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post #1 of 6 Old 07-19-2005, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Offset for Wheel Alignment?

My 10 veers to the right with hands off bars...I know it has already been discussed, I know the string method,...

Just one question: are there any lateral wheel offsets to account for?
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as long as you remembered to put your spacers back into the rear wheel, you should be ok that way on the side to side alignment.

so, as you probably noticed, the alignment marks from the factory are notoriously bad. there is the string method, but i don't put alot of stock in have to have the front wheel perfectly straight for it to be accurate.

there is a tool made with a slider bar and two pointers attached that can clamp in place. you measure from fixed points, such as the swing arm pivot and the rear axle, which are equidistant on both sides of the motorcycle. that's the easiest way to be sure you've installed it completely in line.

if that's not available to you, find a road without a crown to it (a crowned road will make you're bike feel like its pulling to the right), and start your adjustments. get going a decent clip, nothing dangerous, but 40 +/- should work. make sure you're centered on the seat and sit up, let go of the bars. see which way it wanders. for a right pulling motorcycle, you'll need to back off the left side or bring in the right (pick one, don't do both). go with 1/4 turns in the adjustment nuts (or 1/6 turns if its easier to keep track of the flats on the faces), until you're in the right place alignment wise, then readjust equal amounts on both side to set your chain slack (you'll need to after that).

sorry for the lengthy explanation and over simplifications.....maybe it'll help some people who aren't sure how to get that done....
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The tool dogbone is talking about is this one or simular

Takes some time to get use to, but maybe better than stock. I think I got this one from Lockhart phillips but not really sure. PM me if you want and I will find out for sure.
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Thanks a bunch, I'll give it a go...
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Another thing that can cause the bike to pull to one side is fork tube alignment. When I got the ZX-10R I checked both rear wheel alignment and fork tube alignment. The rear wheel was spot on. Fork tubes were out a bit. To check fork tube alignment get a glass shop to cut you a piece of 3/8" or so plate glass 4" wide and long enough to fit across the fork tube uppers (the gold anodized part). If you can lay the glass across the tubes without any rock they tubes are aligned.
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we call that a tram bar at work,,, checks for square in the unibody among other things
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