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Nissan note front bumper removal
How to Remove Front Bumper/Install Projector Headlights
hey everyone, i have noticed a lot of people asking about the projector headlights from ebay but there was not a whole lot of in depth answers. I myself had a few questions to which there were no answers and that held me from buying them for a month or two until i decided to wing it.
This is not a hard job to do but without experience or confidence with this stuff it is intimidating, and it took me about 4 hours to complete.
ratchet with 10mm socket (an extension could help but i dont think its required)
ziplock bags or some way of organizing all of the clips and bolts your going to remove
if you have VersaSpeed grill, more black paint
ok first off i bought my headlights on ebay from racerinnovation because it looked like a legit seller, for $176 USD with $25 USD shipping.
i got my headlight in the evening so i used some waterproof sealant and sealed around the entire headlight where the clear plastic meets the black housing and let it sit overnight. i used GE clear premium waterproof silicone from home depot for about $4.
this is the back of the headlight. its entirely plug and play. it did come with a little black box with some double sided tape. not sure what that does
IMG_1960 by christopher.pyne. on Flickr
you can stick that little box on the bottom of the headlight right here (it doesnt interfere with anything once installed). if you have to, you can pull the wires GENTLY out of the housing a bit so the box can reach this spot.
IMG_2029 by christopher.pyne. on Flickr
here are the hi and low beam bulbs with the rubber caps removed. you can see the silver adjustment screws on the left and right. the headlights came with all bulbs installed (halogen) and is marked for H7 low and H1 hi
IMG_1965 by christopher.pyne. on Flickr
pop the hood and use the flathead screwdriver to remove the front intake piece, grill cover, and the grill. (if you have the VersaSpeed grill on and do not intend to paint the headlights black, you can leave the grill on the bumper)
IMG_1979 by christopher.pyne. on Flickr
go under the car, and you will find 6 clips holding the bottom of the bumper on (only 5 are visible in picture). these clips work the same way as the ones you just removed, but they kinda lock in a little tighter to keep them from falling out i guess. just be patient and gentle when prying them out
IMG_1985 by christopher.pyne. on Flickr
the wheel wells need to be partially removed so on the drivers side, remove these 2 clips towards the front of the well (you might want to turn the car on so you can move the wheels to help reach all of these clips).
IMG_1987 by christopher.pyne. on Flickr
and under the wheel well, behind the wheel under the engine bay, are 3 clips that are pretty difficult to get to and photograph without lifting the car (only 2 are visible, the third is somewhere around there)
IMG_1989 by christopher.pyne. on Flickr
Dont forget to unplug your foglights if you have them!
picture of the passenger wheel well behind the wheel. it has only 2 clips here instead of the 3 on the drivers side. other than that, the passenger side is the same as the drivers side. dont forget those PITA clips under there.
IMG_1999 by christopher.pyne. on Flickr
screwed nto the bottom of the headlights are bumper clips about 5 inches long. once all of the above clips are removed, the bumper is now held onto the car only by these clips under the lights. support the bumper and pull from right under the lights to remove.
IMG_2003 by christopher.pyne. on Flickr
pull the light forward enough so you can unplug all three connections going into the headlight. remove the headlight and store it somewhere. upon installation of the projector headlights, i found that the turn signal connector was super tight, so i filed it down a bit but in the end i used some pliers and forced it in. its a tight fit but it worked.
IMG_2019 by christopher.pyne. on Flickr
plug the new headlight in and test it ut to make sure everything works before bolting it on (i didnt know before this but the turn signals only work when the car is on, so dont panic like i did if the car is off and the turns arent working)
IMG_2017 by christopher.pyne. on Flickr
Now heres the only place where i had trouble. the projector headlights come with bumper clips already on them (black plastic things on the bottom of the light held on by 2 screws). HOWEVER, while trying to put my bumper back on, these clips were WAY too tight and i could not get the part of the bumper to fit into the clips. i tried prying them open a bit so the bumper would fit in but ended up breaking a clip. No worries though. just remove the bumper clips from the stock headlights if you have to and screw them onto the projectors. (the stock bumper clip screws are star shaped but if you have the right sized flathead screwdriver, you can get them out.) also i think getting the bumper back into the headlight clips is the hardest part.
installation is the reverse of removal. pop the bumper back into the headlight clips, bolt the bumper onto the fender, reconnect your foglights, get the wheel wells into place (over the splash gaurds and behind the bumper), put all of the clips back into the wheel well, install the 6 bolts on the bottom of the bumper (3 on each side), then install the 6 clips on the bottom of the bumper, install the 2 clips by the hood latch.
if you have the VersaSpeed grill, mask off headlights, bumper, and anything else, and spray the headlights black just like when you originally installed the VersaSpeed grill.
IMG_2035 by christopher.pyne. on Flickr
thats about it. i hope i didnt forget anything. all i need to do now is get some HIDs. im thinking 5000k? i have some more pictures on flickrajax-11 so take a look. if there are any questions, im not an expert, but PM me and ill try and help