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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-22-2016, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Ticking, dropping headlights

2004 Wing,
These days, upon cranking, the headlight has a regular tick sound and the lighs seem to rise to the tick, then fall down a little. Rinse, repeat.
Any idea what this weirdness is and how do I get it fixed?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-22-2016, 01:33 AM
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Sounds like they are "ratcheting" as in run out of travel. I'd put the knob in a center position, then adjust the lamps manually. Then you just have auto adjust travel again.
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How do you adjust them manually? Is that in one of the DVD's?

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Yes, it should be covered in the DVD's. However, there are manual adjustment screw for both vertical and horizontal on the back of the headlamps, accessible from under the fairing.
There is a white plastic hex head bolt on each side visible
through the fork tunnel that moves the lights.It turns a round black
plastic knob about an inch & a quarter diameter that can also be
turned with your fingers. The white hex bolt is vertical with the head to the bottom.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-22-2016, 06:15 AM
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HEADLAMP AIM PROCEDURE



Proper headlamp aim isachieved by adjusting the upper(high) beams.
Bike needs to be on a levelfloor, 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 lensin front of the upper beam. I would suggest the auto adjust dial be set in the middleposition for this aiming.
Measure the distance from thefloor up to the center of the upper beam bulbs. Mark this height on the walland draw a horizontal line at this height.
Sight a point on the wallthat is on the centerline of the bike. Draw a vertical line on the wall placedon this center line.
turn on the upper beams.
Cover one of the headlamps.
Use the manual adjustersaccessed under the front of the fairing.
Adjust the vertical until thehot spot of the upper beam bulb is just under the horizontal line on the wall.
Adjust the horizontal untilthe upper beam hot spot is just to the right of the vertical line on the wall.
Cover the headlamp justcompleted, and repeat procedure on the other headlamp.
Make a small mark on the autoadjust panel so you can return to the 1up setting.
Now have both headlampsuncovered and have the usual passenger you carry sit on the bike w/you, set thepreload for 2up, and dial in the auto adjust dial for proper aim and mark thatposition on the panel by the dial. You can repeat this for loaded 1up, loaded2up, trailer, etc.
You get what you get for lowbeam aim depending on how good the headlamp design was to start with!
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-23-2016, 10:52 AM
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Hey David, did my suggestion work for you or are your headlamp(s) still "ratching"? Would be strange for both motors/gears to fail at the same time!
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-25-2016, 02:15 PM
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Would be strange for both motors/gears to fail at the same time!
If both adjustment motors really are running, sounds more like a switch failure. That's sort of important. I would expect the motors/gears to give out sorta quickly if they really are running all the time.
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