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Old 01-27-2005, 10:15 PM   #1
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Default PLease help me fix my headlights

bought some jdm hids, have already converted them to a flat cutoff pattern. Wired everything today and it works like a charm but I managed to
A) strip both horizontal adjustment screws
B) cant adjust vertically for the life of me and was flashed by oncoming traffic the instant i pulled onto the street. they are aimed far too high

I am not as concerned with problem A as I am with B. I have read all threads on here about adjusting the bottom white hex screw with an 8mm 1/4" wratchet and I have done that. IT DOESNT DO ANYTHING. I turned it probably 100 times and the height was the same. I tried it both ways, on both lights, in differing amounts and the lights were still at the same height. Is there any way I could have broken something whilst they were completely disassembled? I know the ball thing is clicked into that cap but does that even matter? Everything went so smoothly too...thanks for any help
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Old 01-28-2005, 04:33 AM   #2
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bought some jdm hids, have already converted them to a flat cutoff pattern. Wired everything today and it works like a charm but I managed to
A) strip both horizontal adjustment screws
B) cant adjust vertically for the life of me and was flashed by oncoming traffic the instant i pulled onto the street. they are aimed far too high

I am not as concerned with problem A as I am with B. I have read all threads on here about adjusting the bottom white hex screw with an 8mm 1/4" wratchet and I have done that. IT DOESNT DO ANYTHING. I turned it probably 100 times and the height was the same. I tried it both ways, on both lights, in differing amounts and the lights were still at the same height. Is there any way I could have broken something whilst they were completely disassembled? I know the ball thing is clicked into that cap but does that even matter? Everything went so smoothly too...thanks for any help
the problem is that in filing them off to flat cutoff, you are effectively RAISING the beam.

What you need to do is take them apart again, and shim the cutoff-baffle up so that it puts the cutoff in the spot where it needs to be.

Then, you'll find that your adjusters are in the range they need to be.

Use washers that are equal in thickness to the amount of material you cut off to shim it up. The washers go between the baffle plate and what it mounts to - getting the screw in is tricky but i'm sure you can figure it out.

Also, when you say you stripped the adjuster, do you mean internally or just the phillips part or the hex nut part? what exactly is stripped?
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Old 01-28-2005, 10:04 AM   #3
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Ok, that makes sense but sucks. Wow thanks a lot! I stripped the manual adjustment hex on the back of the light. I can still turn it slightly with a wrench but I am going to try to fix that when the lights come out today.
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Old 01-28-2005, 10:23 AM   #4
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wait...since that plate (or baffle) is mounted to the bottom of the projector assembly, wouldnt shimming it effectively make it worse? If you put washers between the mount and the baffle I think it would make the baffle go even lower and therefore block less light. Maybe i am wrong???
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Old 01-28-2005, 12:45 PM   #5
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Here is a pic (from scoobymods, i hope thats ok)...



You can easily see where the mask mounts...my question is where would I try to shim that mount? Since it mounts underneath the assembly, the only place a washer could go is between the mask plate and the mount which would only make the mask lower allowing more light through and raising the cutoff even more. Am i missing something? My only other thought is that there are 4 screws holding the projector assembly together, so could i place washers behind the top 2 screws which would tilt the assembly down a bit?
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Old 01-28-2005, 04:44 PM   #6
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well i opened one up just now and found that i had tightened the adjustment pivot down too tightly not allowing it to move. I tried the light out after looseing that and it is still kind of high but much better. I still need to get it lower because it is maxed out as far as lowering it with the screw
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