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Old 12-03-2007, 07:20 PM   #1
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is it possible for your bars to be off center? basically out of allignment like in a car. the reason i ask is because i just hit a huge pot hole on the way home from work tonight. not really a pot hole more like a section off road that was cut out and not refilled and no warning signs nor cones. not sure if i'm just trippin from it or if it actually got off centered from the hit.:dontknow:
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Old 12-03-2007, 07:22 PM   #2
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Check your rim I usually hear that, that is the first thing that goes on pot holes
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Old 12-03-2007, 07:24 PM   #3
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i checked the rim and its all good thankfully. just don'[t know if i'm overworried and its just my imagination or if it can actually happen
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sometimes the pinch bolt is loose and the bar/clip ons could moved.
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Old 12-03-2007, 07:27 PM   #5
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The rear wheel could be out of alignment which would cause you to have to turn slightly to compensate. Might wanna check it out.
It's possible for the forks to twist in the triple clamps too but I think you need to look at the rear wheel 1st.
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Old 12-03-2007, 07:32 PM   #6
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alright thanks and if it is the forks how much is that gonna cost to fix
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Old 12-03-2007, 07:39 PM   #7
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Get your bike straight up and down 90 degrees on a stand or something,
ensure your front wheel is steered straight ahead-
Strap two 4' long fluorescent light bulbs to your wider rear wheel with bungee cords to line up with front wheel.
This will not only show you if your alignment is correct but also you can measure distance from your bars to a central point on tank or seat or something....

Anytime I treat my suspension to a hard day I will loosen the triple tree and axle to self align the parts
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Old 12-03-2007, 07:52 PM   #8
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Get your bike straight up and down 90 degrees on a stand or something,
ensure your front wheel is steered straight ahead-
Strap two 4' long fluorescent light bulbs to your wider rear wheel with bungee cords to line up with front wheel.
This will not only show you if your alignment is correct but also you can measure distance from your bars to a central point on tank or seat or something....

Anytime I treat my suspension to a hard day I will loosen the triple tree and axle to self align the parts
thanks man thats almost ingenous. and if i do need to align the parts how do i loosen the triple tree? sorry for the series of questions just new to this and would like to do my own work.
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:20 PM   #9
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Hmmm not sure on your ride....
Mine just has two 6mm socket head cap screws on each clamp- where the upper and lower meet the tubes
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oh ok right on top gotcha. and when its loosened i can move them around to align from there?
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:41 PM   #12
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bro don't know how to thank you but thank you for helping out.
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You don't wanna loosen up everything all at the same time on your front end. The forks can slip which will drop your front down and that can change how your bike handles.
Loosen axle then one side. that will let it return to the position it wants to be. Then do other side and retighten axle.


Have you checked out threar end? Make sure that the rear tire is square to the swingarm. At the very least look at the alignment marks by the rear axle and see the the same amount is showing on both sides.
Also look at the chain and make sure it and the sprockets (front AND rear) are in a straight line. ANY misalignment should be corrected. It will cause, not only your bike out of line (which will seem like the bars are crooked) but sprockets and chain will wear out faster.
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Old 12-03-2007, 09:50 PM   #14
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I would look at the rear end 1st before I did all that with the front. If your rear tire is not tracking straight your bars will seem crooked. Just like a car out of alignment will make your steer a little to correct for it.
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alright i'll probably take you up on that. me being new to all this i don't want to screw things up even more
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Old 12-04-2007, 07:29 PM   #17
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alright i didn't think it was the back tire but i did take a closer look at the markings on the swingarm and it is off a bit
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Get someone to ride behind you and see if you're lean is off...

I do the same thing everytime i jump on my katana... the other's don't have that problem. Remember if you stare at it, it will look like the road crown causes the bike to lean to the left...

But they already mentioned everything that you needed, check rear tire track, alignment then front...
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