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#958109 - 04/15/16 10:57 PM Low Beam Bulb Replacement  
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So, I've seen the rants but I haven't seen any better instructions than the manual offers. I'm stuck on step #1...I can't get the harness off. I feel release tabs (I think) but nothing seems to work. I looked at this older video hoping that the attachment scheme was the same and after seeing him remove the harness at 2:18 - 2:21 with virtually no effort I concluded that the attachment must be different. Any help out there?

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Ken


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#958114 - 04/15/16 11:55 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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I think it's the same as my 05 and 08 RT. It just pulls off. I've had them be stubborn though. Maybe someone will chime in here. GT

#958115 - 04/15/16 11:58 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: gordiet]  
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Originally Posted By: gordiet
I think it's the same as my 05 and 08 RT. It just pulls off. I've had them be stubborn though. Maybe someone will chime in here. GT


You are correct sir. After pulling the left glove box and radio panel I managed to get a pair of needle nose pliers in there and extract it. It was stubborn.

Well, I guess the good news is that it lasted over 14,000 miles.

Thanks GT

Ken


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#958145 - 04/16/16 01:24 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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Yes the wiring connector just pulls off.

I tried the "take off glove box and speaker cover" routine. Either my hands are too fat or something, just couldn't get the bulb out and new one in.

Take a mirror and flashlight and pay close attention to how the spring loaded clips are positioned and picture in your mind how you would release them, remove bulb, insert new bulb, and reattach clips. I found that by getting in front of the bike, putting my hand up from above the front fender, I could access the harness, clips, bulb easily. It was surprisingly easy just doing this by feel from the front!

#958156 - 04/16/16 03:03 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: realshelby]  
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Well, unfortunately, I think I'm the new record holder for changing the low beam bulb. After getting the connector off, one side of the spring clip was extremely hard to unfasten. Either the tab was bent or I bent it in the process. In order to straighten the tab out I had to resort to pulling the horn where I could get a straight in shot with the needle nose pliers.

This should have been pretty easy from the front of the bike, reaching up from above the fender as Terry suggested. Maybe next time.


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#958222 - 04/17/16 01:30 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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First time took a half hour or more,, working from the front. I think I had a bent tab issue as well. Second time took 10 minutes since I'd made as many mistakes as I could the first time. I thought of getting one of those hook/pick sets at Lowe's so I could manipulate the clip better than with my fat fingers. Sold the RT and got a GSA with LED lights before the 3rd time came around.


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#958272 - 04/18/16 12:19 AM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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I gave up and just take it to the dealer now and pay the $50. I did it once after half an hour of painful effort. The second time I bent the clip. The dealer was able to fix it but said BMW doesn't sell the clip so if you bend it you have to buy a whole headlight assembly. (Although I did see someone in some discussion forum that had fabricated them).

#958343 - 04/18/16 04:02 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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In the future, if you need them, you can get the clips from Beemer Boneyard here:
http://www.beemerboneyard.com/r12h7bulbclip.html

I'm the one who had them made.
Here's the saga:
http://bmwsporttouring.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=919835#Post919835


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#958389 - 04/18/16 10:23 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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Thanks. I think I bookmarked that when it came up before but was too lazy to look it up after 4 or 5 hours of tax return prep.

#958563 - 04/20/16 01:46 AM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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I too had a major problem getting to and replacing the center low beam light. After about an hour the dealer call BMW. They mentioned removing the horn, you can get a little more clearance. It seemed to work. The mechanic had it done it 20 mins then.

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