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I'm totally stumped with the headlights. I have the bolts out (2007 Exige S) and removed the clam bolt underneath. However, I cannot remove the light from the car. I just cannot disconnect the large plug tucked in front. Even if I do I don't see how it will come out as the wiring still connects to other areas. I assume, this must be disconnected to remove the clam as the there must be a connection attached to the chassis. Ugghh
There are several headlight removal videos on youtube that might help. Or post a pic of where you are stumped. Hard to visualize from your text.
 

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Post a picture of the plug you can't unplug? There is a fairly large plug back to the harness but it has always been easy to remove for me? Can you pick the lights up out of the bucket yet? There are 4? I think that you have to undo.
 

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Sorry if these images are oversized. 1. I assume this plug needs to come apart. It's difficult to get to. Is there a tab?
2. The two zip ties upper right and lower left need to come off?
3. This must be done to remove the front clam?
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Post a picture of the plug you can't unplug? There is a fairly large plug back to the harness but it has always been easy to remove for me? Can you pick the lights up out of the bucket yet? There are 4? I think that you have to undo.
Yes, I can pick up from the bucket but not far enough to get to the plug. I can get to it from the wheel well but mostly by feel. Is there a tab to release or just pull apart? Pictures posted.
 

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The bottom left of this pictures is the plug I disconnected for the side marker. Even if I ever get the large main plug disconnected this is still attached to the clam and would prevent from removing the light. For those that have removed the front clam from on 07 Exige S or perhaps later what exactly was required with the lights to remove the clam?
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I think you're the only one with those zip tie still in tact! Yeah you will need to cut them if that wire is on the main harness.
The plug on the left in the photo is not zip tied. It's secured to the clam somehow. Even if I cut the zip ties this part is still attached.
 

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If I'm reading you right you might just need to look more closely at where they are still attached. The harness is odd because of how it branches and how those branches are attached the light fixture in an overcomplicated way. Disconnect all harness plugs. Then scan over the harness and find all the points where it zip-ties to the light or the clam (if removing the clam too). We don't mean like someone found a random spot and zip tied it, we mean there is actually a zip tie clip in use on the light. You will need to cut the oem zip tie, loosen the harness, then use a new zip tie you provide during reinstall. Trick is to find all the places where it is zip tied.

Is that the issue you are having or am I misunderstanding?
 

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If I'm reading you right you might just need to look more closely at where they are still attached. The harness is odd because of how it branches and how those branches are attached the light fixture in an overcomplicated way. Disconnect all harness plugs. Then scan over the harness and find all the points where it zip-ties to the light or the clam (if removing the clam too). We don't mean like someone found a random spot and zip tied it, we mean there is actually a zip tie clip in use on the light. You will need to cut the oem zip tie, loosen the harness, then use a new zip tie you provide during reinstall. Trick is to find all the places where it is zip tied.

Is that the issue you are having or am I misunderstanding?
I see three very tight zip ties. Two attached to the clam and one at the main harness. This last one seems it can stay in place.
1. As long I disconnect the main wire harness plug (still cannot) then everything else can stay for clam removal, correct?
2. I will need to pull away the headlamp from the clam far enough to reach in and remove the bulb for turn signal, correct?
3. If I want to completely remove the headlamps from the car then unplug main harness and one connector at the top of the light. Cut two zip ties, unplug side marker and detach the other end of the side marker plug from the clam. It's attached and not with a zip tie.

Is this what you did for the clam removal?
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Main wire harness plug just needs squeezed the right way. If yours has buildup it might not be releasing and need a flathead screwdriver to help release the lock.

My headlamp removal seemed pretty straightforward. You need to remove the lights for clam removal so you can get a good grip on thick material when lifting the clam from the car.

Iirc the entire headlamp has to be removed to replace the bulbs, or at least to make it easier.
 

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Are you getting to the main wire harness from the wheel well or disconnect all the other wires and removing the headlight for access from the top of the clam?
 
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