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Old 09-21-2013, 07:45 PM   #1
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Question GSW LED headlight adjustment?

Has anyone here needed to adjust your LED headlight? Mine (especially low beams) seems to be pointed way too low. It only lights up the road a few car lengths ahead it seems.
On page 54 of the owner's manual (2014 manual), it shows a "swivel lever" with "A Neutral position" being horizontal, and "B Position with heavy payload" being vertical.
Moving the "swivel lever" doesn't really change the point of aim (on mine).
There is a little "turn knob" on there, but I'm hesitant to screw with it (no pun intended).

I rode about 25 miles down a 2 lane road tonight with the high beam on, and nobody "flashed me", which confirms (in my mind anyway) that it is adjusted too low.

Anyhow, anybody else have this problem?

Thanks,
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:40 PM   #2
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Has anyone here needed to adjust your LED headlight? Mine (especially low beams) seems to be pointed way to low. It only lights up the road a few car lengths ahead it seems.
On page 54 of the owner's manual (2014 manual), it shows a "swivel lever" with "A Neutral position" being horizontal, and "B Position with heavy payload" being vertical.
Moving the "swivel lever" doesn't really change the point of aim (on mine).
There is a little "turn knob" on there, but I'm hesitant to screw with it (no pun intended).

I rode about 25 miles down a 2 lane road tonight with the high beam on, and nobody "flashed me", which confirms (in my mind anyway) that it is adjusted too low.

Anyhow, anybody else have this problem?

Thanks,
Raise it up using the turn adjuster. Make sure you turn the vertical adjuster and not the one that adjust left to right. If your concerned, mark it with a sharpie or do it at night so you can put it back the was it was if needed. I have raised mine.
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:41 PM   #3
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Has anyone here needed to adjust your LED headlight? Mine (especially low beams) seems to be pointed way to low. It only lights up the road a few car lengths ahead it seems.
On page 54 of the owner's manual (2014 manual), it shows a "swivel lever" with "A Neutral position" being horizontal, and "B Position with heavy payload" being vertical.
Moving the "swivel lever" doesn't really change the point of aim (on mine).
There is a little "turn knob" on there, but I'm hesitant to screw with it (no pun intended).

I rode about 25 miles down a 2 lane road tonight with the high beam on, and nobody "flashed me", which confirms (in my mind anyway) that it is adjusted too low.

Anyhow, anybody else have this problem?

Thanks,
The LEFT screw adjusts the pitch/aimpoint. If you want to raise your aimpoint, you have to adjust the screw.

That "lever" also flips to allow a major quick adjustment if you have a heavy load affecting your aimpoint. It makes a material change, so I'm guessing you didn't flip the lever to it's alternate position.
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Old 09-22-2013, 01:34 AM   #4
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I adjusted mine up. Maybe a bit too high now!
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Old 03-27-2014, 12:46 PM   #5
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Help me here...

Are there two screws to adjust?
The one on the left, behind the lever and one on the right?
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Old 03-27-2014, 12:56 PM   #6
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I mean:

On the right:


And on the left:


Can you tell me what each knob does? I'm afraid I can't really tell from the manual.
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:02 PM   #7
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The black wheel adjusts the height, and the white adjuster moves it left to right.
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:14 PM   #8
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The black wheel adjusts the height, and the white adjuster moves it left to right.
That's not what the manual says.

My manual says that the white lever adjusts the range/height between neutral (when up) and heavy load (when down). It says nothing about left-right.
Also, there is no mention in the manual of the black wheel behind the white lever. The manual also says that to adjust to left/right side driving, you need to take the bike to a specialist workshop or authorised BMW Motorrad dealer.

What confuses me even further is what is that little wheel on the right side? What does that adjust?

I'm guessing that on the left side, the lever adjusts the height in a quick/simple way to compensate for heavier loads, while the wheel behind the white lever provides a finer adjustment of the headlight height/range.
The small wheel on the right side must adjust the beam focus or something like that... I don't know.
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:22 PM   #9
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The white lever is a quick adjust for loaded/unloaded as stated, the black knob (behind it) is the actual adjustment knob to fine tune the headlight horizontal adjustment.
Don't even think about touching the knob/screw on the right.
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:54 PM   #10
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That's not what the manual says.

My manual says that the white lever adjusts the range/height between neutral (when up) and heavy load (when down). It says nothing about left-right.
Also, there is no mention in the manual of the black wheel behind the white lever. The manual also says that to adjust to left/right side driving, you need to take the bike to a specialist workshop or authorised BMW Motorrad dealer.

What confuses me even further is what is that little wheel on the right side? What does that adjust?

I'm guessing that on the left side, the lever adjusts the height in a quick/simple way to compensate for heavier loads, while the wheel behind the white lever provides a finer adjustment of the headlight height/range.
The small wheel on the right side must adjust the beam focus or something like that... I don't know.
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The white lever is a quick adjust for loaded/unloaded as stated, the black knob (behind it) is the actual adjustment knob to fine tune the headlight horizontal adjustment.
Don't even think about touching the knob/screw on the right.
You're right. The black one definitely fine tunes the height, and the white one is used when carrying heavy loads, or a pillion. I was confusing the white lever with the ones on my car, which adjusts the headlights when driving on the other side of the road.
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Old 03-27-2014, 03:02 PM   #11
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...Don't even think about touching the knob/screw on the right.
Why not?
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Old 03-27-2014, 03:07 PM   #12
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Yes, why? Does it trigger the self destruct? :lol What does it do?
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Old 03-27-2014, 04:25 PM   #13
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Just don't mess with it.
If I tell you what it does you're going to want to monkey with it.
Think of it like you would those little adjustment pots on a circuit board of a radio, you can twist them but you'll probably wish that wouldn't have.
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:18 PM   #14
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I'm afraid I already messed with it before your warning...
I tried to rotate it just a little tiny bit to see if it did anything, but as I didn't notice any effect I rotated it back to original position or at Ieast I think it is in it's original position...
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:55 PM   #15
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Just don't mess with it.
If I tell you what it does you're going to want to monkey with it.
Okay, what does it do? Because the manual (wrongly) claims it moves the lights up/down.
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