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I have problem with the headlights

when i bought the car i bought new headlights too but these are so weak. I changed bulbs for 100W Halogen, without succes. In my country the Xenon is illehal only the factory built in not..
I searcing after some European lamps or for some other solution, how can i have good and strong headlight....
The european standard is assimetric, lighting different i think. Can somebody help me in this question? THX
 

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Or you can make a new harness for the lamps using 12 gauge wire and some relays and some high temp sockets that you can pick up online or at a local parts store. This will help get better voltage to the bulb.
 

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just found out ford makes a headlight adjusting wrench that fits in there perfectly (Fords and their special tools haha), actually helps a lot with the tight spot. Just thought i would throw that out there.
 

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I have the Ilse 4mm ratcheting drive. Ford no longer makes them as far as I know, that's why Ilse picked it up. Not every Sears carries them in store but as many said; Sears online or I got mine on Amazon. I'll post a pic of it tomorrow, It's pretty heavy duty and well made. It will definitely outlast me.

Proper headlight adjusting;

1. Find a long flat surface with a wall.
2. Pull as close to the wall as you can and turn on your lights.
3. Use blue tape and make a cross on the wall directly in front of your bulbs.
4. Back the car up 25 feet as straight as possible.
5. Adjust your headlights so the hottest spot is about 2 inches outside of the vertical part of the cross and and about 2 inches below the horizontal line.

If your car is lowered obviously the bulbs are going to be closer to the ground so you may want to aim them a bit higher for distance if you drive highways at night and have a hard time seeing at night like I do. It's a good starting point anyways and will make sure they are adjusted evenly then if you need to you can adjust for your driving. I set my headlights a little high then the fog lights I pointed even further to the left & right to help with side to side (animals on the side of the road at night) I wish I could find some brighter fog lights that fit in the SC brackets in my bumper.

Also if you upgrade to 100w bulbs you really should add relays/fuses and upgrade the sockets. They run a bit hotter and you OEM stuff isn't made for it. I had the 100w for awhile and nobody ever flashed me, never got pulled over for them. With all the different headlights out there today they don't stand out as much as true HID's.

just found out ford makes a headlight adjusting wrench that fits in there perfectly (Fords and their special tools haha), actually helps a lot with the tight spot. Just thought i would throw that out there.
Make sure it's the right one if you get one. There are 2 out there and although both are 4mm they are very different designs. I think it's 99+ Fords that had the adjustment stud facing the front so it was easier to get to.
 

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Tools

Top one is the right one for rear adjusting Ford head lights.

Bottom one is for later models with the forward facing adjusters.

 

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.... those run like 20 bucks what if i take my headlight out and keep putting it back ...geesh that would be time consuming guess theres no easy choice
 

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not my pic obviously, bt anyway where the fastners go into my driverside as one side broken(the slot). so im trying to adjust my headlight and the bolt comes off the headlight. so i figure oh il put it back on, nope wont go on. were my fastners go previous owners put wing nuts and washers.so i dont understand how they locked it in place. so is there anyway i can fix this to were the bolt stays in or am i going to have to but whole new panel??
 

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not my pic obviously, bt anyway where the fastners go into my driverside as one side broken(the slot). so im trying to adjust my headlight and the bolt comes off the headlight. so i figure oh il put it back on, nope wont go on. were my fastners go previous owners put wing nuts and washers.so i dont understand how they locked it in place. so is there anyway i can fix this to were the bolt stays in or am i going to have to but whole new panel??
So, if you screw the bolt towards the passenger side (which should push it out the front/top of the headlamp and LOWER the headlight), it doesn't do it?
 

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my bolt goes right through into the headlight and i hold it at the tip with socket.then i just tighten the washer with wing nut and the bolt comes out....

this is what i got

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TBIRD9491, you're missing the plastic land that the bolt is supposed to go through.

Maybe you can find some compatible ones at the boneyard off broken / "That's supposed to be CLEAR???" headlights.

You'll need something like a retaining ring plier to remove the clips you're supposed to have. Keep those also - a pair new at the HELP! counter is like $5 in town ($2.75 at RockAuto). And it takes six for a car (!!)

If you're boneyard scavaging, try to get six of the adjustable, not four adjustable and two fixed (that'll give you a bit more adjustment range.)

FordParts.COM lists them - http://www.fordparts.com/Commerce/CatalogResults.aspx?y=1994&m=Ford&mo=Thunderbird#Search

RwP
 

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I broke one of mine awhile back on a new set of headlights, I just took the square landing part off one of the old headlights. Wish I had a headlight here to show you but yea get the clips too I bought a whole box of them (40-50?) last year.
 

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i know but like i said were the fastner goes the sides what holds it in are gone/broken
You mean the square hole in the header panel?

If so, to fix it, you'll need to replace the header panel.

RwP
 

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JB Weld; fill it in then use a dremel or a drill to reshape the hole.

Edit: Actually, if the problem is the header panel if the hole isn't broken out too much go to Home Depot and just get some bigger washers or find some plastic and cut it so that it will be big enough to cover the hole in the header panel. If it's broke it's broke, you're not going to hurt it.
 
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