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Adjust headlights w.85 and stock rear?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by friction, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Nov 1, 2011 at 7:21 AM
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    friction

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    I just added 5100s to the front and left stock SR5 shocks on the rear with no AAL (I only have 20 grand on the clock). I have 265/75/16 and the truck is almost level with just a wee bit of rake.

    Driving home from work last night, the driver of the car in front of me at a stoplight turned completely around and stared as if she thought Five-0 was spotlighting her from behind...that is all I could gather from her action. Do I need to adjust my lights downward with this setup?

    The grand search button did not help much with these specifics. I apologize if I am missing a thread (or hundreds of threads) that would address this specific question.

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. Nov 1, 2011 at 7:24 AM
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    Wouldn't hurt but FYI people flashed there lights at me when my setup was stock. I guess our headlights are just bright period. All she had to do was hit the little tab on her mirror and she's good to go! haha
     
  3. Nov 1, 2011 at 7:30 AM
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    Well, true about the mirror tab, but I don't want to be an A-hole with blinding lights.

    Maybe I should wait to see if I get flashed first? This was actually my first time driving after dark w/the extra .85" up front...thanks for the reply.
     
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    Oh yeah - It might have occured to me if I had a jacked up monster truck, but the thought never crossed my mind...you explained the geometery well enough for me to grasp how an inch can cause quite a difference of aim over a distance.

    Thank you.
     
  7. Nov 1, 2011 at 7:57 AM
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    Ok, I'm trying to figure a level place to do this at night (that is safe, too) and can't come up with anything. Do you think the dealership will do this for me for a few bones?

    I don't mind spending a little to have it done quickly and correctly.
     
  8. Nov 1, 2011 at 8:10 AM
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    Thanks for the information. I think I'll just check with the dealer...there really aren't alot of areas in North Charleston I want to hunker down over my hood at night. :)

    Thanks again!
     
  9. Nov 1, 2011 at 8:18 AM
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    If I came across like I am the type that doesn't mind blinding someone that was not my intention. Anytime you are behind someone like that the headlights in the rear view are always pretty bright which is why I mentioned the mirror tab thing. I would check them as the others recommended and go from there. I have been flashed at least 10 or 15 times in my truck with stock everything and I know mine are pointed correctly. I have silver star bulbs bu they aren't really that bright. Maybe the reg cabs point higher or something I dunno. Lots of good info here though.
     
  10. Nov 1, 2011 at 8:33 AM
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    No, not at all. I appreciate your input.

    I just called the place that installed my 5100s and they will charge me very little to nothing to do it, so I am good to go.

    Thanks again everyone.
     
  11. Nov 1, 2011 at 8:36 AM
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    If I recall, the dealership wanted to charge me $50 to aim my headlights. Not worth it in my opinion, all it takes is a long handled screwdriver, 5 minutes of your time, a tape measure and a wall.
     
  12. Nov 1, 2011 at 8:43 AM
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    I was just quoted 30 bones by the dealership, so I think I'll go with the local yokels for free. :D
     
  13. Nov 1, 2011 at 9:03 AM
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    Nice, glad they're helping you out! I laughed at the guy when he told me $50 but they do have a whole procedure they have to follow if you pay the dealership and it does take them more time.
     
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    Hell, in my own front yard I'd be hesitant to do this at night even if I had level ground.

    And yeah, the place I get my work done gets most of their business via "word of mouth" - you know, free flat repairs, free tire roation (no proof of purchase required), roses on the seat for female customers, all around excellent attitude and great customer service.

    Heck, I'll even spread the word right now: http://geraldstires.net/
     
  15. Nov 1, 2011 at 11:39 AM
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    i get flashed all the time and i am stock
     
  16. Nov 1, 2011 at 12:05 PM
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    Might be time to properly aim your headlights then. Just cause it's stock doesn't mean they were set right from the factory.
     
  17. Nov 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM
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    ummm yeah
    dont matter cuz you are gonna get flashed no matter where you go......just the nature of the Taco:D
     
  18. Nov 1, 2011 at 12:19 PM
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    My lights don't seem like they are high too me? If I pull up behind somebody in a civic at a stop light. Then my lights are shining in there mirrors. Or if I am approaching oncoming traffic and I go over a little rise in the road. My lights shine up higher and I get flashed. The tacoma's lights are bright. These trucks have very good lights from the factory.
     
  19. Nov 1, 2011 at 12:21 PM
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    I agree. Best stock light assemblies I have seen. Not HID bright but I can see what's coming. haha
     
  20. Nov 1, 2011 at 7:08 PM
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    Another Tacoma that should have the same ride height as mine. Honestly mine should be driving slightly lower because of sag over the years. I have checked them when I put the lights on and they're not aimed high. It is a combination of other vehicles sitting lower or just me being on a higher section of road and the sheer brightness of these lights. I could aim them down, but then I wouldn't be able to see?
     
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