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post #1 of 9 Old Nov 27th, 2006, 8:22 am Thread Starter
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when looking at the high beam bulb it seem to be pointing upward in the housing,,,is this normal ???
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post #2 of 9 Old Nov 27th, 2006, 8:53 am
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Mine does. It all depends on how you have it adjusted.

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On my 05 I have my high beam set almost as low as it will go & I have all the light I need. I think most people think they need more light because it is set too high. If I set it any higher, when I hit the high beam at night I can't tell the difference.
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Not sure, but my high beam is about useless. Need to check manual, but what does the adjuster knob adjust? High, low, or both?

My high beam lights up road between bike and low beam pattern. The lights on the LT are awfull. WHY would BMW design a lighting system on a high powered touring bike that performs so badly?
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Not sure, but my high beam is about useless. Need to check manual, but what does the adjuster knob adjust? High, low, or both?

My high beam lights up road between bike and low beam pattern. The lights on the LT are awfull. WHY would BMW design a lighting system on a high powered touring bike that performs so badly?
I don't know if this will help or not but it did me. I had the opposite problem. My high beams seemed to be pointed right at the ground.

I just found out the other day that the "adjuster" knob on the dash needs to be turned a LOT to make much change. I thought it was a Click/Click thing, and that mine was spinning freely.

I was told (by Dave on this board) that it's a fine adjustment screw and you just have to keep turning it, but be careful not to try to force it once it stops or you'll break it. I fooled with mine, and found out YES. It works.

I have mine adjusted full "up" with just me on the bike, and it made a world of difference.
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Last time I rode at night, I was fooling with it while riding. Yeah a BAD idea. Just gotta find the right adjustment, I guess.

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The knob on the dash only adjusts the low beam. There is a thumb knob on the right rear of the high beam of my '05 that separately adjusts it.
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that thumb screw i saw in back ,on the right side ajusts the high beam?
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that thumb screw i saw in back ,on the right side ajusts the high beam?
At least on the pre-'05's, that adjusting screw inside the fairing is the main vertical adjustment for the entire headlight. The knob on the dash is for fine tuning for load, two-up etc.

From the Service Manual:
Vertical adjustment
• Set suspension preload to “LOW” (turn counterclockwise).

Note:
Make sure that the adjuster on the instrument-panel
cover is at the “UP” position (turned counter-clockwise
as far as it will go).

• If necessary, turn the adjuster on the instrumentpanel
cover counter-clockwise as far as it will go.

• Manually adjust the headlight beam throw by
turning the adjusting screw (1) beneath the fairing
upper section with the aid of the headlight
tester.

Setting for headlight beam angle adjuster
....... .-10 cm (-3.94 in) (from vertical) at a distance of 10 m (32.80 ft)
Turned to left............................ longer throw/higher
Turned to right ......................... shorter throw/lower

Lateral Adjustment
If necessary, laterally adjust the headlight beam
angle by turning the adjusting screw (2) at the top
left of the headlight with the aid of a cross-recessed
screwdriver.

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