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#1 Johnson8537

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 09:56 AM

Ok guys.. so My low beams are horrible and want to put in some silverstars and need to know how to replace them.

I have heard you have to take off the whole grill just to replace the bulbs??

I have not yet tried or looked but thought i would ask the experts first.

any help would be great....... :jester:
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 10:38 AM

I just added the foglamp kit to my 2007 GMT900 chevy and the instructions said to take off the front bumper. Well needless to say I figured there has to be an easier way. The only thing holding me from getting the end caps off
was the headlamp assemblies.
If you look on top, after you open the hood there are two screws holding the lamp assy and one in the back rear
which you can't see. The rear one is accessed from underneath up in the front fenderwell. You have to take off the
grill, but this just four screws on top. Once these three screws are undone from the headlamp assy it slides out to the front. You can undo the bulbs without having to slide it out all the way or if you want, unplug the electrical connector
and you can take the whole thing out.
I figured this out trying not to have to take the bumper off, but when I have to replace the bulbs this is the
procedure I am going to use.

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 11:19 AM

I have a 08 GMC and can access the bulbs from inside of engine compartment. I can't believe the Chevy is any more complicated?

Headlamps
To replace one of these bulbs:
1. Open the hood. See Hood Release on page 5-11
for more information.
2. If you are replacing the bulb on the passenger side
remove the Engine Air Cleaner cover. See Engine
Air Cleaner/Filter on page 5-17 for more information.
3. Reach in and access the bulb sockets from inside
the engine compartment.
4. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise to remove it
from the headlamp assembly and pull it straight out.
5. Unplug the electrical connector from the old bulb
by releasing the clips on the bulb socket.
6. Replace it with a new bulb socket.
7. Plug in the electrical connector to the new
bulb socket.
8. Reinstall the new bulb socket into the headlamp
assembly and turn it clockwise to secure.
9. Close the hood.

High-Beam Headlamp 9005
Low-Beam Headlamp H11

Edited by elcamino, 18 October 2009 - 11:21 AM.

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 11:19 AM

Ok guys.. so My low beams are horrible and want to put in some silverstars and need to know how to replace them.

I have heard you have to take off the whole grill just to replace the bulbs??

I have not yet tried or looked but thought i would ask the experts first.

any help would be great....... :jester:

Are there H11 Silverstars now? Last I knew they weren't made.

Edited by swhitney2003, 18 October 2009 - 11:19 AM.

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 12:04 PM

You should be able to get to the passenger side bulb by removing the airbox; it just pulls straight out once you've gotten the airlid off. The drivers' side was even easier, you just have to snake your hand in where the radiator core support is and pull the bulb out.
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 12:14 PM

Are there H11 Silverstars now? Last I knew they weren't made.


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Posted 18 October 2009 - 01:29 PM

Has anyone used PIAA's Extreme White Plus bulbs? They're more expensive, but I'm wondering if they're better than the Silverstars.
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 07:21 PM

thanks everyone!!!!!!!

Sounds like a normal removal/replacement...

( I had just heard of having to take off teh grill and the headlamp assemblies out!)
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 09:24 PM

thanks everyone!!!!!!!

Sounds like a normal removal/replacement...

( I had just heard of having to take off teh grill and the headlamp assemblies out!)


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Posted 19 October 2009 - 01:27 AM

I've always RAVED that headlight replacement is the ONE thing that's easier on new vehicles than on old ones. I hope GM didn't go and mess that up.

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 07:59 PM

Just put in the H11 Silverstars and it is MUCH BETTER!!!

just reach in and it was plug and play!!
Passenger side needed to remove the air cleaner box (just loosen the hose clamp and it pops right out.)
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Posted 02 November 2009 - 08:05 PM

I've always RAVED that headlight replacement is the ONE thing that's easier on new vehicles than on old ones. I hope GM didn't go and mess that up.


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Posted 02 November 2009 - 09:55 PM

Just put in the H11 Silverstars and it is MUCH BETTER!!!

just reach in and it was plug and play!!
Passenger side needed to remove the air cleaner box (just loosen the hose clamp and it pops right out.)


If you could keep a rough track of the hours or at least number of days, weeks, months, that the Silver Stars last, it'd be appreciated. I have the H-9 conversion. They have a Sylvannia life rating of 120 hrs.

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#14 Johnson8537

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 10:23 PM

Just put in the H11 Silverstars and it is MUCH BETTER!!!

just reach in and it was plug and play!!
Passenger side needed to remove the air cleaner box (just loosen the hose clamp and it pops right out.)


If you could keep a rough track of the hours or at least number of days, weeks, months, that the Silver Stars last, it'd be appreciated. I have the H-9 conversion. They have a Sylvannia life rating of 120 hrs.



I would but i can almost gaurentee the truck will be sold by the time they burn out. (I drive about 3 miles to and from work 5 days a week...well 4 this year with budget cuts) I only keep my vehicles about 1-2 years so.. 2 years would be about 80 hours if my calculations are correct.

They lasted at least 60hours before I sold be tacoma... but those were not h11's

Edited by Johnson8537, 02 November 2009 - 10:24 PM.

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 06:37 AM

Just put in the H11 Silverstars and it is MUCH BETTER!!!

just reach in and it was plug and play!!
Passenger side needed to remove the air cleaner box (just loosen the hose clamp and it pops right out.)


If you could keep a rough track of the hours or at least number of days, weeks, months, that the Silver Stars last, it'd be appreciated. I have the H-9 conversion. They have a Sylvannia life rating of 120 hrs.


I installed a set of Silverstars on one of my previous trucks. The lights did not last very long (I estimate less than 1/2 the life of standard bulbs) as compared to standard bulbs. This was a couple of years ago. Maybe they have been improved since then. I liked the bulbs but was not happy with the life span for the money they cost.




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