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toddmack 07-09-2007 08:53 AM

How Do You Remove The Headlight Lens ??
 
Does any one know how to remove just the lens?:dunno:

dboy11 07-09-2007 08:56 AM

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Originally Posted by toddmack (Post 2494519)
Does any one know how to remove just the lens?:dunno:


I believe that this is a sealed unit so I don't think just the lens can come off....here is a link to the removal of the whole unit

http://www.bmwtips.com/

Waveho 07-09-2007 09:54 AM

Some folks here have advocated baking the whole unit in an oven to liquefy the glue that holds it together. I think it's less hassle to just get another set on ebay....

bimmerd00d 07-09-2007 10:20 AM

Ehhh, on every E39 light i've seen it's just a matter of releasing the 5 brittle plastic clips and the lens pops right off. I'd be careful with them, you WILL break the top and bottom ones.

glocati 07-09-2007 10:44 AM

On the 97-00, there is no need for the oven/heating treatment. 4 bolts hold the whole assembly in, and as bimmerdOOd notes, there are 5 plastic clip that hold the 2 halves together. release those and carefully pry the front outer lense off. You then have access to the inner glass lenses which are held on by 2 metal slide on clips. Actually the whole removal is really easy, but do watchout for those clips. i was actually able to do it without breaking any of them, so it is possible.

dboy11 07-09-2007 10:47 AM

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Originally Posted by glocati (Post 2494769)
On the 97-00, there is no need for the oven/heating treatment. 4 bolts hold the whole assembly in, and as bimmerdOOd notes, there are 5 plastic clip that hold the 2 halves together. release those and carefully pry the front outer lense off. You then have access to the inner glass lenses which are held on by 2 metal slide on clips. Actually the whole removal is really easy, but do watchout for those clips. i was actually able to do it without breaking any of them, so it is possible.

Once you have the lens off is there something that you need to re-seal it back on....mine is dirty from the inside and I have wanted for some time to clean them up

glocati 07-09-2007 11:17 AM

No, they just snap back together. I have not had any issues at all with internal moisture/dirt. you could run a small bead of sealant around the outside the two halves if you wanted.

When i had the glass lenses out, i cleaned a hazy film that had built up over the years off. and that really made a differnece as well.

here's a thread that shows a pic of the cleaned inner glass lenses... http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...m+install+pics

toddmack 07-09-2007 12:27 PM

that looks damn... good... the reason why i am asking i am installing ccfl angel eyes today/tonight and i just wanted an idea of how hard it was to actually to take off.
i will definatley be careful of those clips though.... i think i might heat them with a blow dryer first..to be a bit more safe...

glocati 07-09-2007 12:36 PM

Wow, cool. yea, as you can see, that's why i had mine out and apart as well.

PM if any Q's come up and i may be able to shed some light, as i have done 2 of the Predator Chromium CCFL installs now.

toddmack 07-09-2007 12:39 PM

thanks ... i will keep you posted.
question should i use a silicone to seal any wires?

glocati 07-09-2007 02:54 PM

i used clear RTV silicon to adhere the rings to the innerglass, and then a small dob where i routed the AE ring wires out of the rear of the black housings. I also had some heat shrink tubing laying around, and just for "wire management" use that to keep things tidy as i installed the wiring.


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