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Does anyone have any nice tips or tricks to keeping the headlight from vibrating out of adjustment. Every time I adjust the headlight down to actually light up the road it only hold for a short time before I'm looking at the tree tops again.

I was thinking about trying a star washer between the round spacer and the eyebrow, I was thinking maybe it would crush on tightening and help hold the adjustment in place? A rubber washer might help it stay put as well but will that affect the grounding of the light.

Was also thinking about wedging something in the slot once I had the light adjusted to my liking since it always moves forward and the light ends up pointing towards the sky. Though I'm not sure how permanent that would be.

I was also thinking I might need to I try bending the cup/washer piece on top of the headlight bucket? I dont believe its cracked but I think I have adjusted it 2-3 times since the last time I had it all the way off so I'm not positive.
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PLEASE Post a picture of your headlight setup..
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Thanks Redd I forgot to mention it is the stock set-up with the headlight mounted to the eyebrow/visor. I can take closer pics when I get home of anything specific right now the best I have is this:

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try putting some clover grinding paste between or a little croker's clothe to give bite.
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Is there a chrome cover over the headlight mount ?
if so. and you haven't taken it off. there is a cover over the bolt to tighten it..
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Redd it's just the eyebrow no cover. It has the beveled washer and lockwasher and I replaced the nut with a stainless nylock nut at some point. Bustert I'll have to look up the crockers clothe but that sounds like a good idea. Does anyone know if the headlight grounds through that mounting bolt?


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This should be your setup: http://www.stcharlesharleydavidson.c...310692-H040085
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all the buckets I have seen have a ground wire hot riveted to the shell, but never say never. croker's cloth is clothe backed sand paper comes in diff grits on a roll.
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Thanks Bob, thats definitely the set-up I have. I looked up how its supposed to go in the manual and I have all the parts specified in the manual they just dont seem to be able to hold the headlight in place after riding. Thanks for the clarification on the crokers cloth that might be a good idea.

Here is a close-up shot of the headlight mounting point, I think part of or maybe the whole problem with it moving out of adjustment may be the cup on top of the headlight bucket is bent. Possibly it was tightened down to hard and it bent or just over time it bent and it doesnt have enough tension to hold the light in place anymore? You can see it is bent towards the front and that is the way the light moves when it goes out of adjustment and points up too high.



Is that cup replaceable? I seem to remember it being attached to the bucket but now I cant remember if its bolted on or welded. I could try to bend it back I suppose but I have a feeling it would just bend right back when tightened.
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I've never had a problem with a headlight moving.

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