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      05-07-2006, 09:39 PM   #1
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self aiming headlights lost w/ full coilovers?

will my headlights lose its self aiming capabilities if i were to get a full coilover setup? i'm not talking about the adaptive headlight technology where it moves left and right, but im' talking about the headlights ability to adjust up and down depending on your load to avoid blinding oncoming traffic.

my friend who got coilovers for his a4 said he lost this capability when put in his suspension. the reason there is a sensor that monitors the shock/spring load and adjusts the headlights accordingly. i was wondering if this is true or if any of you guys have experience with this. thanks.
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yah, i wanna know too..maybe ill call the garage tomorrow and see what they say
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after i dropped my car....
my lights were pointing straight to the ground....like 5 feet in front of me.
i had to manually adjust them with a screwdriver to shoot out more......

* i don't have idrive....
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after i dropped my car....
my lights were pointing straight to the ground....like 5 feet in front of me.
i had to manually adjust them with a screwdriver to shoot out more......

* i don't have idrive....

i dont think it matters whether or not you have idrive, just if you have the adaptive hid headlights. after you adjusted these headlights, have you noticed the headlights having the ability to adjust itself depending on load in the car?
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i dont think it matters whether or not you have idrive, just if you have the adaptive hid headlights. after you adjusted these headlights, have you noticed the headlights having the ability to adjust itself depending on load in the car?
it only moves left/right..........

when i load up my trunk with like 200 pounds of rice....
my light shoots upward.....it does not adjust...or leveled-off

regarding i-drive: you don't have to adjust it manually
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so you're saying that if you have idrive, you dont have to adjust it manually? how does idrive adjust it for you or how do you adjust it in idrive?
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so you're saying that if you have idrive, you dont have to adjust it manually? how does idrive adjust it for you or how do you adjust it in idrive?
longtran.......talk to him.....he adjusted his on i-drive.....

i had to adjust mine with a philip's screwdriver.......
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after i dropped my car....
my lights were pointing straight to the ground....like 5 feet in front of me.
i had to manually adjust them with a screwdriver to shoot out more......
The headligt vertical aim control sensor is located in the rear axle suspension. I guess it has to be adjusted when you drop the car or it will think you are heavily loaded all the time (and hence angle the headlights down).

See realoem.com for part details: http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...37&hg=33&fg=30
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The headligt vertical aim control sensor is located in the rear axle suspension. I guess it has to be adjusted when you drop the car or it will think you are heavily loaded all the time (and hence angle the headlights down).

See realoem.com for part details: http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...37&hg=33&fg=30
Since I dropped mine it still works(moves up and down when you start the car) but it doesn't seem to have the same range of motion it did before. The headlights appear to be setting correctly though.
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you have to adjust the sensor in the back. not sure what your going to have to do but the car thinks there is a heavy load in the back.
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can someone write how to change it with idrive? i have heard that it can be done but i cant seem to find it when im playing with all the menus in it...l
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can someone write how to change it with idrive? i have heard that it can be done but i cant seem to find it when im playing with all the menus in it...l
pm longtran
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i did already..said he couldnt remember and he dont drive it to work no more cause to many miles...
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i did already..said he couldnt remember and he dont drive it to work no more cause to many miles...
okay....maybe you i-drive people are just too comfortable.

get out of your car and find a philip's screwdriver....and screw this!
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okay....maybe you i-drive people are just too comfortable.

get out of your car and find a philip's screwdriver....and screw this!


Damn, this almost as bad as people who won't walk 10 feet to change the channel on the TV if the remote is lost....
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will my headlights lose its self aiming capabilities if i were to get a full coilover setup? i'm not talking about the adaptive headlight technology where it moves left and right, but im' talking about the headlights ability to adjust up and down depending on your load to avoid blinding oncoming traffic.

my friend who got coilovers for his a4 said he lost this capability when put in his suspension. the reason there is a sensor that monitors the shock/spring load and adjusts the headlights accordingly. i was wondering if this is true or if any of you guys have experience with this. thanks.
I just got my coils overs *KW V.1* installed last saturday and I can tell you that the self aiming is still working without problem.

it shoots down and then back up when I start my car.

So... np here.

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okay....maybe you i-drive people are just too comfortable.

get out of your car and find a philip's screwdriver....and screw this!
nah, its not that im lazy, i just wanted to find out how to use this option..i saw ur post on how to use the screw a while back..just wanted to know then i could shine at the foo in that cut me off
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I just got my coils overs *KW V.1* installed last saturday and I can tell you that the self aiming is still working without problem.

it shoots down and then back up when I start my car.

So... np here.

this is a little off topic but how's the ride on the kw var. 1 coilovers? i'm considering to get them, but i heard that they are a little on the stiff side? also did you have sport package, and have u gotten an alignment?
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I just got my coils overs *KW V.1* installed last saturday and I can tell you that the self aiming is still working without problem.

it shoots down and then back up when I start my car.

So... np here.

mine still shoots down and then back up when i start my car.........

but the outward range is different........before the drop it was fine...
after the drop........the light shines straight down to the ground....
i just had to adjust it like it was before.
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nah, its not that im lazy, i just wanted to find out how to use this option..i saw ur post on how to use the screw a while back..just wanted to know then i could shine at the foo in that cut me off
stiff yes

a bit too low for me too

will adjust higher after few more days and do alignment.

but with H&R sways + KW Coils, i can make harder turns and feel the wheels stickier than before.

pretty nice feel!
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mine still shoots down and then back up when i start my car.........

but the outward range is different........before the drop it was fine...
after the drop........the light shines straight down to the ground....
i just had to adjust it like it was before.
how did you get yours to aim like before?

what's your ref.?

or just eye ball adjustment?
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how did you get yours to aim like before?

what's your ref.?

or just eye ball adjustment?
adjust at night.......using the garage door as point of reference before and after.....then test it out
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