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Retro aiming how to?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by GoDeacsWFU23, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. Jan 7, 2012 at 12:40 PM
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    GoDeacsWFU23

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    This is probably a stupid question but how do I aim my retro headlights? My left light is pointing about 12 feet to the gorund in front of the truck and the right is not much better. I have to use my high beams to see. What do I do to fix this and how do I do it? :anonymous:
     
  2. Jan 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM
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    There's 2 adjustment scews on the back of each headlight. You need to use those to move the headlight up and down, left and right. In the lighting forum I believe there's a sticky on it. I would link it but I'm on my phone.
     
  3. Jan 7, 2012 at 12:52 PM
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    ok, thats what i was thinking but i just wasnt sure........
     
  4. Jan 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM
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    You may be better off taking them off the truck and aiming them because last night when i was doing mine, I did not make very much headway using a screwdriver to turn the screws. My left was aimed way down like yours and I just eyeballed it once I took it off the truck and got it close enough that I could use the screws.
     
  5. Jan 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM
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    Yeah, I also thought about this last night but could not find a bit long enough to get to the adjustment screws. If you can do this, I agree this would be better.
     
  6. Jan 7, 2012 at 1:58 PM
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    i just used a 5/16th socket and got it close for now. i will fine tune it later tonight when it gets dark, so be prepared for more questions!
     
  7. Jan 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM
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    Ok yall, this is what I am working with. The truck is 25ft. from the blue wall. What the heck do I need to do now?

    [​IMG]

    Maybe move both beams in a little to line up those two angled lines?
     
  8. Jan 7, 2012 at 5:04 PM
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    Checkout hidplanet.com
    They have all your answers for retros
     
  9. Jan 7, 2012 at 5:04 PM
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    Looks like you need to rotate the driver's side clockwise and the passenger side counter clockwise. I used the horizontal lines inside the reflector bowl as a guide, I aligned the projector housings with those lines as best I could and the cutoffs lined up very well when I tested them.
     
  10. Jan 7, 2012 at 5:05 PM
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    It almost looks as though your alignment plates are a little off. I had to file mine down a little bit to get my cutoff to be level.
     
  11. Jan 7, 2012 at 5:17 PM
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    ok, i am to this...better?

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Jan 7, 2012 at 5:26 PM
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    wow... thats close.. for me, the gap between the left and right should be the same distance as your actual headlights.. approx 3-4 feet

     
  13. Jan 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM
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    something like this:

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  14. Jan 7, 2012 at 5:36 PM
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    ok, right after i took that picture i adjusted both lights out a little and got that 3-4 ft. gap......FINALLY DONE!!!!!!!!
     
  15. Jan 7, 2012 at 5:39 PM
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    That looks perfect. Good work.
     
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    heres a few more shots from my FS thread:

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    [​IMG]
     
  17. Jan 7, 2012 at 5:44 PM
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    Looks better now like Ant said the steps should be the same distance appart as the center of your headlights...Like this...:D

    [​IMG]
     
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    now i see why you charge $700+ for everything. i did it the easy way and it was still a pain
     
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    lol adam ;)

    [​IMG]

    minus the tree
     
  20. Jan 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM
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    on the drivers side from the rear of the housing rotate the projector clockwise until its evenly parallel to the ground and straight across.

    on the passenger side the same adjustment counter clockwise just a hair to have it even with the ground.

    for the other plains of adjustment their are explanations of how to do it i have always done it by eye i like the color flicker to be perfect so i'm kind of anal about height and such.

    this is an easy fix man your almost done :)
     
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