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After Bib's thread about fitting HID

I have been out for a run tonight in the car and can see (or rather can't) how bad the lights are. Firstly mine bounce a lot when I looked at this it looks like there is wear on the rod and rose joint, is there an upgrade for this or just replace with the same?

Also the beam length seems really short on the road, is this bad adjustment or are they all like that? I will also be upgradeing the bulbs in the main, dip and high beam units as I have on my Honda which is now a lot better. Does anyone know what the bulbs are in the front indicator units? as mine are really yellow.

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Bounce, could be the rod ends and could be the bushes in the motor gear (if yours is the later motor which I guess it is).

Length on the road? Do you mean the lights are aimed too low so that it's more than approx 1 or 2 degrees of declination?

if so then, first sort that bounce then use the 3 adjusters per headlight that look like screws near the outside rim of each reflector.

By unscrewing the upper one or screwing in the lower ones you can raise the angle of the beams to get them closer to horizontal (when on low / dipped beam), but they must still be below horizontal by a certain amount to be safe and legal.

You can use the left and right one / pair (depending on side) to adjust the direction relative to the centre line of the car, the idea being they should be approximately in line with the car, if they go off to the right too far the kick up that's designed to only hit the kerb side will be glaring to oncoming traffic , thus dangerous and illegal. If they are too far to the left they will give insufficient illumination on the driver's side of the road.

Hope this helps.

Andy

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I'll check the adjustment this weekend if the weather is ok. I'll also see what bulbs I have fitted the reflectors look in ok condition but obviously they are an old design witrh regards to the design.

Thanks for the help.

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