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Any 12' owners get brights flashed at them a lot?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by btipsword, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. Dec 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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    TeamSarcasm

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    \/\/\/ Doubt you'd say that to someone in person. As for me being a tough guy, I would and do call people out for things face to face all the time ;). Of course how you word things ultimately dictates how people will react, and I do think you could of worded that MUCH better. But for what you have presented to us thus far, you are a douche on the road who gets satisfaction from causing other people dismay.

     
  2. Dec 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM
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    Fightnfire

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    They're not necessarily flashing you because they think your high beams are on, they could very well be saying "This idiot doesn't know how to adjust his head lights, he's dumb"
     
  3. Dec 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM
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    BuzzardsGottaEat

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    You brought your front end up about 1.75" and your rear 1" and now your headlights are aimed up higher? weird.

    You're going to say screw everybody, I don't care if my lights blind them, until someday someone says screw this guy and his light, and does something to your truck or you . . .

    How hard would it be to be considerate and aim them properly?
     
  4. Dec 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM
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    worthywads

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    Hopefully OP got the message and isn't responding because he's busy adjusting his headlights. :rolleyes:
     
  5. Dec 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM
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    what he said:violent: hah
     
  6. Dec 9, 2012 at 10:57 AM
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    You lifted your truck adjust your lights .
     
  7. Dec 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM
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    OP will get what's coming to him. Just wait 'til someone with an LED light bar or off-road lights blinds the shit out you
     
  8. Dec 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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    MikeCB600F

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    I had several cars and a couple Isuzu delivery trucks flash their high beams at me the first couple weeks I had it and then I adjusted the lights and have not had anyone flash me. I used my mom's garage door because she has a long flat driveway. I parked about 35 feet from the garage and lights almost equal height on the garage door as they were on the truck. I adjusted untill ther was about a 5 or 6 inch drop on the garage door.
     
  9. Dec 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM
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    Not exactly true.

    Both housings should be adjusted to the same position, but the reflector moves the cutoff down at the midpoint of the truck.

    The cutoff is more apparent with HID projectors, but it is the same pattern on all headlights.

    The low side of the cutoff should be 2" below the centerline of the housing when projected against a wall 20ft away. This will put the right side of the cutoff just a hair above centerline.

    Having the beam hit 2" low at 20ft ensures that the beam eventually hits the pavement and is not remaining in the sky, blinding other drivers.
    There is no advantage in having the low beam aimed higher... if you need more distance, use the high beams.

    [​IMG]

    That image was taken, based on looking at the height of the cutoff, with the truck parked about 10ft away from the door. The cutoff becomes more pronounced farther away.

    You can see two "angles" with a "gray" area top center. That area is the overlap where the high part of the driver's cutoff is illuminating the area above the passenger low side of the cutoff.


    And FWIW: Unless the owner of that truck has a lift, he's aimed too high.
     
  10. Dec 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM
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    I added about 80 lbs of weight in the back of my stock Tacoma and immediately noticed my headlights were shining higher. Just another push for me to beef up the suspension. ;) I rarely drive at night, but it's still dark when I go to work in the morning.

    ETA: And no, nobody has flashed their brights at me.
     
  11. Dec 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM
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    Or he'll get a ticket when the car flashing him is a B&W.
     
  12. Dec 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM
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    Don't mind my technical lingo :p Thanks for clearing that up! :thumbsup:

    I believe it was Arizona's truck that I had a image of in my mind, let me look through his build...
     
  13. Dec 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM
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    LOL!

    Common misunderstanding.

    My dad told me the same thing (this was back when headlights had candles in the housing). I never worried about it because even when I modded the suspension, I would maintain the factory rake, or add a little extra, so my headlights would always end up a little low.

    It was probably around 1988 that I actually noticed the cutoff pattern against a wall.
     
  14. Dec 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM
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    I drive to work at night, and someone flashes their lights at me 2 or 3 times a week. It's always a small car. I figured it was the spread of the fog lights or something. I can see the top of the headlight beam out on the road, and it's generally below the windshield of approaching cars. My truck is stock.
     
  15. Dec 9, 2012 at 1:13 PM
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    my 2012 is stock except for tires and I do get flashed every once in awhile. i usually just flash back, mostly its smaller cars.

    as far as realigning headlights after a lift, its the proper thing to do, our headlights are very bright in the first place! even changing the stance of a truck slightly will throw your headlights way out of alignment.
     
  16. Dec 9, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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    I was bone stock until yesterday (when I added duratracs) and I get brighted constantly.. it is very frustrating for me..
     
  17. Dec 9, 2012 at 1:33 PM
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    I have a stock reg cab 2012 truck and get flashed about every night. Also in my work van which is stock.
     
  18. Dec 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM
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    Stock or not, if you are getting flashed frequently, check your aim.
    It is not unheard of for factory aim to be off, particularly on Toyotas.
    There was a running joke back in the 80s that the only thing wrong with Toyota 4x4s was "full time high beams"
     
  19. Dec 9, 2012 at 2:37 PM
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    2013 stock.. got flashed once in the 1k miles i put on it from a newer tahoe only because i was going up hill.. pretty sure its from the angle for on coming traffic.. i did notice the facotry lights were alot better/brighter spread then my Fj so any change to ride hieght your lights should be adjusted to compensate
     
  20. Dec 9, 2012 at 2:37 PM
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    Just adjust the lights, um... that's why they adjust.
     
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