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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-05-2012, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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Angry Changing headlight bulbs on 2011 GMC Denali LML

Ok,so were in the year 2012 and from what i can see i have to pull the drivers side battery and windshield washer bottle just to change a freakin headlight bulb.
IS THIS THE EASIEST WAY?
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My truck is a chevy not gmc so there may be some difference not sure. I did pull the drivers side battery but did not have to pull the washer fluid bottle. On the passenger side I pulled the airbox. Only took about 15-20 minutes to do both. It is more of a pain then my previous 2006 was thats for sure!

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Wow! Wonder why they did that as the 06 had a pin and hinge.

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pins and hinges were way nice! wish GM would have stuck to that. I also wish they still had their own daytime running lamps instead of using the headlights.

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Ok,so were in the year 2012 and from what i can see i have to pull the drivers side battery and windshield washer bottle just to change a freakin headlight bulb.
IS THIS THE EASIEST WAY?
Thats the best way to do it. Figured it out for the first time a couple weeks ago unfortunately.

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To change a light bulb on the NBS trucks is ridiculous.


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pins and hinges were way nice! wish GM would have stuck to that.
Yes, the GMT-800 headlights are sooo nice and easy to remove...

However, from what Ive learned, GM had a lot of "quality concerns" and complaints with headlight fitment and fit/finish on the GMT-800's, which is why the made the GMT-900 headlights super clean-fitting and tight (and thus a PITA to remove).

From a "looking at it" standpoint, the GMT-800 design does look ridiculously cheap compared to the GMT-900's. The gaps and stuff around the headlights just gives a general "poor exterior fit/finish" statement.

Obviously it doesnt bother me (or 95% of other guys), but GM obviously felt that enough critics picked on it (IE, people who arent 'sold' on a GM, so they walk into a dealer to make a decision, see the 'poor' fitment on the headlights/grille and say "no I dont want a GM now because the exterior fit looks cheap"), thus the redesign on the GMT-900's.

Thats just what Ive been told...I mean it makes sense if you think about it...not that it bothers me personally and not that ive ever complained about it, but "TECHNICALLY", looking at it objectively, a $50k pickup truck/SUV "should" have a headlight/grille assembly that looks a little "tighter" and better put-together........if that makes sense.

And...how often are you really changing headlight bulbs anyway?

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I also wish there was a daytime running lamp instead of using headlights. Burning the life outta my HID's!
And that would give a great location for my strobe bulbs like I did in my old Z-71.

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It's about time that GMC employ design engineers that actually know how to use a wrench. The pencil neck geeks who design some of these components, need to get their hands dirty.
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It's about time that GMC employ design engineers that actually know how to use a wrench. The pencil neck geeks who design some of these components, need to get their hands dirty.
well then tell us how you would design it. A picture/drawing of your new/better headlight design idea would be helpful.

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