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Changing Headlights
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29-07-2012
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This guide will outline how to change headlights from standard to Abarth or other standard headlights. Fittings may differ with aftermarket headlights and due to lack of experience with them, they are not covered here.

There are other guides for changing headlights, however some work for some people, others work for others, hopefully this one will help a few people out.

Why would I want to change my headlights?

Headlights can alter the look of a car drastically...some options are pictured below:

Abarth:
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Angel Eye:

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Fly-eye (Material wrapped over headlight)

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Best and easiest guide to follow worked perfect for changing the headlights in mine and @sammclean23 's GP
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thank you mate!
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I don't suppose there's anyway of doin this without loosening the bumper is there mate? I'm one of the lucky ones with rounded screws.....at both sides (
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Re: Changing Headlights

I wish there was, it would have saved me loads of times, but after changing mylights a few times, I really cannot see how it is possible to do this without releasing the bumper. The headlight sits around 1.5 inch underneath the bumper which makes it seriously difficult to wedge out lol, I think someone has done it before though.
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Re: Changing Headlights

Great guide.

I would like to add that it's easier to get behind teh headlight if you remove the screw behind the wheel that keeps the arch in place.
This way you have a little more room to put it away.
I just turend the wheel outwards and put the arch behind it so I hand my hands free.
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Great guide... I installed my abarth headlights this weekend - it took me nearly all weekend to install them! The first headlight (drivers side) was nice and simple, but then i got to the passenger side... damn that headlight was hard to get out, everything was in the way and i bust a screw trying to undo it to get the bumper off. In the end i had to cut this piece of plastic to remove the bumper! All finished and screwed back together now. Many thanks for the guide!

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no worries!! i appreciate the feedback. glad to know you managed it in the end
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Cheers mate. A huge help to me installing them.
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Great guide, rears took no time at all...thanks mate
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Very good guide, wouldn't have been able to change mine without it!!!
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Re: Changing Headlights

Used this guide to put my Abarth headlights on, wouldn't have known where to start without it, thanks Took me the whole weekend and lets just say i won't be doing it again any time soon!!

My problem was some screws were rusted including the ones behind the headlight at the most awkwardest place ever! Ended up sawing and drilling through them. I also had to rip off the plastic round 1 screw in my o/side wheel arch! Then i couldn't figure out how to unplug the lights lol

Just for anyone who plans to change their lights, the securing bolts down behind the headlamp aren't necessary to keep the light in place. The plastic bit next to it keeps it sturdy and just pop a cable tie through the hole if you wanna be sure. Mines are very secure with the plastic bits in place and the 2 nuts on top tightened.

My car is a 56 Punto which probably explains the rusted screws and the huge trouble i went to. Probs wouldn't have this problem with newer models.
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Re: Changing Headlights

Quote Originally Posted by McIlroy733 View Post
Used this guide to put my Abarth headlights on, wouldn't have known where to start without it, thanks Took me the whole weekend and lets just say i won't be doing it again any time soon!!

My problem was some screws were rusted including the ones behind the headlight at the most awkwardest place ever! Ended up sawing and drilling through them. I also had to rip off the plastic round 1 screw in my o/side wheel arch! Then i couldn't figure out how to unplug the lights lol

Just for anyone who plans to change their lights, the securing bolts down behind the headlamp aren't necessary to keep the light in place. The plastic bit next to it keeps it sturdy and just pop a cable tie through the hole if you wanna be sure. Mines are very secure with the plastic bits in place and the 2 nuts on top tightened.

My car is a 56 Punto which probably explains the rusted screws and the huge trouble i went to. Probs wouldn't have this problem with newer models.
Ah rusted screws!! I had that with my suspension (had to drill a bolt out)...not good and takes ages.

And you're right, the securing bolts do very little. Guessing you mean the bits of plastic that comes off the light and onto the body work in the engine bay? Mine snapped off but made no difference what so ever!!

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Re: Changing Headlights

A quick question on disconnecting the power cable from the headlight, is there more than one type of connector? Tried "the clip can be squeezed and released, allowing the connection to be removed" but it doesn't want to budge?

Worried I will break or damage the connector!

Any help would be greatly appreciated

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Re: Changing Headlights

Sorry to bring old post back to life-do the rear connectors just pull out-or twist and pull?-thanks
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