplace 9005/9006 right-angle base bulbs utilized by most producers can match into sockets made for the XS bulbs however could require slight modifications or completely different set up strategies. Always be sure that any bulbs or lights you modify/modify in your automobile is authorized and protected.

  • Replacement bulbs -Standard (straight socket):Sylvania 9005XS & 9006XS. 65/55 watts, 3280K/3140K. Premium high quality.Sylvania Long Life 9005XS LL & 9006XS LL. 65/55 watts, 3100K/3050K. (1.5x life/2.0x life of normal bulb).
  • Replacement bulbs – Performance:Eaglite Xenon 9005XS & 9006XS. 100/80 watts, 4200K/4200K. Xenon bulbs present a really white gentle with a slight blue hue up shut. They are designed to simulate the look of true HID techniques. The bulbs are optically dyed with a UV filter, which filters out the yellow gentle that halogen bulbs produce. The UV filter is blue which is why the bulbs look blue however seem white when lit. Eaglite Superwhite bulbs each comprise excessive concentrations of xenon fuel, which extends the lifetime of the bulb and lets you extra safely use larger wattages. PIAA 9005 & 9006 Xtreme White Plus. 60 watts (=120w) / 51 watts (=115w), 4000K / 4000K. Requires particular however easy set up approach, see Chris Henry’s article hyperlink above). More info will be discovered on the PIAA web page.Sylvania Silverstar 9005XS & 9006XS. 70/60 watts, 4000K/4000K. “SilverStar’s coloration temperature is a white scorching 4,000K, far larger than different halogens in the marketplace and com parable to HID. SilverStar shines with a luminance as much as 20% larger than different halogens. A pointy profile, silver tip, and amethyst blue coating create a dramatic, high-end, crisp, clear look.”Note: Mopar now carries the Silverstar 9006 collection for the Grand Cherokee. P/N PL9006XSST.
  • Harness improve:Anyone wish to do a write-up on the Kolak harness improve?
  • HID kits and lamps (High Intensity Discharge):There are not any true HID kits out there for the WJ’s, solely bulb and ballast kits. (More info quickly).
    OEM Headlamp assemblies:

    Some Laredo homeowners have elected to vary their headlight housings to the Limited variations which characteristic clear frnt and decrease lenses, whereas then again some Limited homeowners have switched their lights to the Laredo lights. A desk with the half numbers for all fashions, together with the producer’s advised retail value is featured beneath.

    There have been three completely different headlamp assemblies used on the WJ’s:

    1. Laredo (1999-2002) Dark tinted lenses, clear inside reflectors, Amber decrease and facet markers
    2. Laredo (2002-2004) Tinted lenses, black insides, clear decrease lense, Amber facet markers
    3. Limited/Overland (1999-2004) Clear entrance lenses, clear inside reflectors, clear decrease lense, Amber facet markers

Limited Headlamp meeting, back and front view

OEM Headlamp assemblies 1999-2004

Application Model Year Part # Left Part # Right MSRP
Laredo 1999-00 55155129 55155128 $299.00
Laredo 2001 55155129AB 55155128AB $299.00
Laredo 2002 55155129AB
(up through 1/14/02, clear inside, Amber decrease lens)55155129AC
(after 1/14/02, black inside
clear decrease lens)
(up through 1/14/02, clear inside, Amber decrease lens)55155128AC
(after 1/14/02, black inside
clear decrease lens)
Laredo 2003 55155129AC 55155128AC $280.00
Laredo 2004 55155129AG 55155128AG $280.00
Limited 1999-00 55155553AB 55155552AB $299.00
Limited 2001 55155553AB 55155552AB $299.00
Limited / Overland 2002 55155553AE 55155552AE $299.00
Limited / Overland 2003 55155553AD 55155552AD $299.00
Limited / Overland 2004 55155553AF 55155552AF $299.00

Custom coloured bulbs:

Aftermarket customized coloration bulbs can be found for the next exterior bulbs, though they aren’t usually authorized or beneficial for many on-road functions:

# 3157 (Back-up, brake, tail, flip alerts)
# 161   (License plate)
# 194   (Parking, facet marker)
# 921   (Center excessive cease gentle)

Upper cease gentle mod: Custom black vinyl decals that match over the lens are offered by “decalman2004” and different sellers on Ebay. A search below that consumer identify or below “Jeep brake decal” will carry up present listings.

Fog lights and lamps

Mopar Fog Light kits

For Laredos and different fashions that got here with out the manufacturing facility fog gentle possibility, the identical actual OEM lights can be found in a Mopar accent package. Also consists of auto headlamp characteristic.


  • Original tools fog lights for factory-installed look
  • Plug-in connectors; minimal “cut-and-splice” wiring that would corrode or break over the lifetime of the sunshine
  • Mopar fog lights use OE Wire Connectors on lights and Wire Harness
  • Wires are enclosed in a convolute sleeve for cover
  • Wired to function solely with low beam or parking lights
  • Fog gentle beam undercuts inclement climate, minimizes glare
  • Mopar fog lights meet applicable SAE requirements
  • Tested to make sure no interference with the cooling system operation
  • OE-style change with telltale indicator for handy use


Mopar Fog gentle package elements

Item 1999-2003 2004
1. Light bundle, fog lights (consists of #’s 2-15 beneath) 82204837 (1999-2000)82206653 (2001-2002)
(as much as 10/28/01)82207798 (2002-2003)
(after 10/28/01)MSRP $195.00
82208252 (2004)
MSRP $195.00
2. Switch, multifunction 56042302AG 56042302AG
3. Relay, mini 4671168 4671168
4. Nut and washer, hex nut-sealing washer, M6 x 1.00 (x4) 34201358 (not required)
5. Bezel, fog lamp, Right (out there in package solely) 82205214 50010189AA
6. Bezel, fog lamp, Left (out there in package solely) 82205215 50010189AA
7. Fog lamp housing, Left 55155137AC (9055 bulb) 55156733AB (9145 bulb)
8. Fog lamp housing, Right 55155136AC (9055 bulb) 55156733AB (9145 bulb)
9. Sensor, headlamp 56042584AA 56042584AA
10. Screw, tapping (x2) (x6) 6101946 (x2) 6506579AA (x6)
11. Harness, wiring (out there in package solely) (no half quantity) (no half quantity)
12. Fuse 6101488 (or #00ATM20)
(mini, 20A, yellow)
6101488 (or #00ATM20)
(mini, 20A, yellow)
13. Tie strap (x5) 4641780 (7.75 inch) 4641780 (7.85 inch)
14. Tie strap 6016155 (14.5 inch) (not required)
15. Rivet, fenderwell (x6) 34201631 (M6.25×28) 34201631 (M6.25×28)
16. bulb, fog lamp (x2) L0009 055 (1999-2002)
L0009 040 (2003)
L0009 145 (2004)

Mopar foglamp package set up instructions, entrance web page.
Click HERE for a PDF file of all 7-pages (482kb).

  • Replacement foglamp bulbs – Standard (90 diploma socket):Sylvania 9055XT. 55 watts, 2950K. Advanced halogen, long-life design.
  • Replacement foglamp bulbs – Premium:Sylvania Cool Blue bulb 9005CB. 65 watts, 3550K.Sylvania Silverstar 9005. 60 watts, 4000K. “SilverStar’s coloration temperature is a white scorching 4,000K, far larger than different halogens in the marketplace and akin to HID. SilverStar shines with a luminance as much as 20% larger than different halogens. A pointy profile, silver tip, and amethyst blue coating create a dramatic, high-end, crisp, clear look.”PIAA 9005 Platinum Super White. 60 watt=110w, 3800K.
  • Aftermarket foglamp assemblies:PIAA 1700X Platinum Plasma Blue Fog Lamp. 55 watts. Available in package kind with two lamps, wiring harness, relay, and change (half # 1790). 3-15/16″ extensive x 2-1/16″ excessive x 3″ deep. Silver PPS housing, chrome plated aluminum trim ring, and glass lens. Requires becoming changes.

PIAA makes greater than 20 completely different shapes and sizes of aftermarket fog lights. You can view the entire record on their web page right here: PIAA fog lamps. In addition, PIAA provides many various Driving Lights together with the mannequin 912’s that Chris Henry customized match into the decrease grill of his ’01.

Lighting upgrades – inside

Many of the inside bulbs within the WJs will be changed with completely different coloration and/or barely completely different wattage bulbs. Even although some bulbs could seem equivalent in dimension and match, it’s beneficial to remain fairly near the unique manufacturing facility specified bulb sizes and specs.

So far, just one kind of inside bulb used within the WJ is accessible aftermarket in a distinct coloration – the # 194 which is used just for the glove compartment. However, this bulb is also substituted for the #161 and #192 bulbs which can be used within the entrance door courtesy lights, the ashtray, and the overhead studying lights. If coloured results are desired for different dimension lights reminiscent of within the Cargo space, under-panel courtesy, help handles and the vainness visors, particular bulb paints can be found from a number of producers (see the lighting links part).

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