As we know, the headlights on the pre-facelift are not great, cutting off abruptly making it difficult to see the road further ahead. Brighter bulbs help, but dont' increase the overall range as the limiting factor is the headlight design. Adjusting them higher than they should be makes them liable to an MOT failure - so here's my solution.....
This 'fix' is only possible if you have the manual range adjustment on the headlight module.....
Normally you'd have it on position zero, and it's on here that the headlights would be at their normal setting, going to the other settings to compensate for having heavy loads in the back.
What I did was park up close to a garage door and mark the position of the edges of the beam on the door with masking tape. I then moved the ranger adjuster to #2 (which is position 3 out of 4) and the beam would then drop down. Once there, I then adjusted the headlights (using the allen bolt adjusters) so that they were back up to the marks on the tape on the garage door. Then I moved the range adjuster back to zero and the beams moved up higher again.
This means that the beams are now higher than they were according to the device you'd use at an MOT station. However, a road test soon confirmed that they weren't too high to cause any problems. They weren't dazzling any oncoming drivers and weren't going higher than the car in front's boot line to dazzle them. I've driven for several evenings and not had anyone flash at me - which I'm sure they would have if they were being dazzled.
If for any reason you found that your beam was causing any problems on occasions, all you would need to do is turn the range adjuster to #1 and this would drop the beam a bit. Turning it to #2 will then have it back to the position that it would have been at for an MOT test. If you do carry any heavy loads, you still have the option to turn it to #3 and drop the beam down a bit to avoid dazzling other cars.
Going for a drive on an unlit country road I noticed that there was enough of a difference to help. When driving on dipped beam, instead of hardly being able to see the road further ahead, you could now see that bit further - enough to make a difference. Before when you went from full beam to dipped, instead of suddenly having the road further ahead plunged into darkness, you actually could see it.
So, a very simple 'fix' and can also be easily reverted back to the MOT setting whilst driving if it starts to cause any problem - plus one adjustment step in between.
I'm planning on getting the Xenon kit in the near future, so the fix will do until then.