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Headlights

Post by captnc7@aol.com » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:44 am



Hi Folks,
I bought a 2014 Goldwing that had been triked and easy steer added. With the high beam adjusted all the way up with the handle bar switch its still to low. Does anyone have a fix. I'm thinking of replacing front springs to raise the front end, not sure if that will help. Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Carl



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Re: Headlights

Post by Big Blue UK » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:17 am

Has it got extended fork caps Carl. If you look just below the top yolk clamp, you should see the end of the cap. I can upload a pic if you are not sure what you are looking for. My guess is they have not fitted them, although they should when raking the forks, but the extended caps do not come as part of the EZ steer kit.
Original



1 1/2" extended



you can get them from Cad To Chrome
http://cadtochrome.com/ctc/forkcaps/forkcap.jpg
Some trike companies fit upgraded fork springs such a Progressive when they rake the forks with EZ steer, give the company a call and ask them, if they are any good they will tell you.
MO upgrading fork springs on a bike that in the UK = excess to $32,000 is a disgrace, as much as I love 'em, it shows what rubbish they are for the price. For use on a track ok, but upgrading for standard road use........
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Re: Headlights

Post by MikeB » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:14 pm

You do know that there is an adjustment under the headlight assemblies right?

Take a look at this post and see if it will help: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=17800&p=94631&hilit ... ust#p94631
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Re: Headlights

Post by Big Blue UK » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:16 am

Ah, just read his post again, all I read was he adjusted them all the way up, did not realise he only used the electronic load adjuster.
Anyway, here is a pic of the manual height adjuster, I use a long flexy 1/4" drive extension on a screwdriver handle.




Hang on, reading it again fully, Carl said he adjusted them on the handlebar, is he just switching his high beam on, the electronic load height adjuster is on the right side of the fairing on the 2014 Wing, never been on the handlebar to my knowledge. Rode several 2014 Wings, sure it is on the right fairing pocket, unless it is me.
Do you think he has found the electronic load adjuster LOL.

C'm on Carl, fess up.
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Re: Headlights

Post by tfdeputydawg » Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:53 am

Put the auto adjust dial in the center position, then
Proper headlamp aim is achieved by adjusting the upper(high) beams.
Bike needs to be on a level floor, standing upright, loaded as you normally ride. (re, 1up-you for most), with pre load set as you ride 1up, placed 25' from a wall to the headlamp lens in front of the upper beam. I would suggest the auto adjust dial be set in the middle position for this aiming.
Measure the distance from the floor up to the center of the upper beam bulbs. Mark this height on the wall and draw a horizontal line at this height.
Sight a point on the wall that is on the centerline of the bike. Draw a vertical line on the wall placed on this center line.
turn on the upper beams.
Cover one of the headlamps.
Use the manual adjusters accessed under the front of the fairing.
Adjust the vertical until the hot spot of the upper beam bulb is just under the horizontal line on the wall.
Adjust the horizontal until the upper beam hot spot is just to the right of the vertical line on the wall.
Cover the headlamp just completed, and repeat procedure on the other headlamp.
Make a small mark on the auto adjust panel so you can return to the 1up setting.
Now have both headlamps uncovered and have the usual passenger you carry sit on the bike w/you, set the preload for 2up, and dial in the auto adjust dial for proper aim and mark that position on the panel by the dial. You can repeat this for loaded 1up, loaded 2up, trailer, etc.
You get what you get for low beam aim depending on how good the headlamp design was to start with!
Instructions were written for 2 wheeled 1800 Wings w/stock rear suspension! Most trike conversions do not retain the preload rear shock system!

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Re: Headlights

Post by captnc7@aol.com » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:23 am

Thanks so much for the ideas folks,
Fork extenders were installed at the time of the trike installation.
I didn't realize the white nut on the back of the headlight was what i needed to adjust to raise the high beam head light.
Love ridding at night and it will be much more enjoyable now.
Thanks to all.
Carl

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Re: Headlights

Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:02 pm

Riding at night around here, is inviting a deer to stop you.
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Re: Headlights

Post by Big Blue UK » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:01 am

Only close call or even up close with a deer was many years ago driving my car through a local forest one night, a deer shot across the road in front of me. BLEEDIN HELL, it looked the size of an elephant, it must have jumped into the road, never even had time to touch the brake pedal, thought is was going to come through the screen. Never rode through a forest at night since, not that I feel safe during the day either. Also driving through the same forest, I saw blue flashing lights, as I approached the incident, I noticed a rangers vehicle, and a car with the front end smashed in, looked like and I thought he hit a tree, further on I saw a deer lying in the road, it was almost the size of a bleedin horse. Until I saw that I thought 'hit a deer kill the poor thing' never thought 'hit a deer lucky to be alive'.


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