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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-04-2019, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Front wheel off center?

So, first post. I've had my Vulcan about 3 months. It's been turned into a bobber style bike. Ive always had to steer just a tick to the left to cruise straight. I have tried several times to align the forks thinking that was the source. But I noticed today that the wheel is not centered in the forks. Could this be my issue. Are these wheels normally dead center? What would cause it to be off center? Bushing, spacers, bearings? Anyone got any ideas?
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How far off center? A photo would help.
Isn't there a clamp on one fork that holds the non threaded part of the axle...is the wheel more towards that than the nut side?

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I think there are spacers on both sides and they are not the same size.. or the speedo drive (left side) may not be seated properly in the wheel

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Yes, the 'collars' are different, if they were swapped side to side it could maybe make the wheel offset.

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Was also thinking swing-arm adjustment. But you say the wheel isn't centered in the forks.

Should be wearing the tire on one side if you're constantly counter-steering left.

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Again, a photo would help. Can the wheel be off center and not touch the fender?

I think the spacers Spockster pointed out are not interchangeable, one rides between the wheel bearings.

The axle on the right side has a hole through it near the end. This hole should be very close to the part on the fork that clamps that end of the axle. Like 1/16".

If it's sticking out more than that, or the hole is covered, something is definitely wrong...

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Wouldn't the brake rotors prevent shifting the wheel to one side?
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Thanks guys. I'll get a pic tomorrow. But to answer a few of your questions. It is definitely closer to the fender on one side. Barely able to fit a finger between the tire and fender. And the axle appears to be correct in the space mentioned. Thinking it might be something with the spacers/speedo. Thinking of pulling it apart this weekend. Its not a terrible pull but enough that you absolutely could not let go of the bars even for a second.
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Another thing that seems odd. When sitting still on the bike, if I slowly turn the bars to the left it's about the same resistance until full lock. If I do it to the right it gets to a point and just falls right without any resistance or imput required
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Oh and it's approximately 1/4 to maybe 3/8 off center.
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You would think the brake would require it to be centered but it doesn't appear so.

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