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Old 06-13-2013, 10:00 PM   #1
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Headlights on jk.

Do I need to take out the air box to switch out the passenger side headlamp?

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JKs have headlights?

Ya' could have fooled me.....



I find it so easy to remove/replace the grill, that I'd can't imaging why you would want to access the headlights any other way. Just don't loose any of the center screw thingys.

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Taking the grille off takes a couple of minutes... If even that... REALLY easy process...
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Do I need to take out the air box to switch out the passenger side headlamp?
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Call me crazy if you will, but I replace the bulbs from the engine compartment side for two reasons that I learned from Hilldweller:
1) The screws holding the headlight bezel to the plastic radiator frame could strip out the threads in the plastic.
2) There are three ridges on the back of the headlight housing designed to fit into corresponding slots in the frame. The fit isn't perfect so when re-installing the headlight, you may not get it in the same exact position and actually throw the adjustment off.
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Call me crazy if you will, but I replace the bulbs from the engine compartment side for two reasons that I learned from Hilldweller:
1) The screws holding the headlight bezel to the plastic radiator frame could strip out the threads in the plastic.
2) There are three ridges on the back of the headlight housing designed to fit into corresponding slots in the frame. The fit isn't perfect so when re-installing the headlight, you may not get it in the same exact position and actually throw the adjustment off.

OK, you're crazy....

And I'm kinda stupid....

I don't understand what you're saying the difference would be. Removing the grill just gives much better access to the back of the headlights to replace the bulbs than trying to reach in through the engine compartment. What am I missing?
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:02 PM   #8
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Call me crazy if you will, but I replace the bulbs from the engine compartment side for two reasons that I learned from Hilldweller:
1) The screws holding the headlight bezel to the plastic radiator frame could strip out the threads in the plastic.
2) There are three ridges on the back of the headlight housing designed to fit into corresponding slots in the frame. The fit isn't perfect so when re-installing the headlight, you may not get it in the same exact position and actually throw the adjustment off.
1 is true if you just keep screwing after the screw reaches its depth, anything can be stripped this way.
2 happens if your headlights have bent tabs or the tabs are improperly placed

I've taken apart these headlights on my jk probably 12 times I believe doing projector retrofits, bulb tests and housing mods, still no stripped screw and the stock or cibies fit snug, no wobble on the bucket. For example, autopals h4 wobble because the housing is larger and the tabs are not aligned with the jk and one has to be cut off.

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OK, you're crazy....

And I'm kinda stupid....

I don't understand what you're saying the difference would be. Removing the grill just gives much better access to the back of the headlights to replace the bulbs than trying to reach in through the engine compartment. What am I missing?
He is talking about removing the headlight from its place.
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....He is talking about removing the headlight from its place.
So, are you guys, and maybe the OP, talking about replacing the headlight and I am only talking about replacing the headlight lamp (bulb). No need to remove the headlight to replace the lamp....

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