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dsy 01-25-2013 12:53 PM

Headlight bulb retainer fix
 
Thought this might help others. If you have had to change a headlight bulb and were able to do it with out breaking those little plastic nubs off that keep the wire bulb retainer aligned, you were lucky. They break off very easy and then do not hold the bulb properly. the dealers solution is to charge you $500. for a new headlamp assembly so there is a chance it will break again. The easy fix is cheap and permanent. Go to your local hardware store and buy a piece of aluminum step flashing which should cost about 25 cents or just cut a piece out of your local favorite brew can after appropriate draining. Cut a piece out about an inch long and just wide enough to fit in between the bulb retainer clip. Bend it in half and then punch or drill a hole through it for the screw.
Here is a pic of what your looking for

http://imageshack.us/a/img692/7958/clipbo.jpg

And a pic of it installed. Makes hooking and unhooking those clips an easy one handed operation.

http://imageshack.us/a/img856/8021/clipinstalled.jpg

Doug

def 01-25-2013 01:10 PM

Could we use a beer can (an empty one, of course) instead?

dsy 01-25-2013 01:11 PM

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Originally Posted by def (Post 20573701)
Could we use a beer can (an empty one, of course) instead?

Even better :1drink A green solution.

def 01-25-2013 01:47 PM

Hmmmmm......I don't recall any green beer cans only ginger ale.......anybody?

jachard 01-25-2013 02:10 PM

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Originally Posted by def (Post 20573975)
Hmmmmm......I don't recall any green beer cans only ginger ale.......anybody?

There's one in every crowd......:lol3

ignatz72 01-25-2013 02:22 PM

Rolling Rock, duh. :D

LaurelPerryOnLand 01-25-2013 03:14 PM

If you're short on beer cans...(oh dread) ...these are 65 cents for 6!
 
Should be able to get something similar at HD and Lowe's!:clap

Just get rid of the triangle steel wire and insert the clip!

<a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/media/headlightclip_zps76435237.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/headlightclip_zps76435237.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo headlightclip_zps76435237.jpg"/></a>

They're called picture hangers!
I found 'em here: http://www.govart.com

WindSailor 01-25-2013 05:40 PM

Thanks 'dsy' and Robert.

Next time my headlight assembly comes off - this will be the next addition. Yep already broke those tabs off and have a washer on it, but I like this idea a whole lot better.

A buddy of mine had a headlight go out on his bike - pulled over - had the side stand down - and was *really getting into it concentration and all and *&^$#!&^* - and the biked tipped over. Luckily he got his hand out before it hit the ground. This will help in those moments.:clap

Green cans? Isn't that the 2% meant for the 'Geriatric' crowd like def? Nope - sorry - that was Ginger Ale... my bad. He had it right. :lol3

rdwalker 01-25-2013 07:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dsy (Post 20573586)
... Go to your local hardware store and buy a piece of aluminum step flashing which should cost about 25 cents or just cut a piece out of your local favorite brew can after appropriate draining. Cut a piece out about an inch long and just wide enough to fit in between the bulb retainer clip. Bend it in half and then punch or drill a hole through it for the screw... Doug

Doug: a very nice solution. Of course, any solution that requires draining a can of your favorite adult beverage is NICE!

About the screw that holds down the clip: it's now a very long time since I opened and looked at the assembly and I do not recall if it is an existing item.
Is it? Or, did you have to drill a seat for it in the housing?

Tnx. Robert.

def 01-25-2013 07:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WindSailor (Post 20575662)

Green cans? Isn't that the 2% meant for the 'Geriatric' crowd like def? Nope - sorry - that was Ginger Ale... my bad. He had it right. :lol3

My beer (Yuengling) comes in a brown bottle. Sorry.

EJ_92606 01-25-2013 07:54 PM

Nice solution...I just grabbed a washer for the screw and it has worked, but I must say yours is more elegant.

dsy 01-25-2013 09:07 PM

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Originally Posted by rdwalker (Post 20576277)
Doug: a very nice solution. Of course, any solution that requires draining a can of your favorite adult beverage is NICE!

About the screw that holds down the clip: it's now a very long time since I opened and looked at the assembly and I do not recall if it is an existing item.
Is it? Or, did you have to drill a seat for it in the housing?

Tnx. Robert.

Yep the screw shown in the 2nd pic is the stock screw. All you need to add is the tab with a hole for the screw. It should have come from BMW like that. :rofl

Doug

guitarin 01-25-2013 09:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LaurelPerryOnLand (Post 20574637)
Should be able to get something similar at HD and Lowe's!:clap

Just get rid of the triangle steel wire and insert the clip!

http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps76435237.jpg

They're called picture hangers!
I found 'em here: http://www.govart.com

Exactly what I did!

everycredit 01-26-2013 03:48 AM

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Originally Posted by ignatz72 (Post 20574237)
Rolling Rock, duh. :D

That's not beer, silly. That's water! :D

TomDac 01-26-2013 07:02 AM

Beer in a can???? Fail


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