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Old 06-14-2011, 07:57 PM   #1
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Uggg.... Need Headlight Help!!!

So I am working on my first mod and I am doing it on my own, without my husband around. I decided to replace my stock bulb with SilverStar bulbs. I was able to follow the owners manual up to the part where I remove the bulb. For some reason it won't release! I pulled on the locking tab to the point where they actually pulled out of the connector, so I'm pretty sure I've unlocked the bulb. I don't want to pull too hard where I break something.

Can anyone please help???

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Old 06-14-2011, 08:19 PM   #2
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Replacing your stock Phillip's bulbs with the SilverStar's aren't the way to go. There have been alot of reviews and they don't stand up. Replace the stock ones with the Phillip's Xtreme +80's if you want the best direct swap bulb.

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Old 06-14-2011, 08:29 PM   #3
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Just did this.
After I pulled the red release up, I used a flathead screw driver to help work it out.
Jam it in at the bottom to carefully pry it up.
I once I wiggled it up a little, it came right out.
You can see my post on removing grill to see more of what I went through.
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don't jam a flathead screwdriver in -- its a simple squeeze at the rear of the base pull the red tab then squeeze the section right at the red tab this will lift the clip and the bulb will pull right out. if you jam screw driver in you run the chance of breaking the clip that holds the bulb securly then you will have to replace the whole housing.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:38 PM   #5
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Jam was the wrong word. Should have said gently work the tip of the screw driver in the small space where the bulb base meets the housing. You can then use the leverage to slowly apply the pressure to extract the bulb.
It might have been easier if I squeezed, so I'm glad to now know to do that.
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I went with the piaa Xtreme white plus 85/75 and they are way better then stock. $70 a pair at central 4WD. And if you know what you are doing, by loosening horn mount and p/s resavor you can easily change the headlight bulbs without removing the grill which with them junk plastic pins is a royal pain and jeep charges $6 apiece for them. What a cheap design. The front fenders and inner fenders are also very insecure in the manner in which they attach. Ribermaid could do way better then that. I may bolt the bottem of the inner fender to the frame as it will secure the whole thing a lot better i think.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:49 PM   #7
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I was able to finally get the bulbs to release with some "gentle" prying action. I had been trying to squeeze the connector but that wasn't working for me either. Now I just have to wait for it to get dark out so I can see if there is a difference.

Thanks for all your help! Tomorrow I think I will do my first oil change!
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I got my Phillips Xtrem Vision 80+ for $39/pair on ebay including shipping. Much better but of course they didn't turn the headlights into floodlights or anything.
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I went with the piaa Xtreme white plus 85/75 and they are way better then stock. $70 a pair at central 4WD. And if you know what you are doing, by loosening horn mount and p/s resavor you can easily change the headlight bulbs without removing the grill which with them junk plastic pins is a royal pain and jeep charges $6 apiece for them. What a cheap design. The front fenders and inner fenders are also very insecure in the manner in which they attach. Ribermaid could do way better then that. I may bolt the bottem of the inner fender to the frame as it will secure the whole thing a lot better i think.
In Canada, they charge from 9.75-11.00 for those little pins. I went to an autobody supplier and got the exact same pins for 1.56 each. Just bring in an old one for them to match it up. Saved a lot of money there!
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I got my Phillips Xtrem Vision 80+ for $39/pair on ebay including shipping. Much better but of course they didn't turn the headlights into floodlights or anything.
I put a rugged ridge stubby xhd stainless front bumper on and added the warn 7 inch hid driving lights, about $450 at quadratec and wired them to come on when I need brites, and OMG you can see for a mile. True flood lights!
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