In Reply to: Re: Help with front clear blinker install (xenon). posted by David on August 14, 1999 at 20:34:18:
: After I had my clear fronts installed (I've got xenons as well), the mechanic told me that it had been a very time-consuming job. Actually, the guy was honest enough to tell me that when he opened the assemblies, he noticed that two of the original clips were broken. He re-used the broken clips on the clear lens installation, but ordered new ones. When the new clips came in, I saw for myself what a pain it is to remove and replace the headlamp assemblies. The area of the hood immediately behind the headlamps is pretty tightly packed which makes it is very difficult to put those units back together.
: Accordingly, I suspect that you're being given an excuse. A lazy mechanic who has done the job before may not feel like doing it again.
The clips that I am talking about are actually part of the front unit. If you pop your hood and look at the top of the light assembly, the two top clips are right there. They do not separate, so I don't know how they could be "ordered" if they were broken. We must be talking about different clips.
The mechanics said that they could do it with about 3 hours labor, but we never talked about the "factory sealed clip" issue. I was talking about that seal with a parts guy (who actually would love for me to figure this out, so he can start selling E39 clear blinkers). It does look like a pain to get the unit out - that was the mechanic's worry (he made some comment about "if it's as hard as the 7-series headlight I just took out...").
I've been told that it's really easy to unclip the halves and do the swap, provided you get the headlamp assembly out, and that supposedly is the time-consuming part. My worry is, once the assembly is out, it's not a simple "unclip and swap" due to the seal on one of the clips...
Thanks for your help,