Headlight height wrong???


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Headlight height wrong???

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I don't remember what the original non-LED bulbs were like, but the replacement LED headlights on my 99 Aspy seem to be really low even when I've got the knob turned all the way up. I've double-triple checked to make sure the mechanism is fitted properly and it is. Are they just built to be normally low? In the morning/evening when it's really dark, I have to put on my high beams to get decent visibility down the road so I can make sure I see anything in the road that I might hit long before I hit it. I've even got LED cornering lights but they don't have a very far throw distance and are more for visibility and short-range. Is it just me or is there something wrong?

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zeoran wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:57 am
I don't remember what the original non-LED bulbs were like, but the replacement LED headlights on my 99 Aspy seem to be really low even when I've got the knob turned all the way up. I've double-triple checked to make sure the mechanism is fitted properly and it is. Are they just built to be normally low? In the morning/evening when it's really dark, I have to put on my high beams to get decent visibility down the road so I can make sure I see anything in the road that I might hit long before I hit it. I've even got LED cornering lights but they don't have a very far throw distance and are more for visibility and short-range. Is it just me or is there something wrong?

God bless,

~Mark
That's not right. The LED headlights in my 2000 SE are angled perfectly, and I can move them up and down if required.

That said, the position of the bulb inside the housing can have a fairly drastic effect on the direction of output. Which LED bulbs did you install?

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I used the new H4 Pathfinder LED lamps from CycleMax:
https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500 ... /83/358815

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Those are the exact bulbs I have in my bike, with the same clear headlight housing you have, so something is definitely not right. Maybe the wires or something are jammed behind the headlight, causing the tilt mechanism to be pushed out?

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I checked all the connections when I installed it and it all seemed fine and without any blocking.

Is there a chart/diagram that I can use to see where mine is? i.e. if you're at max height, then at x distance from a wall, the beam should be at x height.

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Mark have a look at the install vid here - Fella defo wing admins right there - Fella - Check back by looking at the vid fella - see if it jogs your mind or if you think you have missed something there - Before you do a tear down on the bike again fella -



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If I remember correctly (And that don't happen nearly as much as it use to) aside from the knob on the dash there is also a height adjustment on the headlight assembly it's self. I think You may have to remove the windshield garnish to get at it
or perhaps the trim piece at the bottom of the assembly. If I am totally wrong SORRY :oops: :oops: It's wouldn't be the first time or will it be the last time I was wrong.
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Although the following is for the 1800, the info for distances and measurements apply to the 1500 also
HEADLAMP AIM PROCEDURE



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!



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