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OK, now that I've owned my R for about a month, I'm starting to agree with the complaints I read here about the headlights. Watching the beams move is fun, but the lows are just too low, and the highs are not great either. <p>Can someone give me a synopsis of what the "problem" is and what solutions, if any, are out there? <p>I thought that I came across a website before I bought my car that discussed improving the high beams with some additional bulbs that are "deleted" in the US setup. I've looked for it, but I can't find it. am I crazy?<p>thanks!<p>Eric
 

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Re: V70R headlights (E34M5)

aim them up a tad. Do it with lights ON. It's the white knob on the rectangular box<p><IMG SRC="http://www.r-series.org/hid/slides/hid.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: V70R headlights (JimLill)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JimLill</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">aim them up a tad. Do it with lights ON. It's the white knob on the rectangular box</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I adjusted them about 3/4 turn clockwise.....much better. There's also the option of the Euro foglight download which will allow the foglights to remain on when switching to the hi-beams.<p>Just remember that if you manually adjust the headlights, you will need to return them to normal position before any service visits for possible downloads. The download will return the headlight to the standard level and you will lose the adjustability that you already made.
 

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Re: V70R headlights (MagoonR)

You mean it's an electronic adjustment, as opposed to a mechanical adjuster like on most cars? where is the rectangular box with the white knob? <p>I hadn't even considered using the foglights at the same time. After I put xenons in my BMW E34 M5 I stopped using the fogs completely. I couldn't tell the difference when driving. I think fogs look sort of dumb when used with xenons...they look yellow compared to the xenon and are of little help, while annoying other drivers. I've noticed that most carmakers are using whiter bulbs in their fogs to avoid looking yellow. Fogs are only meant to be used w/o headlights. In Europe it's illegal in some countries to use both fogs and headlights at the same time. In the US it seems to be a fashion statement, but maybe in the case of our cars it's actually useful. I'll have to check myself. <p>thanks for the help. <p>Eric
 

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Re: V70R headlights (E34M5)

The white knob is a manual electronic (sorry for assuming...correction) adjustment...you can see it to the left of the center circle. It can actually be adjusted by hand.<p>If you adjust the lights higher a turn or two, you will get better coverage. It helped a lot when I adjusted them after I bought my car. I have never been high beamed either, I think.<p>I also got a Xenon fog kit for my car but only use it when the weather is bad. The stock fogs really suck, tho some people upgrade to some brighter bulbs and use it in conjunction with the low beams.<p>Regards,<p>Paul<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by pie_ya at 7:47 AM 8-23-2006</i>
 

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Re: V70R headlights (E34M5)

It is an electronic adjustment in that it controls how much the motor in each headlight raises the beam- much different than the typical headlight adjustment in my experience. I use a small socket, like 4mm on an extension to reach the knobs.
 

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Re: V70R headlights (Wayne T5)

6mm with a 4 to 6" extension
 

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Re: V70R headlights (E34M5)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>E34M5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Watching the beams move is fun, but the lows are just too low, and the highs are not great either. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Are the Volvo headlights motorized? Are they auto-leveling like on my BMW?<br>I don't think so. Every time I turn the BMW on I can see the beams go through a self-leveling program. It's cool watching this on my BMW but I have never seen this on my R.<p>06 S60R<br>03 325ci<br>
 

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Re: V70R headlights (not2blu)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>not2blu</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Are the Volvo headlights motorized? <p>Are they auto-leveling like on my BMW? ...<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes & Yes<p>I'm not sure about the states, but there is a law in Europe that says if you have Xenon lights that they will be self-leveling.
 

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Re: V70R headlights (wrxownr)

Sorry - this is a useless post but I had to say it:<p>I love this board. Did this tweak last night (1.5 turns) and holy poop - now the car actually has headlights! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Thank you Al Gore - without you I'd never learned that or the resonator trick!<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>
 

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Re: V70R headlights (not2blu)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>not2blu</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Are the Volvo headlights motorized? Are they auto-leveling like on my BMW?<br>I don't think so. Every time I turn the BMW on I can see the beams go through a self-leveling program. It's cool watching this on my BMW but I have never seen this on my R.<p>06 S60R<br>03 325ci<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I know the BMW program you are talking about and it's cool, but the R's do have self leveling. As Denny mentioned, we also have a "self leveling" law in this country. <p>If you want to see it in action, pull into a driveway over a good curb one day and watch your lights on the house. You will be able to see them leveling.
 

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Re: V70R headlights (needsdecaf)

Can someone post a pic where to adjust the headlights? Does this affect both the low beam xenon and high beam xenon?<p>
 

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Re: V70R headlights (soledoc)

Since the high beams are nothing but the low beams rotated up a certain angle, yes, it will effect both.<p>
 

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Re: V70R headlights (soledoc)

I don't have a pic, but they are quite easy to find. Open your hood and stand directly in front of either headlight. Lean forward over the engine bay and look down towards the headlight unit. You should see an amber-colored 'glob' as part of the assembly; directly forward of the glob is a while knob with a 6mm hex fitting - that's the adjuster.<p>I used a utility knife to score a small mark in the knob and the housing before making the adjustment. This makes it easier to know how many turns you have made, and also gives reference for going back to the stock level when you take it in for service.<p>Last night was my first opportunity to drive the car in the dark after making the adjustment (about 1 and 1/4 turns clockwise). As others have noted above, it's a huge difference. The highbeams illuminate out to the sides very well - I spotted a deer on the side of the road last night that I would have likely missed before the adjustments. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: V70R headlights (E34M5)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>E34M5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You mean it's an electronic adjustment, as opposed to a mechanical adjuster like on most cars? where is the rectangular box with the white knob? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>See pix above. The white 6mm hex adjuster on the rectangular box on the back of each entire headlamp assembly is part of the levelling motor ssyetm that is within that box. It is a purely mechanical adjustment to the reflectors but it also drives a potentiometer that is part of the servo loop.<p>The motor moves the high, low, and DRL or High beam boost assembly up and down as one unit. <p>There is a second motor that is part of the Xenon assmebly that moves that reflector (only) both up/down and in/out and performa only the low/high beam function.<p>I have all these pieces in my workshop and have taken it all part a few times.<p><br><A HREF="http://www.r-series.org/hid" TARGET="_blank">http://www.r-series.org/hid</A>
 

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Re: V70R headlights (whoosh)

Now turn up your foglights to blend in with the low beams. <br>After THAT adjustmemt, they are then VERY good.<br>Just reach underneath behind each foglight, you will find a small rod, start turning. This takes about 4 to 6 turns if I remember correctly
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Since the high beams are nothing but the low beams rotated up a certain angle, yes, it will effect both.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Not totally correct, they are also refocused.
 

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Re: V70R headlights (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Now turn up your foglights to blend in with the low beams. <br>After THAT adjustmemt, they are then VERY good.<br>Just reach underneath behind each foglight, you will find a small rod, start turning. This takes about 4 to 6 turns if I remember correctly</TD></TR></TABLE>Thank you, sir. I hadn't managed to search out the instructions for this one yet. Silverstars will go into the fogs soon. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: V70R headlights (whoosh)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>whoosh</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Thank you, sir. I hadn't managed to search out the instructions for this one yet. Silverstars will go into the fogs soon. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><br>Adjusted properly, they will rise up and fill in the gap perfectly, then the low beams are very good.<br>(High beams still suck)
 

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Re: V70R headlights (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Now turn up your foglights to blend in with the low beams. <br>After THAT adjustmemt, they are then VERY good.<br>Just reach underneath behind each foglight, you will find a small rod, start turning. This takes about 4 to 6 turns if I remember correctly</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I haven't gotten around to the fogs yet. I did my headlights a long time ago.<br>The fog adjustment, what type of screw is that? Or the way you make it sound, is it something you can turn by hand?
 
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