1999 headlight alignment.


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1999 headlight alignment.

Postby DanS » Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:42 pm



Due to an impact on the position light on my 1995 SE, :x I decided to install the "new" style headlight assembly from 1999. On the '95 you could adjust the internal mirror in both the horizontal and vertical planes, as well as using the knob on the left side of the dash for vertical adjustment while on the road. The '99 assembly only has an adjustment for horizontal on the internal mirror and the vertical has to be done with the knob on the dash. My problem is that with the knob adjusted to shine the light as high as possible, the headlights are still too low. Has anyone else made this conversion? How did you handle getting the lights aligned high enough to light the road?



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Re: 1999 headlight alignment.

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:17 am

DanS wrote:Due to an impact on the position light on my 1995 SE, :x I decided to install the "new" style headlight assembly from 1999. On the '95 you could adjust the internal mirror in both the horizontal and vertical planes, as well as using the knob on the left side of the dash for vertical adjustment while on the road. The '99 assembly only has an adjustment for horizontal on the internal mirror and the vertical has to be done with the knob on the dash. My problem is that with the knob adjusted to shine the light as high as possible, the headlights are still too low. Has anyone else made this conversion? How did you handle getting the lights aligned high enough to light the road?


There are four metal spacers that go behind the headlight assembly. They fall out easily when the headlight is removed, and are tough to get back on when reassembling. I wonder if you accidentally missed the bottom ones, causing the headlight assembly to point too far downward? A possibility, anyway.

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Re: 1999 headlight alignment.

Postby DanS » Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:44 am

I was hoping that was the case when I took it back apart to see if I could find the problem, but all where in place. I am going to try to shim the bottom two out with a 208 o-ring. I am hoping it will still line up without binding the bolts.

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Re: 1999 headlight alignment.

Postby robb » Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:01 pm

Any chance the forks have leaked down.

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Re: 1999 headlight alignment.

Postby DanS » Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:55 am

I had not thought of that, but I will take a look. I do not think that is the cause, I ride her daily to work (at least until the snow flys) and the problem was apparent the day I changed out the assembly. I had never had to make an adjustment to the old setup.




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