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

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by btipsword, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. Dec 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM
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    landphil

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    The selling dealership is to blame if the headlights are improperly aimed on a new stock vehicle. It is part of the PDI for every manufacturer. And yes, it happens commonly. Very commonly.

    OP, do you really want the oncoming truck driver piloting 140,000 pounds in your direction to be totally blinded by your dumbass actions and attitude? Its you that would die in that situation, not him. Food for thought.
     
  2. Dec 9, 2012 at 2:48 PM
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    Just park on a level location in front of a wall. Measure the center of the bulb on the truck. Go to wall and mark that height on the wall and adj drivers side bulb to just below that mark and the pass. side to that mark but not above.

    Just do it and be done with it and don't be a dick to other drivers.

    You wouldn't by chance have your fogs on? That will shine them also.
     
  3. Dec 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM
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  4. Jan 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM
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    Funny I came accros this,

    My 2012 RC was the same way, the headlights were set very high in comparison,

    I wrote service as a Service Writer for 10 years, and I got flashed so many times I went out and marked the top spot on the adjuster with a sharpie and turned em down a bit. Also in NC we have a state inspection standard, but new cars on dealer lots I thought didn't have to pass a headlight aiming test/adjustment.

    I am very happy with them and don't get flashed but maybe once a week.

    I also have higher power halogen bulbs too, so I really needed to adjust mine.
     
  5. Jan 9, 2013 at 2:39 PM
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    It takes 5 min and a screw driver. Too easy, just do it
     
  6. Jan 9, 2013 at 2:59 PM
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    My 2011 came with the lights shining in the second floor of houses. Pull up to a garage and adjust them one at a time put a jacket over the other one they should not be as high as the garage door handle if you are with in 10-15'
     
  7. Jan 9, 2013 at 8:06 PM
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    Don't go by the garage door handle, and 10ft is too close to adjust.

    Federal spec is for the low side of the cutoff to be 2.1" below the centerline of the headlight when projected on a flat surface 20ft in front of the vehicle.

    Truck of course needs to be parked on a level surface.
    I used the back wall of Lowe's.
     
  8. Jan 9, 2013 at 8:10 PM
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    I adjusted my lights up a little.. I did it for the deer around here.. and I love it.. drivers on the other hand.. eh...not so much.. but then do the same and just blind them w/ my brights.. ;) i'm so gonna get shot one day.. but oh well
     
  9. Jan 10, 2013 at 1:04 AM
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    I never got flashed when I owned my '11. I got flashed last week in my '13. It was the only time that I have gotten flashed in the 2 months of ownership. I was going down a bumpy road and I think that's what it was, it hasn't happened since then.

    A buddy of mine has a lifted, none Toyota truck and he never adjusted his lights. He ended up getting aftermarket, cheap, chinese HID's and it's brutal. I've given him shit because when I owned a car it would go right into my rear view mirror. He wouldn't adjust them, he just laughs at me. I told him that one of these days you're going to piss off the wrong person because you're too lazy to adjust your headlights.

    OP: In the time that you made this thread you could have went out and adjusted your headlights. Stop being lazy and go and do it. We know it's hard to take time out of your day to do something that could end up saving someone from an accident, including yourself. I'm sure that you're going to wish that you adjusted your headlights if an oncoming, bigger vehicle comes headed in your direction because they are blinded by your ignorance.
     
  10. Jan 10, 2013 at 9:29 AM
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    i get brights flashed at night in my 2011 stocker.

    i did the basic test on my garage wall, you know to check to see if either light was off, and it didn't appear that way at all.

    it's not like the stock headlights are even good really, i think it's because the roads around my place are very narrow and people get that line of sight stare thing going on narrow roads at night, looking into oncoming traffic rather than looking at the white sideline to avoid glare.

    never happens up on the four lane
     
  11. Jan 10, 2013 at 9:33 AM
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    Never happened to me in my 2012.. but half the time I forget to turn my headlights on before im halfway down the road.. so it could just be that I dont notice.
     
  12. Jan 10, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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    I have an 07 and have been getting flashed ever since I bought it new back then. It was completely stock until this past spring when i gave it a mild lift. I still get flashed at times and people still act stupid when I'm right behind them at night, but I can't help it. I'm not adjusting what came stock from factory/dealer. I like my ligths just the way they are. The lift had no effect on people flashing me; they were doing it before and are still doing it now. It's only occasional though, so I write it off as a character flaw on their part. haha
     
  13. Jan 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM
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    Alot of hardass improper headlight users in here.
     
  14. Jan 10, 2013 at 6:59 PM
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    Remember that any change in elevation will cause at least one person to be looking directly into the head light bulb.

    But for the most part, when I drive around in me (new :woot: ) civic, it looks like trucks have their brights on, even on level surfaces.

    If a truck is "right" behind me, as SaveAHoRideATACO said, it also looks as if the brights are on. These people are usually tailgaters, so when a drivers "act stupid" it may as well be justified.
     
  15. Jan 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM
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    I blame my phone for all wording and grammatical errors :p
     
  16. Jan 12, 2013 at 10:56 PM
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    "Stupid" doesn't discriminate against age, race, gender, or sexual orientation.
     
  17. Jan 12, 2013 at 11:18 PM
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    3" lift with headlights properly re-aligned and I still got flashed a lot. The only ones I flashed back were the ones that went overboard with it (i.e. constantly flashing, leaving highs on, etc.)

    I also try really hard not to tailgate. Because it's dangerous and I'm aware of the fact that my lights were annoying to those in front of me when I did.
     
  18. Jan 12, 2013 at 11:25 PM
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    Iget flashed all the time. t is not lifted. I just think the lights are brighter. My plans do not include attempting to adjust. Call it what you will, I think they are just bright. Much better light than my other vehicles.
     
  19. Jan 13, 2013 at 5:20 AM
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  20. Jan 13, 2013 at 6:22 AM
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    I get it all the time... I have the 3" lift level kit from procomp. I think its funny when they get over slow down and drive behind me with there brights on.
     
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