Headlight, Aim


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heidebill
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Headlight, Aim

Postby heidebill » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:58 pm



I have a 97 1500, I ride at night from time to time, When on low beam it appears as there are two low powered flashlights aimed just in front of me, On high, It shines into the right ditch, very poor night time lights. The question I have is,

Is this normal?
How do I adjust the beam from the ditch onto the road?
Do I buy an aftermarket unit, http://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/83/743 ,? or
Do I add some Light bar to the front?
On my 1987 Honda 400, the lighting was also poor.

Any recomendations??
Bill



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Re: Headlight, Aim

Postby detdrbuzzard » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:39 am

sorry i'm not at home to answer how to aim the headlight but you do not need to buy the light assembly from cyclemax. the problem is with how the lights are aimed. the old bikes like your 400 and my 450 have a sealed beam head light that isn't very bright. you can do a hid or halogen conversion for them
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Re: Headlight, Aim

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:53 am

If I recall it shows how to aim headlights in the Owners Manual.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: Headlight, Aim

Postby robb » Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:10 pm

It is natural for the right light to shine in the ditch while the left shines straight and toward center. There should be an adjustment knob on the dash to raise or lower. At 10' low beam light should be about 2" low. That will change with load so pick a spot you like and can see best.

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Re: Headlight, Aim

Postby heidebill » Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:28 pm

Thanks for the feed back,
I adjust as required while riding,
The owners manual just refers to the knob on the left,
When I check to see if both high beams are coming on, they are
Would be nice if the left would shine on the road, ??
Don't know???
Bill

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Re: Headlight, Aim

Postby robb » Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:12 am

If they don't shine on the road it is possible that the bulb is not properly secured in the socket. A good bump could cause a spring to let go and the weight of wiring harness will pull bulb out of socket. Easy fix, remove windshield trim then remove headlamp.




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