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Old 01-07-2009, 08:25 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Going back to his original question, I have same issue. My 2006 GV Driver side bulb is burnt out. I replaced the halogen bulb that appears to be my bright one (inner bulb as you look at the lens). The outer bulb (one that is still out) is the one I guess I need to replace. Since I bought my GV used, I don't have an owner's manual. How do you remove the boot and is the bulb inside there the HIV you are both talking about? From outward appearances it appears to be some type of round lamp. How do I change this bulb? How is rubber boot removed and bulb accessed? Do I need to remove the entire assembly? Thanks in advance and to the expert in pinas, maraming salamat!
If you have HID (not HIV) depends on where you are. HID is not available in USA/Canada but Europe and Asia got HID. The "inner" bulb would be your High Beam and the "outer" is your low beam and depending where you are also the DRL (daytime running light). The boot just slides back and the little clip I talk about is than visible.

'fingv' has posted a link to a downloadable owner manual here: http://www.suzuki-forums.com/2g-2006...sh-snow-5.html
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first step to change the bulb: shrink your hands! (it's a tight spot)

then:

- pull the rubber boot with the connector off
- there's a spring clip that holds the bulb in place, fight with it until it comes off (you sort of squeeze it into a smaller size)
- pull the bulb out
- installation is reverse, but note that the connector inside the boot does not engage much on the terminals of the bulb.
- last step: curse the engineers at Suzuki for such a tight spot.

on the subject of HID, I personally think they are the worst type of lighting out there. The glare for other drivers is atrocious (even proper OEM installations) If I were in charge of the highway code, I'd ban them outright...
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Old 01-08-2009, 03:43 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Thank you to both, I was already cursing the tight location on the driver's side whilst doing the bright bulb. Will report back on changing the head lamp later on.

Also, thank you for the link to the owner's manual. Going to save, print and place in my vehicle from now on.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:07 AM   #14 (permalink)
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When it comes to all the hype about different lights I recomment you have a look at Daniel Sterns Web page atDaniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply

Daniel is an idependent Automotive Light Consultant/Specialist.

On his web page you can find the inn and out of all different light system.

Now to your question on why we don't get HID here. For one I would say the Price. Now when HID is used it is not just the light bulb that is different. On a correctly used HID, the reflector and lenses are all different. (see Daniel Sern for details on why the retri kits are bad for this reason) Add the balast you need, add the automatic hight adjustment and washing system this will all add.

Now I would not use HID as fog lights. In foggy conditions you will probbably see better with parking lights on. the brigther the light the more reflection you get from the fog.

Now in Germany the V6 GV is sold for 36.000 euro. That is $48.000 US or $58.000 canadian. If the GV would cost this much here in Canada, I would not get it simply because I could get a real off road vehicle for that. So the manufacturer has to make the vehicle less expensive. Having lower cost lights may be one of the things.

I also found this on Wikipedia:

Glare
Vehicles equipped with HID headlamps are required by ECE regulation 48 also to be equipped with headlamp lens cleaning systems and automatic beam levelling control. Both of these measures are intended to reduce the tendency for high-output headlamps to cause high levels of glare to other road users. In North America, ECE R48 does not apply and while lens cleaners and beam levellers are permitted, they are not required; [20] HID headlamps are markedly less prevalent in the US, where they have produced significant glare complaints.[21] Scientific study of headlamp glare has shown that for any given intensity level, the light from HID headlamps is 40% more glaring than the light from tungsten-halogen headlamps.[22]


This may be the other reason why we cannot get as many QEM HID lights in North America.

Now here is something more interesting The 2008 Audi R8 is sold with LED head lights outside of the US and In the US the 2009 Escalade Platinum will actually have LED light as low and high beam.
Sorry newbie in this forum. Can't find that HID post for North America GVs upgrading to HIDs.

Let me know as I have a 08 GV here in NJ and I am planning to upgrade to HIDs for the lowbeam and fog lights.

It will actually mess it up due to our automatic on setup? Any info would be much appreciated.
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Sorry newbie in this forum. Can't find that HID post for North America GVs upgrading to HIDs.

Let me know as I have a 08 GV here in NJ and I am planning to upgrade to HIDs for the lowbeam and fog lights.

It will actually mess it up due to our automatic on setup? Any info would be much appreciated.
1. I am not sure what you're asking.

2. Why would you put HID in fog lights. Did you ever drive in fog? ever put your high beam on in fog? the brighter your light is, the less you see!!!!

Check the link I posted from Daniel Stern and read why it is a very bad thing to simply remove the Halogen light and insert an HID. You halogen light are not designed for HID bulbs. The mirror and the lens are different on halogen than what you need for effective HID. In Europe HID have to have an automatic high adjustment and a head light washing system. As soon as HID are not 100% better make that 110% adjusted you will bother oncoming traffic severely. Also just a little bit of dust on your lens will create a large amount of glare for others.
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Talking Bulb chgd successfully

Thanks for all the help! Was able to successfully change the bulb out, only confusing part turned out to be the plastic holder(retainer?) for the bulb itself. Seems like it should fit into the socket but appeared to just rest and hold the bulb itself in place with the clip.

Thanks again for the assistance. Now to dig and see about installing fog/driving lamps on it (not equipped).
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Thanks again for the assistance. Now to dig and see about installing fog/driving lamps on it (not equipped).

Get a Bull Bar or Bush Guard and mount them on there. Looks way cooler and tougher.
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I have changed the low beam headlights 3 times for 37k miles on my 2006 GV. They are hard to reach, but the easiest way for me is to unplug the wire, pull the rubber boot off (start with a corner and push it off rather than pulling on it...very tight fit). Pull the plug off the bulb. The rubber boot hugs the plug very tight. There is a clamp holding the existing bulb and you have to press the clamp toward the lens to get it unhooked. Then replace the bulb and press the clamp back on the bulb to hold it in place. Now the hard part is getting it all back together. First, I remove the plug from the rubber boot...just pull it out slowly. Then I put the plug on the bulb securely. Then apply a little bulb grease to the inside of the rubber boot and slide it back over the plug and slide the outside of the boot over the bulb housing. Now you can plug the wire back onto the plug. I used to try an re-connect the plug with the rubber boot attached and that just does not work...I could never get the plug aligned on the bulb.
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Great this will be fun. lol!
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I have changed the low beam headlights 3 times for 37k miles on my 2006 GV. They are hard to reach, but the easiest way for me is to unplug the wire, pull the rubber boot off (start with a corner and push it off rather than pulling on it...very tight fit). Pull the plug off the bulb. The rubber boot hugs the plug very tight. There is a clamp holding the existing bulb and you have to press the clamp toward the lens to get it unhooked. Then replace the bulb and press the clamp back on the bulb to hold it in place. Now the hard part is getting it all back together. First, I remove the plug from the rubber boot...just pull it out slowly. Then I put the plug on the bulb securely. Then apply a little bulb grease to the inside of the rubber boot and slide it back over the plug and slide the outside of the boot over the bulb housing. Now you can plug the wire back onto the plug. I used to try an re-connect the plug with the rubber boot attached and that just does not work...I could never get the plug aligned on the bulb.
Oh Sht...wish I had read this before I did mine today...enuf said.
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