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I drove our XR8 for the first time in the dark last night and found the headlights to be fairly ordinary compaired to the EB & EL.

The light beam seems to be a bit short.

Has anyone else noticed this or do mine just need to be ajusted.

If they do have to be adjusted I would have thought that the dealer would of checked it.

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Scott.
 

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Can you adjust them yourself? I dont know if they will be anything near the same but on my AU there are orange plastic screws things (look like the top of a tap) on the back of the lights in the engine bay and depending on which way you turn them they move the lights up and down. Just a suggestion
 

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Thanks mate, I'll have a look when I get home
 

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I'd say that they might need some adjustment because im sure as hell that the BA headlights would be better than a EB or EL.
Cheers John
 

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Hahha the AU/BA headlights on all of my AU/BA cars have pissed all over my EL Ghia. They are fantastic and have put me in a position where i dont even need to fit spotlights anymore for country driving.
 

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The EA,B & D series headlights were quite good actually. Alot better than the next series, however the AU and BA headlights I have experienced have been excellent.
 

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I cant fault the BA headlights, if you have problems it has got to be adjustment.

The EL in XR8 form was a dissapointment headlight wise after the excellant EB lamps. The EL was fin on high beam but the drop to low was always a big one.

The 6 lamp BA set-up makes the high to low dip much better. The AU was probably as good if not better than the BA but id did have a bad rap for dazzling on-coming drivers.

What-ever you have adjustment makes a huge improvement, and no the dealer will not normally set them at pre-delivery, they usually try to offer headlight aim as a cost option at the first service. Its not that hard to set up with measuring tape a level surface to a wall.
 

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Well, im pretty sure at dealers they use a special thing to line them up perfect ( i know i've used one) so maybe if you take it to a ford dealer
They are sold to Ford already pre-aimed , and the only adjustment ever done is on the production line ( if any ) .I know this because I programmed the aiming station , and its checked every week for allignment.
 

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I found the AU headlights to be better than the BA, but that's not saying BA headlights are too bad.
 

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This would have somthing to do with the EA/D having Glass lense's, as opposed to the EF/L having plastic.
The optics in the polycarbonate lenses are vastly better with half the amount of light . 55w is all thats needed these days. Anything over 60 watts and the bezel will start to melt .
 

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They are sold to Ford already pre-aimed , and the only adjustment ever done is on the production line ( if any ) .I know this because I programmed the aiming station , and its checked every week for allignment.

That makes sense! How do they account for variances in the body/metalwork the lamp assembly sits in?
 

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That I couldn't tell you , but we are given a tolerance to work to . Most of the body panels are pre laser cut and robot welded at Ford anyway which keeps the build of every car consistent .
 

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That I couldn't tell you , but we are given a tolerance to work to . Most of the body panels are pre laser cut and robot welded at Ford anyway which keeps the build of every car consistent .
Sounds fair for a manufacturer, the fact that the dealer wont optimise the factory setup at pre-delivery, and wants to charge on 1st service to rectify any problems, says I'll keep setting them myself.
 

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The headlights on the BA XR/FPV are top notch. I upgraded to the +50 Philips globes and all is good. Like others I don't need spotties anymore either. I found the AU XR was fantastic as well. Hella deserve much credit for these headlights which are superb. Try driving an American car or say, a Honda Accord and see how good the Fords are!
 

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I think mine need adjusting too as I went for a cruise down the south coast over New Year and the ride back in the dark was not as much fun as it was with the sun out.

It's not so bad under street lighting, but if there's no other lights around the beam is currently not as good as what my old XF had. Hight beam is awesome and the change back to low is very noticeable.
 

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Must be an adjustment issue, because all of the BAs I have been in have the best full beam headlights...and the low beam is pretty good too.
 

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Sounds like my Grandmother’s NA Fairlane where she kept asking them to adjust the lights but was continually told they were ok (she is no fool by the way), until she said she would rather drive my grandfather’s Subaru Brumby at night – then they did adjust the lights and it did improve the light pattern.
 
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