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    Hi,

    Just changed my dipped lights over and was trying to do the sidelights but I don't want to break anything!

    I can see the main beam and sidelights share the same lense and are placed in the same bit to open but how do I do it?!

    I can see the main beam appears to be held in with the wire clips, do I pull these and have access to the sidelights or do I go underneath / to the side of the main beam light?

    I don't want to break anything and I've not taken the bumper off so it's a little difficult to see. I got the dipped changed without removing anything (all be it with a few cuts!) but can't figure the sidelights.

    Thanks!

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    I've changed mine no problem - even with very fat hands!!

    They have lugs opposite each other - squeeeze them down and the sidelights slide out.

    I'm hamfisted and didn't break them when changing them to the Mtech ultra white (blue coated)Don't put the plastic caps on top of the engine block - you'll only knock them into the engine void and lose them forever (voice of experience there.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcwharam View Post
    I've changed mine no problem - even with very fat hands!!

    They have lugs opposite each other - squeeeze them down and the sidelights slide out.

    I'm hamfisted and didn't break them when changing them to the Mtech ultra white (blue coated)Don't put the plastic caps on top of the engine block - you'll only knock them into the engine void and lose them forever (voice of experience there.)

    Martin
    Yeah I was thinking that when I put them there but thankfully didn't knock them down!

    Will try again tomorrow then thanks or try and get some pics up so someone on here can arrow them and tell me what to do! (Camera got no power at the moment).

    Plus it was blooooooooody freezing outside so anything requiring a bit of delicate work wasn't going to work!

    It's mainly the dipped I was wanting to change anyway as that's the thing you see with in the dark so I'm happy at the moment.

    Will take a drive out tonight and see if they look better on the road but I thought they really looked the same brightness (in light) as the Osram's I took out! OEM ones.

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    I've recently changed both the dipped, the main beam and also the sidelights. The dipped and main to the Osram night breakers.

    I have to say I am little dissapointed with the dipped beams, which is why I am awaiting a HID kit from HIDs4U (subject of another thread). The Osrams dipped are better than the Vauxhal OEM's, not convinced about the value of changing the main beam. The side lights give out no difference in light ouput, but aesthetically they look so much nicer that the Vauxhall bulbs. (Mtech bulbs now fitted).

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    get some long nose pliers mate done in no time with them

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    I went out last night and I can't have done something right because I couldn't see anything on the road ahead (in dark areas)!

    Has anyone had anything like this because I got the bulbs from a guy on Ebay (seemed legit packaging etc) but I'm worried they could be fakes or I haven't fitted them right.

    They seemed to be pushed in correctly but can this affect them working?

    They're definitely lit up and seem bright if I look at them at the front but they're not getting light on the road!

    I'm going to go out later and unfit and refit them to see if that helps but I'm dreading the trip home tomorrow if they don't work right as I had difficulty seeing with the old lights and these are worse!!

    I might try swapping left to right and see if that helps. Could I have knocked the lights when fitted them and knocked the beam?

    Cheers!

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    Ok well I feel a bit of a tool now!

    Because I couldn't see very well yesterday with what I was doing and it was freezing (-1 or -2) when I did it I obviously didn't quite fit them right. They seemed to be in place and were held in but not fully.

    I turned the lights on to have a look from behind and I could see a ring of light where it wasn't clipped in right so turned them off, had another go and they are in properly now!

    Hopefully be better tonight when I test them!

    Still, I think I can see where the sidelights are but will definitely need some kind of angled pliers because it'll be hell trying to get them back in if I get them out

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    The sidelights are harder to get out thaqn they are to get back in. You have to press 2 lugs down at either side of the plastic bulb holder, then they slide out. Back in is just a case of pushing them in any way you want as there is no right or worng way to line them up.

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    is it possible to change the sidelights without removing bumper etc?

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    nevermind, managed to do them although the airbox side hurt like hell lol

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