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post #1 of 6 Old 04-21-2006, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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Adjusting the %#$*@^% headlight

I've tried adjusting the headlight with the aptly named headlight adjuster, but no matter how much I turn the damn screw, it doesn't seem to change. (I'm trying to adjust it vertically, using the adjuster in the top center of the back of the headlight assembly.)
Am I not praying to the right Gods or what? Is there a secret I'm missing?
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-23-2006, 11:15 PM
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Fourvalve,

I had to adjust mine after adding a new shock and rear tire that raised the backside a bit. As I recall, it takes lots of turns to make things happen - it is not one of those really sensitive adjustments like the throttle sync.

The owners manual tells you which screws to turn - it just takes a fair amount of screwing as it were...

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Are there two verticle head light adjusters???
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Fourvalve,
Per the manual, each bulb has two adjustments - one for vertical (most common adjustment) and one for horizontal. The instructions are on p80 of the owners manual. I covet my owners manual because the dealer couldn't find it when I took delivery and I really wanted to have it for my new baby.

Anyway - if you look at the back of each headlight, from the riding position, with the bulb connector as the center of a clock face, the two adjusters are at 4 o'clock and 10 o'clock for the right side bulb and at 2 o'clock and 8 o'clock for the left side bulb. (Times are approximate.) They have a hex head (use 8mm or 5/16 socket) and are light colored metal.

The 4 o'clock (right side) and 8 o'clock (left side) are the vertical adjusters. The manual advises to adjust the horizontal first, then the vertical so there might be a little interaction between the adjustments.

Again, I found that it took a surprising amount of turning to see much change. As long as there is enough range, that is a good thing, I think.

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