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    Default Headlight adjustment

    I pulled the trike out of the garage at 04:30 this morning to ride to work. As I'm leaving the neiborhood I realize the only lights hiting the road are my passing lights. The headlight is illuminating the roof tops.
    No problem I think, I'll just adjust them down with the knob under the fairing. Wrong! Before the light gets anywhere near the road it bottoms out and starts pulling it to the left.
    No doubt this is caused by rakeing the front end.
    I'm sure I'm not the first to run into this. What did you do to fix it?
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    I'd go see the installer, if that's possible!
    The ride height should have been reset when the rake kit was installed, as well as the headlamp aim being correctly set.
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    Default Re: Headlight adjustment

    The rake should have lowered the aim. Split the fairing and check that all headlight mounting points are correct and fasteners are tight. Turn the adjuster while watching to be sure nothing is stopping it from going lower. Ours is raked and we have no problem with light aim.

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    If it has been this way since day 1, I would see the installer! Sounds like something may not have been R&R'd correctly during the rake kit install
    I'm not clear if the Yamaha's have a motored adjuster or not? My Wing does and I set the control knob in the center position and then adjusted the headlamps using the manual adjusters. That allows me to correct the aim with different "loading" of the trike by using the motored controller.
    Ragtop is correct. If nothing else changed and the ride height was not corrected, adding a rake kit should have lowered the aim!
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    Default Re: Headlight adjustment

    It was definatly aimed up.
    There is another adjustment on the right side I didn't know about. It's a long bolt with what looks to be a 10mm head on it. It is also cut for a phillips screw driver. Working back and forth between this and the knob on the left the light came down to where it's supposed to be.
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    Default Re: Headlight adjustment

    I made spacers for my light. after the rake it the beam was way to high for me as well.
    the bike adjustment screws did not bring it down far enough for me.
    you could use washers as well.

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