View Full Version : Sleepy eye controller

02-11-2002, 09:21 PM
hey all, i'm the new guy http://www.freshalloy.com/
anyways, i have posted this on a few other 240 but to no real avail. so i'm gonna pick you guys (and gals) heads too. i want to fabricate a custom headlight setup on my s13. and i need to change the amount that the headlight pod goes up. i only need it to go up about 3 or 4 inches.
i know about the Pivot headlamp control box, but i don't really want to spend $100+shipping for it. and i do not want to rig the linkage because that makes it stay open all the time, even when the lights are off and "closed"
so...what i want to know is...does anybody know how to make your own "sleepy eye controller box"?
is it just a rheostat? i thought that's what it was at first, but then i though, a rheostat would only make the lights go up slower and adjust the speed @ which it comes up.
any help would be greatly appreciated.

hehe. sorry for talking your ears off http://www.freshalloy.com/

02-11-2002, 10:35 PM
Basically from how I understand it, it has to limit how long the motor runs. So that the motor stops sooner. But then, when the headlights go down...do they finish going up and then down? That's the way it would seem to work.
A rheostat is not even close, as you said.


02-11-2002, 11:09 PM

Booyah. I bought my Pivot controller off ebay for $50. http://www.freshalloy.com/

02-11-2002, 11:30 PM
tengai or tekryder (FA usernames) posted a "how to" on how to make the controller yourself. just run a username search and you'll be sure to find. The thread itself should have been archived, but as soon as you find the thread, I'm sure our trusted mods will archive.

02-11-2002, 11:30 PM
thanks DriftinJim!! I'm gonna have to try that

Do you have the Pivot controller along w/the switch thing that you posted? Does the controller "remember" where is it set at, so that the lights always go to the same spot?

02-11-2002, 11:31 PM
Originally posted by DriftinJim:

Booyah. I bought my Pivot controller off ebay for $50. http://www.freshalloy.com/ <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]ignore my first post.

02-12-2002, 12:20 AM
I am using the Pivot controller by itself. No need for a switch if you have one. The switch is in case you don't want to buy a real controller. My pivot remembers the position, I don't think the switch does b/c you have to click it off to tell the headlights to stop moving, ergo, you control their position so there's nothing for it to remember. The switch just breaks the circuit when you tell it to.

02-12-2002, 12:25 AM
you got your controller off of ebay for $50? cool beans.
ok, 'nother dumb ass question. how do you look up specific stuff likethat on ebay? i've only been there about 2 or 3 time and it was just to goof around and look at cars

02-12-2002, 08:10 AM
To look at 240sx specific stuff just go to ebay motors and select parts & accessories. At the top of this page will be a search box; just type in 240sx and it will bring up everything with 240sx in the title or description. Good luck.

02-12-2002, 01:15 PM
Tekryder's switch won't remember the position. You have to break the circuit (flip the switch) as the headlights go down, and they'll stop wherever they were when you opened the circuit. It's a budget way to achieve the same effect, but it's a little less convenient.

BTW, if you decide to follow Tekryder's tutorial, I suggest using quick disconnects instead of soldering the wires together. With quick disconnects, if you ever want to remove your switch, you can just disconnect it and plug the original wires back together without having to solder the original wires together again.