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    Default A kind of fix for the poor pre-facelift headlights

    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.

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    Good tip D

    I changed the headlamp units on the wifes Pug 206 as they were even worse than the vec I used this trick to adjust them. They are much better now and with the new lamp units fitted it's very bright ahead now

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    mine have always been on the higher setting with uprated bulbs never been flashed and they are ok. seen some new phillips bulbs i fancy trying though so will see what they are like

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    Simple and effective...I like it!...Good Good tip D
    Quote Originally Posted by Caterman View Post
    Good tip D

    I changed the headlamp units on the wifes Pug 206 as they were even worse than the vec I used this trick to adjust them. They are much better now and with the new lamp units fitted it's very bright ahead now
    Worse than the Vec They have candles instead of bulbs or what!

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    Trust me Rob, i had thought of strapping my wife to the bonnet with a torch as they were soooooooo useless

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    Out of interest, Duncan, how close to your garage door did you park?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caterman View Post
    Trust me Rob, i had thought of strapping my wife to the bonnet with a torch as they were soooooooo useless
    Steady on! There's whole other forums dedicated to that kind of 'fun'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by parapaul View Post
    Out of interest, Duncan, how close to your garage door did you park?
    A few feet away - why do you ask? (curious)

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    Nice tip D cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by parapaul View Post
    Out of interest, Duncan, how close to your garage door did you park?
    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    A few feet away - why do you ask? (curious)
    Just to see how much you'd adjusted the aim - if you were parked 6 feet away, the few inches on your garage door would equate to far more than if you were parked 6 metres away.

    I'll give it a go tonight

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    Gotcha!, but the distance from the door won't make a difference to your adjustment. Because of the way I did it, the amount that the headlights were raised was the amount that two clicks on the range adjuster is, which should be the same (give or take) for every car - if you see what I mean. The garage door and masking tape was simply a way of then adjusting the lights back up, with the allen bolt adjusters, to the same mark.

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