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2012 headlight removal help

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by TNDrew, May 4, 2012.

  1. May 4, 2012 at 1:52 PM
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    TNDrew

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    hey guys i am starting the bhlm today. well the removing the headlights part of it.. thanks to kine i got the grill off and 3 three bolts holding the headlight in out, but I can't get the headlight itself to come out. What am i doing wrong... It is loose and ready to come out at every place but the bottom outside corner on both sides. please help!! :confused::confused::confused:
     
  2. May 4, 2012 at 1:54 PM
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    knine... not kine. damn autocorrect
     
  3. May 21, 2012 at 5:39 PM
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    Did you get it?
     
  4. Oct 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM
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    how did u make out with this?
     
  5. Oct 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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    there is one pain-in-the-ass bolt that is way up inside the fender that holds the light in. You can actually reach the bolt with a small ratchet if you lay under the front and reach way up inside.
     
  6. Aug 10, 2014 at 3:10 PM
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    Bringing this because I'm about to punch babies. I've watched all the vids I can find. Got all the bolts out, the headlight is totally loose. Tried the twist and pull but the bottom longish tab keeps hanging on the bumper cover! This is a '14 but everything looks like the vid with the '13. I just don't know what I'm doing wrong! PLEASE HELP

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    going back out to try some more
     
  7. Aug 10, 2014 at 3:24 PM
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    Have you seen this thread:
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lighting/221513-2nd-gen-headlight-removal-pics.html
    I bookmarked it for later ref.
    Hope it helps. Be gentle with the babies.
     
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    The 12+ headlights are a pain in the ass to remove with the stock bumper on. You have to twist, rotate and wiggle until you get it free while still trying not to scratch the lens up. Good luck bud.
     
  9. Aug 10, 2014 at 3:56 PM
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    FN got it! I had to pull part of the bumper cover off...whatever.

    Thanks TW for Ya'll's help on all my crybaby sh*t!
     
  10. Aug 13, 2014 at 3:00 AM
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    best way ive found was..

    lets say driver side light.
    pull the headlight towards you to clear the bottom left tab.
    tilt the headlight inwards, bottom end inwards
    pull towards the left and out to clear the headlight tab where the bottom bolt gets bolted to
    then pull outwards while still slightly tilting top end in
    once the bottom is out pull the top end out. may need some forcing

    the last part gets sketchy, you may scratch your bumper so put a rag on it, your headlight will most likely get scratched on the top part that sits inside the engine bay not the lense at all tho
     
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