Merry Christmas all. Either I am getting older or the headlights on my
C5 seem to be too dim for me. It is especially troublesome on the
low-beam side. It looks like the beam is "hitting" the road about 20
feet in front of the drivers side and only slightly better on the pax
side. I have the silverstar bulbs in there now and did not see any
improvement. Anyone running better LED bulbs or street legal HIDS? Te
lights look fairly good on hi-beam, but practical in traffic. Thx
First off I'd align what you have and then put them on a direct power
feed. A good site to read is
http://www.danielsternlighting.com/home.html I'm not sure he still
sells a relay kit but they are not hard to make, look under products.
Was your car new when you got it and/or have you or the previous owner
changed any settings or equipment besides bulbs? Do the headlight
doors open equally? I've never had the issues you speak of with the C5
so I've never tried the changes you desire. I have seen some very poor
results with some of the HID changes at quite an expense. Since I now
drive a C6 the headlights are more than adequate and require no
If there are LED headlights for the C5 now I'd surely consider them
but have yet to see them offered by anyone.
Yep, group 2 item numbers 10249744 RH and 10447810 LH, DOOR HDLP OPG,
but I quit on a manual update at 2001 because I don't need those
number anymore since I went to the C6. Just saying the numbers may
have changed after 2001 but I doubt it on those items although the
side shields and plugs did change, items 4 and 32 group 2, sometime
I am the second owner, bought it in 2004 with 9K now has 59K I pulled
the entire headlight assembly yesterday and the adjustment rod is
pooched. It is jammed and will not rotate at all. This is the large
gold/bronze colored rod. I see a torx head on the the end of the screw
it drives (inboard) it drives, but it is frozen as well. I never noticed
a problem until I put the silverstar bulbs in. Thought maybe I just
didn't seat them correctly, but that wasn't the issue.
I put in a full set of HIDs on my C5 a few years ago. What I noticed
was that the bulb angle in the socket can be different and therefore
affect the angle of the beam. I had to adjust them all and they have
been perfect since. You can spot a deer a long ways away,
Most of the after market Corvette outfits like Zip
http://www.zip-corvette.com sell replacement parts like the motor and
the internal gear, if that's what failed. Not sure how an adjustment
rod would fail or what you have described. Could it be the drive shaft
for the internal gear that won't move?
Dad's spot-on with the relays. Did direct feed from a new fuse for both
the C4 and C5. C4 voltage at the headlamp socket improved from 10.8
volts to 14.0. C5 from just under 12 to over 14.2. Plenty of light on
the road now!
Silverstars in both cars.
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