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post #1 of 29 Old 07-03-2012, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight adjustment

Seems the high beam on my 2012 aims overly high. Have been screwing in the hex head screws at the front of the fairing to hopefully bring this down to a usable level. Was out this evening and it appears it has to come down even more. Low beam is acceptable though. Anyone else note the Hight beam is overly high?

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post #2 of 29 Old 07-03-2012, 11:54 PM
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Mine is too. Staying tuned here for the fix.

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The fix is to mask one headlight while adjusting the other, then repeat on the other side. Make sure both left and right are at the same level. Go out for aride and note if the headlights are high or low and adjust both accordingly. Adjust only for the low beam and don't worry about the high beams.

This sounds too simple for most people but it fixed the issue on my 2006 DL650 and has done the same on my 2012 DL650.

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headlight adjustment

Funny thing about this is that my '06 DL650 the lights were spot on, no issue at all, but on this new one the High Beam is almost in the trees even when I have the low beam adjusted to a decent level. I like the high beam to at least illuminate the road ahead.

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The relationship between low beam and high beam direction is fixed. I've got to think your two lights are aimed differently. The cover one light at a time trick is something you need to try.

Also be aware the reflector setup is to create a, for want of a better description, dim zone, to prevent dazzling oncoming drivers on low beam. Light is directed at the road below the dim zone from the reflector surface above the lamp. Light is also reflected above the dim zone by the smaller reflector surface below the lamp to light road signs. The light may very well be lighting high but that's the area above the dim zone.

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Sort of leading on from the low / high beam setting, do the lights dip vertically or are they handed for the side of the road you drive on. For example in the UK if the dip is "handed" will light up road signs but won't have the oncoming drivers dazzled on a straight road.

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The other test, is it the same part number for the headlight assembly for all countries?
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The dipped beam has to be below the mirrors of the vehicle ahead too. There are also overhead road signs and signs on the opposite side of the road on divided highways so those need to be handled. That being said. the reflectors are different for left and right side countries.to minimize the light in oncoming drivers' eyes. I've read that when a British driver goes across the channel, a strip of tape needs to be added to the headlights to lower the light output in that specific area.

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Lot's of folks are having this problem. Amidst all the chaff in this thread, you'll find some useful kernals of wheat explaining how to aim your headlamps:
Aiming Head lights on the 2012

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I'm going for a ride tonight to try and adjust the high beams. There are 4 screws to turn to adjust, 2 for each lamp, up down and left right.

Light position can vary with the suspension due to riders weight and the setting of the spring tension etc...

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You can't really adjust the high beams. There is no separate adjustment. The low beams need to be adjusted and not by riding, though the aim can be checked by riding. http://www.ehow.com/how_5852411_adju...headlight.html
The Glee's lamps are closer together. Be careful with the horizontal adjustment as it's possible to crunch the lenses together.

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