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Old March 2nd, 2013, 08:50 PM   #1
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Headlight height adjustment and straightening cutoff line

Just recently acquired a set of retrofits from a local but the cutoff line for one of the sides is slightly on an angle (not a straight line) but my biggest problem is trying to adjust the height of this headlight. It seems to be approx. 2 inches lower than my other so I've searched around but I didn't find anything online that made my life any simpler in adjusting it. Many of them recommend using a flat head screwdriver to turn the unorthodox dial but I don't think I am finding the right position for it.


Hope any of you experts can help me out.

Any helpful comments are appreciated, thanks in advanced!

EDIT: Here is the uploaded picture of the retrofits from my car.

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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:11 PM   #2
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 10:47 PM   #3
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So have you tried adjusting it using the factory bolt like suggested? Assuming it's still functional. And instead of a screwdriver, it's easier to use a socket wrench/ratchet. probably a 10mm could be an 8mm.
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So if you were to go and try to adjust the beam with the bolt to be higher. you'd turn the bolt clockwise until it's where you want it. Cuz i believe the bolt is higher up on the back of the housing.
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My apologies, I don't have a picture right now but I will upload one soon.

Can you guys show me where exactly? Apparently you're suppose to go at a angle with a flat screwdriver? Is it just a rivet that you turn with a 10mm socket?

Any pics you guys can include to show how?
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Is it possible to change the angle of the cutoff line without disassembling the entire headlight?
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 01:57 AM   #7
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Is it possible to change the angle of the cutoff line without disassembling the entire headlight?
Did you retrofit the headlights yourself? or did you buy aftermarket headlights with projectors?
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Did you retrofit the headlights yourself? or did you buy aftermarket headlights with projectors?

A local retrofitter did the project, and used OEM headlights with Morimoto Mini Projectors. He did the retrofit without the car present though which makes me believe he couldn't have done it properly without the vehicle???
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 10:33 AM   #9
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Just take out the headlight and adjust the projector. They are just bolt on projectors. You can fix the rotation yourself. To raise the headlight there is a 10mm bolt on the back of the headlight that you can adjust yourself if they are oem headlights. IF they have are aftermarket it is a philips head.
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 12:10 PM   #10
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Just take out the headlight and adjust the projector. They are just bolt on projectors. You can fix the rotation yourself. To raise the headlight there is a 10mm bolt on the back of the headlight that you can adjust yourself if they are oem headlights. IF they have are aftermarket it is a philips head.
To adjust the projector, do I just turn the dial of the projectors? And for the height adjustment, where is this 10mm bolt in the back of the headlight? on the far right side closest to the wheel well or close to the front/grille?

Thanks for the help thus far.
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vertical hieght you use the 10mm on the back of the headlight. For adjusting the projector itself to make it level horizontally you need some pliers and then you grip the bulb holder and turn.
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vertical hieght you use the 10mm on the back of the headlight. For adjusting the projector itself to make it level horizontally you need some pliers and then you grip the bulb holder and turn.


Is this where I am suppose to turn it?
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^yes. so if we are facing the back of that headlight. turn that bolt clockwise. It's obviously best to adjust while it's still on car so you can see the beam move.
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Thank you everybody for the rapid responses; I appreciate it!

I will get at it once this 18cm of snow is gone. Snow storm out of no where makes it difficult for me to adjust it outside with 25 feet from a wall

I will take new pics when it is done.
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vertical hieght you use the 10mm on the back of the headlight. For adjusting the projector itself to make it level horizontally you need some pliers and then you grip the bulb holder and turn.
Hey, I just had a quick question. Are there any tips or tricks you can recommend me for adjusting the projector itself? For example, is it possible to turn the projector dial with the ballast still connected to it?

And in terms of height, what is the best way to get the proper height? I heard mixed feedback on 25 ft wall? And 3.5 feet height off the ground? Any feedback will be appreciated!
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DOT:Lower cutoff is 2.1-2.5" below mid height of mounted projector. So for instance, if you mount the headlamps on the car and, using a tape measure, measure from the flat ground to the middle height of the projector lens, and you get 25" - aim your lower driver cutoff for 23.9-23.5" above the same flat ground, only at 25 ft away
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I would def ask for that guy to redo the aiming over as that is a HORRIBLE job...just saying...it almost looks like one is RHD and the other is LHD
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Hey, I just had a quick question. Are there any tips or tricks you can recommend me for adjusting the projector itself? For example, is it possible to turn the projector dial with the ballast still connected to it?

And in terms of height, what is the best way to get the proper height? I heard mixed feedback on 25 ft wall? And 3.5 feet height off the ground? Any feedback will be appreciated!
You could. Just make sure you are grabbing the base where the bulb sits. Just park parallel to a big ass wall and make your beam straight. Block 1 headlight and adjust the one that on and vice versa. Its not rocket science


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