Aiming Euro Lights....

Derek Pulvino dbpulvino at
Sat Mar 24 14:17:08 EDT 2007


Thanks for the info...sounds about like what I did, except found a  
level parking lot (or what appeared to be level), drove up the wall,  
put some tape on the wall where the bright spot from the bulb was for  
both headlights and marked that spot with a sharpie, measured down  
the wall whatever distance Bentley said to use, made another tape/ 
sharpie mark, pulled the car straight back whatever distance Bentley  
said, and aimed accordingly.

I'll compare those Bentley dimensions to what you've got here and see  
if there is any discrepancy with adjustments made accordingly.

I guess otherwise, besides people flashing me with lows, my highs  
also seem a bit high.  I get a lot of reflection from road signs on  
dark country roads.

Regardless, still some of the best money I spent on the car.  Night  
vision is very nice.

Derek P

On Mar 24, 2007, at 10:53 AM, Bernie Benz wrote:

> I’ve done so as follows:
> Find a poorly lighted parking garage with level floor and solid  
> vertical
> wall and having an expansion joint in the floor perpendicular to  
> the wall.
> Align and position the car (driver’s side tires) with the joint,  
> headlights
> 20’ from wall. Using your tape as a plumb bob, chalk mark a joint  
> vertical
> extension line up the wall. Snap a horizontal chalk line on the  
> wall in
> front of the car at the height of the headlight CL less 3”. (Only  
> the low
> beams are adjusted, the highs following the low adjustment. Good  
> highs, the
> hot spot should be centered on the center X of each HL, but not  
> adjustable)
> Measure distances from joint to horizontal HL CL and transfer these
> distances into vertical CL marks across the horizontal aim line.  
> That’s the
> setup.
> Adust one headlight at a time with the other one covered. The low beam
> shadow line should fall on the H line and the step up or angle up  
> transition
> point of the shadow line should fall on the vertical CL for each HL.
> Bernie
>> From: Derek Pulvino <dbpulvino at>
>> Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2007 09:58:44 -0700
>> To: 200q20v at
>> Subject: Aiming Euro Lights....
>> So how has everyone else with Euro lights aimed their headlights?
>> Way back when upon installation, I used the guidelines that Bentley
>> provided for aiming the headlights (ie measuring height on a wall,
>> being a certain distance from said wall, etc).
>> Now I know that the projection pattern is different between the Euro
>> and the 'merican the aiming guidelines should (?) be
>> different, but I don't have anything else to go off of besides what's
>> in the Bentley.  All that said...based on how often I get "flashed,"
>> me thinks this is not the best method to use.
>> what have others used as a guide for aiming Euro lights, and
>> what have your roadway impressions been?
>> Derek P
>> PS, I only use the 55w/60w (or whatever it is) halogen bulbs, not the
>> 100w combo.
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