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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 24th, 08, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Changing-out Headlights on 69 RS/SS

I was wondering if someone would help me with what steps are involved in removing the old 7" headlight and replacing it with a new 7" (Hella)? How do the old ones come out, connections, etc... Thanks!

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Re: Changing-out Headlights on 69 RS/SS

A chrome retaining ring and 3 screws hold the bulb in its mounting bucket.

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Re: Changing-out Headlights on 69 RS/SS

So...just out with the screws, out with the ring, disconnect the electrical and remove the light? That's it?

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That's it! There are 3 retaining screws and 2 adjuster screws for L-R and U-D. When you unplug the old bulbs take a small double sided file (like an old points file) and run it in & out of the female connectors on the plugs to remove any corrosion. Then use a little dab of dielectric grease for a good connection and easy removal next time. If you really want those Hellas bright, run them through two relays for full 12v power to them. I re-did mine and it made a huge improvement.
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redboots, are the Hella's not bright if I don't use the relays? How well do they work w/o the relays?

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The headlight bucket assembly is held in with a spring hooked into it. Take a wire coathanger and bend the hook part straight out, then use a pair of pliers to make a small hook on the end. Use this hook to pull the spring off the headlight bucket. Pull the bucket off the adjusting screws. It will slide out of the slots in the screws. Disconnect the wire harness and then you can bring the assembly to a workbench and unscrew the trim ring from the bucket to remove the lamp. the lamp has tabs on it that fit into slots in the bucket so note how it came apart.

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Re: Changing-out Headlights on 69 RS/SS

Thanks Mat. Still wondering if I need the relays redboots mentioned. Any input on that?

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Thanks Mat. Still wondering if I need the relays redboots mentioned. Any input on that?
He's got it. I've been running Hella's for 30 years. They could be brighter. I don't run relays. They weren't invented back then.

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A pretty good read here on relays

http://www.madelectrical.com/electri...adlights.shtml


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Thanks for the help .

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Re: Changing-out Headlights on 69 RS/SS

Planning on doing the same thing, replacing my old headlights with Hella halogens, going to use relays as well to ensure full voltage to the lights.

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