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Old 01-03-2012, 02:02 PM   #41
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I read this like 5 times before attempting to change the driver side high beam. I took the air box out without a problem and was able to get my hand in the space fairly well. I spent about 3 hours trying to line up the stupid thing and in the end I only go one part secure and my hands got MUTILATED. People reading this that are thinking about changing it themselves, don't attempt to change these bulbs yourself if you are a n00b like me. Go to the ****ing mechanic and pay $50 or whatever they will charge. Its not worth the time and effort. I know it sounds easy after reading the above guide, but **** it. ****. MOTHER ****.
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:30 PM   #42
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^ you should use some patience.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:10 PM   #43
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Very nice tutorial!!!! Very easy to understand. I just did it with my E46. And just spent 20 minutes to replace the bulbs. Thank you...
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:13 AM   #44
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I'll confess, this helped me too, though I only spent about 30 seconds trying to twist the thing out before giving up and googling it...
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:04 PM   #45
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I can't even see the back of the bulbs in my car.

Maybe it's easy when you have access, but I've got a black cube of something that I don't know what it is blocking the access to the low beams.

I could change the highs easy enough it that was the on that was burned out.
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:34 PM   #46
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wow, maybe I should feel lucky I only needed to fabricate and retrofit some new reflector bowls and replace all the burnt internal wiring on my zkws!
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Old 09-18-2016, 05:56 PM   #47
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Just tried it. I was ready to give up after 30 minutes of fumbling, then my wife said, flip the lightbulb around, let the silver notch face the other way, and, voila!
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Old 09-19-2016, 12:28 AM   #48
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Well done, I've only ever changed bulbs on an e83 and was expecting them to be similar... they obviously aren't!
Again, many thanks for documenting this OP.
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