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Old 07-26-2008, 08:47 PM   #1
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DIY: Changing Xenon Bulbs on 04+ coupe

I made a video on how to take the bulb out and put it back in for the facelifted coupe for another member here. Figured I might as well post it. Vid is like 5 minutes so bear with me lol.

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Old 07-27-2008, 05:02 AM   #2
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Just a note, its very easy to remove the windshield washer fluid container. (You dont need to empty it either) Its just one screw holding it on, and a couple sensor plugs. It makes it 10x easier to work on the passenger side.

Also, its good practice to disconnect your battery before messing with any electronics in there.
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Old 07-27-2008, 09:44 PM   #3
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On my 05 ZHP my Ignitor looks alot different. It has a Metal Housing...I will have to take a pic of it...
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:38 PM   #4
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Thanks so much. This is a great help. You would not believe the labor a dealer wants to do this. They will charge 100 bucks to change a light bulb....LOL. Plus if you buy lights from a dealer...OMG!!!! They tried to charge my friend 800 dollars for 2 new D2R bulbs on his Lexus. I imagine small fingers on the passenger side would help. Thanks again sillieidiot for taking the time to make the video. Also TheCarLessDriven....good tip on the washer fluid removal. It is tight in there without removing it.

Just to add: I just swapped my stock bulbs for 6000K ones and am very happy with them. Saved both stock ones as a backups in the toolbox. Fanatics were right as usual also....6000K bulbs are about as high as I would go.
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Old 07-28-2008, 03:23 PM   #5
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Just a note, its very easy to remove the windshield washer fluid container. (You dont need to empty it either) Its just one screw holding it on, and a couple sensor plugs. It makes it 10x easier to work on the passenger side.

Also, its good practice to disconnect your battery before messing with any electronics in there.
thanks for the info. as for removing the battery, it's not really needed to do the bulbs.
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Old 07-28-2008, 03:25 PM   #6
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On my 05 ZHP my Ignitor looks alot different. It has a Metal Housing...I will have to take a pic of it...
that's because you have a facelifted sedan. the sedan headlights are different. the ignitor for them are integrated into the headlight, so all you have is a plug with wires connected to it. i like how they separated it for the facelifted coupe as it's easier to replace.
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Old 07-28-2008, 03:26 PM   #7
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Thanks so much. This is a great help. You would not believe the labor a dealer wants to do this. They will charge 100 bucks to change a light bulb....LOL. Plus if you buy lights from a dealer...OMG!!!! They tried to charge my friend 800 dollars for 2 new D2R bulbs on his Lexus. I imagine small fingers on the passenger side would help. Thanks again sillieidiot for taking the time to make the video. Also TheCarLessDriven....good tip on the washer fluid removal. It is tight in there without removing it.

Just to add: I just swapped my stock bulbs for 6000K ones and am very happy with them. Saved both stock ones as a backups in the toolbox. Fanatics were right as usual also....6000K bulbs are about as high as I would go.
no problem man, just glad that my DIY (video) was helpful. you should really thank novare330 though. this vid was originally made for him.
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:06 AM   #8
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useful.. saved me some time even though it's very basic! thanks bro!
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:17 AM   #9
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nice vid. i wish this was out about 3 months ago when i changed my lights to the 8000k. that was my first time ever changing the bulbs and it took me about an hour and a half to do it. lol. i ended up taking the whole thing apart.
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lol sorry to hear. yea no one ever asked for a vid or DIY, else i would have made one a long as time ago lol
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Old 08-13-2008, 03:15 AM   #11
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lol sorry to hear. yea no one ever asked for a vid or DIY, else i would have made one a long as time ago lol
This wasn't for me was it...haha! I feel like an a55 after finally figuring it out...its easy and a PITA at the same time.
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Hey i looked at the diy and those lights looked nothing like mine... maybe cuz im a sedan can some one help me out cuz im not understand the directions all that well either
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:22 PM   #14
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well if you have a sedan, then why are you on this thread? the title says 04+ coupe keep searching, i made a separate DIY for the rest of the non-m's
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Good info. Anything involving the headlights on the facelift coupe is a b1tch!
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Seriously thank you!!! I just switched my bulbs out and this video was a life savor. I tried doing it by trial and error see what I could come up with, but no luck. Came on here, did a search and found this. Saved me so much time.
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awesome video, much easier than i thought!
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there is absolutely no room on the passenger side on my car. My washer fluid tank is full too, god damnit.
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