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I have seen some complaints about poor headlight output and I think i have a solution. I noticed the light is very bright but it has a very sharp cutoff and doesn't shine out very far on low beams.

Below is a quick reference on how to adjust the headlights. You can find a diagram of what to do on page 200 of the EXL section of the shop reference manual. It took me an hour to figure out exactly what the line drawings meant! so here are the pictures showing where the correct screw is...


The pictures were taken on the drivers side. It was easier to show the whole process.

The following images were taken toward the front bumper as if you were in the drivers seat (top of the image is toward the front of the car)


Here is where the screw driver goes. it is very strange. You are not going to turn an actual screw but you turn the screwdriver and the edges of it engage with the teeth on the wheel.


Here it is closer. Notice the side of the driver is interacting with the silver teeth.



And again from a different angle.

Once you have the screwdriver positioned correctly and verify that when you turn the driver it moves the silver gear then turn your headlights on and adjust them to your liking.

As soon as the sun goes down I will let you all know if the light quality is better or if i get "flashed" because oncomming traffic thinks I have my high beams on! 8)
 
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Nice Cubit. :yes: Bump it up. 8)
 

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AyaRei said:
Can you not use a ratchet on it, or does the hex bolt not turn with the rest of it?
AyaRei,

The hex bolt *does* turn, but it is in an awkward position. Plus its a ton easier to use a screwdriver because you don't have to turn it by feel and risk the wrench slipping off the nut while you watch the adjustment.

Additionally, after making the adjustments I noted that the high-beams were a little too high so it is a very fine line between a lot better low beams and even more dark road between the bumper and the point that the high beams strike the road. The high beams still worked ok, but its not ideal. Maybe there would be some way to get the fog lights to stay on while the high beams were on... I will have to think of how to use a relay circuit or something...
 

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Thanks for posting this, I was wondering how to do this myself cause I had noticed the low beam cutoff being at such a short distance.
 

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I to have read that the headlights were poor but did not think they were that bad. Nice posting that up. You can tell by the channel there that Nissan has a special tool for the job that fits where the screwdriver is. I wonder is a punch would fit better.

I will have to play with it.

More screws I could not see :(
 

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Here is some more information, just to confuse things further... :D

The manual actually shows two views of where the screwdriver should go in order to adjust the headlight height. The reason I was originally scratching my head was because they show two different locations!! Notice the screwdriver is placed at 2 entirely different angles and the confusing arrows pointing towards the center of the vehicle (which is reversed on the front view and rear view) The view of the front of the Cube the screwdrivers are placed in the wrong position!

if that sentence confuses you then look at this picture, because I was totally like "what???" :-\


This picture from the manual was the whole reason I decided to write up a HOWTO...
 

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