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Old 04-22-2018, 10:43 AM   #71
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Good description Wayne. (As usual) exactly the same on my 310. Had to reverse the high beam and the ground. I did away with the OEM plastic housing you show well in post 69 third picture. I removed the connector pins and connected them directly to the headlight connector. Saved a good deal of room in the bucket to get the LED housing to seat properly.
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Old 04-22-2018, 11:32 AM   #72
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Good description Wayne. (As usual) exactly the same on my 310. Had to reverse the high beam and the ground. I did away with the OEM plastic housing you show well in post 69 third picture. I removed the connector pins and connected them directly to the headlight connector. Saved a good deal of room in the bucket to get the LED housing to seat properly.
I thought about that but my LED bulbs have a pigtail and I worry about the pins shorting.
Even with heat shrink on them, vibrations could be a problem wearing the insulation.
These headlights came with connectors that fit the pigtail but they were rather light weight so I stuck with the original connector.
I could also have cut away the shroud on the connector, that would make more room, but not on this try.
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Old 04-22-2018, 01:15 PM   #73
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The left side took less than an hour! Since I did not take apart the alignment parts, it stayed good.
More photos are on the web.


One note,
Anyone tackling this project, I recommend 2 things:

1) A good penetrating oil for the screws. I apply Kroil a day or two before and again just before starting work.
Hell, that is a standard procedure for Airstreams, like Toilet Paper is for bathroom work!

2) A good magnetic screwdriver, unless you like hunting for old, or buying new screws, it will save immense frustration.

Done with this project.
One step closer to inspection day!
Waiting on my antenna so I can finish the Dash project.
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Old 04-28-2018, 05:11 AM   #74
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I hate mistakes, especially when they are mine.
I had to mark 2 more of my images wrong. The wire colors and positions are correct, it is how I ID'ed the wires that is wrong.
Added to my notes of frustration:
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GM calls Brown Tan. Tan is low beam. Green in most applications is ground, but in GM Green is high beam. Black in Airstream is +12VDC, in GM it is ground.
These are the new images:

And a drawing to make it all more or less confusing:


This morning I tried finding what the official pinout for the OEM bulbs should be with no luck. Just a diagram showing a typical hookup. Why LED bulbs are different from GM, who knows?
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WayneG,
On your bottom high beam led bulb what did you do with the third prong on the bulb, I plugged my extension using the right and left wire and removed the top wire. It makes it tight when you put the light back in. They do look good. Jim
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On your bottom high beam led bulb what did you do with the third prong on the bulb, I plugged my extension using the right and left wire and removed the top wire. It makes it tight when you put the light back in. They do look good. Jim
I used the original GM connector and made a cutout in its plastic shroud so the T of the lamp pigtail would fit. The low beam pin does not connect to anything.
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Thanks so much, I did not want a mess when I got done.
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Made a quarter inch cut and the plug slid right on after I cleaned about two pounds of dirt dobber nest out of the headlight enclosures, the slit made it so easy and always thanks to WayneG and Mayco for your help with my LED upgrade on the dash and headlights. One less thing on the list.
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