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Old 19th June 2008
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Angry Align HID's 06 AERO

I'm trying to align my HID's "stock" on my 06 AERO. I brought it to the dealer and they have no idea what a "cutoff" is or what is should look like.

I've called around a number of placed that do HID retrofits and they either do not adjust them or have no experience adjusting them.

Essentially, I am having a difficult time aligning the left kick with the right kick and aligning the left beam with the right beam patter to create a one phased "razor" like cuttoff beam...

I've included a link that explains the terms I am talking about.

Suggestions or the real saab Tech II instructions would be great...my dealer has no idea and/or is not interested...i've called two places..

http://faqlight.carpassion.info/hl-aiming.htm
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Old 26th June 2008
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Default Any Ideas?

Anybody have any ideas? How about links to what a SAAB HID headlight alignment site?
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Old 28th June 2008
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bump. looking for this as well.
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Old 28th June 2008
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I have actually been nailing my dealer on this. I've heard so many stories, some places say to use an optical beam aimer and others say it does not work.



The headlights align left to right and vertically the same way as a standard halogen.



On the 06 9-3 aero it is 25 inches from aim mark on the headlight enclosure to the ground.



At the wall 25' feet away you create your center line at 22.9 inches

Create your left kick and right kick from the dead center of your car at 23 inches left and 23 inches right for the left and right intersecting the center line…this is where the left and right kick should be aimed. (See instructions in the URL on the first post).



This is where it gets tricky...the first step is to aim the left beam pattern with the right light covered with a dark towel. No problem...The bottom lip should align with the 22.9 center mark and the left kick should intersect the market to the left at 22.9 inches.



Then align the right beam pattern with the left light covered to ensure the left half of the beam pattern (dip) is at 22.9 inches; the right rise will actually be above the center line.



PROBLEM: After the lights are lined up and I pull the towel the left and right beam patterns do not create a one step pattern no matter how hard I try to tweak the lights.



Furthermore, if you start the car and let the lights adjust the auto level sensor kicks in and you can see the right light drop lower than the left light when looking at the beam pattern. The two beam patterns seem to separate and then come back together...This is not normal.



I had one guy say to pull the battery and let the auto level sensor rest...I also had someone recommend having the ACL flashed by a tech II.



What a mess. I am about 95% there but it still isn’t perfect





IDEAS???
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Not to be a retard or anything but I was wondering what each of the screws do, I realize the one on either side lowers/raises the beam but what does the second screw do? Does it adjust the _/ part?
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One is up and down, the other is left and right.

Both lights have the step for DOT, so you'll never get a cutoff like

__________/

The best you're going to do is get

___/____/

If you get the top one, it is because your driver headlight is pointed so far to the right that it lines up with your passenger light
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Moderators: If these guys figure this out, it should definitely be a sticky!
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One is up and down, the other is left and right.

Both lights have the step for DOT, so you'll never get a cutoff like

__________/

The best you're going to do is get

___/____/

If you get the top one, it is because your driver headlight is pointed so far to the right that it lines up with your passenger light
And if you get the top one you will only get it at a certain distance. If you notice while driving you will see a single step out going down the road. You should not be trying to recreate the top sample at 25 feet. What was wrong with the factory aiming? Mine are perfect.
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I meant per each headlight.. so left-right and up-down. I've been toying around in there because I think something bent/broke when I hit a nasty pothole (damn ny roads) in the rain and now the driver's side headlight kind of flutters when I'm idling or driving and I think I lost a wheel weight too because I have a vibration over 65.
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