I received the ordered H7 LED headlight bulbs on 2-8-16. They were shipped on 1-28-16, the usual holdup was customs in both Belgium and the US. I expected a fairly lengthy delivery time based on other orders made to the EU. The package arrived by the local post office in good condition. Opening the box it was packaged well and the actual bulb kits were contained in heavy cardboard boxes with cut foam securing the bulbs. Inspection of the parts was completed with no issues seen.
The kits ordered are the H7 bulbs with the small rubber cover also used on earlier GS bikes. This cover is very flexible. This is good because the measured opening was 2mm diameter smaller than the than the GS. The only other sizes available were a large diameter with a shallow depth and the large with the deep depth made for other BMW models. The smaller cover did fit due to the flexibility. It is held in with a molded groove that fits the inner ledge of the housing. The fit is very good and should prove water and dust proof.
Here are the tools I used for the installation;
Needle Nose Pliers
T-25 L Wrench
Tie Wrap Tensioner/Cutter
I was prepared to remove the headlight assemblies if needed, but removal of the side covers provided adequate room to work and install. This simplified the process, no other panels were removed. As per the repair manual the accessory socket on the left side had to be disconnected and the tie wrap for the wire on the socket was cut.
First step was to remove the H7 bulbs. While the area outside the lamp was adequate, the small opening and wire bail used to secure the bulb was tricky to release. I found a pair of needle nose pliers really made it easy to release and secure the wire. The bulb connector pulled off with no drama and the bulb was removed.