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Re: How to raise the Mazda Xenon headlight for better visibility
« Reply #15 on: July 04, 2008, 09:07:52 AM »
Sorry to drag this up.. but i agree the xenons are set stupidly low... as it is i rekon the beam cuts off not even 5m away from the front of the car, which makes it essential to use full beams on unlit roads round here.

Si68, did your MOT man adjust them with the screwdriver?

I don't think Si has internet access at the mo.

I adjusted mine with a screw driver. Its easier if you take the fuse box cover off. The screws are quite stiff to move. Mark the screws up with a line of white enamel paint and remember how many turns you make. Keep them even both sides. U'll only need 2 turns max and fine tuning with 1/4 and 1/8th of turns.

Remember that as they are Xenons they can't be run at the same range as regular lights. You should be able to see the cut off on the road. Don't raise them too high.

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Re: How to raise the Mazda Xenon headlight for better visibility
« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2008, 10:15:17 AM »
Finally back online - Orange!!! Grr!!

Yes, my mate used a screwdriver to do it.
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Re: How to raise the Mazda Xenon headlight for better visibility
« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2008, 11:49:22 AM »
odd, my zenons seem to be set at a good height! Light up the road a treat...
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Re: How to raise the Mazda Xenon headlight for better visibility
« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2008, 01:51:15 PM »
Ill try to get a pic of it tonight... it might just be me, this is my first car with xenons..
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Re: How to raise the Mazda Xenon headlight for better visibility
« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2008, 05:45:34 PM »
odd, my zenons seem to be set at a good height! Light up the road a treat...

Some dealers know about this, perhaps it was done as PDI???

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Re: How to raise the Mazda Xenon headlight for better visibility
« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2008, 03:23:55 PM »
Hi MisterG, the short range problem was the first indication on mine that the levelling auto sensor/motor was about to pack up....had them adjusted at the dealer not knowing this, then a week later they were too high. Had the motors renewed under warranty...ok since (fingers very crossed)
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Re: How to raise the Mazda Xenon headlight for better visibility
« Reply #21 on: July 07, 2008, 01:57:00 PM »
Hi MisterG, the short range problem was the first indication on mine that the levelling auto sensor/motor was about to pack up....had them adjusted at the dealer not knowing this, then a week later they were too high. Had the motors renewed under warranty...ok since (fingers very crossed)

Hmm but this surely shouldnt be the issue on a brand new car??
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Re: How to raise the Mazda Xenon headlight for better visibility
« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2008, 03:30:26 PM »
Hi MisterG, the short range problem was the first indication on mine that the levelling auto sensor/motor was about to pack up....had them adjusted at the dealer not knowing this, then a week later they were too high. Had the motors renewed under warranty...ok since (fingers very crossed)

Hmm but this surely shouldnt be the issue on a brand new car??

Probably not an impending component failure as it's a new car (congrats by the way) I would go along the lines that they have not been set correctly.
As your car is only a matter of weeks/days old I would definately pay the dealers a visit and ask them to check it out.
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Re: How to raise the Mazda Xenon headlight for better visibility
« Reply #23 on: July 08, 2008, 11:50:45 PM »
Well, after comparing with another car (albeit a skoda) the lights are defo too low... travelling down a unlit part of the M62 made me realise that the range on them was terrible.. the distance of them was only lighting up the distance between 2 catseyes (ie i could only see one lit while the other passed the car)

Ill give the dealer a shout tomorrow as i also have the rattly scuttle cover problem
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Re: How to raise the Mazda Xenon headlight for better visibility
« Reply #24 on: July 09, 2008, 08:42:46 AM »
Ive just had "a moment of clarity"  ;D

I bet that when the Aero kit was designed, they didnt think to sort out the headlight levelling... IE,  because the suspension is a couple of CM lower the headlights think the back end it heavier loaded than it is, so angles the headlights DOWN more!.. now it makes sense LOL!

Am going to get some Rallye main beams and diadems ordered too.. the main beam isnt great either  ;)
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Re: How to raise the Mazda Xenon headlight for better visibility
« Reply #25 on: July 09, 2008, 07:26:51 PM »
Am going to get some Rallye main beams and diadems ordered too.. the main beam isnt great either  ;)
I've got a spare pair of diadems, still in the packet.

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Re: How to raise the Mazda Xenon headlight for better visibility
« Reply #26 on: July 15, 2008, 09:34:20 PM »
Grrr.. useless dealer!
they have adjusted them, but different amounts so one is higher than the other... ill have a go myself at the weekend!
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Re: How to raise the Mazda Xenon headlight for better visibility
« Reply #27 on: July 15, 2008, 09:40:03 PM »
Keep in mind the top of the beam curves, so rather than a solid beam of light from left to right you'll have two arcs with a dead spot in the middle.

As suggested park opposite a wall. As far as Xenons go, the beam throw is poor, but its nicer than regular lights.

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Re: How to raise the Mazda Xenon headlight for better visibility
« Reply #28 on: July 16, 2008, 12:23:42 PM »
Keep in mind the top of the beam curves, so rather than a solid beam of light from left to right you'll have two arcs with a dead spot in the middle.

As suggested park opposite a wall. As far as Xenons go, the beam throw is poor, but its nicer than regular lights.

Yeah, but they have the same "step" in the middle that lines up... think ill raise the other one to match the high one which i think is about right.
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Re: How to raise the Mazda Xenon headlight for better visibility
« Reply #29 on: September 20, 2008, 09:37:59 AM »
I took my MPS to the dealer this week about the Xenons. They agreed that they looked low.

I had to leave the car with them for a day while they worked out how to adjust them however, they did manage to raise them up and they stretch much further up the road than before, I was actually able to drive at 70 on the dual carriage way rather than 55/60 before because I could only see a short way in front.

I guess I should have taken some before and after pics. Previously they stopped about 1 car length away with a very defined cut-off.

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Re: How to raise the Mazda Xenon headlight for better visibility
« Reply #29 on: September 20, 2008, 09:37:59 AM »