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post #1 of 14 Old 08-06-2007, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight Adjustment

I just bought a new 08 three days ago and need to aim the headlight. Has anyone had any experience with this yet? I have looked at it(but not with my glasses on)and don't see obvious adjustment screws. As it is aimed now it is great for watching racoons high in the trees on the right side of the road.
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-06-2007, 07:42 PM
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Did you check the owner's manual for adjustment?
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post #3 of 14 Old 08-06-2007, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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I did check the owners manual and to quote, "Horizontal adjuster and vertical adjuster adjustment should be done by an authorized Kawasaki dealer."
It's kind of funny that they give the measurements to go by and then send you to the dealer for something that is usually a no-brainer.
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ugh!, that is wierd. On my 07, there is a panel that you remove from the fairing behind the light that allows you to access the adjustment screws. I have seen the new 08's, but can't remember how that front fairing looked on the back side. Sorry I can't help.
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I guess I'll just have to put on my "reading specs" and look into it.
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-06-2009, 07:54 AM
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I was trying to do this as well this morning. I found what looks like an adjuster, but it is really hard to reach (trying to do the low beam). I only see one, so I hope it is the vertical adjuster as mine is too high as well.

The owner's manual is pretty damn useless for this.
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post #7 of 14 Old 07-06-2009, 08:53 AM
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The manual is useless, but its real simple. You need a 8mm wrench, pref a long skank one or you will be working with your finger tips.

Remove the windshield. There are just a few screws. The screws are attached to rubber mounts so when replacing them do not over tighten them. Visually check them and get a feel for how tight they are before removing them.

You will need to be in a bright area so you can see down the back of the headlight. Standing facing the light, look down the right side and you will see a small 8mm bolt head nut sticking out with what looks like a recessed cog behind it . I can't recall exactly but I think you turn it clockwise to lower it. If your is like mine it was lighting up the treetops. I had to give it about 15 full revolutions before getting it to where I wanted it. I did mine at night and left the windshield off so I could ride around the block, stop and adjust bit by bit until I got it right. You need to get your weight on it to adjust it right because you change the level quite a bit when you hop on.
I have an 09 and after about 800 miles I had to adjust it back up a bit again as the shocks etc softened up a bit.
Its a quick job and most of the time is taken adjusting. Hope this helps.
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post #8 of 14 Old 07-10-2009, 06:53 AM
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Yes, taking the windshield off made this fairly easy to do!
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-10-2009, 12:11 PM
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Thanks for this. I've been blinding people with my low beams and need to adjust mine.

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post #10 of 14 Old 05-09-2011, 06:06 PM
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Thanks for the info. Mine is blinding people on low-beam, too. Heading out to adjust it now!
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