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Old 04-25-12, 09:26 AM   #1
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Default DIY: 2012MY led headlight installation ("how to")

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"I'm not a Mechanic or Auto Body Specialist. I sit in-front of my computer all day at work. That being said; If I can do this Step-By-Step DIY, so can you!" . . . JD

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ITEM TO INSTALL:
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RECOMMENDED MATERIALS/TOOLS:
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OPTIONAL:
Click the image to open in full size. 62mm Audio/Video Dash Removal Tool (for stubborn clips @ Ebay Motors)
Click the image to open in full size. 170mm Audio/Video Dash Removal Tool (for Plastic Fender Cover @ Ebay Motors)



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STEP 1
1.1) Press Engine START/STOP
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1.2) Make note of the ODOMETER Reading and Date of Install (This helps me keep track of my MODS)
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STEP 2
Place "Wheel Chocks" in front of and behind the rear wheels and wedge them securely against the tires.
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Old 04-25-12, 09:27 AM   #2
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STEP 3 (OPTIONAL)
3.1) Hoist the vehicle by using Lift Jack. I used the In-Car Scissors Jack (applies to lowered Set-up) . . .
NOTE: I lifted the vehicle to gain access easily to bolts underneath. This method is not necessary for vehicle with enough clearance to reach bolts/screws. However, It's a must for lowered cars.
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Note: Front/Center Jack Point
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3.2) . . . Place "3-ton Speedy Lift Jack" underneath the car.
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STEP 4
Place the "2-Ton Axle Stands" to the Driver & Passenger Front/Side Jack Points
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STEP 5
Pull the hood release lever.
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STEP 6
Carefully remove the Plastic Covers. There are 16 Plastic Push-In Clips (Red Arrow) and 2 Plastic Bolt (Yellow Arrow).
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Push-In Clip in the middle
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Top Left/Passenger Side Plastic Bolt (Close-up). Same bolt on the Top Right/Driver Side.
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Use Phillips Screwdriver for this Plastic Bolt (Gently, this bolt is sensitive)
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STEP 7
Keep all "Push-In Clips" (+Bolts/Screws) together in Zip Lock bag. It will help you when putting the parts back . . .
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Perfect time to clean Dusty areas . . .
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STEP 8
Front Bumper: More Bolts & Clips. 2 x cross head plastic screws, 2 x metal cross head screws with rubber housing, 4 x clips & 1 x 10mm bolt.
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Use Phillips Screwdriver. 1 x cross head clip & 1 x cross head screw with rubber housing (Left/Passenger Side)
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Use Jeweler's Screwdriver. 2 x Plastic Clips (Left/Passenger Side)
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Use Wrench with 10mm Socket. 1 x 10mm bolt (center)
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Same Tools apply to Driver Side. 1 x cross head clip & 1 x cross head screw with rubber housing. 2 x Plastic Clips.

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Old 04-25-12, 09:27 AM   #3
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STEP 9
9.1) Place Old Carpet Runner to Protect Bumper from floor debris
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9.2) Start Engine, Turn Steering Wheel to the Right (to gain access to Plastic Wheel Well).
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2 x clips, 4 x 10mm bolts
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Work Gloves
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9.3) Use Jeweler's Screwdriver (2 x Plastic Clips)
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9.4) Use Wrench with 10mm Socket
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TIP: I used 170mm Audio/Video Dash Removal Tool to expose the hidden 10mm bolt.
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9.5) Use Phillips Screwdriver for 3 x bolts attached to the Engine Under Cover
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Same method applies to the Passenger Side:
1) Start Engine, Turn Steering Wheel to the Left.
2) Remove 2 x Plastic Clips
3) Remove 1 x 10mm bolt
4) Remove 3 x 10mm bolt/screws



STEP 10
Remove 6 x 10mm bolts.
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Use Wrench with 10mm Socket
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NOTE: Use Masking Tape to Protect Fender/Headlight from accidental scratches
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STEP 11
Lift the Negative Battery Cover and start loosening the bolt using 10mm socket wrench.
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STEP 12
Gently pull the Bumper Off.
NOTE: You will need an assistant to help you with the Bumper Removal
Disconnect/Unplug Fog Lights
1 x connector - Passenger Side (Press Pull-down method)
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2 x connector - Driver Side
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Remove Front Bumper
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STEP 13
Headlights: Remove 3 x 10mm bolts with Socket Wrench.
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10mm Socket Wrench with Extension
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NOTE: 2 x 10mm bolts are same size (top), 1 x 10mm bolt-longer (side)
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Old 04-25-12, 09:28 AM   #4
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STEP 14
Unclip then Unplug Headlight Wire Connector.
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STEP 15
Gently pull Plastic Cover (as shown below).
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Unlock Headlight Clip (as shown below).
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STEP 16
Headlight Bracket.
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Remove 3 screws with Phillips Screwdriver
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STEP 17
NOTE: You will need to custom fit the existing Bracket before transferring to the New "2012MY LED Headlights".
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I use Dremel 4000 to get the job done.
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Don't forget to wear your Safety Glasses
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. . . Test Fit+Cut, Test Fit+Cut, Test Fit+Cut; till it line-up properly (I did this 3 x the first time).

NOTE: ONLY 2 SCREWS WILL HOLD THE BRACKET
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Same method applies to the Driver Side Headlight:
1) Remove 3 x 10mm bolts
2) Unplug Wire Connector
3) Unlock Headlight Clip
4) Remove 3 x Screws from Bracket
5) Custom Fit/Cut Bracket



STEP 18
Install Relay Flasher
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18.1) Remove 2 cross head screws with Phillips Screwdriver.
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18.2) Slide Carefully
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Flash Light Required
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18.3) Place Old Towel (or similar) to protect Side from Scratches (My Work Jeans has small metal bottons) . . .
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18.4) To remove the existing "Flasher Relay (Green)", use long nose pliers.
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(TIP: Press to Unlock)
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Install new Flasher Relay 81980-06020 (Brown)
1) Attached to Connecting Wire
2) Re-attach to place-holder

18.5) Check the Signal
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. . . at this point, you're ready to Install the "2012MY LED Headlight".
1) Attach the Custom Cut Bracket to "2012MY LED Headlight" (Passenger)
2) Re-install 3 x 10mm bolts (Longer Bolt goes to the sides)
3) Plug Headlight Wire-Connector
4) Same steps above applies to Driver Side.

STEP 19
Test all Light Settings before Installing Front Bumper.
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Once satisfied; install parts in reverse order . . .
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AWESOME job!
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Nice write up! I will use when I purchase my 2012 headlights.

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Great write up! added to the FAQ, thank you!
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beautiful write up and good picture guides
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Full of win...awesome DIY
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If every write-up was like this.....autoshops and mechanics would be out of business!!!
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Old 04-25-12, 03:59 PM   #13
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This is one of the most detailed DIY guide I've seen on here! GREAT JOB!
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Damn that is one super detailed write up. Thanks for posting it on CL. Sure it will help out a lot of people!
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I don't even own an ISX50 yet and I already know this guide is going to be super useful in the future for me. :P
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