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Old 12-15-2011, 07:04 PM   #1
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zkw headlight beam pattern problem

the picture below is my beam pattern.. notice the part where it goes up?
ive been told that its for lighting up road signs and so on, makes sense.

but when im driving on the highway ( far left lane ), my light pattern where it arches up would shine directly at the cars in the middle lane and far right lane... and few times after i pass them, they would high beam me.


i feel bad because .. its just my low beam and i cant do anything about it.

any1 else have this problem? and any way to fix this issue?

( ive never been high beamed from on coming traffic, so i dont think my cut off line is above normal either...)


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Old 12-15-2011, 07:08 PM   #2
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aim the headlights lower

fix the cutoff - here's what this looks like http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=62734

do a retrofit with some tsx/fx projectors
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:10 PM   #3
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FYI, euro projectors are made like that.
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:17 PM   #4
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thanks guys for the info, i think the tsx retrofit is too hard for me..lol i'll probably try the flat cut off line.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:52 PM   #5
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its only a problem if you are running HID's in there...

and this is a prime example why you shouldnt. glare and upticks like that on a halogen projector that dont exist on an HID projector.

the oem halogen reflectors are worse. HID kits without a proper retro fit is bad.
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its only a problem if you are running HID's in there...

and this is a prime example why you shouldnt.
First time we've ever agreed on something!
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Agree , i fixed mine with flat cut off plates.
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its only a problem if you are running HID's in there...

and this is a prime example why you shouldnt. glare and upticks like that on a halogen projector that dont exist on an HID projector.

the oem halogen reflectors are worse. HID kits without a proper retro fit is bad.
but dont all people or 99% of the people who buy zkw/depo projector lights buy them so they can run HIDs?

and its not a glare.. its how the lens cut off line is made so it lights up the road signs.





even with the halogen light bulbs, cut off line is the same.
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even with the halogen light bulbs, cut off line is the same.
Yeah I'm not sure. I have Bosch lights with stock H1 Bulbs with the OEM cutoff and have never had a problem blinding anyone. Only had that issue when I used to have HIDs.
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what kind of halogens are you guys using?? I had some in my bosch and I couldn't see anything..
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i dont blind ppl in front, or near, only 18 wheelers on the highway if im far left and if the 18 wheeler is like 20 cars ahead on the far right lane..

maybe they are just in a pissy mood at night times....
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what kind of halogens are you guys using?? I had some in my bosch and I couldn't see anything..
I use Sylvania Xtravision. A little more expensive than the usual H1s but the output is great with the Bosch lights.
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but dont all people or 99% of the people who buy zkw/depo projector lights buy them so they can run HIDs?

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they buy them for the glass first...hid's shortly follow usually and thats pure R*CE! 100%

its all kinds of wrong. and yes its glare...the cut off is poor for HID set up and it leads to glare...from the upticks and other light escaping. a proper HID projector has the proper optics for that light output.


and yes you are glaring/blinding people. you might think you arent but you are.

HID kits in anything may have been cool in High school when you didnt know any better...but by now , do it right or dont do it.
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lol no point arguing with u SiR, lol i like the 'RICE' look of hid in zkw projectors lol and i'll keep my set up as long as i can
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the picture below is my beam pattern.. notice the part where it goes up?
ive been told that its for lighting up road signs and so on, makes sense.

but when im driving on the highway ( far left lane ), my light pattern where it arches up would shine directly at the cars in the middle lane and far right lane... and few times after i pass them, they would high beam me.

i feel bad because .. its just my low beam and i cant do anything about it.

any1 else have this problem? and any way to fix this issue?

( ive never been high beamed from on coming traffic, so i dont think my cut off line is above normal either...)

You are making an issue from something that was made by design. HIDs or not, yes, you will be blinding people in the right lane when passing.

So:

1) drive faster
2) go back to stock crappy lights
3) stop driving in the left lane
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