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So I had a little mishap going around a corner a couple weeks ago. Front end washed out. As a result, it looks like the front wheel is a little out of alignment. So can someone give me some pointers about how to make sure the front is properly aligned? I understand you're supposed to loosen all the bolts, align everything, and then tighten from the bottom up. But how do you make sure the front is pointed straight? Any tips or tricks you guys can share?
 

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I've actually had good results using a laser level. You hang the level over the bike and center the bike under it. I line mine up with the lock on the gas tank. It should also center on your rear tire. At this point it should be fairly evident if your front wheel isn't straight.

You can get a laser level cheap at HD or Lowes.
 

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I just roll it up to a tree, put the side of front wheel against it and twist the bars to line up with the wheel. Then ride the bike to see if it needs more of an "adjustment" if not, re torque all the bolts one at a time....basicly eyeballing this, it's amazing how quickly you can notice if the bars are off....
 

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What Ive done on many different bikes, is to loosen the bolts on the lower triple tree, then with the bike on a centerstand, stand in front, grab the bars, clamp the wheel between yer legs, and adjust by eye, then retighten bolts...

Not as accurate as Mike's method though....
 

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What Ive done on many different bikes, is to loosen the bolts on the lower triple tree, then with the bike on a centerstand, stand in front, grab the bars, clamp the wheel between yer legs, and adjust by eye, then retighten bolts...

Not as accurate as Mike's method though....
thats about how i did my old huffy back in the day
 

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Handlebars/Front Wheel Alignment

What Ive done on many different bikes, is to loosen the bolts on the lower triple tree, then with the bike on a centerstand, stand in front, grab the bars, clamp the wheel between yer legs, and adjust by eye, then retighten bolts...

Not as accurate as Mike's method though....
Nothing like resurrecting a years old thread, so my apologies in advance. My bike was parked on the street, and the neighbor backed into it. The forks look fine, but the handlebars are off a little, and it rides just fine. I like Wolfies idea, and it's similar to some videos I've watched on YouTube. My question...a couple of the videos mentioned loosening the front fender bolts and brake calipers in addition to the lower triple. I'm not convince this would be necessary. What say you more knowledgeable than I?

Thanks
 

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I don't see a reason so loosen the brake calipers. If you believe the handle bars are bent, it may be very difficult to get them perfectly straight again. I've found the best way to do this is to completely remove them from the bike and clamp them in a vice. Use a larger diameter pipe slipped over the bent side to wrench it back.

Perhaps your neighbor can buy you a new one instead? After all he bent it.
 

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The idea is to release tension on everything that can hold the forks in the current position, since all you'll be doing to re-align is thrusting downward on the forks. Loosening the calipers doesn't seem like a big deal, if the bolts aren't over-tightened to begin with.

Fork alignment and bent bars are two different problems. I straightened my bars a while back by strapping the bike between two immovable objects (pickup and tractor), measuring the bars at fixed points, and pulling them straight with ratchet straps.

Is this the video you watched? This is the procedure I'll be doing soon, because my bike pulls to left and I know the rear wheel is aligned. I'll try to post back with results.

When you do this on the VN, you'll have to do it with the bars removed, because the handlebar clamp covers the top triple tree nut.

 

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That's the one, Spockster. Thanks.
 

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I don't see a reason so loosen the brake calipers. If you believe the handle bars are bent, it may be very difficult to get them perfectly straight again. I've found the best way to do this is to completely remove them from the bike and clamp them in a vice. Use a larger diameter pipe slipped over the bent side to wrench it back.

Perhaps your neighbor can buy you a new one instead? After all he bent it.
Handlebars are good. Thankfully it wasn't knocked over, but just push backwards a few feet. She rides fine. I'll take a picture showing the off angle when the front wheel is pointing forward. I'm going to try to tackle this project this coming weekend. Thanks for the advice, mi amigo!
 

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I'm going to try to tackle this project this coming weekend. Thanks for the advice, mi amigo!
Should be doing mine this week .... got all my yard baled yesterday. Two day ordeal fixing the tractor!
 

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Worked on the forks today, did it just like the video shows. I think it reduced the pulling to the left, but it's still there.

When I loosened the neck bolt, we could see the top tree spring in the direction I expected. So I'm going to try it again and use some twisting action on the top tree and the front wheel, like we used to do with bicycles. As a last resort, I might eventually loosen all the clamps, supported with a jack, and tweak it to the left. Wheel to the left, top tree to the right.

The front wheel must be turned too much to the right, so counter-steer makes it want to go left. I need to push the front wheel to the left.

Also marked my bars and moved them forward some, only rode a 1/2 mile but they felt ok. Marked them so I can put them back if I want, but I'm thinking this will help with the seat pain.
 

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Turns out, my swingarm adjustment was off. Where it's supposed to have the 2.5mm gap, the gap was wider. Got it adjusted and the pull to the left is gone, mostly.

I need to get a new front tire before I go any further. It has a lot more wear on one side because I rode it so long with that pull.

The small amount of left pull it has now might be the uneven treadwear.

Found this old thread : http://www.vn750.com/forum/27-wheels-suspension-brakes/7942-swing-arm-alignment-2.html
 
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