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Old 01-25-2013, 11:53 AM   #1
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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



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



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dsy screwed with this post 01-25-2013 at 12:20 PM Reason: included def's suggestion
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:10 PM   #2
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Could we use a beer can (an empty one, of course) instead?
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:11 PM   #3
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Could we use a beer can (an empty one, of course) instead?
Even better A green solution.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:47 PM   #4
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Hmmmmm......I don't recall any green beer cans only ginger ale.......anybody?
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:10 PM   #5
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Hmmmmm......I don't recall any green beer cans only ginger ale.......anybody?
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:14 PM   #7
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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!

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

 photo headlightclip_zps76435237.jpg

They're called picture hangers!
I found 'em here: http://www.govart.com
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:40 PM   #8
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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.

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.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:12 PM   #9
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... 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.
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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.
My beer (Yuengling) comes in a brown bottle. Sorry.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:54 PM   #11
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Nice solution...I just grabbed a washer for the screw and it has worked, but I must say yours is more elegant.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:07 PM   #12
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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.

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Old 01-25-2013, 08:47 PM   #13
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Should be able to get something similar at HD and Lowe's!

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



They're called picture hangers!
I found 'em here: http://www.govart.com
Exactly what I did!
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:48 AM   #14
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That's not beer, silly. That's water!
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Beer in a can???? Fail
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