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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-31-2020, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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a little help for adjusting the headlights

So, I've got big, arthritic hands and on my Gen 2 and now Gen 3, I had a hard time getting a secure enough grip to adjust the headlights. So, I made myself a headlight knob wrench and thought I'd share.

1/2" copper pipe, I went with 8" long
1/2" by 1" reducing coupler
1/2" Tee
2 rivets
JB Weld
plastic wrap (the thin stretchy kitchen kind)
cooking spray

I put the rivets through the side to give the JB weld something to hold onto and keep from spinning.
I used the JB Weld putty and placed it into the 1" end of the coupler.
I wrapped the adjustment knob with the plastic, sprayed it with cooking spray (as a release), and pressed it in.
I waited a couple of minutes for the JB Weld to start to firm up and then removed the knob and then the plastic wrap.

Fits perfect.

I keep it in the right saddlebag with the other tools and parts.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-31-2020, 08:50 PM
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a little help for adjusting the headlights

lumpytaters,

GENIUS!

My kinda gadget! Maybe I don't need it (so far), but I'm sure others will appreciate the share.
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Nice. For those that haven't seen how easy it is to adjust your headlights (barring the above physical challenges), here's one.


http://www.fjr1300.info/howto/headlight.html


with how to set up your "aiming wall" detailed here (for a car but the aiming is the same).


https://www.fjr-tips.org/sti/hla/hla.html



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a little help for adjusting the headlights

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I just wanted to add a bit to that information:

If you have epoxy which is thin, like the consistency of honey, but you need something more like chewing gum or putty, you can "stiffen" the mixture.
Add dry sawdust to the mix, while you are mixing, to get the mixture thicker. Any hardwood sawdust will work, I guess, but you can use fine sawdust, from fine sandpaper (not from a saw), on the classy little jobs. Epoxy does not have great strength, of itself, so (I believe) the sawdust filler can make the "build" stronger in some ways.

Cautionary note: Never mix epoxy in wax-paper cups, because the wax will make the set-up fail to happen, and all you get is a useless mess. I use disposable little plastic salsa cups (from the fast-food places) for mixing epoxy batches. You can see through them, so if you are mixing two-tone epoxy (hardener and resin of different colors), you can see when the mix is "thorough" enough. Most places will give you some salsa cups for the asking, or I have bought an entire sleeve of salsa cups from the manager at times, for a few bucks. Amazon will sell you all the salsa cups you'd ever need, for maybe a ten$pot.
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I just wanted to add a bit to that information:

If you have epoxy which is thin, like the consistency of honey, but you need something more like chewing gum or putty, you can "stiffen" the mixture.
Add dry sawdust to the mix, while you are mixing, to get the mixture thicker. Any hardwood sawdust will work, I guess, but you can use fine sawdust, from fine sandpaper (not from a saw), on the classy little jobs. Epoxy does not have great strength, of itself, so (I believe) the sawdust filler can make the "build" stronger in some ways.

Cautionary note: Never mix epoxy in wax-paper cups, because the wax will make the set-up fail to happen, and all you get is a useless mess. I use disposable little plastic salsa cups (from the fast-food places) for mixing epoxy batches. You can see through them, so if you are mixing two-tone epoxy (hardener and resin of different colors), you can see when the mix is "thorough" enough. Most places will give you some salsa cups for the asking, or I have bought an entire sleeve of salsa cups from the manager at times, for a few bucks. Amazon will sell you all the salsa cups you'd ever need, for maybe a ten$pot.
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I'm surprised you haven't had trouble with those cups. I work at a company that makes them. I'd think the food grade release agent might be problematic.

Just like when whipping egg whites, I never use plastic containers for epoxy, molding plastics, etc. mixing. Plastics hold oil no matter how much washing occurs. I use metal only.

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I'm surprised you haven't had trouble with those cups. I work at a company that makes them. I'd think the food grade release agent might be problematic. Just like when whipping egg whites, I never use plastic containers for epoxy, molding plastics, etc. mixing. Plastics hold oil no matter how much washing occurs. I use metal only.
Russ,

I have never had that problem arise. You raise a valid point, though, and at work, they gave us small flat foil cups for mixing epoxies and polyester resins. They are called "Aluminum Weighing Dishes." Thanks. I will be ordering some, and see if I find any difference in the results. Amazon has the Weighing Dishes, of course. The link came out weird, but it works.



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I also found the headlight adjuster knobs to be too stiff for my fingers to grasp. I just took off a knob and I cut a piece of plastic pipe a few inches long. On the end that is supposed to grip the knob I cut some notches something like a castle nut to grip the knob. I can more easily get a grip on the pipe ( kids hockey net). I don't have a picture of it. A piece of pvc electrical conduit would likely work too.

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heck I wish I could get my nobs off ( I want to install different bulbs) but appears the previous owner stripped then lock tite them on!!
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W8lifter you don't have your bike in your signature line.....
If you have a Gen2, you can undo the cable once you remove the black dash panel... did that on mine and never removed the knobs. Tight fit though.

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