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Old 08-10-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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Hey guys I love my xenon lights but there a little problem, I can see the cut off. I was wondering if I can buy some bulbs or can do something to make the distance of my xenons reach more. Thanxz for any feedback
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:50 PM   #2
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Your post makes absolutely no sense. Did you mean you CAN'T see the cutoff?

The distance of your xenons is directly affected by bowl design, construction, and condition. If you have ZKW headlights, the bowls are burnt. If you have Bosch AL headlights, then you should take apart the headlight assemblies, clean and recondition (super gently) the lens and bowl, and buy a brand new pair of OEM or OE-equivalent bulbs.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:53 PM   #3
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Turn the knob behind your headlight when you open the hood
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Check to see if your xenon adjuster and level sensor are working correctly.
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The cut-off on the horizontal plane is to keep the light from shining into oncoming traffics eyes as well as out of back rear view mirrors. The ellipsoid sphere iirc has a cut-off shield infront you could remove/alter but I do not suggest. that's just annoying and dangerous to other drivers.
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Your post makes absolutely no sense. Did you mean you CAN'T see the cutoff?

The distance of your xenons is directly affected by bowl design, construction, and condition. If you have ZKW headlights, the bowls are burnt. If you have Bosch AL headlights, then you should take apart the headlight assemblies, clean and recondition (super gently) the lens and bowl, and buy a brand new pair of OEM or OE-equivalent bulbs.
How do I check what kind of headlights do I have?
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