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Headlight adjustment

I know the Forum members have probably gone over this 1000 times, but could someone clue me in on adjusting me headlight? I replaced my old, tired lamp with a Sylvania fancy-pants one, and tonight was the first night I've been out to see how well it lit up the road. On high beam, I could see forever; on low beam, I had a fairly good view of the trees off to my right.

Over the weekend, I tried the "17 feet, 2 inches down" rule from the Verses, but I wasn't exactly clear on what was supposed to be 2 inches below horizontal. And the adjusting screw is on the lefthand (facing) side of the headlight, suggesting that I'm only adjusting the position right-and-up, or down and left.

Anybody?

Plus it's cold out - hard to use a screwdriver when your hands are blocks o' ice.

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That's true Cindy, Right and Up....

The up and down is adjusted by loosening the side bolts to shift the entire unit up or down.

Then adjust the lateral for center.

Sounds complicated, but easier done than said.

Humm....17ft. down 2" ?

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I'm glad someone answered this. I just mess with it 'til it's right.

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i have mine almost level meaning at 17 ft its still at its normal hight... works great for me

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The up and down is adjusted by loosening the side bolts to shift the entire unit up or down.
I have mine set so the headlight can be moved up & down without loosening anything.
That way, if I need it higher or lower, I can move it on the fly.


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I have mine set so the headlight can be moved up & down without loosening anything.
That way, if I need it higher or lower, I can move it on the fly.
Buzz, are you just holding the headlight in your hands?

I'll play around with the side mounting screws this afternoon and see if I can focus the light more on the road. I don't think I knocked anything loose when I changed the bulb, but I definitely was not illuminating the roadway last night.

I had other bike issues last night as well, but I'll post Qs on those later (I'm not sure why I'm looking for a project bike; I'm beginning to think I own one already...).

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Cindy, are you sure you put the lense back in oriented right? Don't know if it's possible, but sounds like its sideways if your lowbeams are lighting the trees on your right. That could make quite a difference!

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Ummmm... there's a lens orientation?? Ah, man, I quit. I thought I was getting somewhere with this stuff...

I thought I put the thing back together the way it came out, but it's more than possible that the lens turned during that whole process. And come to think of it, when I looked at the light last night, I thought to myself, "Self, how come there's a funny spot on the side of the lens?"

Okay, do tell ...what's the "right" orientation for the lens itself? (and I'm not really quittin'; just "learning").

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It's ok Cindy! You're doing great! Got to admire you for gettin greasy.
If you're standing in front of your bike, you should be able to read the writing on the lense, as in, it should be upright. I believe the word "top" is lettered on the top of the lense as well. It is that way cause the reflectors inside are oriented in such a way as to project the low beams out wide and low, and the high beams to "infinity and beyond". Hope that's it, cause you shouldn't have needed to do much adjustment if any when replacing the bulb. The H4 is made to a spec (supposedly) so that when installed right, it projects just like any other H4 bulb, only with maybe more brightness etc. Hope this helps!

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By the way, we never "quit" learninig!

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