Lazy eye mod – The easy way

Lazy eye with without popping your bonnet.

I wasn’t busy one Saturday afternoon so I decided to clean up the old head unit wiring in my dash – The old one had obviously been installed by someone fairly shonky – the head unit itself wasn’t even mounted to anything!

Whilst doing this I decided to give the lazy eye mod a go – there are heaps of threads regarding this on miata.net – But they all require splicing the red/white striped wire that runs from the headlight motor assembly to the relay box. Which means you have to run wiring through the firewall.

Instead I used the four wires that connect to the hazards and the headlight up/down switches – I desoldered these and used 2 switches I bought from Jaycar – A single pole/single pole switch and a single throw/double pole switch..

You’ll need to work out what wire is for what if you mix them up (which is what I did :)) – Just temporarily connect them together and it will be obvious as to what’s what.

Now, it seems that the hazards and the pop up headlight are actually reliant on each other.. i.e. they both share a ground or they both share +12V. If the headlights are up, the wiring will reverse. Very hard to explain, but anyways – Here’s a diagram that might help

Here’s a simple diagram

Red o——– o Red
| ———- o
\ \
Black o o Black

(EDIT: Wow, that diagram is shit, steveokle@hotmail.com if you want a diagram thats actually understandable)

You will need to muck around with it a little to get the wiring right. I might add that this method was much more suited to me as the two original hazard + headlight switches were already relocated underneath the head unit (In the last 1.5 DIN space) on a small 2mm sheet of aluminium to fill the whole. I’m sure if you wanted to keep the original buttons connected, you could get away with just a single switch – how, I don’t know.

Operation is easy. Hazards are self explanatory. I use the other switch to “lock” (i.e. remove power from headlight motors) and “unlock” (i.e. normal operation – power to headlight motors).

1. Leave switch in up (unlocked position)

2. Use headlights on indicator stalk to raise headlights.

3. Flick the switch (power is now off)

4. Turn off the headlights (Headlights will not go down due to no power)

5. Quickly unlock and lock the headlights (i.e. down, up) to give momentary power to the motors until you find the right height.

I’m sure there is room for improvement (i.e. a single throw, double pole switch, with one pole being momentary) – but this works good enough for me.

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