Aligning the frontend

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Aligning the frontend

Post by saltcreep on Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:27 pm

I replaced the forks on my wife's bike and it is very slightly out of alignment.. I know to loosen the triple tree and wiggle it over, just wondering is there a trick to this like taking measurements from the 2 sides and comparing them to get the alignment perfect?

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Re: Aligning the frontend

Post by hayweed on Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:56 pm

Adjust, ride, repeat. That's how I do it. If It's very slight I usually put the tire against a wall and tweak it without loosening it. Works every time.

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Re: Aligning the frontend

Post by Scadoodle on Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:14 am

Mines been about a 1/4" out since I got that thing, Everyone keeps telling me it's strait. I guess I'l have to fix it one day. I still get about 23,000 on a front tire
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Re: Aligning the frontend

Post by Dragon on Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:09 am

Really old school trick: Go find one of those industrial fluorescent light bulbs that are like 10 feet long and lay it alongside both tires. However, I have been told lately that some newer models are actually offset, not in a straight line like usual.

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Re: Aligning the frontend

Post by Miss G on Sat Dec 17, 2011 8:49 pm

Dragon wrote:Really old school trick: Go find one of those industrial fluorescent light bulbs that are like 10 feet long and lay it alongside both tires. However, I have been told lately that some newer models are actually offset, not in a straight line like usual.

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Re: Aligning the frontend

Post by saltcreep on Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:50 am

Thanks Dragon, dummy me didn't even think of using a straight-edge that was the trick. I actually had some giant-ass flourescents in my garage (aquariam stuff that never got used, but I used a straight 2x4 instead, worked great)
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Re: Aligning the frontend

Post by Dragon on Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:25 am

Just glad to help. Smile

Just be careful with 2 X 4's. Not many are really straight. I got this tip from an ol coot rider way back years ago. Flourescents are perfectly straight. Cool

Am also told you can use two people and a string in a pinch.
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