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Old 03-05-2006, 03:04 PM   #1
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Rear wheel alignment

So what's the ticket to get that rear wheel straight? The noched tensioners seem to have alot of play. I would like to pull a line from the swingarm pivot to the center-line of the axle. Any ideas???
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Old 03-05-2006, 04:10 PM   #2
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Loop a string around the front wheel, below the axel.
Hold ends of string while standing behind bike, using the string to check alignment of the rear wheel.

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Old 03-05-2006, 04:30 PM   #3
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Using strings to align your rear wheel.

The common field method is to string it. Put the bike up on its center stand (or pit stand) and wrap string around the back of the back tire a couple loops. Tape it so it won't move and then run the string ends on either side of the back tire past the front wheel about 6 or 7 feet. You need something heavy to attach the string ends in front of the front wheel (I've used full oil bottles). With the string just barely touching the forward tire edges of the rear wheel, look to see if the strings are equidistant from the front tire. With the front forks as strait as you can eyeball them, measure between string and rim just above the center of the tire contact patch. If not equidistant, screw one axle adjuster, string it again and remeasure etc. until the back wheel is perfectly in line with the front. Then mark your axle adjuster and swingarm for future reference.

Swing arm adjusting marks are never accurate, and nobody who needs good alighment depends on them. Stringing requires a good eye and a soft touch with the weighted ends of the strings. But it is very very accurate if you do it right. -Pantah
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Old 03-05-2006, 05:25 PM   #4
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Old 03-05-2006, 05:26 PM   #5
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I used string to determine my Mille's swingarm reference points and then measured with calipers. After averaging several measurements I ended up with a .005" offset. For subsequent tire changes I used calipers with the .005" offset.

The Katoom was spot-on.
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Old 03-05-2006, 05:59 PM   #6
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I did the same as Louge
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Old 03-06-2006, 05:06 AM   #7
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dont use the line's, its realy inacurate.
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Old 03-06-2006, 08:43 AM   #8
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The Katoom was spot-on.
ding!! The winner!!

You can also use the depth caliper to measure from the end of the swingarm to the axle carrier. The ktm's swingarm is symetrical.
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Old 03-06-2006, 09:01 AM   #9
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I like the alignment tool from the HARDPARTS CATALOG because its so fast.
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Old 03-06-2006, 10:15 AM   #10
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How do you use it?

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I like the alignment tool from the HARDPARTS CATALOG because its so fast.
I've looked at the allignment tool that you're talking about. Can't quite figure out how to use it. I'm guessing that one end goes in the swingarm pivot, and the other in the axle shaft? Screw the adjusters til they are equidistant on both sides?
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:27 AM   #11
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That's my take on it. I think some day I will make one of those, not that hard, w/ the proper tools.
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Old 03-06-2006, 08:25 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the great info. Any pics of the alignment tool from the hard parts catalog?
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Old 03-06-2006, 09:43 PM   #13
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Maybe I am crazy but I have just been counting the number of threads exposed on the adjuster bolt and making sure they are equal. I just double checked my method with a scale and it is dead on.

No tools needed but it could be a fluke!

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Old 03-07-2006, 09:08 AM   #14
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I've looked at the allignment tool that you're talking about. Can't quite figure out how to use it. I'm guessing that one end goes in the swingarm pivot, and the other in the axle shaft? Screw the adjusters til they are equidistant on both sides?
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:15 AM   #15
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Thanks for all the great info. Any pics of the alignment tool from the hard parts catalog?
Sorry. I have no way of sending pictures (that I know of). But you can pick up the KTM HARDPARTS CATALOG at any KTM dealer OR call KTM USA in Amhearst Ohio and they will gladly send you one. I pick up a new one every year.
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