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    Setting new headlight

    I've just fitted an LED headlight in the Road King.

    What is the procedure to set it up...distance from wall, height etc. I know it will need tweaking at a later date, but I'd like to know the basic setting to start with, so I can go out and see what adjustment needs to be done.

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    Re: Setting new headlight

    The centre of the front wheel needs to be 25ft (7.6m) away from the wall

    The horizontal line of the dip beam needs to be level with the height of the centre of the headlamp

    Hope that helps
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    Re: Setting new headlight

    Cheers Paul, I'll give it a go tonight after dark.

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    Re: Setting new headlight

    I also texted you the diagram as it's a bit clearer.
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    Re: Setting new headlight

    Thanks Paul, I went on the net after you sent it, and found that picture, and printed it off.

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    Re: Setting new headlight

    Well, I got it as low as I could....it's still going to blind oncoming vehicles, even on dip. Oh well.....as long as I can see where I'm going, that's all I care about.

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    Re: Setting new headlight

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    Well, I got it as low as I could....it's still going to blind oncoming vehicles, even on dip. Oh well.....as long as I can see where I'm going, that's all I care about.

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    Brian did you get the backing plate with the new unit? Mine didn't come with it as standard and I had to cut away the original until I got delivery of the proper one. I didn't need to adjust mine at all and it has passed two rigorous MOT's since. Mind you the MOT'er is hard of hearing but eyesight very good.

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    Re: Setting new headlight

    Hi Baza, mine didn't come with a backing plate, I had to buy that separately. I can't seem to get enough down adjustment. The backing plate is nicely made and seems good quality, and was a perfect fit. I'll pull it all out again at the weekend and see if I can modify something.

    If I can't do anything to improve things......I'll modify the original bowl to make it all fit and work properly.

    I'm impressed with the light output. For once in all the years I've owned this bike, I'll be able to see where I'm going at night.

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    Re: Setting new headlight

    Brian if you click on my link you will see the backing plate I have which has screw adjustments.
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    Re: Setting new headlight

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr B View Post
    Well, I got it as low as I could....it's still going to blind oncoming vehicles, even on dip. Oh well.....as long as I can see where I'm going, that's all I care about.

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    just a thought, it's not upside down is it? it rings a bell with me that the one i put on a while back i'd put it in the wrong way up. it was one of the chinese ones, iirc i had the backing plate but still managed to get it wrong. took a while to fathom my mistake out

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