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Fix for Headlight Jitters


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Here's a fix I tried for the up-stop for the lights. This is a bolt with a rubber stop on the end. If you remove the entire up-stop assembly and inset the bolt and double nut it, the rubber can take some of the shock out of the light hitting the stop. So you can adjust this a little tighter than you can the plastic stock assembly and have almost jitter free lights.<P> stop.jpg <P>Chuck<P>[ 07-20-2002: Message edited by: cdoersom ]<p>[ 07-20-2002: Message edited by: cdoersom ]

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I forgot to mention that you can get similar rubber stoppers at the hardware store and they are called hinge pin door stops. You may need to trim the rubber a bit to get a good length that will fit.<BR>Chuck

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Here's a picture (courtesy of Barney Eaton) of the headlight upstop Installed and adjusted. Also note that this is the proper routing for the headlight cable. Barney said that he saw many Reattas at Kokomo that had the cable routed directly down from the light instead of off to the side as shown in the picture.<P> upstop4.jpg<p>[ 07-21-2002: Message edited by: cdoersom ]

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Thanks to Chuck for posting the picture above. Pictures help a lot to understand the problems. This picture is of the drivers side, taken with the hood up, and shot from behind the headlight.<P>The white hex nut in the center of the picture (close to the cable) is the up-stop adjustment. The square white object below the nut is the plastic nut that breaks. It is like a smaller version of the plastic nuts used to hold licence plates. It is very easy to tell if yours is broken...the white hex nut will "wobble"<P>The cable routing to the headlight is important. It appears that when there has been front end work or possibly headlights replaced, the mechanic failed to install the cable properly. If it comes up directly behind the headlight, the open/close movement of the headlight works on the cable strands and eventually breaks one or more wires at the connector. Check your cable routing.

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