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DIY - Changing Halogen Low Beam Headlights
Published by Kiemyster
10-17-2007
DIY - Changing Halogen Low Beam Headlights

First, you will need a key or a coin, and your new halogen bulbs. I used a pillow to rest my head when it was on the floor. If you are not doing this outdoors, bring a flashlight.



Now, you have to access the low beams via the wheel well. To do this, get your key, open the hood, and turn your cars wheels inwards from whatever side you decide to tackle your lights first. For me, I went with the left side first, so I turned my wheels to the right all the way.


Use your key and look by the wheel well, and stick it in the slot, and turn it anti clockwise. Do this for both slots. (note: in the picture shown, the slot is not visible, but it is directly across on the right of the visible slot).


Now that the wheel well is gone, you should be seeing a square cap with a round top. Feel the top of it and there will be a clip. I took out the cap via the hood, and dropped it through the wheel well.


Flick the clip upwards and the cap will essentially fall off. I could not get a picture of the cap in place with the clip, but here is the cap, and I have circled where the clip is.


You should now be seeing some wires that are attached to the light. You want to get a firm grip on it with your thumb and pointing finger.


Just go ahead and pull them out. if that doesnt work, push teh clip in first, and then pull it out.



The light will not fall out or break as it is held in by a clip. Now that you have removed the power source, just kind of tuck it away.


Now, you should see the bulb itself, and the metal clip that holds it in place. I have pointed the arrow to it. now, pay careful attention, as the clips will be different on the left/right side. Here is the left side clip, so it will have a sort of pull pin that is originated from the left. You have to push the clip to the left and keep going until it breaks loose. Then it should swivel downwards. You don’t need to worry about it falling off, its held in.


Now that the latch is free, watch the bulb! Hold it by the metal plate on the rear.


Make sure NEVER to hold the bulb itself. Handle the light by the metal frame only, or else damage will be done to your lights. It is suggested that you use gloves to handle them, but I was feeling dangerous lol.




Now, with the bulb in one hand, double check and make sure the area is clear for the bulb to fit in, with nothing obstructing its path.


Smoothly slide the bulb in the housing, and looking from the outside, gently twist the bulb until it “fits” into the socket. Now mind you, its not going to stay there on its own. You have to hold it up. I suggest doing this through the hood.


Using your other hand, fit it through the wheel well and look for that latch that you had to twist to the side to release, go ahead and snap it back up into place, its going to secure the bulb. (srry for the blury pic)


Align the power source and plug it into the bulb and just push it in as hard as you can. Pretty straightforward.


And the rest of this is simply reverse instructions. Push the clips in, cover the wheel well, and your good to go!

***Many thanks Nick@JleviSW!***
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By SV Concepts III on 10-17-2007, 09:26 PM
This is a great resource! Nice work!
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By jetblk328i on 10-17-2007, 09:27 PM
hey can you post a pic straight on , and a pic of the light color and such from the driver's perspective, i might be joining you with the predator xenix bulbs....
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By Kiemyster on 10-17-2007, 09:48 PM
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hey can you post a pic straight on , and a pic of the light color and such from the driver's perspective, i might be joining you with the predator xenix bulbs....
dude. right now im so high i cant walk LOL! but ill hook this up for u tmrw! jesus christ man, i cant tell you how satisfied i am with these lights.

however, i noticed that the right bulb isnt as bright as my left, but that was probably because when i was positioning it i knocked it against the panel... but fucking sweet. totally my fault ahah. after that happened, i light up a 3 sheeter spliff, and installed the left light easily, and made this DIY.

but yes, tmrw, i will take a shitload of pics for you man. DO NOT WAIT TO GET THESE LIGHTS!!!!! order them from nick@jlevisw.

To Nick: i cannot thank you enough. im gonna go to BMW as soon as i can to install them in the fogs... really, i dont have a clue how to do the fogs lol. but you have made me the happiest man today ahahah and im gonna do my puddle lamps when i put on the ACS body kit.... ill take some pics with it then so u can post it on the site

AHH IM SOO HAPPY!
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By jetblk328i on 10-17-2007, 09:50 PM
thanks man, ill be waiting for the pics...
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By Ru$$ell on 10-17-2007, 09:52 PM
do you guys know that he used a freaking Tazor as a flash light?!?!? lmao,this trini is hilarious,but GREAT rightup there bro, excellent work!
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By Kiemyster on 10-17-2007, 10:02 PM
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yes. thanks for disclosing that russell ahaahah!! yeah. thats my tazor, it has 4 bright LED's i used as my flashlight. lol.
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By SV Concepts III on 10-17-2007, 11:42 PM
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dude. right now im so high i cant walk LOL! but ill hook this up for u tmrw! jesus christ man, i cant tell you how satisfied i am with these lights.

however, i noticed that the right bulb isnt as bright as my left, but that was probably because when i was positioning it i knocked it against the panel... but fucking sweet. totally my fault ahah. after that happened, i light up a 3 sheeter spliff, and installed the left light easily, and made this DIY.

but yes, tmrw, i will take a shitload of pics for you man. DO NOT WAIT TO GET THESE LIGHTS!!!!! order them from nick@jlevisw.

To Nick: i cannot thank you enough. im gonna go to BMW as soon as i can to install them in the fogs... really, i dont have a clue how to do the fogs lol. but you have made me the happiest man today ahahah and im gonna do my puddle lamps when i put on the ACS body kit.... ill take some pics with it then so u can post it on the site

AHH IM SOO HAPPY!
My pleasure, enjoy the new lights. You can do the fogs yourself, it's not so hard!
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By Kiemyster on 10-17-2007, 11:50 PM
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lol, i dont have a jackstand.... :-(

and those puddle lamp instructions... are so intimidating ahaha... ill try my best to make a DIY for you with them... i just gotta figure out what the hell to do! ahaha
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By alanchan on 10-18-2007, 12:17 AM
great DIY
your xenix looks very bright white, it has a xenon look
are they 6000k?
how much you paid for them?
can I buy from Nick?
also, where did you get your silver color reflectors?
sorry for so many questions.....
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By Kiemyster on 10-18-2007, 12:38 AM
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meh, this is one of the few ways i can actually contribute to something usefull in this forum ahaha!!! so ask as many questions as you want, ill do my best to accomidate you!

1) they are 4200k, xenon gas charged so it gives the car that xenon look... man. i could not be any more satisfied, and i strongly encourage anyone with halogen bulbs to purchase them from nick@jlevisw. i mean come on! its only 30 USD a pair!
2) i paid $30 for them! THATS RIGHT! $30 bucks from nik@jlevisw!! buy it from him.
3) my car is european, built in BMW AG, and its euro spec. i dont think u can change them buddy

here... ill show u the link:
http://jlevistreetwerks.com/store/BM...4f0cf599abfeee

but i must say, i had no problems with JleviSW at all. very prompt shipping, and nicely packaged!

***edit: you live in BC!? you lucky devil!
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By Excellence on 10-18-2007, 02:06 AM
H4 is the bulb I need?
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By jetblk328i on 10-18-2007, 05:20 AM
for low beams, its H7s
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By Excellence on 10-18-2007, 08:29 AM
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for low beams, its H7s
Both bulbs are H7?
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By Kiemyster on 10-18-2007, 12:13 PM
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^^^

Yeah
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By jetblk328i on 10-18-2007, 08:20 PM
pics comin soon?
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By alanchan on 10-18-2007, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Kiemyster View Post
meh, this is one of the few ways i can actually contribute to something usefull in this forum ahaha!!! so ask as many questions as you want, ill do my best to accomidate you!

1) they are 4200k, xenon gas charged so it gives the car that xenon look... man. i could not be any more satisfied, and i strongly encourage anyone with halogen bulbs to purchase them from nick@jlevisw. i mean come on! its only 30 USD a pair!
2) i paid $30 for them! THATS RIGHT! $30 bucks from nik@jlevisw!! buy it from him.
3) my car is european, built in BMW AG, and its euro spec. i dont think u can change them buddy

here... ill show u the link:
http://jlevistreetwerks.com/store/BM...4f0cf599abfeee

but i must say, i had no problems with JleviSW at all. very prompt shipping, and nicely packaged!

***edit: you live in BC!? you lucky devil!
thanks bro,
I will buy the bulbs from Nick....
yes, BC Canada
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By Kiemyster on 10-19-2007, 01:14 AM
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sorry for posting these so late ahaha i ate a massive steak and fell asleep since 6pm lol.

so these were the kind of pics u wanted? or u want somehting different? let me know, ill be more than happy to help you
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By jetblk328i on 10-19-2007, 05:13 AM
hmm yea those are the pics i want, but i have a question in your DIY the one pic showing the aftermarket bulb in the reflector pic # 11 where is the little covering over the bulb?in our US cars, theres like a little chrome sheildy thing that prolly works as the reflector?
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By jetblk328i on 10-19-2007, 05:27 AM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-3...spagenameZWDVW


see that piece of chromey thing on the low beam, where the bulbs is?
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By makaveliisgoat on 10-19-2007, 09:19 AM
Thanks for this Kiemyster. I replaced my low beams last night...and your DIY really made things go smooth.

I have a couple of questions for you.

Did you replace the highbeams and/or fog lights?

And what about that amber bulb right next to the high beam?


jetblk328i-

That chromey thing on the low beam. I'm not sure what your question is...but that is just part of the headlight assembly. When you take the bulb out...that part stays in the headlight and you just slide the new bulb in right behind it. Like you said I guess it acts as a reflector or something.
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By jetblk328i on 10-19-2007, 02:35 PM
but if you look in his diy pics, the chromey thing is not there....
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