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Old 01-21-2013, 02:15 AM   #1
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Replace headlight lenses without removing headlight assembly?

Just double checking before I dive into this. Is there a (reasonable/advisable) way to remove and replace the headlight lenses without taking out the entire headlight assembly?
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:50 AM   #2
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Pre-facelift yes, piece of cake. Just need to remove the lower headlight cover (a bit trickier if you have headlight washers)
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:15 AM   #3
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Yes and it's simple (unless you have headlight washers as stated)


- Pop the hood
- Take out the corner lights
- Take out the rubber trim around the headlights
- Pop out the lower headlight trim from the inside out towards the fender
- (if you have headlight washers you will lose fluid now but don't worry)
- There are 7 tabs around the lenses, pop the bottom out, the side and tops and take out the lenses
- (Put back on the lower trim to stop the fluid from leaking)
- OR put in the new lenses right away
- Reverse order
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:36 PM   #4
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Awesome, thanks for the help, guys. Just got through doing this. I had a tough time getting that lower trim off, but once I did this was a breeze. I'm really happy with the results.

Thanks again.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:36 PM   #5
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Pardon the grime on the car. I live in an urban area and park on the street. The roads were recently salted in my neighborhood.

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Old 01-23-2013, 08:20 AM   #6
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Nice job. That makes a huge difference in the way your car looks.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:25 AM   #7
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^+1 , It looks great man
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Nice!!!!!!!!!! New lenses make all the difference.
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^ Thanks, all. Yeah, it's funny how much of a difference such a small change can make.
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^ Thanks, all. Yeah, it's funny how much of a difference such a small change can make.
Oh yeah, since Jake's here, check out his sig for the projector retrofit, its gorgeous.
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Oh yeah, since Jake's here, check out his sig for the projector retrofit, its gorgeous.
Woah. Tempting. Very tempting.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:07 PM   #12
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^ you will love your car a million times more if you do it.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:03 AM   #13
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Hell Yeh. It is easy to lift the tabs and remove the lens.
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