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post #11 of 16 Old 09-05-2019, 04:34 PM
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I am assuming that since you posted in the 2014-2016 DL1000 forums that is the bike you have. If you have a different model/year let us know.


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I want to point my beam down a bit can anyone provide a cheat sheet?
Did you get it figured out or still need some help with this?

I don't find taking off the instrument cluster a big deal but yes it would be easier to do if you could do without like I could on my 2 DL650's. Once you get it off you will see the two adjusters on each side of each headlight. The uppermost beam is the low beam and the 8mm nut with the Phillips Screwdriver "socket" in the middle is the adjuster. I forget which way it turns to go up and down.

I have original springs and shocks, currently weight around 230 but have weighed as much as 260 with this bike. Sometimes the bike is loaded up a lot and I haven't really had any issues making the headlight be adjusted properly. Maybe we all should go out and upgrade the springs and/or shocks but you might find you get along fine without doing so (I have for over 120,000 miles. Maybe I don't know what I'm missing but it sure rides and handles nicer than my 2006 DL650 DL650 did with it's upgraded rear spring and shock and firmer springs and cartridge emulators in the front.)

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post #12 of 16 Old 09-05-2019, 10:00 PM
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Thanks for the link Gert. I joined that forum and as regards the headlight adjustment If you read down the list of comments you will get to the real answer. You don't need to remove anything. A number 2 phillips screwdriver will do it.

One of the best things about the stacked headlights is that the high and low beams can be adjusted independently. You can have the low beam set to be kind to oncoming traffic and have the high beam set for maximum vision.
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My understanding for headlight adjustment is find a wall & measure 25 feet from wall to head light. Measure height to center for each light. Mark the wall 2 inches below the height for each light. Adjust each light to it’s respective mark.
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It should be noted that if you installed an LED light, it most likely will not be adjustable since they send out a flood type beam, not a spot.

I had installed LED on my bike and had to remove it because it was blinding drivers at night. I taped over the lense for a bit, but that was stupid.
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I have zDatt on mine, both high and low beam and they are spot, not flood. No blinding other drivers at night after properly adjusting the hight of low beam (and yes, low beam needed adjustment downwards, a lot). High beam didn't need adjusting.

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I have zDatt on mine, both high and low beam and they are spot, not flood. No blinding other drivers at night after properly adjusting the hight of low beam (and yes, low beam needed adjustment downwards, a lot). High beam didn't need adjusting.
I think it is worth underling the fact that our headlights can be adjusted independently. Really a great feature!

I do a lot of "sport" riding before and after daylight hours. I take my lights seriously and use serious lights. I'm also courteous to other drivers. Besides, it is in my own self interest not to blind a driver I'm sharing a narrow road with.

I adjust my low beam at night by parking my car up ahead of the bike at about the distance I would maintain when following a car. I simply keep the core beam just below the trunk-lid. The high beam I adjust against highway reflective side-markers. I have found a highway rest area near me where I can park the bike inside the rest area and have a straight shot looking down the flat highway. (it wasn't that hard to find) As I raise the high beam adjustment, there comes a point when the farthest reflector dims. That is the point where the light has pooped out. Or the point where my eyes poop out. Either way that is the best I can get. I'm now ending the 3rd season on these lights so I consider it a fairly low effort to get what I want.
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