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    Default Additional Headlight Adjustment on GL1800

    I recently purchased a new 2008 GL1800 and found that even with the adjustment on the fairing set as high as it would allow, that I couldn't go over about 30 mph without overdriving the headlight when low beam was on. High beam was ok, but not outstanding. I did a fair amount of searching to find a way to get further adjustment but hadn't found it. Stopped at my local Honda dealer and asked them and they pointed me right to it and then told me that they didn't know about it until about a week ago!

    Once I made the other adjustment, I am set. The link below takes you to a graphic that will show you exactly where the additional adjustment is if you, like me, didn't know. Chances are, everyone else already knows all about this!

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    I don't know if I would be going back to a dealer who just found out about the headlight adjuster. They have only been on there for 7 or 8 years now and he is just now finding them
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    Thanx. I needed that info!!
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    The local dealer is NOT where I purchased my scooter. I bought it in East Texas about 200 miles from my doorstep. It was just convenient to drop by the local shop in hopes that they had the answer.

    Since it has helped one other person, creating the post was worth the effort!

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    interesting I never knew they were there, been working on these for years, and also tried my adjuster motor and it appears to be broken, you could hear it run before
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    Never knew that. I wonder how many dealers know about it and charge an hour or two to adjust the lights, if they know at all. Interesting.
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    Never heard of it before! WOW!

    CLICK HERE!



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    Now I'm really confused. I thought i read where you have to go under neath the front by the forks and adjust from there. Does the wheel adjust vertical on both sides with just one wheel, or is there one on the other side. Mine is pointed to high on low beam. Does it adjust with the 12 mm or do you use the wheel also.

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    Waldo, can that be used for the 2008 as well? Your link is Pre-2008.
    I haven't compaired it to my bike yet.

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    While it appears that you could turn the smaller white wheel and that in turn would rotate the larger black one that I have shown in the photos, I simply turned the larger black wheel to get the up/down adjustment on my 2008. Side to side was not the problem in my situation. First tested the adjustment with the bike still inside my shop and could easily see the results with the bike pointing toward a wall. I then took it out on some of the county roads, stopping to further adjust twice. The fairing adjustment is now in the middle at a good lighting setting and I can get enough up and down for whatever I need without having to reach down by the left handlebar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wild Turkey View Post
    Does the wheel adjust vertical on both sides with just one wheel, or is there one on the other side. Does it adjust with the 12 mm or do you use the wheel also.
    On my 2009, there is an identical wheel as depicted in the OP's pics on BOTH RIGHT AND LEFT SIDES, looking down the handlebar/fork tunnels on each side.

    Have NOT fiddled with them yet. Am waiting for PM darkness to take 'er out on dark road for adjustments, as I have similar sitch to what OP described albeit not as severely as his was.

    The large black wheels on the '09 are distinctly ridged-serrated on rearmost leading edge and feel to be either serrated for manual turning clockwise or counter-clockwise . . . or . . . possibly . . . those ridges may serve as "geared teeth" which interact with the smaller white adjuster.

    Seems kinda strange that they'd have the smaller white adjuster at all. I'll hope that turning just the easily-grabbed large black wheel doesn't result in "breakage".

    Since I don't have time for close exam right now - and for benefit of all . . .

    Can anyone explain in detail which turn direction of the large black wheel - CW or CCW - adjusts the low beams UP or DOWN?

    Can anyone explain in detail what tool if any is used for the smaller white adjuster, and which directions to turn that for Up - Down?

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    I pointed out the wheels to aid in location of the adjusters. You should not be adjusting with the wheels.

    The up/down is a 12mm socket shown CLEARLY in the last photo. The left/right is a phillips shown CLEARLY in the last photo but it's nearly impossible to reach from below. If you go down the tunnel with a mini-phillips, you can get it.

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    Hey . . . Waldo . . . thank you for your reply . . . clarification IS appreciated . . . however your totally unnecessary comments are not. Firstly, your pics do not appear the same as my '09 model, and secondly, the pics could have been much better quality, better exposed, and annotated more "cleanly". Let's NOT start a flame-fest, okay? You contributions to the board are excellent and helpful and your self-evident knowledge and expertise within postings speak for itself - as does also, anywhere and everwhere, unnecessary derogatory comments to any other forum member. The fact that another asked for clarification even after looking at your post is a classic case of "res ipsa loquitur" - "the thing speaks for itself" - in my case, insufficiently enough for me, since I asked for clarifications. Don't insult levels of that which you have zero knowledge of, meaning other people's general intelligence level as "determined" by you based on a post reply. That's not very nice or gentlemanly. Thanks again for your clarification, and hope you have a Nicer day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcrider4eva5491 View Post
    Hey . . . Waldo . . . thank you for your reply . . . clarification IS appreciated . . . however your totally unnecessary comments are not. Firstly, your pics do not appear the same as my '09 model, and secondly, the pics could have been much better quality, better exposed, and annotated more "cleanly". Let's NOT start a flame-fest, okay? You contributions to the board are excellent and helpful and your self-evident knowledge and expertise within postings speak for itself - as does also, anywhere and everwhere, unnecessary derogatory comments to any other forum member. The fact that another asked for clarification even after looking at your post is a classic case of "res ipsa loquitur" - "the thing speaks for itself" - in my case, insufficiently enough for me, since I asked for clarifications. Don't insult levels of that which you have zero knowledge of, meaning other people's general intelligence level as "determined" by you based on a post reply. That's not very nice or gentlemanly. Thanks again for your clarification, and hope you have a Nicer day.
    you got some nerve, slick

    Waldo was nice enough to post the best pics he has and offer his help (he's been nice enough to do this for the last 20 or so people to ask the same questions) and this is how you reply?

    "beggars can't be choosers", "don't look a gift horse in the mouth", etc., etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcrider4eva5491 View Post
    Hey . . . Waldo . . . thank you for your reply . . . clarification IS appreciated . . . however your totally unnecessary comments are not.
    Now here is somebody that needs to go back to the GWRRA boards.. They do everything just perfect over there.. and without all the snide remarks. Don't let the door slam u up the backside, although second thought maybe you should let it slam u upside the head.... dang dudly get a clue....
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    Heck I thought Waldo was being nice , well I appreciate the pics and comments Waldo I adjusted mine and it's better
    all the way up with electronic adjuster was just not high enough,( i had changed the rear spring and rear end is higher now)
    adjusting as you posted works nice now , lots and lots of deer here on the Blue Ridge Parkway and always good to see better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sofadriver View Post
    you got some nerve, slick

    Waldo was nice enough to post the best pics he has and offer his help (he's been nice enough to do this for the last 20 or so people to ask the same questions) and this is how you reply?

    "beggars can't be choosers", "don't look a gift horse in the mouth", etc., etc.
    Well, SofaDriver, I think you're a tad nervy yourself speaking to me like that. If you read Waldo's reply post and my own post carefully enough, you'd have noted that I went out my way to plaudit and compliment and give Walso and his self-evident expertise due credit where credit is due. Waldo was the one who within his own reply unnecessarily implied and inferred that I'm an Imbecile, and that is the sole portion of his responsive reply that I took exception to, and clarified my reasons for doing so.

    I also specifically suggested and requested that this NOT start a Flame-Fest, especially amongst people who, I note, are ALL "Seasoned members" of this board, my own self included.

    Your apparent need, enjoyment and propensity to add unnecessary fuel to flaming speaks plainly and eloquently for itself too.

    BTW I was "begging" nothing. I was utilizing the forum board for its specific intended purpose and function for which the forum was created and exists.

    Have you nothing better to do with your time and mind, than to make needlessly inflammatory contrbutions from your own Hairy Grommet? I felt Waldo's reply to me as an individual member included some unneccessarily derogatory comments, is all, and responded to that. I do have a right to my own opinions, and it doesn't or shouldn't concern individual you, so why doncha just Get Over It and act a litle more maturely?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Price View Post
    Now here is somebody that needs to go back to the GWRRA boards.. They do everything just perfect over there.. and without all the snide remarks. Don't let the door slam u up the backside, although second thought maybe you should let it slam u upside the head.... dang dudly get a clue....
    Mr. Price, your opinion is noted and entirely Dismissed by me. if you have a complaint about my post to that extent, please report the post to Lamont, and I'll be happy to accept Lamont's own opinion as to whether or not I'm "fit" enough to remain a Seasoned Member of this forum. That is Lamont's purview and discretion, not yours. I respect your right to state your own opinion, and thank you for doing so for the insight it provides me into your Self. As said, your opinion I simply Completely Dismiss as meaningless to me, at least in this particular thread. Perhaps you should not be so quick to Rush To Judgment in your own "Godlike Perfection", in such an Unthinking Fashion as that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sofadriver View Post
    you got some nerve, slick
    Waldo was nice enough to post the best pics he has and offer his help (he's been nice enough to do this for the last 20 or so people to ask the same questions) and this is how you reply?
    "beggars can't be choosers", "don't look a gift horse in the mouth", etc., etc.
    Sofadriver.... The McDonalds rider is on my ignore list... thank you Lamont for the permanent ignore bucket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Price View Post
    Sofadriver.... The McDonalds rider is on my ignore list... thank you Lamont for the permanent ignore bucket.


    Thanks for the good idea. I clicked on the FAQ drop down menu and found out how to edit my ignore list in the user cp drop down menu. He, or she, is the only winger that I have decided to ignore.

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    Another view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by revlucmij View Post
    The local dealer is NOT where I purchased my scooter. I bought it in East Texas about 200 miles from my doorstep. It was just convenient to drop by the local shop in hopes that they had the answer.

    Since it has helped one other person, creating the post was worth the effort!

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    The amount of attitude on this forum rules!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spozach View Post
    The amount of attitude on this forum rules!!
    lol, at least he feels free to go to his local dealer for inquiries/service.

    Our local dealer has made it clear that he will not service a bike purchased elsewhere..........and I'm happy to support the dealer 20 minutes away who will!

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    Then you should report the local dealer to honda they would be happy to remove his franchise
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    Quote Originally Posted by wireedm View Post
    lol, at least he feels free to go to his local dealer for inquiries/service.

    Our local dealer has made it clear that he will not service a bike purchased elsewhere..........and I'm happy to support the dealer 20 minutes away who will!
    Now that sounds like a real smart business decision.
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    I would like to clearly thank those who
    contributed to the successful resolution
    of this common problem, that being the
    headlight issue.
    The other problem, whinning and complaining,
    about others belongs in another forum,
    perhaps a preschool how to behave forum.

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    I am always sorry to see personal criticisms. As I get older, I feel that there may not always be time to apologize.

    I know one thing, and that is replacing the left high beam bulb is a son of a gun. Getting the boot back on at the top is really hard because the big wire bundle lays on it hard and has to be pried up to get the boot over the lip of the housing.

    I took that photo, above, of the back of a removed fairing at a dealer recently and it was a LEO bike having its third tranny rebuild.

    It hurts my feelings to see a piece of equipment beat on like that. I am getting close to my 192,000 mile valve check and the clutch and tranny are just fine. It always has a trailer on it.

    I used the garage doors to aim the headlights on High beam both laterally and vertically, and it really made a difference in down the road lighting.

    I can pretty easily light up signs at 1-1/4 miles on the way to Bandera these dark mornings. I also changed the left high beam wiring to be more like the 01 models which raised the wattage to the same on both sides, 55 watts.

    The left bulb was down to about 46 watts because of the peculiar way they wire the bikes after 2002.
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    Thanks for the info on adjusting the lights. I've been amazed at how poor the lights are on such a popular touring machine
    I'll be adjusting mine soon.



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    thanks waldo and tom for all your help. I like to ride at night and this info is invauble to me. I've been trying to get my beams higher for the longest.Again thank you.




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