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Old 12-18-2013, 04:37 PM
jmcafee jmcafee is offline
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Angel Eye Light Replacemen: More Tips for 2006 E66

Tons of credit to glgpc in the thread http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...922&highlight=

With reference to the sections in his post, here are the types and sizes of screws for each location per side:
  1. Headlight fixture (assembly) mounts, (4) - 8mm hex bolts, short with coarse threads.
  2. Top bumper cover mount next to headlight assembly, (2) - T30 torx
  3. Upper side bumper mount, (1) - 8mm hex bolt, long
  4. Lower side bumber mount, (1) 8mm hex bolt, fine thread
  5. Lower bumper mount behind fog lamp, (2) - T25 torx
  6. Center bumper mount, (1) - T25 torx
  7. Headlight washer, (2) - T20 torx, coarse thread
  8. Headlight assembly tray, (2) - T20 torx short

Other tips:
  • The license plate does not need to be removed.
  • The lower center mesh grill does not need to be removed. The outer mesh grills attach with small plastic tabs that you can push out from behind, working from center to outward.
  • I don't know how you can remove the bumper cover without damaging the plastic side rails -- looks darn near impossible to do since cover hooks into 2 plastic tabs. I think the dealer must have broken mine the last time I had the bulbs replaced, so intact tabs might not be necessary for a perfect fit.
  • Replacement of the side rails requires $21 per side, and lots of patience. To replace the rails, first remove the 2 screws attaching the rails to a mounting bracket. Then remove a single screw behind the rail that attaches the bracket to the quarter panel. Then slide the rail forward, then pull the back end down to disengage the small vertical tabs from the slots, then rotate out to disengage the forward hook.
  • The dealer didn't replace the small rivet attaching the cover to the wheel well, and this doesn't seem to affect the fit.
  • The angel eye bulb is on the BOTTOM of the headlight assembly.
  • The small electrical connector to the headlight assembly (blue arrow) is difficult to get at in my vehicle because access is blocked by multiple things, including the air filter box. Be prepared to make your hand and wrist really skinny to get access.
  • I bought cheap nylon trim removal tools from Harbor Freight for about $5 to pry off the bumper trim pieces. Worked very well.
  • REAL IMPORTANT: When reattaching the bumper cover, make sure you feed the PDC connectors through the holes in the cover before the final push to snap the cover into the side rails. These will otherwise get trapped between the cover and metal bumper, and it is nearly impossible to pull/deform the cover to free up enough space to pull up the connector.
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