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Adjusting Truck-lite Headlights

Just installed some Trucklite LEDs and need to adjust them. I have the Rugged Ridge trim rings in the grill and I can't see the adjustment screws fully. Are they Phillip heads, Allen heads, or what? I could pull the grill off again but that would be too easy. Also for adjusting them vertically would I use the inboard or outboard screws? Thanks............
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torx screws. and only the vertical is adjustable on the US models. You can order the torx screws to make the horizontal adjustable. It is a pain but worth the effort. I think they are 15 torx but I can't remember for sure.

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They are the 15 torx, and the horizontal adjustment is worth it. Takes about 15 min per side to install and will allow you to adjust the headlights horizontal while they are on.
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Just installed some Trucklite LEDs and need to adjust them. I have the Rugged Ridge trim rings in the grill and I can't see the adjustment screws fully. Are they Phillip heads, Allen heads, or what? I could pull the grill off again but that would be too easy. Also for adjusting them vertically would I use the inboard or outboard screws? Thanks............
Pop the trim off, and adjust with the aforementioned 15 torx...you'll want a long thin one if you don't plan on taking the grill off. The vertical adjustment can be found near the upper and outside part of the headlight when looking at it head on.
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I also have trim rings and when I go to install my TLs I'm going to drill holes into the trim so I can adjust them with the grill on.


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i got one of these so i can adjust without removing the grill

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torx screws. and only the vertical is adjustable on the US models. You can order the torx screws to make the horizontal adjustable. It is a pain but worth the effort. I think they are 15 torx but I can't remember for sure.
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They are the 15 torx, and the horizontal adjustment is worth it. Takes about 15 min per side to install and will allow you to adjust the headlights horizontal while they are on.
For reference, these are the screws (Mopar part# 55078114AA):

Lower item is the factory fixed standoff that the adjuster screw replaces.

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For reference, these are the screws (Mopar part# 55078114AA):

Lower item is the factory fixed standoff that the adjuster screw replaces.
Thanks for this. Just came across it and had my dealer order me a pair of these.

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Thanks for this. Just came across it and had my dealer order me a pair of these.
It does make a big difference getting the horizontal adjustment to get rid of the big X crossing of the beams. It is a bit of a pain and becareful not to break your retaining ring that holds the screws as it is not available as a separate part. I used a heat gun to heat the plastic up a bit so the old dummy screws would pop out and the new adjustable ones would pop in. there is a great write up on wrangler forum.
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Adjusting Truck-lite Headlights

Just ordered some off eBay will be here Thursday.


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It does make a big difference getting the horizontal adjustment to get rid of the big X crossing of the beams. It is a bit of a pain and becareful not to break your retaining ring that holds the screws as it is not available as a separate part. I used a heat gun to heat the plastic up a bit so the old dummy screws would pop out and the new adjustable ones would pop in. there is a great write up on wrangler forum.
Thanks. I haven't been called yet from Dodge, but I assume they'll arrive this week. Will take a look over there to read the write up before tackling this.

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If by chance you do snap any of the retainer fingers on the adjustment ring, you can get a new headlight with the ring for about 45-50 bucks on Rock Auto, which beats the 180 the dealer wanted for the same assembly. Don't ask.

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Got mine today and just finished putting them. Waiting for it to get dark so I can adjust.


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If by chance you do snap any of the retainer fingers on the adjustment ring, you can get a new headlight with the ring for about 45-50 bucks on Rock Auto, which beats the 180 the dealer wanted for the same assembly. Don't ask.

Hahaha. I had the same "by chance" you did. I used a nut on the outside of the adjustment screw so it didn't get pulled in and a spacer inside to push the headlight in place while my replacement came in. Ordered mine from Morris for about 60 bucks. I kinda want to ask though...how did you do it. I broke mine in a fit of dumbassness.
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I replaced mine recently and I ran the plastic ring under hot water before I tried to pop out the original screw. I took a small bladed screwdriver and slipped it into one of the slots in the plastic, twisted a little and the OE screw popped out easily. Good luck!
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I work on things with the finesse of an epileptic arm wrestler sometimes. I bought those fucking screws, got them home from the dealer. Pulled the passenger headlight, went to remove the ring from the pivots and adjuster and snapped both sets of pivot fingers rendering the ring nearly worthless. Then I saw the coarse threads on the pivot screws, then looked at the adjusters with the fine thread and I was like, nope! Epoxy'd the ring in place until the new one came and just decided to leave the lights installed sans adjusters.

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Adjusting Truck-lite Headlights

Got mine adjusted last night. Instead of the big Y or X in the middle I was able to get 2 little upside down triangles on either side of the road.


Also I removed the screw and studs all together to pull the ring off. Then gently wiggled the stud till it came out. Had no issues, breaks, or cracks.

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