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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-14-2007, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing Head Light Bulb-How?

I am interested in getting new lights, but thought i'd ask if anyone knew how to get to them before i started unscrewing everything. This is what i was going to go with, anybody agree/disagree...

http://www.ltbmotorsports.com/pi90hb1suplg.html

then for the wedge bulb for the eyelids

http://www.ltbmotorsports.com/pisuledwebu1.html
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Headlight is easy enough. There's a round screw cap that seals the bulb and headlight unit from moisture, you unsrew it in the direction etched into the cap.
You will want to remove the wiring harness, its a PIA. You need to lift the plastic piece that connects the harness to the bulb's base.
The bulb is held onto the housing with a spring, just unhook it and the bulb should come right out.
Reverse for intall.
The coner bulbs are a pain, so I've never done it. I think you have to remove the headlight.

Whatever you do, do it right.

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One last thing, I would stay away from PIAA. Overpriced and underperforms. I love the Philips +50 or +80. The latter even has a slight "white/blue" tint. It's achieved by a cap tint and doesn't dimish the light output like other bulbs.
I am running the +80 now, about 1 year, and love them. Tried MANY other products, including PIAA's.

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^^^

I totally agree. PIAA LED's are way over priced. And they're not really that bright.


And please post pics once you're all finished. Maybe with some D.I.Y instructions too. I've been thinking of doing this myself.

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For the H1's I've trained my daughter to get her hands in there. In 60,000+ miles I've changed several bulbs. Same with the eyelid bulb. When you purchase the H1's from Powerbulbs.com they throw new eyelid bulbs in the box. To replace the eyelid bulb you unscrew the top edge of the plastic that you see when the hood is open. Kinda pull it forward and you will see the bulb/wiring, again small hands make it so much easier. But I could do it myself if my assistant wasn't around.

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I'm having some difficulty here. This is the main headlight (driver) bulb on a 2004 Forester XT.

I got the rubber cap peeled back and pulled the two spring clips. The bulb/socket/rubber cap all came out but I'm at a loss on how to remove the bulb. I pulled on the bulb, but it doesn't move. How do I remove the bulb?
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I'm having some difficulty here. This is the main headlight (driver) bulb on a 2004 Forester XT.

I got the rubber cap peeled back and pulled the two spring clips. The bulb/socket/rubber cap all came out but I'm at a loss on how to remove the bulb. I pulled on the bulb, but it doesn't move. How do I remove the bulb?
This might help: H4 Headlamp replacement / Upgrade - ScoobyMods

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Got it, it's a bit different than listed:

1)Pinch the lateral sides (arrows are on cap) of the plug. It will literally jump off the bulb.
2)Peel back the rubber cover.
3)Unhook two spring clips on either side.

How do I change headlight bulbs on my 2004 Subaru Forester? - JustAnswer
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That's a good write up. Peaty always has detailed notes and pics. The manual (in this case) is worthless.
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