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Headlight question.

PostPost by: rmd24 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:29 am

Can anyone tell me what limits the travel of the pod in the open position? The RH one comes up a little too far and consequently it illuminates low flying aircraft instead of the road.
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PostPost by: miked » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:41 am

Little screws under the pod with rubber bump stops fitted. One limits up and the other limits down. If you pull the head lamp out you will see them with the pod pushed down a bit through the lamp hole. Also if you look through the air grill with a torch you should see them.
They may be tight. Worth taking pod out and cleaning and lubing the threads. Mike
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PostPost by: rmd24 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:52 am

Thanks. Having posted the question I went and had another look and I spotted the little bolts but mine don't have rubber bump stops on them, as a result the fibreglass has worn a little and so the problem gradually gets worse.
Next question. The workshop manual shows a clever little tool for removing the headlight rim. I have done this without the use of such a tool but it feels a bit brutal. Any tips for doing this job?
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PostPost by: miked » Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:51 pm

Roger, I have seen the tool (like you) in manual but not had one. I tend to have got away with pushing the rim down and flicking the bottom out with a small screwdriver. No doubt you could make little tool out of something.

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PostPost by: oldelanman » Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:26 pm

miked wrote:No doubt you could make little tool out of something.


This one was made from an aluminium shelf bracket........
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PostPost by: rmd24 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:15 pm

What a splendid piece of kit. I have done the job now but next time I shall endeavour to make something similar.

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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:12 am

I made one out of an old dinning knife!

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