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Old 12-05-2006, 07:53 PM   #1
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hi looking for info on how to change bulbs behind clear plastic panel overhead of 1981 280 excella joboy1

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Old 12-05-2006, 08:18 PM   #2
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What type?


Welcome to Forums.. As new member, you should continue practicing using the "Search"tab above in blue bar.. Try clicking on it, and typing in words with a space between like: light fixture bulb change and see what you get back...

As for your specific, you don't say whther unit is flourescent or small incandescent bulbs.. Most of the plastic covers have tabs (breakable if plastic gets brittle..) that can be released by pressing in from one or two edges.. Without a picture or better description, it is hard to offer more specific advice...

If you still had owner manual, the process is described there for your fixtures.. If not, you can search here ( owner manual replacement ) and find two sources of replacement manuals, which are handy things to have around..


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Old 12-06-2006, 10:54 AM   #3
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Very carefully.

The frosted panels on our overhead lights were hard to remove. They just need to be compressed from the side and lowered. It helps if they are warm.
I was afraid they would break if I pryed on them. I applied a small amount of pressure with a screwdriver and was lucky when they came out without cracking. Mine use a tail light double filiment bulb as they can be bright or soft light. Hope this helps and Good Luck. I have an 83 Classic 300.

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Old 12-06-2006, 04:57 PM   #4
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still trying to get ours out

same information from everyone though, get them warm and pry them out with screwdrivers. I have tried a few times but they have not popped out and I am afraid to break them. We were advised to keep the lights on, squeeze from the sides and pop the ends with screwdrivers. Our bulbs are fine, we just want to get the dead bugs out!!!
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Old 12-09-2006, 06:31 PM   #5
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nx for the help! every one. jojoy
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