DISCLAIMER: I will not be responsible for anything that may happen to your car due to this modification. This is DO AT YOUR OWN RISK. Once you modify your headlights they do not comply with DOT regulations.
Goals of the project:
1. To upgrade the sub-par low beam lighting that the 03-05 G35s come with.
-Pair of G35 coupe headlights
-Pair of Stanley Projectors
-Pair of HIDPlanet.com Chrome trim rings
-Pair of coke cans
-Various nuts and bolts
-Metal Polishing Kit (Found mine at Home Depot in the tool section)
-Heat Duct Tape
-High temp silicone sealant
-Nissan Headlight Sealant
Remove 4 pop up screws from top of the grill and 2 pop ups from the upper part of the bumper.
Next rotate the two side screws that are holding the grill in place. These can be located at the backside of the left and right side of the grill.
Push down on tabs that are behind the grill to remove grill from the front fascia.
Turn your wheels so that steering wheel is turned all the way to the right (You need to do this so you can have room to work in the fender area.
Go to the driver side fender area and remove the 3 pop ups holding the fender lining in place. Peel back the fender lining.
You will now see two screw (see pic) that hold the driver side bumper into place. You need to remove these screws. A long Philips head screwdriver most definitely helps in this situation.
Now you need to remove the 8 bolts on the underside of the bumper. See pic for the approximate locations.
Repeat Step 5-7 for the passenger side.
Remove corner lights. Pull off bumper cover (Be careful, as things scratch easily!)
Now go to the driver side headlight and remove the 4 bolts holding the headlights in place.
Now you need to disconnect the headlight from the wiring harness. This can be rather tricky as it is very stubborn and hard to take out. You can remove it using one of the following methods:
-Use a screwdriver to press down the harness tab and pull.
-Take a paper clip and put it in the front hole of the harness and jiggle it around. At the same time pull.
Repeat Steps 11-12 for the passenger side.
Take your headlights to a safe area and find a soft working surface to use. (No comments on the purple pilates mat please
). Now remove the three screws holding the two pieces of headlight together. Also remove the two screws that are holding the headlight adjustment wheel housing. Remove the adjustment housing.
Now take your heat gun and make numerous slow passes around the headlight aiming for the crack which separates the two headlight pieces. Take a flat head screwdriver and remove the black sealant material every now and then.
After about 5-8 mins of heating up the headlight gently pry the two pieces apart. Set the clear lens piece somewhere safe as you wonít be using it for a while.
Now we have to remove the headlight bracket from the actual headlight. There are 3 screws holding the reflector bracket inside the headlight assembly. I would measure how far they are sticking out of the reflector bracket for future aiming reference before you back anything out. After that you need to start turning the screws. Two of them can be backed out using a socket wrench. The aiming screw needs to be turned by hand (I made the mistake of using the aiming screw to back out the bracket. This resulted in stripped aiming gears). This is why I recommend you do it by hand. Remove the reflector bracket.