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Posted: Fri May 02, 2008 11:18 pm 
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EF FUTURA HEADLIGHT. can you replace the lights without having to take the front hugger off??? I had a go last weekend and got to the point where it looked like i would have to remove the hugger to get the lights off the car . i HAD THE LIGHTS UNBOLTED AND LOOSE BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THE HUGGER HAS TO COME OFF. It looked like the inner gaurd would have to be remove to get the the hugger bolts.Was i missing something or did ford get stupid and make it harder than neccesary. god an xy needed a screwdriver and five screws to be removed. AHHH the god old days when cars had less crap on them!!
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Posted: Fri May 02, 2008 11:36 pm 
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haha yeah sadly for some reason I believe you do.
you can just squeeze it out if you have a Fairmont, because of the grill in the center.
But being a futura, from what i can gather there no other way, other than as the book says.
Maybe you can just undo one of the guards and half the bumper, and get it loose enough to lever out.
Yeah definitely not one of there brighter thought patterns.

 

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Posted: Sat May 03, 2008 12:59 am 
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thanks for the good news. I can now go to bed and have nightmares about taking the mutha off. grrrrr. bugga. shoulda got a fairmont.
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Posted: Sat May 03, 2008 4:27 am 
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Front bumper isnt hard to remove. just take ur time so u dont damage anything and ull be fine.
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Posted: Sat May 03, 2008 11:31 am 
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Yes you can remove/replace EF GLi/Futura Headlights without removing the bumper.

You have to maneuver the lights and bend the bumper a little.

EL I think you have to lower the bumper as the grill gets in the way.

Either way, Its advisable to loosen the bolts and drop the bumper a little, I'm sure stretching the plastics doesn't treat the paintwork too well!

 

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Posted: Sat May 03, 2008 9:34 pm 
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As Krytox said, you can do it without dropping the bumper. I've done it on an EF and EL, just need to do it slowly and be reasonably gentle or else you will crack paint.
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Posted: Mon May 05, 2008 9:27 am 
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well thanks for the info people. I will have a go at them when the replacement arrives for the faulty new one i got off ford. It arrived with pimples all over the reflector. Origonal ford too !!
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Posted: Mon May 05, 2008 4:37 pm 
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Yeah, the Fairmonts are good for getting the headlights. Shame about the GLIs.

Here's my "new" one. New looking one I got off an EL Fairmont wreck for $100, bloody steeeal.

 

 

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Posted: Mon May 05, 2008 4:46 pm 
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Undo the bumper supports in the middle between the lights (ef's only - where the grill is). I did that and its much easier to bend the bumper/grill out the way.

 

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Posted: Mon May 05, 2008 4:48 pm 
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well thanks for the info people. I will have a go at them when the replacement arrives for the faulty new one i got off ford. It arrived with pimples all over the reflector. Origonal ford too !!


Grrr. And my new Ford indicator I got only months ago is already coming apart. $80 bloody dollars for crap fing glue.

 

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