1500 headlight adjustment


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Firstwinger
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1500 headlight adjustment

Postby Firstwinger » Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:49 pm



94 Aspencade when riding at night the low beams seem to be fair in visibility. The high beams seem to be to high in the trees. When I set the bike level and shine on a wall they seem to set OK? Can someone tell me the procedure to properly set headlight height? I am unsure if I need brighter bulbs or my adjustments are off.



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Re: 1500 headlight adjustment

Postby spiralout » Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:36 pm


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Re: 1500 headlight adjustment

Postby Breakdancer » Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:01 pm

Thanks.. this helped me also. Plastic is coming off this weekend for ALL the filters. Good time to tinker. :D
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Re: 1500 headlight adjustment

Postby spiralout » Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:00 pm

Breakdancer wrote:Thanks.. this helped me also. Plastic is coming off this weekend for ALL the filters. Good time to tinker. :D



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Re: 1500 headlight adjustment

Postby Firstwinger » Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:31 am

This is a great set of instructions. I am also looking for the specs on these adjustments. Like "with bike 20 feet away from wall set low beam high to 30". Can anyone tell me where to find any specs to go with theses instructions? Thanks in advance.

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Re: 1500 headlight adjustment

Postby Earl43P » Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:26 pm

I'm thrilled to see this procedure posted, I needed it.
With the installation of the taller Austone Taxi Tire on the rear, I find the low beams are not reaching out far enough.

I would suggest having an assistant SIT on the idling bike while making the adjustment against a wall.
Using the center stand doesn't seem precise enough to me, although trial and error will eventually get you there if no assistant is available.
Myself, I'll just tie it to the jack, with the jack simply holding it centered upright. No assistant available here.
I'll have to use battery only since the headers will melt the jack pads is short order.

I mistakenly thought that the fairing adjustment knob aimed them left/right. At least my 93's seemed to....


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