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headlight adjustment for 1983 R100T

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SDCR
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headlight adjustment for 1983 R100T

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So, had the opportunity to ride my new to me R100 T in the dark recently, and discovered the headlight is woefully mis-adjusted. It’s pointing down so low, that the only lighting, is about 10 feet in front of the bike.

I’d like to do a proper headlight adjustment, but there isn’t any write up in my owners manual, and could only find online info on the RT or RS fairings. I have a the basic headlight shell, with a S fairing.

Is the adjustment only a matter of loosening the rights side bolt and the left side ignition switch fastener, then moving the shell to align it?
1983 R100
2000 R1100

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srankin
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Re: headlight adjustment for 1983 R100T

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Yes, and you don't have to loosen them very much to make the change. Just a little loose will allow you to stick fingers between the rubber gasket of the S fairing and the chrome headlight ring and pull up the headlight shell.

Keeping some tension means you can set the headlight and give it a try around the block and if need be stop for a second to fiddle with it a bit more until you get it where you want it. At that point you can fully tighten the retaining bolts.

Hope this makes sense? Good Luck, St.
Owner of a 84, R80RT and 78, R100RS

SDCR
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St,
Thanks, and yes makes perfect sense.

As with a some BMW “adjustments”, I wasn’t sure if there was a special procedure. I see why there isn’t any tutorial online. It’s too simple :).
1983 R100
2000 R1100

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LOL, some things I learned pre internet days, the hard way.
If you want a laugh buy one of the new Clymer manuals and try to make sense out of making repairs using it. Enjoy the riding! St.
Owner of a 84, R80RT and 78, R100RS

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