Aiming Euro Lights....

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Sat Mar 24 14:24:13 EDT 2007

My 3² down at 20¹ is from a Ceibe (sp) adjustment spec.

> From: Derek Pulvino <dbpulvino at>
> Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2007 11:17:08 -0700
> To: Bernie Benz <b.benz at>
> Cc: 200q20V mailing list <200q20v at>, Audi 20V list Audi 20V
> <audi20v at>
> Subject: Re: Aiming Euro Lights....
> Bernie,
> 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:
>> I¹ve 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 (driver¹s side tires) with the joint,
>> headlights
>> 20¹ 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 3². (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.
>> That¹s 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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