Coveted: From our customers perspective, it’s hard to imagine a better solution in terms of performance and ease of install than the Morimoto Elite Systems. The product of years of research, development, and innovation, Morimoto's 2014 GMC Sierra HID kit includes a selection of high performance components that when used in conjunction delivers unequivocal results. It’s well worth a few extra bucks compared to anything else on the market, and today has become one of the best selling HID systems in our entire catalog. Check out these install threads 1,2,3,4, 5 posted by do-it-yourself Sierra owners just like you.
Install Video: Not ready to just take our word for it, and didn't feel like reading through all the install links on the forums? Check out an Install Video & Review by this online blogger who loved the Sierra Spec kit and matching XB fogs. It's a "must watch" if you're considering the upgrade for your truck!
Sierra Wiring: A special Sierra Spec HD Relay Harness is designed to make your headlight retrofit a piece of cake. Double-sealed 40A relays and 14-gauge stranded copper wire wrapped in durable black tech-flex mesh are completely new features that ensure the wire harness meets and exceeds the looks and quality of the factory parts it’s replacing. No cutting, no splicing, no mess, and no stress. There are only five connections, and each of them is plug-n-play. Most importantly, the harness includes the proper capacitor to absorb and smooth out the pulsed signal from the factory headlight circuit that plagues these trucks.
Powerful Ballasts: Morimoto may be known first and foremost for developing the aftermarket’s best HID bulbs, but they’ve also changed the game when it comes to ballasts. The all-new XB ballasts included in this HID kit offer the perfect blend of function and style with an industrial-edge design and state-of-the-art technology. Morimoto moved the igniters closer to the HID bulb to mimic OEM and further away from the circuitry to reduce EMI/RFI radio interference and eliminate failures and misfires. We’ve sold thousands of these and use them in our own vehicles. User approved!
9012 XB Bulbs: Lets face it — the Sierra is a great truck, but the stock headlights suck! We hear it all the time from late model Sierra owners. When installed in the Sierra's Projector-based headlights, Morimoto XB HID bulbs will help you instantly achieve your dreams when it comes to a 2014/2015 GMC Sierra headlight upgrade. We put the XB 9012 HID bulbs up against industry benchmark Osram CBI bulbs at 5500K and they produced nearly identical luminosity. Better yet, that bright, color accurate, and intense beam will last as long as far more expensive OEM alternatives.
Fully Backed: At The Retrofit Source Inc., we don’t carry products we aren’t confident enough to back with a full 5-year warranty on all components.* The Morimoto Elite 2015/2014 GMC headlight upgrade kit is designed to run for 2,500 hours, so that’s what the guarantee covers. Even better, we’re always available to offer expert assistance and advice to help you through any technical difficulties you are experiencing. We’ve seen some pretty crazy promises being made by other online dealers. A “lifetime” warranty on a product with a finite service life, really? Just remember if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. [*XB55 kits have a 3-year warranty]
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BALLAST INPUT: 9-32V DC
BALLAST OUTPUT: 85V AC 35W or 50W
BALLAST MAX. V: 25kV (at start-up)
SYSTEM OPERATING RANGE: -40C to +125C
35w RATED LIFESPAN: 2,500 hours
50w RATED LIFESPAN: 2,000 hours
3000K BULBS: Golden Yellow ~2800lm (each)
4500K BULBS: Warm White ~3500lm (each)
5500K BULBS: Pure White ~3400lm (each)
6500K BULBS : Cool White ~3200lm (each)
50W BALLASTS: (+20% intensity) (-20% lifespan)(-1000K color)
A quick review of my TRS 2014+ GMC Sierra Morimoto HID installs.
The Kit: everything you need except fasteners and zip ties.
The Install: I installed two kits on 2 trucks in 2 days. Each install took approximately 1.5 hours (I was in no hurry).
Truck #1) 2014 Sierra 1500. It received a 2014+ Sierra Morimoto Elite kit, w/50W ballasts and 5500K bulbs.
The truck did NOT require the air intake tube to be removed (contrary to what I have read elsewhere). Also, the air filter does not need to be disassembled, but rather pulled straight up and out in 1-piece after disconnecting 2 connectors. I used 3M VHB tape to hold all of the kit components- no nuts/bolts/drilling required. The wiring harness supplied fit perfectly, and the fuse is easily accessible.
Truck #2) 2015 Sierra 2500HD Denali Duramax. It received a 2014+ Sierra Morimoto Elite kit, w/50W ballasts and 6500K bulbs.
Like the 1500, this truck's air inlet tube remained installed, and the air filter assembly pulls straight up the same way. This truck did require the second battery (driver's side) to be removed. I pulled power from the second battery, as it was more convenient. 3M VHB tape used here as well. The supplied harness again fit perfectly. The fuse is even more accessible on this install.
The results: I wanted to wait for the "new" to wear off before I wrote a review. It's been a few months.
The GOOD: The light output is AWESOME. The road is FILLED with light on low-beam (the cutoff is unchanged), on high-beam the road is lit up for 1,000 feet easily. THIS is what GM should have installed from the beginning. 5 stars.
The BAD: on the 1500, power is supplied to the relays in DRL-mode. This means the headlights are on any the time that the truck is in gear/or if it is dark, so bulb life may suffer (the Denali has LED's around the headlights for DRL- so this not an issue). The color/temp of the lights has "burned-in", but they don't match the OEM fogs exactly. Minor detail.
The UGLY: The 1500 was so dirty I didn't use any of the pictures. (truck had been on a dusty construction site with no under-hood cleaning before the install).
The VERDICT: Probably the most well-spent vehicle modification I have done. If you are thinking about upgrades in your 14+ GMC, THIS is the one you need to do first. Thanks to the folks at The Retrofit Source for putting together an excellent, reasonably priced kit to address a serious shortcoming on these trucks.
I've had this system in for a month and the difference is amazing. I went with 50w and they are bright. I do get flashed occasionally when I have weight in the bed but otherwise no problems. If you are thinking about it don't just do it you'll be happy you did.
Just installed these on my 2015 sierra. Installation wasn't too bad, 1 hot, 2 grounds, everything else is plug and play. There is an extremely helpful video on YouTube that thoroughly explains everything. You do have to remove the air filter box to access the passenger side headlight. You also have to drill a hole in the bulb cover caps and install a wire gromet (i siliconed around mine just to insure a perfect seal) no big deal. No loose wires showing, harness looks oem. The 5500k color looks awesome, zero blue, and matches the factory led running lights my truck has PERFECT. This kit is very well designed and works fantastic, very high quality parts and superb packaging. If you want these to match the 5500k xb led fog lights they offer, I'd go with the 6500k hid bulbs. The 5500k led fog lights do have a very slight blue hint.
My 2015 GMC Sierra is a great truck. Well, except for the horrifically bad headlights! After fighting with GM to try and fix the situation, nothing was working. After reading a LOT of comments on the truck forums about the Morimoto kit from The Retrofit Source, I plunked down the cash and ordered the kit. The kit arrived promptly, and everything was well packed. I work two jobs, and do not have time for installing , so I had my installer do the job. Because of the great instructions, he had it done in about an hour and 15 minutes! The result? Finally, the headlights my truck SHOULD have came with! I am very pleased with the performance of my headlights. There is no flickering, or anything. And the DRL's work just like they should. I hope I never have to use the 5 year warranty, but it's great piece of mind knowing I have it. Thank you TRS!
The crew over at TRS made this purchase one of my favorite yet. Not only did it make night driving 100% safer it made it more enjoyable. Sierra kit was a very simple plug and play install. Dont know why GMC didnt do this before they ever left the factory.
My first observation is that everything was very well packaged, the only minor change I would make would be to wrap the bulbs in bubble wrap as they are the most fragile and critical component. A point that was reinforced to me when the delivery person fumbled the box and dropped it on my driveway while handing it to my daughter, and yes my daughter than dropped the box a second time while handing to me. LOL
Once opened it is quite clear that this kit is far more refined than the previous TRS Kit I bought 2 year ago:
Old HID Kit: 9012 MORIMOTO Elite HID System:
Ballasts - 3Five DSP
Harness Type - HD Relay
Bulbs – 3Five 4,300
Extra Set of Bulb's (better to have local than be SOL)
New HID Kit: 2014+ SIERRA: MORIMOTO ELITE – 50W
Ballasts - 50w/AMP: Morimoto XB Ballast
Harness Type - HD Relay 9005/9006
Morimoto Anti-Flicker Capacitor Link
Bulbs – 9012: XB 4500K
Wire Harness Extension – 9006 Extension
The HD Harness has been significantly improved and only need a single ground, as opposed to the original kit that had 3 grounding points. It was also quite nice that each wire was pre-labelled, which simplifies the install. In fact it took me longer to uninstall the old kit than it did to install the new one. It took me about an hour get everything hooked up, but I still need to do some clean up as my CAI make it a bit more tricky to run / secure / hide all of the wiring.
I did noticed that the Test Lead and Extension were missing from the box which was a bummer, however I was able to get everything installed without issue.
The first time I turn my new lights on, I was smiling ear to ear, and thought wow what a difference over the old 35w kit, the beam pattern is now laser sharp.
Great Job TRS!
HD Harness Wires are all pre-labeled
Heat shrink and loom assembled by a pro
Less grounds to worry about
HD radio interference is gone
I can bloody see more than 25ft in front of my truck!!
HD Harness Wire Labels are cheap and will fall off, given the awesome heat shrink and loom used, why not just use color coded heat shrink on the ends as labels, this would look clean, and last forever. (Green to Green, Red to Red, etc)
The Test Lead & Extension called out in the Standard Parts were not included in the box
None of the other component wires are labeled.
The CAP Link is a square box, which makes it a bit awkward to securely mount, a Screw Tab would be nice.
The Drivers Side Ballets Lead is about 8 inches to short and limits mounting of the HD relay, thus requiring an extension. From a Manufacturing perspective, would it not be more cost effective to just make the primary lead longer, vs. having to create, package, store, ship, a separate extension?
The headlight Grommets provided are of a lesser quality then my old kit. Rubber vs silicone gasket
Improvements – Install Guide:
On Page 1, the customer install links are formatted as an image, not text, thus you cannot copy and paste the into a browser, thus you have to actually type the entire URL. Not the end of the world, but a 10 second change on your end benefits each new customer.
Page 3 - the wiring diagram depicts the AMP igniter being plugged into opposite ports of the Ballast
Page 6 – Drill a 22mm hole, nobody sells a 22mm drill bit, why not just call it 7/8?
The 2015 gmc stock headlights were dangerous with very poor visibility. I first wasted money on putco led retrofit kit as stated complete waste of my money. Very poor light distribution struggled to see at night. Researched hid's and TRS systems were by far the best quality. The dual relay harness speaks for itself and the customer service was incredible they answered all of my questions and concerns by email. I purchased the 4500 35w ballast and am extremely happy very bright and can see at night now!!! Improved side light distribution a little as well. Very simple install thank you TRS!
This kit is awesome. It was super easy to install. I followed a youtube video on how to install and where to put everything. There is a little bit of glare with the 35W kit, so I am actually glad I didn't go with the 50W in the stock projectors. Since about 90% of my driving is around tons of oncoming traffic, I needed to balance that out, and reduce the risk of blinding anyone. 35W is ample lighting. I can now see perfectly with low/high beams. It's a huge improvement in the rain as well. I also chose the 4500K bulb because the warm color is way better for snowy conditions. You don't want pure white light on a snowy road. Seriously, get this kit!
First thoughts was packaging, well packed everything was safe from its journey from Miami to Vancouver, BC. Took about 9 days to get here.
Upon opening this kit I had realized its quality is much higher than i had anticipated as well, the relay wire harness is unreal! Heat shrink and loom meticulously put together to create a factory looking addition to your truck.
Took me about an hour and a half as it took time deciding where to put the relays etc. but once i turned my head lights on it was all worth it. Amazing light output and I just bought the 35w kit, makes me wonder how bright the 55w are! Took a road trip the following weekend and ended up driving at night in the rain, so glad I put these in before we left as they prevented me from hitting a deer. Guaruntee I would have hit it if i had the stock halogens in! A+ retrofit source!
Now its just time to install my 27" torchlight led bar....
Stock halogen lights on the '15 Sierra Denali are junk - barely adequate for driving in the parking lot. This HID kit fits perfectly. Ran the passenger-side wiring under the plastic shroud and mounted all the hardware to the front bulkhead with self-tapping screws. The only visible hardware is some wiring between the underhood fuse box and the driver side headlamp housing. Unless you were really looking for it, the system looks nearly stock! I've been running this kit with the TRS custom-fit LED fog lights for about a year now and it's been completely trouble-free, even through the winter in MN.