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    HID headlight aiming procedure

    On a different topic's post, I mentioned I re-aimed my HID headlamps on my ST (3) and someone asked me how. Well, here it is (I got it from the Ford factory service manual):

    1. Wait for night time.
    2. Park 25 ft away and perpendicular from a flat vertical surface (like your garage door).
    3. Normally load your vehicle.
    4. Measure the height from the ground to the horizontal center-line of your headlamp's bulb (HID lens). Mine was almost exactly 28".
    5. Mark a long horizontal line with tape at the same height from the ground as you measured for headlights (i.e., 28").
    6. Turn on your headlights.
    7. Note the white plastic headlight aiming adjuster that faces upward on each lamp. It can be adjusted with a SMALL, long phillips screwdriver or a long allen wrench (I'm not sure what size).
    8. Using the adjuster, adjust the aim of each headlight so that the upper part of the light beam just touches, but is underneath the tape marker on your vertical surface (the HID beam pattern has a fairly flat top edge making it a bit easier to line up).

    My headlamp aiming from the factory was half the height (at 25' away) than this procedure states it should have been (i.e., 14"). I knew it was low!
    Last edited by c264; 02-13-2013 at 11:28 AM.

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    Great info. Thanks!

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    You can also take a look at this guys thread. He has pictures of how he re-aimed his projectors.

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    My passenger side bulb was aimed at the ground from the factory. Caught me by surprise for my first night ride! I eyeballed it to about level with the driver side bulb but need to either have the dealer verify the height or I will do it myself. Good info here, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c264 View Post
    7. Note the white plastic headlight aiming adjuster that faces upward on each lamp. It can be adjusted with a SMALL, long phillips screwdriver or a long allen wrench (I'm not sure what size)....
    Just FYI for anyone that's wanting to try this, I couldn't get a phillips head to work because the bottom part of the plastic part where the slots are was all gunked up, so I had to use a hex/allen wrench. Bought a whole set of SAE long allen wrenches, and it was larger than 1/4" and just barely smaller than a 5/16", although I could turn it a little with that. Turns out it is a 7mm, which is apparently a rare size as most metric sets come with 6 & 8, but no 7. I was able to find a 7mm hex socket driver that fits on a 1/4 socket (cost almost as much as the whole set of traditional hex wrenches), then used an extension and it worked/fit perfectly. Very easy to DIY if you have the right tools!

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