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Unread 07-14-2012, 12:16 PM   #1
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Anyone bother to adjust headlights after a lift?

I have noticed that since I lifted/leveled my Jeep I'm really blasting people's rear view mirrors and have even got flashed a couple times.
I know the Wranglers are not exactly well known for headlights that will strip paint, so just wondering if anyone bothered to, or felt the need to adjust their headlights after a lift??

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Unread 07-14-2012, 12:39 PM   #2
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every tj i have ridden since i bought mine have been way out of adjustment. adjusted mine and the lighting is better than our yukon
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Unread 07-14-2012, 01:22 PM   #3
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I have noticed that since I lifted/leveled my Jeep I'm really blasting people's rear view mirrors and have even got flashed a couple times.
I know the Wranglers are not exactly well known for headlights that will strip paint, so just wondering if anyone bothered to, or felt the need to adjust their headlights after a lift??
Yes you need to adjust your headlights after a lift unless you like being a ******* to everyone else on the road. Sorry but this is a big pet peeve of mine.
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Unread 07-14-2012, 01:58 PM   #4
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It makes a difference with properly adjusted headlights. They are very easy to adjust on the JKs and well worth the effort.
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Unread 07-15-2012, 11:48 AM   #5
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It makes a difference with properly adjusted headlights. They are very easy to adjust on the JKs and well worth the effort.
I'm well aware of how to do it, just have not heard a single person ever mention it while talking about lifts.
It DOES make sense and I'll most likely do it here pretty quick.... I don't like being a D-Bag, I like to think of myself as a fairly conscientious driver...

The headlights on the 2012 were very different than the '10 anyway, so I guess it's time to get it done.
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Unread 07-15-2012, 12:35 PM   #6
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I'm well aware of how to do it,...
My post wasn’t directed to anyone in particular it was just for those that might not know.
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Unread 07-15-2012, 02:08 PM   #7
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I'm going against the grain on this one; I say that if the lift doesn't effect the rake, then there's no reason to adjust the headlights.
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Unread 07-15-2012, 09:31 PM   #8
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I put my lift on and never adjusted the head lights, but I also don't know how they were before the lift. I was going to but the first time I drove it the lights worked better then they did when it was stock, I also don't get any body flashing at me, but I think that is because the drivers side is aimed at the sholder? (you can see the beams in the fog). If you leave more room between you and the person in front of you at stop lights it should not be a problem, and that goes for any vehicle.
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every wrangler i have riden in stock or lifted needed adjustment.
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Unread 07-15-2012, 09:55 PM   #10
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Everytime I see a lifted truck in front of me, I go blind. All these jerks go get their Tacomas lifted and point halogen bulbs in my face. Very annoying. I say adjust them!
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Unread 07-15-2012, 10:14 PM   #11
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They need to be adjusted, this newer idiocracy doesn't ever think anything through, and HID's just make it worse- when confronted they normally get incredibly defensive. You on the other hand are at least acknowledging the fact that your lights are no longer in factory adjustment. Some guys are still in bewilderment as to why I melted their eyeballs out of their head with my 55w HID spotlights. They're the ones who are blinding everyone on the road.

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Everytime I see a lifted truck in front of me, I go blind. All these jerks go get their Tacomas lifted and point halogen bulbs in my face. Very annoying. I say adjust them!
A stock Tacoma has headlights that are aimed a bit too high from the factory. Not sure if they can be adjusted.
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They need to be adjusted, this newer idiocracy doesn't ever think anything through, and HID's just make it worse- when confronted they normally get incredibly defensive. You on the other hand are at least acknowledging the fact that your lights are no longer in factory adjustment. Some guys are still in bewilderment as to why I melted their eyeballs out of their head with my 55w HID spotlights. They're the ones who are blinding everyone on the road.

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Upper and Lower Beam 24407.

Multiple-beam road lighting equipment shall be designed and aimed as follows:

(a) There shall be an uppermost distribution of light, or composite beam, so aimed and of such intensity as to reveal persons and vehicles at a distance of at least 350 feet ahead for all conditions of loading.

(b) There shall be a lowermost distribution of light, or composite beam so aimed and of sufficient intensity to reveal a person or vehicle at a distance of at least 100 feet ahead. On a straight level road under any condition of loading none of the high intensity portion of the beam shall be directed to strike the eyes of an approaching driver.
From the dealer the beams should be aimed below horizontal, yes? Evenly raising your lights 6" (4"lift and 4" larger than stock tires) will not cause the high intensity portion of the beam to rise more than 6". Raising it evenly doesn't change the angle and so they are still aimed below other drivers' lines of sight. Lift it even slightly more in the front than rear, however, and things can change quickly.
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Unread 07-16-2012, 04:39 AM   #13
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never adjusted mine with a 3.5 lift. never get other drivers flashing me
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Unread 07-16-2012, 07:16 AM   #14
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I did end up with more lift on the front than the rear. I got 3.5" front and 2" in the rear, so I can see where a fair amount of change would have come from. I was going to do it last night and got sidetracked.. Try again tonight..
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Unread 07-16-2012, 09:06 AM   #15
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the TJ headlights must point downward a bit from the factory, because most lifted TJs I see don't blind me. And I doubt most folks take the time to adjust them. (I did, but it didn't need much adjusting)

It's the pre-running guys who have the front end of their trucks pointing towards the sky that blind everyone. LOL
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