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01-04 headlight adjustment?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by BrianPK, May 6, 2008.

  1. May 6, 2008 at 12:05 AM
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    BrianPK

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    does anyone know how to adjust the headlights on the 01?

    my truck has a 6in lift, and i can't go anywhere without blinding someone... (running silverstar platinum bulbs) really bright
     
  2. May 6, 2008 at 5:10 PM
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    Ridgerunner

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    ... And here's a diagram for the location of the adjustment screw thingie (driver's side illustrated)....

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  3. May 6, 2008 at 5:12 PM
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    On mine it is a hex head on the end of a threaded rod, found at the lower outside end on the back of each light housing. Use a 4.5mm wrench. It only adjusts up and down. There is a bit of side to side that you get during the up/down however
     
  4. May 6, 2008 at 5:14 PM
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    - get the truck on a level surface facing a vertical wall
    - mark on the wall the level / line directly in front of the headlight bulb / center (i.e., @ same vertical height as headlight)
    - back the truck away from the wall to a distance of 3 meters (9.84 feet) from the wall surface to the headlights
    - turn on low beams
    - the low beams should hit the wall 20.9 mm (0.823 in.) _below_ the line @ headlamp height (based on designed 4 degree low beam downward deflection from horizontal)
    - use the vertical adjuster bolt / screw to make this so

    This should work on any model, because the spec is relative to horizontal from lamp center, not distance from the ground. Hope this answered well:)
     
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  5. Apr 10, 2009 at 3:33 PM
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    Thanks for the informative post Ridgrunner! It was exactly what I was looking for. Now I need to find a 4.5mm socket. I have everything from 5mm-24mm. Porbably gonna be hard to find a single 4.5mm.....
    Thaanks again,
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  6. May 10, 2010 at 6:47 PM
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    I've been looking everywhere for this thanks...
     
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    I just did this last weekend. Used a 1/4" drive, 4 mm socket. It fit perfectly.
     
  8. Nov 28, 2011 at 7:38 PM
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    Back to square one after the 2001. So...
    Me too. Shoould have done it right after the lift. :anonymous:

    FSM pages attached for technical goodness.
     

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  9. Jan 27, 2012 at 4:08 AM
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    I have aftermarket Projector headlights that do not have the small plastic thing which you slide the side lights into. Is it possible to remove this plastic thingy from stock headlights and mount them to the after market ones, to ensure a better fit between after market headlights and side lights ?

    Because right now my side lights kind of just stick out.
     
  10. Jan 27, 2012 at 4:15 AM
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  11. Oct 13, 2015 at 7:15 PM
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    Which way do you turn the socket to raise the lights? Right up left down?
     
  12. Oct 14, 2015 at 9:26 AM
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    You'll find out pretty quickly if you follow the instructions I posted from the FSM above.
     
  13. Oct 14, 2015 at 10:15 AM
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    I already got them adjusted. I have retrofits so I had to get the projector cut off just right. I had normal HID's before with stock housings and it was spraying light everywhere so I had lowered them but now I had to raise them back up. I couldn't even see 5 feet in front of me at night but when no cars were coming I would just turn on my 42" light bar for my hi lights!
     
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