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Old 03 Sep 2011, 08:11 pm
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Hey guys,

Any advice on aiming the new headlights on Mater? Seems the left/right adjustment is accessible from the front but the up/down adjustment is on the back and you cant get to it when the light is mounted to the fender. Thought about drilling a hole on the inside of the fender where the adjustment is, next to one of the mounting bolts for the light. How did they do it at the factory? Mount it to a jig, aim then bolt on the car? Quite strange. Anyway, any advice would be great!

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Old 03 Sep 2011, 10:34 pm
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did you lower it?

I had two cars lowered with two different sets of springs/shocks combos and checked and never needed to reaim them.

I know Ive seen your questions answered before but Im no expert....
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Old 03 Sep 2011, 10:55 pm
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did you lower it?

I had two cars lowered with two different sets of springs/shocks combos and checked and never needed to reaim them.

I know Ive seen your questions answered before but Im no expert....
No,

Have not done any mods. bone stock. plowed a deer whith her and had to purchase new head lights.
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Old 04 Sep 2011, 08:09 pm
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The OEM service manual has an entire section on aiming the headlights, including all the measurements to get it just right. I've used it several times and it's perfect, in my opinion. I'll send you a pm on it.
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Old 05 Sep 2011, 07:03 pm
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The OEM service manual has an entire section on aiming the headlights, including all the measurements to get it just right. I've used it several times and it's perfect, in my opinion. I'll send you a pm on it.
Thanks Chrome! Email sent. Would like to get the info soon so I can get Mater back on the road so I can stop driving my 10 cylinder Dodge at $4 a gallon!

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Old 06 Sep 2011, 12:06 am
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My Hayne's manual only mentions a "horizontal" adjustment, done from the front. Nothing is said about vertical ....

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Old 06 Sep 2011, 01:03 pm
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My Hayne's manual only mentions a "horizontal" adjustment, done from the front. Nothing is said about vertical ....

Tim
Should be the other way around. On my '01 there is only a vertical adjustment. The hole is there but no adjuster for the horizontal. Seems it was a cost saving measure to leave out the horizontal adjuster.
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Old 06 Sep 2011, 04:05 pm
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There is a second adjustment, its located on the back of the head light just above the mounting bolt. However you can't get to it without removing head light. The picture is of the drivers side head light, the slotted screw just above the top right mounting stud. Just a dumb design.
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Old 06 Sep 2011, 04:25 pm
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Never seen that before, but that isn't really handy... Kinda hard to aim the light if it's not in the car... Car makers really do dumb things sometimes!
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Old 06 Sep 2011, 09:22 pm
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I re-read my Hayne's Manual and it clearly says this: "Adjustment is made by turning the horizontal adjustment screw to move the beam left or right". Also, stated: "These vehicles have a built-in horizontal adjustment screw located on the outer end of the headlight below the park/turn signal light for adjusting only the high and low beam simultaneously".

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