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08 Headlight aim.

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Greetings all!

I have been dealing with this since new. Here's my history;
Took delivery of the 08 RG in September 07. Love the bike, but the headlight didn't seem as good as the single beam on the 02 Standard I had previous. I played with the aim as much as I could as I found the headlight pattern was too low, but I discovered that I couldn't adjust it too much as the black plastic headlight mount was hitting the clear plastic cover, thus limiting it's travel. I also noticed the silver coating in the headlamps wasn't the best, they had a slight fog in parts of them.

A good excuse to upgrade to the euro lights option. I ordered the 09 headlight trim as well so I could replace the plastic lens cover that the bugs used to get behind.

Anyway, I thought the different light pattern would solve my problems. Nope. In fact, I have to adjust the headlamp assembly out so much at the bottom that the 09 cover can't get on far enough to engage the clips, so I have to use the clear lens again, and they actually hit the inside bottom of that as well.


I have tried to adjust the top single adjuster in as far as I could, to the point that it wont go in any further, in the hopes of bringing the whole assembly back to give me more adjutment. If I leave the adjusters in the factory position the aim is too low and the headlight electrical plugs can actually touch the inner mounting bracket.

I tried to adjust (raise) the entire fairing by the bolts on the neck mount, but there doesn't seem to be any adjustment there.

I checked the headlight assemblies, and they both seem about the same, so there is no malfunction there.

I just wonder if I am missing something, as there must be a way to adjust this, but if it came from the factory this way, maybe I have an odd one that doesn't have the clearance for some reason. I am trying to 'squirm' the fairing a bit, but it can't be moved too much, with the inner fairing and blinker lights fixing it's position. Last idea left is to try and tilt the individual headlamps in the assembly before I mount the assembly in the fairing.


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Sadly, my efforts mimicked those of others when it came time to adjust the Road Glide headlights. No matter what I did, I could never get the low beams to go out further. When I adjusted upward using the screws, it would come in contact with the clear lens in front. My solution was to order a pair of new BMW head light bulbs which throw out a much wider and higher low beam. Total cost about $25.00 delivered. Plug and play on my 2009 RG. No problems after 15 months or so in use. Made all the difference between night and day. Sorry for the pun, but it is true.

Would you be able to share the part numbers / sizes of the "new BMW head light bulbs"?
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