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Old 04-03-2006, 04:30 PM   #1
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Ok, I tried searching, and came up empty handed.

I need to remove both my headlights on my 96 legacy (one piece units), and the last time I tried I was horribly unsuccessful. What happened last time is, after I removed the three bolts that hold the assembly on, the light was being held in near the corner lamp. I could move the assembly around quite a bit, but could not remove it entirely.

Is there a clip or something over there that holds on to the assembly? Do I have to unhook the turn signal wiring from inside the fender to pull out the headlight? I thought I was told you could remove the headlight for an easier turn signal bulb replacement, but that would mean the wiring stays attached. All I know is, thursday is my window of oppurtunity to get my bumper off and get everything done, but the first step is getting the lights out.

By the way, chiltons is very ambiguous with this process, since they wrote it up for the 98+ two piece lights. Thanks for looking.
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Old 04-03-2006, 04:37 PM   #2
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There was a thread about this recently, but I don't remember any good key words to find it. I believe Wiscon_Mark gave they key element on how to remove them. I'm sure he'll chime in soon

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Old 04-03-2006, 09:28 PM   #3
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Hiya.

Yes, I did state how it was done. (I already posted on SLi, but for the good of the forum, I won't tell you to search )

Now, you have all (3) 10mm bolts off, there are no more bolts. However, there is a grooved bar that is located on the headlights behind the corner light (this is the 1 piece headlights, btw) that keeps the headlight aligned to the body. You have to pull/tug/wiggle it out, but it will come, it certainly feels like it is in there good, but it will come
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:42 PM   #4
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Yeah, after the bolts are removed, it needs a good tug from the signal light area - straight out.
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:49 PM   #5
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yes, straight out.
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:03 PM   #6
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ok........ Thats what I did with the grill and I snapped some stuff... I'll take your word on this one though...

WOOHOO! I'm really excited to mount up my fogs. And I'll be getting pics lickity split of the setup. Thanks for the responses.





(search: headlight, remove, removal, head light, take off, uninstall, headlamp)
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:20 PM   #7
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yeah, as long as you have both harnesses and the 3 bolts unplugged, you won't break anything (unless of course you launch your headlamps into a brick wall when you pull them out )
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