BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   M3Post - BMW M3 Forum > E90/E92 M3 Technical Topics > Cosmetic/Visual (Exterior + Interior) Modifications
 
GTB Performance
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      03-08-2013, 05:54 PM   #1
tyrewt
Captain
Canada
17
Rep
640
Posts

 
Drives: e92 M3
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Canada

iTrader: (0)

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.
Appreciate 0
      03-08-2013, 05:55 PM   #2
Vic311
Banned
United_States
17
Rep
1,469
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 e92 M3
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NY

iTrader: (0)

Unfortunately there isn't any other way.

My hands were barely able to fit and do the job.
Appreciate 0
      03-09-2013, 03:21 AM   #3
Moxie
Lieutenant Colonel
Moxie's Avatar
Germany
25
Rep
1,860
Posts

 
Drives: AW 328d Touring/SG 335d
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Stuttgart

iTrader: (11)

Gotta have fingers like ET
Attached Images
 
Appreciate 0
      03-09-2013, 06:36 AM   #4
CrucialScott
BMX Godfather
England
2
Rep
121
Posts

 
Drives: 2010 White E92 M3
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Bristol, England

iTrader: (0)

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!

Pictures of mine fitted against the stock:

Appreciate 0
      03-09-2013, 08:35 AM   #5
MMME30W
Riff Raff Refugee
MMME30W's Avatar
Germany
10
Rep
625
Posts

 
Drives: Civic
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Tampa

iTrader: (1)

^^^ 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.
__________________


Character does count. For too long we have gotten by in a society that says the only thing right is to get by and the only thing wrong is to get caught. Character is doing what's right when nobody is looking... " --J. C. Watts
Appreciate 0
      03-09-2013, 09:57 AM   #6
CrucialScott
BMX Godfather
England
2
Rep
121
Posts

 
Drives: 2010 White E92 M3
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Bristol, England

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by MMME30W View Post
^^^ 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!
Appreciate 0
      03-09-2013, 10:32 AM   #7
thekurgan
Bad Lieutenant
thekurgan's Avatar
United_States
34
Rep
2,883
Posts

 
Drives: E90M3
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Sacramento

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2008 BMW M3  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vic311 View Post
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.
__________________

08 E90M3 6MT Alpinweiss/Carbon/BPMSport 91 octane tune/BPMSport Feature coding/BMW Pedals/Dinan Exhaust/Alcantara Wheel/Rear Fog Switch/Rattle fixes
Appreciate 0
      03-09-2013, 10:41 AM   #8
Chriskm3
Colonel
Chriskm3's Avatar
Canada
28
Rep
2,218
Posts

 
Drives: M3
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (4)

15 mins and 6 bandages
__________________
Vf supercharger + tune/H&R coils/ Akra evolution exhaust/Volk te37/ Rs-3 tires/ Brembos /TIal BOV/ OSS blacked out headlights/LUX v3/Led taillights/ Challenge Front lip/ P3 vent gauge/ F10 m5 shift mob/Matte black front grills/ And a funky air fresher
Appreciate 0
      03-09-2013, 10:49 AM   #9
tyrewt
Captain
Canada
17
Rep
640
Posts

 
Drives: e92 M3
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Canada

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Moxie View Post
Gotta have fingers like ET
lol EXACTLY!
Appreciate 0
      03-15-2013, 08:44 PM   #10
PandaM3
First Lieutenant
3
Rep
365
Posts

 
Drives:
Join Date: Apr 2008

iTrader: (1)

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
Appreciate 0
      03-15-2013, 08:52 PM   #11
Vic311
Banned
United_States
17
Rep
1,469
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 e92 M3
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NY

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by PandaM3 View Post
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
Appreciate 0
      03-15-2013, 09:06 PM   #12
PandaM3
First Lieutenant
3
Rep
365
Posts

 
Drives:
Join Date: Apr 2008

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Vic311 View Post
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
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:22 PM.




m3post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST