Placing beam benders

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  1. johnandi

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    Hi again,
    I've bought some AA beam benders to avoid having to go through the headlight adjustment job as shown by the poor bloke in the photo (found on the net) - although I have recently had to replace the dipped beam headlight which took well over an hour and involved having to remove the inner mudguard to gain access - sorry, I digress!

    The diagram with the AA beam benders indicates to fit them to the top right of centre of the headlight (as in their Fig 9), but this doesn't sound right to me? Shouldn't they be fitted below the centre??
    Has anyone fitted these please?

    Thanks again
    John:Confused:
     

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    Hi John,
    That sounds correct to me, it will stop the left hand intensity of the beam and divert it more to the right. Jane :Smile:
     
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    I have the stick on ones bought from Halfords.

    My only worry, is that mine is a Fiat and I notice that the instructions (ie where to stick the deflector on the light) are different for the peugeot boxer. Since they are fundamentally the same van it seems funny that they should have different headlights????

    Doesn't inspire confidence that the instructions are correct!
     
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    Hi Jane,
    Sorry, but what sounds correct? The AA instructions or my assumptions? :Doh:
     
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    Hi John, agreed it was unclear. The AA instructions. Jane :Smile:
     
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    Park your van a few feet away from a wall where you can see the beam of your lights.

    You will see the (dipped) beam reflecting up to the left (UK nearside) as you look at the wall. This "Kick up" is the area of light you want to use the deflectors to stop. Just position the reflectors over you headlights till you see this light cancelled out. This is then the right position. Then stick them on securely.
    I just used to use electrical tape (much cheaper) to mask this area of light off, as all you want to do is avoid dazzling oncoming traffic which will be on your nearside (when driving on the right on the continent).:thumb:

    When I lived in France we had one UK car and one French car, we used to cross regularly between UK and France with both cars and never bothered with deflectors on either, so I got out of the habit.
    I can adjust the dipped beam down sufficiently on the electric headlamp adjustment so as not to dazzle oncoming vehicles.
    By the way look at all the foreign trucks and cars on UK roads these days, they never seem to have any beam deflectors or tape masking off their lights.
    Also modern "cornering headlights and xenon lamps give rise to different issues and be careful as apparently some glues can damage some modern headlight lenses.:Eeek:
     
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    If you wear glasses..... forget the benders... put a piece of black tape over the top of each lens ... sorted :Wink:

    I would go by the AA instructions.. but as I've never used what would I know :Doh:
     
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    If you do use them it's not a good idea to leave them on when you return from your travels. The adhesive will etch the headlamp, most seem to be made of plastic.
     
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    OK, seems reasonable - but I'll also aim the lights at the garage door and see if that helps sort it out.
    Thanks everyone,

    John:thumb:
     
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    thanks

    we are off to France shortly and I must admit that I had forgotten about these deflectors so must get to Halford's soonest>>
    On another tack Has anyone had to change a front headlight bulb on the new Peugeot Boxer headlights Its a nightmare esp on the offside as I had to undo the holder for the windscreen fluid just to get my hand in. Then to unsrew the cap in very difficult:Eeek:
     
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    Assuming the AA benders are in fact Eurolites, the correct position for them on the Hella projector lights used in the twin formation on a Hymer B Class is shown in figure 8 of the attached.
     

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