Adjusting headlight left or right


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Adjusting headlight left or right

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:37 am



So I am fooling around with my headlight one of my low beams went out so I was looking to replace with a better set of bulbs..still working on that..but while I had the headlight assembly out..by the way much easier to do than the How's make it seem..anyway I notice a hole in the back bottom which lines up with a Phillips head screw on the bottom of the assemble which then goes to two plastic gears. I am correct in assuming that this set up is to adjust the headlight left or right? Of course I had to fool with it while it was in my hands I think I turned it back to where it started. It looks like one could adjust it w/o disassembling anything with a short phillips.


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Re: Adjusting headlight left or right

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:17 am

The knob on the dash will raise and lower the whole headlight assembly (high and low beams) to adjust overall height for all beams.

Inside the lights are parabolic mirrors that focus the overall beam, and a flat mirror that adjust the position of the high beam output. There are actually three more screws on the assembly that move these mirrors to further adjust the beams.

The screw you see, connected to the gears, is the left/right adjustment. Turning it counter-clockwise adjusts the beams to the right, turning it clockwise adjusts them to the left.

There are two rubber plugs on the back - one to the right of the left/right adjuster, and one nearer the top of the light. If you pull these plugs out, there are screws behind them. The one on the top adjusts the height of the right beam (low and high beam together) independent from the left. Turning it counter-clockwise raises the right beam, clockwise lowers the right beam.

The other screw, to the right of the left/right adjuster adjusts the height of the high beam apart from the low beam (both left and right beams). Turning it counter-clockwise lowers the high beam, clockwise raises the high beam.

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Re: Adjusting headlight left or right

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:21 am

Next time I have the headlight I'll check that out..Thanks
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Re: Adjusting headlight left or right

Postby ronjr123 » Sat Nov 15, 2014 9:07 am

Is this for all years? Thought I read somewhere they took these options away when they changed the headlight in 97.

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Re: Adjusting headlight left or right

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:23 pm

ronjr123 wrote:Is this for all years? Thought I read somewhere they took these options away when they changed the headlight in 97.


My 2000 definitely has the left/right adjustment on it, I don't remember 100% if it has the rubber plugs to adjust individual height/high beam, but I'd be surprised if they're not there.

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Re: Adjusting headlight left or right

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Nov 19, 2014 6:32 pm

Ok, I order some shims to make my bulbs fit the socket..but as I read about this I kept reading that up to 97 the standard bulb should work w/o shims IE the tabs on the bulb at the 11 and 1 o'clock position should fit. My 97 doesn't and I need the 10 and 2 o'clock position tabs..so the need for the shims.

So do the 98-2000 headlight assemblies fit the 97's and mine got changed by a PO for some reason or does every one have it wrong and the change started in 97 or at least some 97 1500's got the new style.?? is there a way to tell which headlight assembly I have???
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Re: Adjusting headlight left or right

Postby jenagle » Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:14 pm

The 98-2000 series have clear plastic headlights. Before that, I believe has the glass headlight. All headlights 88-00 will physically fit all 1500 wings, it's just that the bulbs are unique to the headlight.

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Re: Adjusting headlight left or right

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:44 pm

Looked at my headlight and the pic in parts fiche for 97's and 98's and mine looks like the 98's clear with a few horizontal lines.
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Re: Adjusting headlight left or right

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:37 am

Forgot to look for the plugs!! maybe next time..but it's all back together and working..


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