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Old 09-10-2008, 12:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Whats the most easy way to change these bulbs, I just got a pair of Nokya arctic white bulbs and wanted to change them out. I gave it a brief try last night and got one of the sockets out by reaching an arm down there but could not get the bulb out as the wire is too short. Do I need to remove the headlight housing? Maybe somebody standing could reach an arm down there more easily as I'm in a wheelchair trying to do this.
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Old 09-10-2008, 01:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get a friend to land a hand. If standing he/she should be able to get their hand down behind the housing and access the bulbs.
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Curt, I am 6'3 and had a hard time while standing, I could only imagine your difficulty trying from a wheelchair! Try getting one of your skinny friends with long arms and patience to do it for you!
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Ok thanks guys, I was not sure if I was attempting to do it right. I'll take it to a friends shop down the road and have him do it for me. I thought maybe I was suppose to be removing the housing.
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Another tip is to unplug the harness, change the bulb, then reattach the harness. This is how I end up doing it.
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Old 09-10-2008, 02:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Eric,

I also use a chair and have a ZQ8. My right side low beam bulb has burned out a couple of times, and it is a real pain to try and change. I finally gave up and let the dealer do it. The housings don't tilt out like Chevy's have for years. You just need long skinny arms, but unless you chair sits up quite high, you'll only be able to reach with one hand.

BTW: Don't ya just love how easy the ZQ8 is to get a chair in and out of? I was so happy to see it's back in 2009.

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Eric,

I also use a chair and have a ZQ8. My right side low beam bulb has burned out a couple of times, and it is a real pain to try and change. I finally gave up and let the dealer do it. The housings don't tilt out like Chevy's have for years. You just need long skinny arms, but unless you chair sits up quite high, you'll only be able to reach with one hand.

BTW: Don't ya just love how easy the ZQ8 is to get a chair in and out of? I was so happy to see it's back in 2009.

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Hey Joe, yep its a great wheelchair vehicle, just open the rear door and flip the chair in the ext. cab. I have a Xtreme, nice level chair transfer into the drivers seat too.

I wish those wires on the harness were longer, I had one out last night and was trying to unclip the harness with one hand, but no luck. I had the bulb out of the housing fairly easily, just could not get the harness off the socket.
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I find it easier to actually pull the grille off.

I always end up cutting my hands and arms up while trying to reach down in there to change the bulb. To put in my silverstars, I actually unbolted the housing, because i was trying to be super careful not to touch the bulb.
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^^ That's a great idea, Ryan, but you must agree it's a lot of work just to cange a headlight!
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It's not to bad. The four clips along the top and pull. I can have it off in under a minute easy. I just find it much easier than trying to feel my way around down in there. Now it was a bit much for the silverstars, however they are like 30 bucks a bulb lol.
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