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330dirtydirty 08-09-2006 01:30 PM

Adjusting headlights after lowering the car
 
k im having some lighting issues... i just lowered my car and now my head lights points really low. i tried adjusthing from the knob in the back of the headlights and it seems fine but when i start driving the autoleveling kicks in and makes the headlight point down again. Anybody know how to adjust it so that the autoleveling doesnt make it go back to pointing low. I need Help! ASAP its pretty dangerous driving at night. thanks guys

BMW_Knight 08-09-2006 02:04 PM

Did you disconnnect the leveling arm for your zenons from the control arm?

Very common mistake.

330dirtydirty 08-09-2006 02:06 PM

umm not sure, how does that look like?

BMW_Knight 08-09-2006 04:19 PM

Some of it is plastic and when you drop the suspension it breaks.

HEADLIGHT VERTICAL AIM CONTROL SENSOR
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/diagrams/q/u/14.png

330dirtydirty 08-09-2006 04:44 PM

so if its not that, would it be anything else?

330dirtydirty 08-09-2006 04:45 PM

also are those sensor pretty obvious to see or is it fairly small?

BMW_Knight 08-09-2006 06:08 PM

kind of small about as tall as a deck of cards. small enough I didn't see it when I did my suspension and I broke it. plus its black which doesn't help.

I would assume that if you didn't un bolt then odds are thats your problem

330dirtydirty 08-09-2006 06:19 PM

how do you fix it?

LeftCoastBias 08-09-2006 06:42 PM

what if you did undo the leveling arm, and reattached it after installing the suspension?

will the auto-level figure out the new height they should point?

BMW_Knight 08-09-2006 07:59 PM

yes because the suspension will be different and the leveler is setup so that if a heavy person gets in and that side of the car goes down it will level the lights according to the weight. When you lower it it works the same way. When I broke mine i turned the wheel all the way to the right and reached in to manually move the arm. I was then able to watch the lights move up and down. this is not a fix but its cool.

Tyler@UniqueDesign 08-09-2006 08:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LeftCoastBias
what if you did undo the leveling arm, and reattached it after installing the suspension?

will the auto-level figure out the new height they should point?

You reaim the headlights to a new center, the autolevelling just keeps them at that center based on the cars tilt :shhh:

You're spending a lot more time over here than you used to :eeps:

LeftCoastBias 08-09-2006 08:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blackmamba1
yes because the suspension will be different and the leveler is setup so that if a heavy person gets in and that side of the car goes down it will level the lights according to the weight. When you lower it it works the same way. When I broke mine i turned the wheel all the way to the right and reached in to manually move the arm. I was then able to watch the lights move up and down. this is not a fix but its cool.

good to know, i was thinking of going from sport to race springs (h&r) and i dont want to have my lights pointing in the wrong place.


now i guess i'll have to figure out what that part looks like and how to detach and reattach it.

LeftCoastBias 08-09-2006 08:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tyler@UniqueDesign
You reaim the headlights to a new center, the autolevelling just keeps them at that center based on the cars tilt :shhh:

You're spending a lot more time over here than you used to :eeps:

:rofl: kinda bored; summer is slow on the forums, so i spread it around a bit ;)

Tyler@UniqueDesign 08-09-2006 08:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LeftCoastBias
good to know, i was thinking of going from sport to race springs (h&r) and i dont want to have my lights pointing in the wrong place.


now i guess i'll have to figure out what that part looks like and how to detach and reattach it.

It looks like a metal stray clamped onto an arm at the top and a ball joint at the bottom (on the control arm) really close the fender lining. Its on the passenger side IIRC.

Tyler@UniqueDesign 08-09-2006 08:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LeftCoastBias
:rofl: kinda bored; summer is slow on the forums, so i spread it around a bit ;)

So was the sale a fake then :eeps:

LeftCoastBias 08-09-2006 08:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tyler@UniqueDesign
So was the sale a fake then :eeps:

oh for sure :rofl:



people were *****ing about el supremo being my head moderator; and everyone had too much sand up their vaginas over him.

someone accused him of paying his way to the position, so we took it a step further.

Tyler@UniqueDesign 08-09-2006 08:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LeftCoastBias
oh for sure :rofl:



people were *****ing about el supremo being my head moderator; and everyone had too much sand up their vaginas over him.

someone accused him of paying his way to the position, so we took it a step further.

:rofl: I never had time to really look around, but saw your status was back as governor so I just assumed it was. Good joke, Gregg REALLY went nuts on that one.

LeftCoastBias 08-09-2006 08:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tyler@UniqueDesign
:rofl: I never had time to really look around, but saw your status was back as governor so I just assumed it was. Good joke, Gregg REALLY went nuts on that one.

yeah, if he's posting... he's whining.

330dirtydirty 08-09-2006 08:25 PM

can someone take pictures of where this headlight control arm is at?

Edison@JleviSW 08-09-2006 08:28 PM

It's located on the control arm. Here is what it looks like, courtesy of My330i.com

http://my330i.com/photos/mod10y.jpg


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