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    Replace front light bulb

    So my low beam bulb burned out at 7000 miles-I checked in the manual and it said remove right side panel so I did you can not reach the bulb , All you see is the battery and fuse panel etc. there is no way you are going to get to the bulb from the side. So I look on Youtube wiki and any where else that might help. I did read that BMW will charge you 1 1/2 to 2 hrs. to replace the bulb because you have to take off a crazy amount of panels to get to the bulb (about a $200.00 to replace the bulb
    I replaced it in 25 minutes. This is what I did, you can reach up from the front and feel the back end of the bulb cover just pull it off next get a mirror about 2 in by 3 inch bring that up from the front end and you can look from the side and see the bulb and clip that holds it in. undo the clip by squeezing them together that will release the bulb from the light box. next you need a cabinet screw driver (thin) about 8 inches long you will have to hold the bulb holder and pry the bulb from the holder (not hard to do) install the new bulb in the holder and reinstall to light box. Make sure you line up the detente of the bulb with the cut out of the light box otherwise the bulb will not line up right and you will not be able to reset the spring clip. Some of the items you will have to do 1 handed be patient and you will save a ton of money The bulb was $13.00

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    Senior Member Xian Forbes's Avatar
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    My low beam went at 4,500 miles. its not an easy job but it can be done without too much hastle. would be better if I had little tiny hands and super long arms. Where did you find an H7 for 13.00. Mine was 30.00 for a nice 5000degree lamp at Road Rider.

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    I got the bulb at the local auto parts store.

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    I got 7,200 on my low beam. Had the same reaction - in the manual looks easy peasy, take the panel off and WTF? The advice on getting a mirror up there was really valuable. Managed to get mine done in about 20 mins too. Even managed to keep my fingers off of the new bulb. Bulb was about 16.00 on Amazon for a motorcycle rated H7.

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    BETTER H-7 bulbs.

    As long as you have to replace them, upgrade them.

    These will be here Monday.

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    Link to get them:

    Amazon.com: Sylvania H7 SU SilverStar Ultra Halogen Headlight Bulb, (Pack of 2): Automotive

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    I bought those silverstar lamps and I do like them. I have tried several different types and silverstar is about as good as you'll get at most automotive parts shops. I did also try one of the super blue lamps, I do not recommend them. If you see a lamp with a blue tint to the capsule, stay away. The color might be crisp and nice white, the blue tint makes for a less bright light...It's coming out today and the stock Osram is going back in the high beam position.

    I have also asked Santa for a DDM Tuning HID H7 lamp kit. At $35.00 and a little extra for the canbus adapter its worth a try. I've seen that not all reflectors work well with HID, but the price is reasonable so I'll give it a try and hope that the cutoff is not too annoying for on-coming traffic.

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    I put those Silverstars in today, will find out how they are tonight. BTW, they are OSRAMS repackaged by Sylvania!!!

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    Uh, AMAZING UPGRADE! Low beam is 50% wider, twice as bright and you can see MUCH further! Better vision with just the LOW than with BOTH beams on before.

    Now, on High Beam, I don't feel like I can outrun my view. Went down my local, dark undulating road at night (50 mph limit); 70mph in the DARK was COMFORTABLE!!! I could see forever. Wow!

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    Skutorr, Anyone flick their brights at you?

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    NOPE! But, as I come up upon other vehicles at night, I hit the LOWS. They have a SHARP cut-off and don't glare at others.

    Rode again at night last night at DUSK, at RUSH hour. Two BAD times for being seen. Was very glad I had the new lights!!!

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