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Head Light Cut Off Specs...

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Duckman, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. Nov 27, 2016 at 4:50 PM
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    Duckman

    Duckman [OP] n00b Extordinaire

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    I have a 17 DC OR with no lifts, rims or tire mods... All things like that are stock.

    I drive two other vehicles with very distinct head light cut offs. My 13 Subie Outback (best lights I have ever owned) and a 08 Honda CRV.

    Mine is straight but really low (in my opinion). Even my wife... without any prompting talked about how low it is and how much she did not like it. I even did a H9 mod just to get more light out there. It's brighter but still cuts off low.

    In an effort not to be "that guy" with stupid head lights... Is there a spec on how high the cut off should be?

    Thanks for the time.
     
  2. Nov 27, 2016 at 4:53 PM
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    inwood customs

    inwood customs Roaming potato

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    Had mine adjusted for free under warranty after a lift... its a safety thing for you, complain that ur outrunning the lights.
     
  3. Nov 27, 2016 at 5:03 PM
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    Duckman

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    That's exactly what I wanted to say.
     
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  4. Nov 27, 2016 at 5:19 PM
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    Paul631

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  5. Nov 28, 2016 at 11:08 AM
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    Not sure what the regulations are in Arkansas but for what it's worth this is what I could find for CA (CA DOT website).

    The headlamps shall be so aimed that when the vehicle is not
    loaded none of the high-intensity portion of the light shall at a
    distance of 25 feet ahead project higher than a level of five inches
    below the level of the center of the lamp from which it comes, and in
    no case higher than 42 inches above the level on which the vehicle
    stands at a distance of 75 feet ahead.
    (b) The intensity shall be sufficient to reveal persons and
    vehicles at a distance of at least 200 feet.

    I'm also looking into better lighting options and probably going to do the H9 conversion. Did it help much and what bulbs did you use? Did you modify the wiring at all for the increased wattage (sounds like others say it's not necessary)?
     
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  6. Nov 29, 2016 at 10:22 AM
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    Duckman

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    Sorry for the late reply... Been on the road.

    I'm trying to understand this... are they saying "did I bring my lunch to school or did I take it"?

    Actually I think they are saying is that at 25' level with the height of your head light it can not be more than 5" high and 42"@75'. To me that is very flexible.

    Is that what you think it is saying???

    I think I'm going to turn some screws this week.



    Yes it does throw more light out there. Does nothing to the cut off. To me there should be no reason to worry about the wiring as that is the same bulb used in the high beams. To start off I thought I would use the basic bulb... I used these. There is a very slight blue to the glass...very slight.

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YMPN3A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    They are actually NOT yellow. They are definitely more white but no way a 4-5000k.

    Here is an Osram, the same make that came out of the light. Same price.

    https://smile.amazon.com/Headlight-...=UTF8&qid=1480441681&sr=1-3&keywords=Osram+H9

    YOU DO NOT NEED A DREMIL TOOL. I used a small sharp diagonal pliers and a small razor knife like this.

    https://smile.amazon.com/Allway-Too...439124&sr=8-2&keywords=Disposable+razor+knife

    Took me all but 15 minutes if that.

    YES I would do it. With no fear. NO ONE has flashed me.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Nov 29, 2016 at 10:27 AM
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    edin

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    I agree with the OP, but I thought it was because of the slightly pitched forward stance of trucks so when something is in the bed you're not blinding everyone on the road. But even then, with my cap and storage system in the back, I got a lot of high beam flashes. Put some bags in the back to get me back to where it should be.
     

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