Head light adjustment.

Don T

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I needed to adjust the headlight on my S10 as it was too high and I found the info I needed here on the forum - thanks ::008::

http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=1578.0
http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=1077.0
http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=13260.0
http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=16405.0

I found that the easiest way (for me) was to use a very small 1/4" ratchet with a 2" extension and a 8 mm socket.
When I adjusted the headlight I discovered that the S10 is cross eyed - I believe that it's meant to be..?
After a few tries and some testing the headlight was adjusted just as I wanted it to be and the light is now really good both on low and (especially) high beam.
 

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The problem is the difficulty of adjusting the headlight, where the screw/bolt is well hidden under the headlight covers. Light angle varies with suspension adjustments and loads. It a daunting task to adjust the headlight every time you vary the suspension/load.
 

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With the right tools (a very small 1/4" ratchet with a 2" extension and a 8 mm socket) adjusting the headlight is easy.
But ones correctly adjusted in relation to when I ride solo I don't touch it again - if I add luggage and/or a pillion passenger I adjust the suspension preload - not the headlight.
For that reason I've added front preload adjusters so I quickly and without tools can adjust the preload both front and back so the suspension sag remains the same with any load.

 

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I'm bringing this thread back to life as I need a little help.
I have a 2015 Tenere so I don't think a previous thread about using a Philips will work.
Using a mirror & flashlight I think the 8mm socket is what I need but would like to confirm this.
I have the 2" extender but this seems nearly impossible to get the socket over the bolt.
Am I doing something obviously wrong?

Going for band aids now for the back of my hands. :'( -JEP-
 

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My bike seems to have the same issue with the beam being way high. When I had my 4k service done I asked them to check the headlight and according to them its in Yamaha spec... :-|
 

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RIDEMYST said:
I'm bringing this thread back to life as I need a little help.
I have a 2015 Tenere so I don't think a previous thread about using a Philips will work.
Using a mirror & flashlight I think the 8mm socket is what I need but would like to confirm this.
I have the 2" extender but this seems nearly impossible to get the socket over the bolt.
Am I doing something obviously wrong?

Going for band aids now for the back of my hands. :'( -JEP-
You are on the right track. I have had to adjust mine several times to get it low enough where it is not lighting up the tree tops.

There are two 8mm bolts. From what I read, the left one is for low beam and the right is for high. I am not exactly sure what the right one is adjusting since as I understand there is some type of plate that moves up and down for the high beam. Nevertheless, it worked for me.

If you are sitting on the bike, the left adjustment bolt is on the lower right hand side of the left dust cover. Right now I can not remember if the right bolt is on the lower right or left side of the right dust cover. Use a mirror so you can see the bolts, and then you should be able to do it by feel. At least I was able to. Right turns move them down.

Hope this helps.
 

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RIDEMYST -
A very small 1/4" ratchet with a 2" extension and a 8 mm socket is the best tools for the job.
In my experience the best way to get the socket over the bolt is by feel - by turning the handlebars you can give yourself a bit more work room.

You adjust the low and high beam at the same time - two bolts for each headlight - one for horizontal adjustment and one for vertical adjustment.
For vertical adjustment turn the ones at the bottom near the center.
 

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Adjusted mine to raise them a little back in august, 8mm scoket, 1/4 inch craftsman ratchet and a short extension is what i used, also used a mirror and a flashlight to get the socket on the nut, 1/2 turn lefty loosely was all it took in my case to get it about perfect, haven't touched them since. 8mm socket to raise or lower the lights, phillips screwdriver to change the right or left aim.

Maybe some more helpful information in this thread
http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=20076.0
 

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The 8mm socket method worked easily for me, but you do have to work largely by feel. Perhaps it's me, but the phillips srewdriver method always seems to chew up the adjuster, so I didn't bother trying on the S10.

With my 2014 ES, the lights were way high up in the trees, so huge correction was needed. However, once adjusted, the ES preload settings provided perfect correction for the aim of the lights. It's a shame Yamaha don't fit the FJR style remote adjusters on the S10, particularly for the nonES bikes - I can't imagine they would cost much & I'm not asking for electronics; just 2 simple manual adjusters.

Then, shed a bit of weight, liven up the engine to c125 bhp or so, steady up the screen bracketry, along with a mild re-style to freshen the looks & you have the 2018 S10 Gen3. Sorry OP, I digress - that's the trouble with looking at the 2017 Show Bikes from EICMA/Milano ;D

......................... KEN
 

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Thanks guys!
I was able to get the left (vertical) beam adjusted better yesterday but still working on the right. Both seem way out of adjustment.
I'll keep plugging away at it but seems a terrible design. -JEP-
 

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This thread is now a sticky in the Elect/Light/Instru sub-forum.
 

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Got my lights adjusted but when I did my final check one of the auxiliary bulbs burned out! :mad:
I know the headlight bulbs are H7 bulbs and I know what I must do to replace the auxiliary bulbs (the little lights in the headlight corners) but I can find no information in my owners manual for the type of aux bulbs.
I want to have the bulbs in hand before I remove the front assembly.

Two questions:
1) What are the replacement aux bulbs (2015 Tenere)
2) Where in the heck does it tell you what the replacement bulb sizes/model (I found wattage/voltage) for anything in the owners manual?

Thanks again in advance everybody for your help. -JEP-
 

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Thanks, this is just what I needed. My lights were also way too high, High beam spotted owls in the trees on my first night ride and dazzled all car drivers with the dip beam. Surely a PDI should have picked this up??
1/4 drive socket was the easiest way for me, just do it by feel.
 

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This is just what the dealers are supposed to use, but it's rare they ever bother. Look at the ridiculous charade MikeR endured. Yamaha replaced his headlamp in the end, when it was only a relocation/adjustment that was needed.

I was pleased to find by local MOT testing station used the proper job, when they tested my old Electraglide in the summer. Very thorough they were, but apparantly there are many import H-Ds around in the UK that don't satisfy our lighting regs, so they need to be cautious before signing off the 12m ticket.
 

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Squibb said:
This is just what the dealers are supposed to use, but it's rare they ever bother. Look at the ridiculous charade MikeR endured. Yamaha replaced his headlamp in the end, when it was only a relocation/adjustment that was needed.

I was pleased to find by local MOT testing station used the proper job, when they tested my old Electraglide in the summer. Very thorough they were, but apparantly there are many import H-Ds around in the UK that don't satisfy our lighting regs, so they need to be cautious before signing off the 12m ticket.
Squibb, who is your local MOT tester that does the lights properly? I could do with getting these right.
 
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