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Old 10-20-2003, 05:35 PM   #1
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Default I think my Morettes are broken.

Hopefully this is just an aiming issue - but it doesn't look it.

The "eyeball" in my low beam is normal looking on the right side, but on the left side, it looked a little crooked after shipping. I figured I just needed to find the adjustment. So we put them on the car.

A couple days later, the "eyeball" is now VERY crooked - it points way to the left and you can see a gap and some metal in between the eyeball and the eyeball housing...

Someone tell me I can fix this please I will take pics tonite so that this isn't so vague...

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Old 10-20-2003, 06:21 PM   #2
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Did you adjust them? The position of the "ball" will move with the adjusters. With the beam set properly the ball should appear to be approximately centered in the housing. Since it's already visibly out of position you can start by setting the adjusters to center it and then adjusting the beam. Make sure the adjusters do what they are supposed to and hold their position after being set.
Only adjust the two black hex head ones, leave the ones with white caps alone.
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Old 10-20-2003, 07:58 PM   #3
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If you have electric aiming motors,
The connection between the motor and the projector can come unsnapped and cause the light to float free up and down. This also results in some side to side motion.
When aimed correctly my morrettes appear to be pretty far to one side when viewed from the front. You should be able to tell if the aim is way off by shining them on a wall at night.
If there is something broken internally, it's a tough job to fix it. The lenses are glued into the plastic housings. The clips on the outside are extremely fragile and need lots of heat to avoid snapping them off.
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Old 10-21-2003, 10:48 AM   #4
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Right now, my lights have some serious "toe"... the left hotspot where it goes _/ is about a foot left of the center of the lens, and the right one is about a foot right of the center of the lens.

So can you get to the L-R adjustment with the lights still on the car? I must not be looking in the right place...

I have my digi cam today, so I'll be able to take a pic.

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Old 10-21-2003, 11:04 AM   #5
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The adjuster on the outside of the projector unit (closest to the fender) is a combination height/horizontal adjustment. It moves the beam somewhat diagonally, this one should be adjusted first to get the horizontal position correct. The one opposite it on the inside of the projector (closer to the high beam) is for height only and should be adjusted last.
If you can't get the beam aligned by following this procedure something is wrong.
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Old 10-21-2003, 05:21 PM   #6
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Cool, I will try to get in there with a flashlight tonight.

OK, so here are the pics:

My passenger side, just for comparison:


The driver side, which looks WAY off kilter.. like it's about a half inch too right and a half inch too low:


I hope I can adjust this out...

BTW mulder thanks for your consistent help - it is very much appreciated!

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Old 10-21-2003, 05:35 PM   #7
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Wow that doesn't look right at all
See if it moves with the adjusters, otherwise it may be broken or dislocated inside the housing.
Did you buy these new? Just put them on and noticed this right away? Or have they been on for a while and this happened recently?
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Old 10-21-2003, 05:57 PM   #8
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Wow that doesn't look right at all
See if it moves with the adjusters, otherwise it may be broken or dislocated inside the housing.
Did you buy these new? Just put them on and noticed this right away? Or have they been on for a while and this happened recently?
Rats.

Bought em new. They looked SLIGHTLY crooked when I put them on - figured it was within the range of adjustability. It was 4 days later that they looked like this.

Gotta see if I can find that adjuster thing...

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Old 10-21-2003, 06:11 PM   #9
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Fear not! Mine looked EXACTLY like that, but it turns out one of the adjustment screws was seriously cranked down. Take the light out and mess around with the adjustment screws. It could be that someone screwed around with the ones you're not supposed to, but if you bought them new...

Anyways, shouldn't be a problem, just play with the adjustment. First get the lens to look normal, then get the horizontal aiming right. Last, do the vertical adjustmen, which I believe is on the bottom.

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Old 10-21-2003, 07:03 PM   #10
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You may also want to make sure that the low beam light housing is properly bolted to the frame of the lights. The attachment screws/bolts came loose on mine and one of them was missing by the time I caught it. Luckily I was able to tighten everything up. I only discovered this because the low beam housing had a little bit of fore/aft play when I was washing the car. The nuts and bolts are pretty small, arranged around the edge of the housing.

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Looks to me like the metal bulb housing is stuck in the outer plastic shell. Loosen the 2 set screws enough and wiggle the metal housing loose. After that everything should be fine once you tighten the adjustment screws properly.
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Old 10-22-2003, 12:45 AM   #12
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Looks to me like the metal bulb housing is stuck in the outer plastic shell. Loosen the 2 set screws enough and wiggle the metal housing loose. After that everything should be fine once you tighten the adjustment screws properly.
Good advice

As it turns out, the bulb housing was stuck in the plastic shell. Just had to take that rubber dust guard off the back and fiddle with it until it was aligned. All is well now, except that instead of being way too low, the lights are now a shade too high... once cars get 50+ feet from me I can see the light go higher than their trunklids...

Thanks to borg as it was in his garage that this all got fixed.

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Hey BD, congrats on the lights, gonna have a light show at the meet friday By the way can't see your pics, are you going to paint them or anything?
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Old 10-22-2003, 10:52 PM   #14
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Hey BD, congrats on the lights, gonna have a light show at the meet friday By the way can't see your pics, are you going to paint them or anything?
Yeah, I can't wait until I get the 4100K's in

They are half-painted like so:


But we-todd-did-racing.com is down, once it fixes itself the pics will work again.

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