Adjust / Aim headlights - F150online Forums


1997 - 2003 F-150

Adjust / Aim headlights

Reply
 
 
  #1  
Old 09-21-2010, 12:24 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Ocean City, MD
Posts: 184
Adjust / Aim headlights

So I just recently installed Lightning headlights on my 2000 F150 and they seem to be aimed a little low. I've searched for ways to adjust these without taking them back out but haven't found any answers that clearly point out how to do it. Anybody have tips or pics of what the adjustment screw is? I've read it takes a 4mm wrench or a special tool from Ford?

Here's what I've found
https://www.f150online.com/forums/el...2003-f150.html

https://www.f150online.com/forums/sa...djustment.html
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-21-2010, 12:58 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 20
I'd imagine the Lightning headlights are set up the same way as the factory ones. On the back of the headlight you should see 3 (spiral) rods coming out of the headlight - the same rods you feed through the frame of the truk. On each rod is a black plastic stopper - you turn it counter or clockwise depending on which way you want to aim the light. The rod near the fender turns the light inward/outward. The top rod turns the light vertically as it makes the light either lean backward/forward. Then there is a bottom rod on the left side of the headlight - another adjustment. You just have to play with all three of them until you get the light positioned the way you want. It is best to do it against a flat wall/garage door and at night. If you need to know the proper way to align headlights, search youtube - there are many videos showing you how to tape in the dead center of your beam as you are 6" away from the wall, and then 25ft away from the wall. Hope this helps!

- Ben -
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-21-2010, 08:45 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 24
you dont need a special tool, i dont remember what it was, maybe a screwdriver or allen keys? i might of even used my fingers, just look down into it and see what you need. if your using stock bulbs id consider new ones, i used stock bulbs in my lightning heads and they were quite dim
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-22-2010, 03:37 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 13
I also had this problem. It takes a 4mm to turn them. Here is the real tool that you need.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...m=220671902027

I'm sure there is a way around this tool but i couldn't figure one out so after a few weeks of trying I just broke down and bought it.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-22-2010, 10:39 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Windsor, Ont.
Posts: 3,762
I just measured off my originals to at least put the adjustment in the ball park. Seems to be a little off but is good enough for the year that I've "been meaning to get around to adjusting them properly"!!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-26-2010, 09:41 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Ocean City, MD
Posts: 184
Thanks guys,quick answers as usual. I'll give it a go and see how it turns out
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-26-2010, 09:51 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 3,592
Loosen the lower two and tighten up the highest one.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-26-2010, 09:59 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Gulfport, MS
Posts: 748
Quote:
Originally Posted by bcfarmer View Post
I'm sure there is a way around this tool but i couldn't figure one out so after a few weeks of trying I just broke down and bought it.
yeah it's called a 4mm ratcheting wrench. Every truck owner should have a whole set
Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Script
2004 - 2008 F-150
15
10-10-2015 06:45 PM
benhull
2015 - 2017 F-150
4
09-22-2015 01:31 AM
DH42
2015 - 2017 F-150
0
09-14-2015 12:50 PM
Blacksheep331
Electrical Systems
5
09-07-2015 10:53 AM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

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 Off
Refbacks are Off


Sponsors

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:10 AM.