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Old 08-24-2005, 05:12 PM   #1
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How-To Replacing High Beams in SVT HID Housing

Time Required:
15 minutes per housing

Tools Needed:

10mm socket and ratchet (to remove housing)
T-20 torx bit
needle-nose pliers (unless your infant is going to to this install)

Before we begin, you must have 1 pair of H7 highbeam bulbs. Also the knowledge on how to remove your headlight housing. In this thread are attached 3 detailed pics to ease your comprehension.

If you dont know how, you must first remove the uppergrill. 4 screws hold it in place along with 2 marker lights that must be removed.

For the headlight housing, there is 1 screw attaching it to the fender. 1 screw that is on the core support. The last screw is underneath the car behind the bumber placed horizontally. Then pull the housing at an upward angle. Then remove the wiring harness from the rear.

NOW on the back of the housing, there is a large cover held in by 4 tabs. CARFULLY pull the outer tabs away from the cover and pull cover off.

This will reveal a mess of wires and stuff that you really shouldn't play around with.

Holding the housing horizontal, look into the housing to the left. This is your highbeam bulb socket. There are 2 screws that hold down the socket. DO NOT attempt to remove either screw. I found it is near impossible to remove the screw that is furthest inside the housing. and it will just make it a PITA to re-install the other screw.

Taking your t-20 star bit with whatever tool you are using with it, loosen the retainer screw on the right of the socket about 1-2 turns. Just do not completely remove it.

Take your needle-nose pliers and CAREFULLY grasp the socket harness and turn counter-clockwise. Now bring the light near the opening of the housing making it able to be removed.

DO NOT remove the metal piece that is tabbed on the harness. ONLY remove the bulb. I found that an easy rocking motion works well.

Now take your new H7 highbeam bulb (i used silverstars), and CAREFULLY install it into the socket. DO NOT touch the freakin bulb!!!! The oil from your clean hands will ultimately heat up on the bulb and cause it to shatter. You dont want to attempt the clean-up on that one.

You will notice, on the metal piece of the socket, the "top" is bent over. This obviously must be re-installed being on top.

Take your needle-nose again, or your infant fingers, and grasp the socket and replace it into the housing. The side tabs on the metal socket MUST fit underneath both mounting screws. Once the socket is in, it should stay. Tighten down the screw that you loosened earlier.

Replace the cover on the back and be sure all 4 tabs are locked back in place.

Reconnect the vehicle wiring harness to housing.

CAREFULLY re-install headlight housing into car being sure to take your time and not to scratch anything.

Turn on headlights and check highbeams.

If they worked, replace screws and reinstall upper grill and shut the hood. Now your already bright OEM bulbs are replaced with uber-bright ones. ENJOY

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Old 08-24-2005, 05:16 PM   #2
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rear of the headlight housing. this is also a great time to upgrade your city-lights if you are planning to do so.
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this points out the high-beam socket
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Old 08-24-2005, 05:20 PM   #4
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points out the retainer screw, socket tabs
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Old 08-24-2005, 08:47 PM   #5
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Nice job.
this better get stickyed
We just might have to "sticky" this.
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Old 11-09-2005, 09:13 PM   #6
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Good bit of info. Love the "Why would you replace highbeams if you have HID's?" choice. Seriously, the highbeam bulb really doesn't do much other than help a little with illuminating up front. The HID's light up the rest and do a damn good job!
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Old 12-06-2005, 12:47 PM   #7
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slap a pair of silverstar H7's in your HID housings. then come back and tell me that the higbeams dont do that much. ill try to post pics tomarrow
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it's not that complicated. pretty straight foward if you ask me. i've takem my HID's completely apart and now need to remove the high beam to replace it. but my lights are hardwired and don't have the time this week to screw around with it.

thats alot of steps as well

1 remmove back
2 loosen torx
3 shake bulb holder until it comes out
4 replace bulb
5 put in and retighten torx
6, replace backing
7 connect wires/ bolt in housing
8 start up and go
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Good info. I've been wanting to change my high-beams for some time now.
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Question bulb ?

so what about replacing the HID's with some aftermarket bulbs for more illumination? do you have to replace the starter thingy on top of the bulb? or just replace the HID bulb only? thanks
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