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      02-14-2012, 09:51 AM   #1
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LUX H8 Install Problem

Tried installing my LUX H8 bulbs last night, and OMG! My hands are too big to install the bulbs inside that tiny little port above the headlight housing.

Does anyone have any other suggestions on how to install them? What a headache!!
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      02-14-2012, 10:04 AM   #2
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did you try holding the base between two fingers like a cig and using the other hand to move the wires? It'll help you manipulate the bulb housing better
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I tried tweezers and everything. I couldn't even get the bulb to slide into the housing at all.
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I had a much easier time using two hands. Try holding the bulb between both hands by the fingers. Hands are positioned flat like you are praying, but fingers pointed towards the ground. To screw the bulb in, push your left and down and pull your right hand up (like a rubbing motion when your hands are cold and you want to warm them up). This motion will twist the bulb in. Took me like 10 seconds to screw it in this way.
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I feel as if there is not enough room to maneuver the bulb to even get it into the housing.
Screwing it in sounds easy but if I can't even get it into position...
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      02-14-2012, 10:29 AM   #6
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tell ur wife or kid
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Guess I'm gonna have to give that a try.

I don't have a wife or kids, so after work today I'll just swing by a local school and see if I can bribe a kid with candy or a puppy.
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greetings

here we go (328i lci e90 xenon/adaptive - H8's)

standing in front of car start with the left headlight ...you have a little more room to get the "feel" for it

- twist the cover on the back of the headlight clockwise (you are facing the engine compartment)
- very gently remove the electric connector of your oem h8 bulb by using a very little screwdriver or plastic trim tool to release the "greyish" safety clips (be careful - don't break them)
- the back of your oem h8 bulb is shaped like a "L" ... you will feel the back of the bulb pointing up and towards the outside of the engine bay (fender)
- twist the oem bulb (again you are standing in front of the vehicle facing the engine) clockwise (towards the right "driver-side" headlight)
- lay the bulb down on a towel EXACTLY IN THE POSITION you took it out => as reference when you install the LUXH8 => referring to the lineup of the little notches in the bulb holder inside the headlight
- using a little screwdriver (an automotive mirror or any small mirror and a bright flashlight will come in handy at this point) push the little rubber grommet out of the way .. refer to this link http://luxangeleyes.com/guides/LUX_H...ll_E90_LCI.pdf
- install/insert holding the LUXH8 in the exact same way you removed the oem h8 bulb ... here comes the PITA part ... it will require a substantial amount of "finegeling" to get the LUXH8 inserted just right and it will take a lot of cussing to twist into place ... you will have to twist the bulb counter clock wise (towards the fender) ... use your index finger and thumb and become hulk for about 2 seconds to twist and "shout"
- reconnect the electrical connectors and with care insert the little black box ... i suggest you place them inside the headlight housing towards (position) the opposite headlight (more room due to the interior routing of the "glass" tubes for the ae-rings)
- close headlight by twisting the cover counter clock wise (towards the fender)

... now the driver side .... what a pain in the @@ ... less room to work with ... but no worries ... the after math is worth it

... general rule: removing the oem bulbs: twist towards the grille - installing: twist towards the fender

if you need help .. pm me i will give you my number to call (east coat)

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as you know it's a pretty simple install.... you're just gonna have to go through the pain (both physical and mental) but the fruit is worth the labor.. took me 45min and hurt my hand but you gotta do it unless you wanna pay labor pointlessly
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Thanks for the tips electricjet. I'm gonna have my girlfriend give it a shot tomorrow night.
I'll let everyone know how it goes. Maybe even some pics too.
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... no problem ...

if you want to match the LUX H8 i suggest using the GP Thunder 7500 for the fog lights and the "corner assist" lights ... match is very close

(check this post for pics: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=647325 )
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yup, small hands are key. I have a cut at the base of each of my thumbs from installing them last weekend, but I was able to get both of them installed in 15 minutes. Only simple twisting and alignment involved.
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Got them in!!!! Had my girl do it for me! Thanks for the help guys. They look amazing by the way!
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