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Old 12-22-2004, 12:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have purchased a set of Hella headlights (OEM), but am having trouble removing the old units. Can someone help me? I need to know how to remove the painted trim piece below the headlight. I can see an indent depress on the trim (inward to the unit, and from looking at the new unit, it appears the trim needs to be slid inward (meaning towrd the center of the grille). I do not want to break anything, so if anyone can give some info, please do.

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It is very very simple, go to bmwtips.com, I believe they have a good write up, if not ask me and Ill post some pics
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Also, go to bavauto.com and click on "tech info". Lots of people on this forum have removed that trim for various reasons... Right billB?

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[quote=Slvr e39,Dec 22 2004, 02:03 PM]It is very very simple, go to bmwtips.com, I believe they have a good write up, if not ask me and Ill post some pics


Thanks so much. The replacement was extremely easy. Just being cautious, as you never know what lies behind all that plastic. The car looks great. No more "hazy" headlights.

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through the center of the grille, at the top and bottom are retaining clips, use a screwdriver or other apparatus to push down/up on these and then pull the grille out.

Then all you need to do is remove the side grilles that are underneath the center grille trim, and then you're at the headlight assemblies.
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