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This modification to Stern's Alignment... (archive)

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Posted by Bart B. on March 08, 2001 at 22:08:54:

In Reply to: Dan Stern's Headlight Aiming Page... posted by Bart B. on March 08, 2001 at 19:56:51:

...may be helpful.

The link's procedure states a distance from headlight to wall of 25 feet. At that range, my Z3's headlight beam patterns were not very well defined. I changed the distance to 12.5 feet, then cut the offset in half. Same angles, but the beam pattern is much easier to get aligned correctly.

For around town, I put the highbeam center a bit below the horizontal. As bright as the Z3 highbeams are, when they're horizontal, too many oncomming drivers high-beam me. With the highbeam center a bit low, there's plenty of light for town nighttime use. For long trips, I readjust the highbeam centers to horizontal for use in the country on interstates. There's about 1/3rd of a turn on the vertical adjustment 6mm socket between my city and country settings. Now if there was a way to put a small motor behind the headlights to move them from a dashboard control.....

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