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Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: ChrisK » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:54 pm

I have a first gen XV750. Is it normal for the center of the tire to be slightly left of alignment with the rear shock? Also, my tire is literally within a mm of touching the left-side swingarm upper support.

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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: Naspc » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:57 pm

A mm is way to close. Try spinning the rear wheel with the bike on the center stand. Does it wobble? Does certain section of the tire further from the swing arm?
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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: ChrisK » Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:02 pm

No, there's no wobble.

The tire was this close when I purchased the bike, and I rode it a couple times and it seemed to ride fine. Granted, I didn't do any hard cornering.

When I re-assembled the rear wheel section I forgot to put on the washer that goes on the final-drive side of the wheel-bearing. When I did that it was literally rubbing up against the swingarm. I took it all apart and put it back together with the washer in place and I "re-gained" my MM of clearance.

Also, I'm completely new to shaft-driven bikes. When in neutral and on the center stand, is the rear wheel supposed to spin similar to a chain-drive bike? Nice and freely for at least a little while when spun by hand.

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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: Roger Ramjet » Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:31 pm

yes bit is suppossed to be very close to swingarm
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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: ms8238 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:52 pm

tires only have to track straight, they don't have to be dead center to each other or the bike, the shaft drives is why it must be off set, and its very close to touching stock. more so with a tire change.
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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: ChrisK » Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:57 pm

Wouldn't offset tires REALLY mess with side to side lean in corners?

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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: Naspc » Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:18 pm

Is it really a mm from tire to swing arm?

I know it should be close but not that close.
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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: ChrisK » Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:21 pm

If it's not a mm it's gotta be close, I'll try and take a picture here in about an hour.

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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: ChrisK » Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:22 pm

And by swingarm I mean the upper support of it. The part that is at about a 45 degree angle to the ground.

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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: ms8238 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:50 pm

There all made that way............
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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: ChrisK » Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:54 pm

Made what way?

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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: ms8238 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:16 pm

with an off set rear tire and the tire almost rubbing the shaft tube..........
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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: grazingazer » Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:54 pm

corners fine...no issues
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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: bandaid » Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:08 pm

Check the tire size. Someone may have put the wrong size on it.

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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: ChrisK » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:12 am

Wow, like I said I'm new to shaft-drives. I find that incredibly strange that they would build it offset. Like, why not just build it so they're straight?

Anyway, I forgot to snap a picture so I'll try to do that today. Also, the tire is a 130/90-16. So I believe that's the right size.

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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: LongRoadHome » Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:41 pm

http://i842.photobucket.com/albums/zz34 ... d9d851.jpg

Fixing your image link, maybe. Well, guess not, but it's clickable to go see it anyway.

Never thought to look and see if my wheels are offset, so will do that.
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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: ChrisK » Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:52 pm

Thanks for the help, never had problems with photobucket before, that was weird.

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Re: Rear Wheel Alignment

PostAuthor: grazingazer » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:09 pm

whats all the fuss they come that way from the factory... if the rear wheel weren't offset how would you service the drum brake assembly on shaft drive 1st gen viragos... or even remove the rear wheel to change a tire...
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