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post #1 of 6 Old 04-15-2014, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Head Light problem

On my 2012 650 strom I do a fair amount of night riding and for a while I put up with the high setting of my head lights so then I proceeded to "adjust them" according to the instruction in the owner manual.I am not getting a very good result.I am doing as per instructions and I also get a very wide and narrow beam...(wide but not very high) which is annoying in tight turns as I have to turn my high beams on. I thought it was the lights so I purchased some "Nighthawk Extreme white" yes they are brighter but same pattern on the road.. anybody got some idea as what I'm doing wrong here? I decided to purchase some fog LEDs and install them on the fender bolt so has to give me some lights in a tight turn but I would like to correct the other light pattern. Louis

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The low beam pattern is flat topped to keep from blinding oncoming drivers. There is nothing wrong with the light pattern. It's how it was designed and there is nothing to correct. I understand you don't like it, but you can't put much light higher without causing a problem with oncoming traffic and the law on light patterns. If there is other traffic in the area or street lights, you should have enough light to be safe though you might need to slow down. If you are really in a remote area with no other traffic lighting things up, you can use your high beams that don't have a flat top.

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I understand the top of the light beam but why cut it at the bottom so sharply. About the adjustment....I'm i being to carfull? I have already taken several 1/2 turns on the bolts and don't seem to be lowering my high beams.
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You don't adjust with the high beams on. You adjust with the low beams on to get the top of the cutoff at the right height. You can literally watch the cutoff move as you adjust. Turning the adjuster moves the aim pretty slowly.

When you turn, the side you turn to and need to look at will be above the beam cutoff. Having more light low won't help anything. Are you turning the two lower adjusters? The two higher ones are for side to side aim. The adjuster marked "A" in the picture is the height adjuster for the right headlight for example.


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. I thought it was the lights so I purchased some "Nighthawk Extreme white" yes they are brighter but same pattern on the road.. anybody got some idea as what I'm doing wrong here?
the pattern is determined by the reflector or in some cases, the lense, not the bulb



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Yeah ok I am doing all of your recomendations as per the book says. I am adjusting the beams on low....so I guess I will keep on lowering still. Thank for the info it gave me confidence that I was doing the right thing ..just not enough.
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