Season 3: Episode 2
How-To Aim Headlights

How-To Aim Headlights

Chris Duke from Motorz TV shows you how to upgrade and aim your vehicle’s headlights, compares stock and aftermarket bulbs, and more.

This episode (S03E02) originally aired on MavTV on February 14th, 2010. This version contains the entire show, but with fewer commercials.

Links

My Hella Lights

Episode Notes

It’s so easy to walk into your local Kragen, AutoZone, Napa Auto Parts, Pep Boys, etc. and grab any ol’ headlamp bulb when one goes out (or you wish to upgrade). But before you do, you should watch this episode! There is a difference between a stock bulb and Hella’s bulb, and there is a right way and a wrong way to handle the bulbs. Plus we also get into headlamp alignment, showing you one way to make sure that you’re night blinding oncoming traffic at night!

Also in this episode we feature the first-ever Letterz segment, the return of the Partz segment, and the introduction of the new Ridez segment, where we feature a viewer’s ride on our show!

Product Information

In this episode we feature products from Hella, Inc. For more information, just look to the right!

Be sure to check with your local laws regarding headlight laws.

Music

This episode features music from COLDWEST. “Snakeskinner”, “Ignition”, and a custom song for the Motorz Intro.

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Disclaimer

THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THESE PROGRAMS AND WEBSITE ARE FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND ARE NOT DIRECTED TO ANY PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL OR FOR ANY PARTICULAR MAKE OR MODEL OF VEHICLE. MODIFYING YOUR VEHICLE CAN BE DANGEROUS. APPROPRIATE SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND PROCEDURES SHOULD BE USED. USE CAUTION WHEN OPERATING A MODIFIED VEHICLE AND REMEMBER YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE PROGRAMS, DEMONSTRATIONS AND/OR PROCEDURES MAY NOT PROVIDE ALL NECESSARY OR RELEVANT INFORMATION. APPLICABLE LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS SHOULD BE CHECKED BEFORE ANY PROJECT IS COMMENCED. ADDITIONALLY, BEFORE COMMENCING YOUR PROJECT, YOU SHOULD CHECK A VEHICLE'S OWNER'S MANUAL, SHOP MANUAL, WARRANTY BOOKLET AND/OR WITH A MANUFACTURER'S REPRESENTATIVE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND TO UNDERSTAND WHAT EFFECT, IF ANY, A MODIFICATION WILL HAVE ON THE SAFETY FEATURES OR THE MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY COVERAGE OF YOUR VEHICLE. PLEASE GET PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE IF YOU'RE NOT SURE, AND, IF PROVIDED, ALWAYS REVIEW THE INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS OF ANY AFTERMARKET PRODUCT. DUKE NETWORKS, LLC MAKES NO WARRANTIES EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED AS TO THE COMPLETENESS, ACCURACY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF ANY OF THE DEMONSTRATIONS, PROCEDURES, AND/OR PROGRAMS NOR DOES IT GUARANTEE THAT THE PROGRAMS WILL BE ERROR-FREE OR CONTINUOUSLY AVAILABLE. YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE AND THE PROGRAMS CONTAINED THEREIN ARE AT YOUR SOLE RISK.

81 Responses to “How-To Aim Headlights”

  1. motorztv Says:

    About the right time too :)

  2. motorztv Says:

    This is the same version that airs on TV but a bit shorter as it doesn’t have quite so many commercials. You can get your ride featured on the show by going to the Motorz website and clicking on “Ridez”

  3. INSANEFREAK1 Says:

    wat channel does this air on?

  4. whatever6750 Says:

    Really like these long episodes!!

  5. motorztv Says:

    Great! Thanks for the feedback. I wasn’t sure if I should break them up into smaller segments or not.

  6. motorztv Says:

    MavTV cable and DISH Network, Sunday mornings at 8AM (EST). Check the Motorz TV website “As Seen On” page for more info! Thanks for watching!!

  7. motorztv Says:

    Also airs on Untamed Sports TV, and can be seen on TiVo, iTunes, and more…

  8. jon9879 Says:

    lol ok so try number 3, any advice on getting the yellowing out of the headlight lenses?

  9. motorztv Says:

    lol jon! There are some products on the market that, with a little bit of elbow grease, will clear up the haziness of older lenses but I’m not quite sure about the yellowing. You might need to get a replacement. eBay is a good place to pick them up, either used or aftermarket. Thanks for watching!

  10. GarrettJDB Says:

    i like the long episodes, keep up the great work

  11. oOoironhideoOo Says:

    that stang sounds crazy ..

  12. wafflecone38 Says:

    huge fan of these full episodes.

  13. motorztv Says:

    Twin turbos are crazy!

  14. motorztv Says:

    Thanks for letting us know… this is great to hear! Thanks for watching the show!

  15. mbudden0 Says:

    I like the long episodes. keep it up man. hope to see more!

  16. AngelicTonyDawg Says:

    I love the full episode its much nicer then your short ones Keep up the great work man you doing an awsome job plus sometimes i get to learn something i didnt know

  17. Cheeny23 Says:

    hahaha, royal purple hair gel

  18. rbishop Says:

    Love this! I’m subscribing. I own a ’01 Stratus (my first Dodge) and being a woman, I love to learn about things like this. I want to make the fog lights brighter and my the headlight lenses are also yellowed and hazy. Will replace them now. Is there a how-to vid you recommend for these projects? Thanks.

  19. Sigrafix Says:

    I recently put in some 15000K’s… got pulled over 3 days later… Haha.

  20. Sigrafix Says:

    I recently put in some 15000K’s… got pulled over 3 days later… Haha.

  21. hatdomfratdom Says:

    i got the good old 10000k hids and i love them and have never got pulled over

  22. hatdomfratdom Says:

    i got the good old 10000k hids and i love them and have never got pulled over

  23. fordtruck0 Says:

    Is this the full length TV version? I like the additional segments. How can I get my truck featured on the show like that stang?

  24. motorztv Says:

    This is the same version that airs on TV but a bit shorter as it doesn't have quite so many commercials. You can get your ride featured on the show by going to the Motorz website and clicking on "Ridez"

  25. soccerdude817 Says:

    15000k’s are way to blue/ purple to even get useable light. 5000k is about the whitest white unless you go to a 55w then it will be about 6000k for the most useable light.

  26. lilsolo68 Says:

    one important question. how do you know where to put the horizontal tape at. if the lights or not aligned then wouldnt that make that line vary. i believe that there should be a certain height to set that first piece of tape at. im not an expert but if my lowbeams are set way high or way low already wouldnt that make a difference in where i set that horizontal tape at.

  27. slyjosh13 Says:

    amazing videos there ver very helpful thanks mate

  28. franlugano Says:

    Great video, and very usefull, Thanks you so much.

  29. DRUMMERNIGGA Says:

    check out the guy under the car at 19:53…lol

  30. NguyenEmpir3 Says:

    since when were HID illegal?

  31. NguyenEmpir3 Says:

    since when were HID illegal?

  32. NguyenEmpir3 Says:

    since when were HID illegal?

  33. NguyenEmpir3 Says:

    since when were HID illegal?

  34. Ahkomaton Says:

    do u aim both headlights 2 inches to the right of the vertical line??

  35. motorztv Says:

    @Ahkomaton Yes. Check it at 07:49

  36. Ahkomaton Says:

    @motorztv well i mean he didnt say to aim both headlights 2 inches to the right. does he mean to aim 2 inches to the right of the vertical line from the brightest spot of the light?

  37. motorztv Says:

    @Ahkomaton Yes–sorry if that wasn’t clear. You do it for both headlights. This is to prevent blinding other drivers who are coming at you on the other side of the road.

  38. psyfertech Says:

    this aiming technique doesnt really work that well for me, i have an s10 with sealed beam headlights and i just got the conversion kit that changes it to h4 bulbs so i had to aim them, basically what i have done is just eyeball it on the road then pull up to a wall and level them out with one another

  39. 400exrider92 Says:

    @NguyenEmpir3 There not illegal just illegal to put in stock lenses you need ones made for hids so they dont blind drivers at least thats what I was told I have 6k hids in my truck with stock lenses and they are fine they dont blind other drivers either

  40. juukame Says:

    i thought the hella bulbs would look a lot more blue in tint when compared to the stock ones.

  41. juukame Says:

    i thought the hella bulbs would look a lot more blue in tint when compared to the stock ones.

  42. Robskie13 Says:

    i tried aiming my headlights and i have the same ones in the video and none of them go up or down. what is wrong? my left one is i believe is to high

  43. motorztv Says:

    @Robskie13 Twist the top of the only post on the back of the light left or right using pliers or a socket. It will only go up and down, but not left or right.

  44. DanAmerican Says:

    @Cheeny23 man…good thing he’s joking. try that for real and nobody will want to stand near you. gear oil smells bad lol.

  45. DanAmerican Says:

    Thank you for clarifying on how to determine the proper height for aiming headlights. =>

  46. DanAmerican Says:

    Thank you for clarifying on how to determine the proper height for aiming headlights. =>

  47. KevinMichaelMichael Says:

    Awesome video! Really well done, thx!

  48. Garage flooring Says:

    I didn’t realize the Hella bulbs were so much different from the standard ones. Thanks for the vid – looking good!

  49. KingOfTheClutch Says:

    I wonder how many people are using Royal Purple for hair gel now……

  50. KingOfTheClutch Says:

    I wonder how many people are using Royal Purple for hair gel now……

  51. NguyenEmpir3 Says:

    since when were hids illegal?

  52. NguyenEmpir3 Says:

    since when were hids illegal?

  53. NguyenEmpir3 Says:

    since when were hids illegal?

  54. NguyenEmpir3 Says:

    since when were hids illegal?

  55. flakusp Says:

    how do I aim headlights on a older cherokee

  56. flakusp Says:

    how do I aim headlights on a older cherokee

  57. flakusp Says:

    how do I aim headlights on a older cherokee

  58. flakusp Says:

    how do I aim headlights on a older cherokee

  59. thebayareapimp Says:

    How do I do this for a 1994 Ford Thuserbird?

  60. thebayareapimp Says:

    How do I do this for a 1994 Ford Thuserbird?

  61. thebayareapimp Says:

    How do I do this for a 1994 Ford Thuserbird?

  62. thebayareapimp Says:

    How do I do this for a 1994 Ford Thuserbird?

  63. RsBl0gger91 Says:

    Please explain to me how you’re getting +17 hp from electric fans… From what you’re saying that’s a better increase than my catback and headers combined on my eclipse.

  64. motorztv Says:

    NOTE: All our previous videos were accidentally deleted, so we had to re-upload them all. Sorry for the inconvenience. We hope you continue to subscribe, LIKE and Favorite our videos! Visit our website (motorz.tv) for more!

  65. korihines12 Says:

    Hahaha “These bitchin looking headlamps” Nice!

  66. korihines12 Says:

    Hahaha “These bitchin looking headlamps” Nice!

  67. Justinds455 Says:

    Could something wrong with the headlamp housing cause the lights to not aim properly?

  68. Justinds455 Says:

    Could something wrong with the headlamp housing cause the lights to not aim properly?

  69. Jordan White Says:

    7:00 – 8:15 Most helpful part. Thanks!

  70. Jordan White Says:

    7:00 – 8:15 Most helpful part. Thanks!

  71. Juan Hernández Says:

    HELLA THE BEST OF THE BEST! but PHILLIPS IS THE BEST OF THE BEST OF BULBS!

  72. Juan Hernández Says:

    HELLA THE BEST OF THE BEST! but PHILLIPS IS THE BEST OF THE BEST OF BULBS!

  73. johnydii2 Says:

    When adjusted, the lights should not glare in oncoming car or truck windshields, nor should they illuminate the passenger compartment of vehicles driving in front of you. If so this truck is illegal because the heads lights will shine into the passenger compartment???

  74. Bruni Says:

    I can’t believe that you are using pliers instead of a 6mm socket to adjust your headlights. It’s because of people like you I often can’t get a bolt out because the stinking head is stripped!

  75. FordSix LitreLover Says:

    10:37 I prefer to have a canopy.

  76. FordSix LitreLover Says:

    10:37 I prefer to have a canopy.

  77. Alex Gomez Says:

    My 2013 honda civic doesn’t have to align light bulb i have to keep moving the bulb around help

  78. Eoin Craig Says:

    Really helpful video man, thanks a million.

  79. Mike Studmuffin Says:

    Your beam alignment works for that truck. You should discuss the light angles instead. Sedans sit naturally lower to the ground so the light beam will be less angled.

  80. Dan V Says:

    HID’s are not illegal. You just have to make sure you use them in the correct housing like projectors not reflectors. If you use them in the reflectors the light gets shot into peoples eyes. On the projectors there is a cut-off line and does not blind the on coming traffic.

  81. sforist Says:

    1:34 Nice Bulbs !!

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