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Headlamp adjustment necessary with lift/larger tires??

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by erics_bruisers, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. erics_bruisers

    erics_bruisers

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    I'm tentatively looking at an OME 851/860 kit -- and 305/70R16s in the not-too-distant future --

    -- for this, there will be around a 3" total lift.

    How are the headlamps re-aligned to focus on the road after such an upgrade??

    THANKS!!

    eric
     
  2. DanKunz

    DanKunz SILVER Star

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    with the little screws that adjust vertical and horizontal....

    They even have a level in em! =)

    Just peek in there, find a big white wall...and adjust to taste.
     
  3. woody

    woody Internet Fireman Staff Member

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    if you don't change the rake of the vehicle, headlight adjustment is likely not necessary. (you are raising both ends equal amounts, so headlamps will point at relatively the same spot)

    the wall theory works great...would be worth measureing before and after so you see if you really need to adjust or not.
     
  4. erics_bruisers

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    souds good -- i'll tack up paper on the wall where the lights hit and then re-adjust them to that point after --

    THANKS!!

    eric
     
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    Eric,
    No worries. You'll likely be a tad more butthigh anyway. Don't worry, anything that needs adjusting we'll fix with the BFH. :flipoff2: :D
     
  6. erics_bruisers

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    haha, Junk -- okay, and no puppers this time --

    -- I'm driving to Missouri on Friday to place this pup -- what a F-load of driving -- SOLO!!

    eric (got coke?)
     
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    Eric, I can't help but notice the dog's attire.

    Do you have a young daugther in the house that is to blame?
     
  8. erics_bruisers

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    haha, ghost -- here's the rest of the story ---

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    Pretty tough mutt! I just read another story of a dog that actually walked out of the gas camber when the vet opened the door and they didn't have the heart to send him back in so they were trying to place him also.
     
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    Eric,

    Thanks, I'll just rip my heart out and walk all over it now. :'(
     
  11. scottm

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    You might need to adjust your brake proportioning valve, but I wouldn't know 'cause mine are still wimpy stock.
     
  12. Junk

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    [quote author=Scott Miller link=board=2;threadid=4712;start=msg35782#msg35782 date=1062038077]
    You might need to adjust your brake proportioning valve, but I wouldn't know 'cause mine are still wimpy stock.
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    Scott - thought you removed the stock bracket and fabbed up a longer one, no? Was fixin to do that next week as mine is maxed out. If you did, pics please?
     
  13. IdahoDoug

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    Actually, putting a mark on the wall before a lift, then re-aiming the lights at the same spot will get you........what? Remember geometry? Well, it will get you headlights that point at the same spot, but farther down the road the lights will be hitting the pavement closer to the truck.

    Anyhow, I find the levels are not the best way to aim the lights as they are not exact. Personally, I've gotten the best results aiming the lights on 3 80s by using a wall and then the first few times the vehicle is driven at night, noting whether you hit your preference and fine tuning accordingly. The FIRST thing you should to when contemplating adjusting them is to fire a plastic-friendly penetrating lube into all the gears, shafts and such in the adjusters. They tend to sieze after years of sitting and can break upon use.

    DougM
     
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    [quote author=Junk link=board=2;threadid=4712;start=msg35818#msg35818 date=1062043234]
    Scott - thought you removed the stock bracket and fabbed up a longer one, no?
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    No, I'm still a happy belly-dragger so I don't have to worry about that stuff. I considered it when I was towing a lot with air bags. Bending it seems to have worked for some, fabbing a new one looks simple too.
     
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    The level bubble is way off after my lift, they have some screws right in the center of the headlamp, if you turn clockwise they will go up, if you turn counterclockwise they will go down, how about if you turn and they do not adjust, could it be something wrong with the screw?:eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
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    Oh! when I replaced my suspension I had worn out rear shocks and springs from towin regularly!
     
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    I took care of the headlamp adjustment , they have a small box adjustment that in time the scew will not turn, so I had to remove the headlamps and turn manually the adjustment, it was a simple adjustment and it took me 1.5 hourst to do, both headlamps.....easy!

    You need to remove the headlamps to be able to acces the adjustment box~:eek: