Go Back   F150online Forums > F-Series Trucks > 2004 - 2008 F-150
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?
Register Photos Vin Decoder FAQ Members Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Vendor DirectoryGarage

2004 - 2008 F-150 SPONSORED BY:

Welcome to F150Online Forums!
Welcome to F150Online.com.

You are currently viewing our forums as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join the F150Online Forums community today!





Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-12-2010, 01:25 PM
Senior Member
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Clemson, SC
Vehicle: 2007 Ford F-150
Posts: 2,038
How to Re-aim your Headlights

Have seen this question posed a few times, and I posted this about a year ago in a thread back when I got HIDs. It should help a few people out. This is in the manual, but for those that don't have one or prefer pictures, here you go.



Here's how:

1. Find a level surface that can allow you to park looking at a wall from ~25 feet.
Click the image to open in full size.




2. Pull right up against the wall and mark a horizontal line at the center of the headlights. Also mark two vertical lines...one for each headlight.
Click the image to open in full size.




3. Measure out 25 feet away from the wall.
Click the image to open in full size.




4. Park your truck where the headlights are on the 25 foot mark. Doesn't have to be perfect.
Click the image to open in full size.



5. Pop the hood and find the adjustment bolt. This is for '04-'08 body styles. The bolt is right behind the headlight and is 4mm. There's not enough room to fit a regular 1/4" socket wrench back there so I used a pair of plastic-grip pliers to turn it. Don't know why they designed it with so little space in there.
Click the image to open in full size.



6. Turn on your headlights and see where they are. As I said earlier my passenger light is pointed more to the right than I'd like, but I've already driven at night and it's not noticeable. Better off pointing away from oncoming traffic than toward. Bambi spotter.
Click the image to open in full size.



7. Now since we can't adjust our lights left or right (only up and down), you want to get the low beams ~2" below the horizontal line earlier marked. Better to go a bit lower if you're estimating, as HIDs are powerful enough.
Click the image to open in full size.



8. Check out the high beams and make sure they don't go over the line. You want the high beams pointing at or just below the horizontal line.
Click the image to open in full size.





Simple as that. If you have HIDs an even easier way is to park next to a car with stock halogen lights. Aim them down until the distance the HIDs reach matches the distance the stock halogens reach.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-12-2010, 01:58 PM
Senior Member
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Kimberley BC
Vehicle: 2004 ford f150
Posts: 573
I tried that but I cant get my headlights to go high enough
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-16-2010, 03:00 PM
Member
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Vehicle: 06 F150 FX4
Posts: 98
This is an excellent write-up by the way. Great job with the pictures too. My problem is when I turn the adjuster bolt, the damn lights don't move at all. I just installed a 2" level kit and need the lights lowered. I'm moving counterclockwise, and I see the bolt is turning, but no luck with the beams. I've tried slightly hitting the light assembly as stated in another thread with no luck. Anyone know what the deal is? The thought of paying the dealership to turn a bolt makes me sick. Even driving to the dealership is a pain for me.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-16-2010, 03:11 PM
Senior Member
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: sa texas
Vehicle: 2004 Ford F150
Posts: 535
Send a message via MSN to alexarizpe
so whats up with the left and right adjustment? my driver side is aiming to the left and i haven't been able to fix that?
__________________

2004 XLT 4.6L 2wd------2.5" Leveling Kit, Bilstein 5100's, Toyo All Terrain 305/45/22, 22x9.5 XD Hoss wheels, Roush Grille, Af1 CAI, Borla Pro XS, 6000k HID-----Alpine Iva-D310, Alpine Mrd-m1005, Mrv-f345, Alpine 6.5" Type R components Front & Kickpods, 2 Memphis M3 10" ..........
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-16-2010, 04:09 PM
Senior Member
2005 Ford F-150
My Garage
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Raleigh, NC
Vehicle: 2005 Ford F150
Posts: 4,120
NCSU F150
Quote:
Originally Posted by 06TrueBlueScrew View Post
....My problem is when I turn the adjuster bolt, the damn lights don't move at all. ...
Keep turning, they don't adjust much with each turn. I had to turn mine severals times as I recall.

Quote:
Originally Posted by alexarizpe View Post
so whats up with the left and right adjustment? my driver side is aiming to the left and i haven't been able to fix that?
Our trucks are not able to make horizontal adjustments.

- NCSU
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-19-2011, 03:12 AM
Senior Member
2003 Ford F-150
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Vehicle: 2003 Ford F-150
Posts: 2,121
Thanks mblouir! I think I adjusted mine correctly, feels like I can see better now, ha.
__________________
2003 Red F-150 5.4 Flareside STX
Interior: Black interior, AppRadio, Rockford Speakers, Xtreme Plus Floor Mat, Viper 5901, Expedition Console.
Exterior: L Head's, Euro Altezza Style Tails, Lightning 3rd Brake Light, 20% Sides/Rear/Brow + 40% Windshield, Belltech 2/4 Drop, Billet Grille. '04 Emblems + Overlays, 35w 5000w HIDs.
Performace: Gotts Mod, K&N Filter, Dynomax Bullet.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-19-2011, 07:07 AM
Senior Member
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Jerseyville, IL
Vehicle: 2004 Ford F150
Posts: 167
Just what I was looking for, thanks for digging this up.
__________________

'04 FX4 Scab 5.4L
Edge EVO
More mods to come
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-19-2011, 01:48 PM
Senior Member
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Clemson, SC
Vehicle: 2007 Ford F-150
Posts: 2,038
You're welcome, guys. Thing thing had dropped off the radar.


As an update my OP, I figured out you can fit a small socket wrench with a 4-6" extension in there.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-19-2011, 10:28 PM
Senior Member
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Opelika, Al
Vehicle: 2006 Ford F150
Posts: 319
I used the needle nosed vice grips to adjust mine. Ford apparently had an intern design the distance on the adjustment screw to the frame....there is none. I haven't adjusted them since I put the leveling kit on, since 2009, and I got behind my wife the other night and she MADE me adjust them, they were entirely too bright. I would get flashed often, but never really did anything until last week. Actually, I can see alot better since I adjusted them down. Oh well, thanks for the thread.
__________________
I Love my Truck.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-24-2011, 01:39 PM
Technical Article Contributor
1998 Ford F-150
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Live Oak, FL
Vehicle: 1998 Ford F-150
Posts: 10,466
Raptor05121 Raptor05121
Send a message via AIM to Raptor05121 Send a message via MSN to Raptor05121 Send a message via Yahoo to Raptor05121
Guys, Lisle makes an adjustment tool for $20 for this. its very handy to have
__________________
-Alex


4.2L V6 - M5OD ~415K miles | SCT XCal3 | K&N Series-77 | 16" Dual Efans | Magnaflow High-Flows
50W 5000K FX-R Projectors | Philips LumiLED Taillights | 60" Plasmaglow Fire & Ice | 2" Drop Shackles
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 02-09-2013, 01:27 PM
Senior Member
2007 Ford F-150
My Garage
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Bradenton, FL
Vehicle: 2007 Ford F-150
Posts: 188
So I did this last week cause I got new headlights and they were pointing in some weird directions, I got the drivers side adjusted perfectly fine and then when I was working on the passengers side it was going up then all the siden dropped down again and then wouldn't go up at all like Trueblue was saying. My question for ya is, is there any way that the adjustment bolt could have come off and is just spinning in and out now? Just want to get it fixed so my headlight isn't pointing in an awkward direction.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 02-09-2013, 08:54 PM
Technical Article Contributor
2007 Ford F-150
My Garage
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Mansfield, P.A.
Vehicle: 2007 Ford F-150
Posts: 15,554
100000407687965 darrenws6
Send a message via AIM to DarrenWS6 Send a message via Yahoo to DarrenWS6
Quote:
Originally Posted by ninjaguy View Post
So I did this last week cause I got new headlights and they were pointing in some weird directions, I got the drivers side adjusted perfectly fine and then when I was working on the passengers side it was going up then all the siden dropped down again and then wouldn't go up at all like Trueblue was saying. My question for ya is, is there any way that the adjustment bolt could have come off and is just spinning in and out now? Just want to get it fixed so my headlight isn't pointing in an awkward direction.
If your new lamps are not OEM it is very possible that the adjustment mechanism is stripped. I would complain to whomever you ordered it from and issue a replacement for your passenger side.
__________________
2007 Ford F-150 Lariat Supercrew 5.4L 4x4

Exterior: PTM handles/bumpers/mirrors, Harley Davidson grill & valance, PTM Leer 700, 3M 5% tint, Glossy pillars
Interior: Black leather, Audiophile, Weathertechs
Drivetrain: 3" Magnapack SI/DO, Volant intake, PHP Gryphon 89oct, PowerSlot Rotors, Hawk LTS pads, 20" XD Monsters 295/60-20 Nitto M/Ts, Rancho Quiklift/RS9000XL, Moog BJs
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-10-2013, 12:58 AM
Technical Article Contributor
2005 Ford F-150
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: St. Louis, MO
Vehicle: 2005 Ford F150
Posts: 1,221
If a truck is lifted or leveled shouldn't the headlights be aimed to their original vertical level when the truck was stock instead of where there are now?

You stated you should mark a line vertical to where your headlines currently are. Imagine the headlights vertical position if I had a 12 inch lift and 35" tires compared to stock with 31" tires. While I think the logic of aiming the headlights is correct I am unsure if the position or aiming point is. I believe this is only making matters worse for oncoming traffic.

Let me know if my reasoning is right or wrong.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 02-10-2013, 09:03 PM
Senior Member
2005 Ford F-150
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Indianapolis
Vehicle: 2005 Ford F150
Posts: 148
I was wondering the same thing?!!!!
__________________
2005 Ford F150 BlueLine FX4. K&N filter, Gloss B pillars, Stubby antenna, Undercover Tonneau, JVC head unit, Sub/Amp, Weathertech Liners, Tint, XD Monsters 20x9, Nitto Terra Grappler 275/60/20. Bilstein 5100s, Gotts mod.

Untitled by mpkav, on Flickr
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 02-11-2013, 12:56 PM
Senior Member
2007 Ford F-150
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: The Shenandoah Valley
Vehicle: 2007 Ford F150
Posts: 2,047
I took an "extra" unused cheap 6 point 4mm socket and slightly ground the small end and drilled a normal 1/4" nut that had a 7/16" hex on it and drove the socket into it, tight fit .... now I can more easily get my special headlight socket in place and adjust my various fords with either a 7/16 open end, box end, ratcheting wrench or 1/4 drive ratchet.
__________________
2007 F-150 FX4
(
SCabFS/5.4/AT/AMFMXM/H&AC/SCFP1865/UC2090/FMCB/TFAI/2&2Drop) ...



... and it's RED ...

...
and whatever you do, Have a Safe Trip!
Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2013, 12:56 PM


 
 
 
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:26 AM.


 
This forum is owned and operated by Internet Brands, Inc., a Delaware corporation. It is not authorized or endorsed by the Ford Motor Company and is not affiliated with the Ford Motor Company or its related companies in any way. FordŽ is a registered trademark of the Ford Motor Company
Contact Us Advertising Privacy Statement Terms of Service Jobs Forum Text Archives
Emails & Contact Details