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      03-08-2013, 05:54 PM   #1
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Need hands like a baby for Angel Eye replacement!

Just replaced my OEM Angel eye blubs with some GP 7500ks. My hands aren't very big and I had one heck of a time seating (turning) the bulbs in place.

I feel bad for those of you with bear paws. There has got to be an easier way.
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      03-08-2013, 05:55 PM   #2
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Unfortunately there isn't any other way.

My hands were barely able to fit and do the job.
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      03-09-2013, 03:21 AM   #3
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Gotta have fingers like ET
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      03-09-2013, 06:36 AM   #4
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It takes 10 mins, easy even with big hands. This is how i fitted mine last night:

1) Remove old bulbs and take note of which way the tabs came out (mine had the flat edge on the right when looking from the front on, driver side. On the passenger side it had the flat edge on the top when the car is facing you)

2) remove the wiring (couldn't remove the wire when the bulb was in the housing, couldn't get to both the tabs and was scared to snap one off if i forced with a flat-head driver - Once the bulb is out its easy to do with your fingers! Much safer!)

3) get the new bulb and connect the wiring, check that it works. Now this is the tricky part. Drop the back-end of the new bulb in (i had LUX V3's with the big heat-sink) but hold the tension on the wiring to stop it falling in (DO NOT PULL IT, JUST ENOUGH TO STOP THE BULB FALLING DOWN INTO THE HEADLIGHT! DO NOT PULL THE WIRES. DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK)

4) use your fingers on the other hand as chop-sticks, keep hold on the top LED part of the bulb, push the bulb back-wards deep into the headlight while still stopping it from totally dropping away with a little tension on the wiring (AGAIN DO NOT PULL! YOU WILL TRASH THE BULB - LET IT FALL AWAY IF YOU HAVE TO AND TRY AGAIN)

5) You should be able to get the bulb back far enough to get the front in. Your home dry then. Then used one hand on the back of the bulb and looked though the front of the lens with a touch until i saw the tabs line up and drop in, then its just a case of turning it until its up tight (looking from the front you can see the little plastic "stop line" on the casing)

Hope this helps!

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      03-09-2013, 08:35 AM   #5
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^^^ Excellent post. Exactly how I ended up doing the first bulb after 45 minutes.

Second took about 15.

I had borrowed a cannon plug wrench to turn the shank in the space but it was just shy. Had to coax it around rotationally with my fingers, not easy.

Thanks for taking the time to write this up.
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^^^ Excellent post. Exactly how I ended up doing the first bulb after 45 minutes.

Second took about 15.

I had borrowed a cannon plug wrench to turn the shank in the space but it was just shy. Had to coax it around rotationally with my fingers, not easy.

Thanks for taking the time to write this up.
No problem, if someone wants to C+P it into the DIY/How-To section be my guest!
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      03-09-2013, 10:32 AM   #7
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Unfortunately there isn't any other way.

My hands were barely able to fit and do the job.
Yep. Had to use my index and middle finger for this job.
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      03-09-2013, 10:41 AM   #8
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      03-09-2013, 10:49 AM   #9
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Gotta have fingers like ET
lol EXACTLY!
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      03-15-2013, 08:44 PM   #10
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Is install for a 2008 4 door M3 the same? Same bulb too correct?

I just searched and the only thing I can find is a 4 door 335 and install is through the wheel well... But it seems on the M3 section there are no specific E90 diy's only e92/93 diys
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Is install for a 2008 4 door M3 the same? Same bulb too correct?

I just searched and the only thing I can find is a 4 door 335 and install is through the wheel well... But it seems on the M3 section there are no specific E90 diy's only e92/93 diys
Yep, same
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Yep, same
Sweet... i've got a pair of GP 7500K bulbs I haven't used that was originally going to be fog bulbs in my old car... Should be a quick 15 min diy
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