Subject: Aiming Euro Lights....
dbpulvino at hotmail.com
Mon Mar 26 00:45:11 EDT 2007
Thanks for the reminder about that page. I'd forgotten, but now that
you've cut and pasted it, quite familiar indeed. So familiar I may
have to recant my Bentely testimony and say these are the guidelines
I used. The "aiming pattern" thing looks familiar, and I also happen
to have a copy of those instructions printed out and kept in my
Maybe the parking lot I used next to the building wasn't actually
perpendicular to the wall.
..and thanks everybody for their input.
On Mar 24, 2007, at 2:31 PM, 200q20v-request at audifans.com wrote:
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> Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2007 17:09:03 EDT
> From: C1J1Miller at aol.com
> Subject: Subject: Aiming Euro Lights....
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> In a message dated 3/24/2007 2:58:43 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, Derek
> Pulvino writes:
> So how has everyone else with Euro lights aimed their headlights?
> from my old 200 site; think SJM has more on his site:
> Aiming the european headlights
> Check the tire pressure, make sure the car has got a half tank or
> so and
> nothing heavy in the trunk. Check the european lights to see that
> the height
> lever is in the down (normal) position. When this lever is
> flipped upward,
> the lights adjust lower (useful when your car's trunk if full of
> diving gear,
> for example, and you don't want the headlights lighting up the sky).
> Find a (very) level parking area adjacent to a blank white wall
> (at night).
> Pull the car up to the wall, steering wheel straight, and make a
> mark on the wall using tape (electrical or duct tape works well) at
> centerline of the car. Turn on the headlights (low beams), and put
> tape marks
> horizontally through the center of each headlight's light pattern,
> and a second
> horizontal mark 3 inches lower. Make a vertical mark through the
> center of
> each mark.
> --+-- | --+--
> --+-- | --+--
> Roll the car straight back 25 feet from the wall. Rock the car a
> times to make sure the suspension is properly settled.
> The height aiming point for low beams (top of the beam cutoff) is
> the lower
> line. The left/right aiming point is the centerline -- the high
> cutoff (euro pattern) should start at the center and flare right
> through the lower
> right mark.
> High beams on one piece "aero" headlights will be simulataneously
> The lower knob on the lights raises and lowers the beam. The upper
> moves the beam in towards the center line or away (and takes a lot
> of turns to
> do much). See the owner's manual for a picture of the adjustment
> The beam pattern almost always looks too low on the wall, but
> that's where
> they're supposed to be. Please don't aim your bulbs too high,
> especially with
> high-wattage bulbs. Every time you go over a rise or hit a bump,
> the lights
> will move up and down in relation to oncoming traffic and blind
> them (and
> the guy ahead of you through his rear view mirror). Everytime your
> temporarily flash them, their pupils take a moment or two to
> readjust, during
> which they are partially blinded.
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