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November 14th, 2010, 10:56 AM   #1
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Re-installed front wheel - gap next to Rt fork leg??

Hi,

I had the front wheel off my 08 FE550 this week and did not pay enough attention to what the spacing of everything had looked like while disassembling

Everything went back together fine with the brake disk lined up etc. However, there is some of the axle exposed on the riders right side. Basically the distance bushing is not touching the Rt fork tube. I could not tighten the collar nut any further to snug things up. Is that normal? Seems solid but the way it is now it looks like the hub may be able to slide to the riders right.

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Re: Re-installed front wheel - gap next to Rt fork leg??

Hi there,

is that gap between the step on the axle and the front wheel bearing/spacer or just the fork leg and the bearing/spacer?

The first is wrong the second is right.

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Re: Re-installed front wheel - gap next to Rt fork leg??

Hi Carl,

I guess the pic I tried to attach failed. The space is between the wheel bearing spacer and the fork leg. So its the step on the axle that sits flush with the wheel bearing spacer to keep the wheel from moving correct? That would make sense and I should have noticed that during assembly.

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Re: Re-installed front wheel - gap next to Rt fork leg??

If you do up the axle nut, tighten the two clamp bolts on the left fork leg then bounce the forks up and down a few times before tightening the two bolts to clamp on the right hand side. This helps to make sure the fork legs are parallel.

Hope that helps, Carl

Oh, wish i could help on the picture front but struggle with them too!
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Re: Re-installed front wheel - gap next to Rt fork leg??

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If you do up the axle nut, tighten the two clamp bolts on the left fork leg then bounce the forks up and down a few times before tightening the two bolts to clamp on the right hand side. This helps to make sure the fork legs are parallel.

Hope that helps, Carl

Oh, wish i could help on the picture front but struggle with them too!
Sometimes a tap on the bottom of the right fork leg with a soft (nylon, ally) hammer) will assist. Anotehr trick is to get a lever (screwdriver, or tyre lever) and move the fork lef out or in, and then bounce and see what happens. If the legs are not parallel, you will feel the stiction created when bouncing the legs.

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Re: Re-installed front wheel - gap next to Rt fork leg??

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Re: Re-installed front wheel - gap next to Rt fork leg??

Hi guys, the exact same thing has happened to me. Reading above I don't understand if the gap is meant to be there or not.
Does anyone have a link to a picture of their setup ?
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Re: Re-installed front wheel - gap next to Rt fork leg??

You want 2 parallel fork legs, parallel in 3 dimensions, else binding occurs.

Take out the wheel and loosen off the top triple clamp. If you remove the fork shrouds too you can then eyeball the forks from the side to get the fore and aft alignment by moving the forks back and forward. You can also get a couple of straight edges and attach them to the forks, one high and one low. I like to use aluminum angle. Eyeball these from the top.

When the fore/aft alignment is done, retorque the top triple clamp and check again.

The wheel is clamped to the LH fork leg by the axle. The distance between them when the wheel is out is what you want when its installed. There is an amount of clearance between the fork leg and wheel on the RH side.

Install wheel. When you do this the fork leg is sometimes pulled across towards the wheel, closing up the space and putting the forks legs out of parallel.

If you don't clamp the RH axle clamp until bouncing on the front suspension, then mostly this will get the forks in line. Sometimes not, and you will feel it when bouncing as a tightness, or stiction. Tapping the underside of the fork leg while bouncing can help, as can forcing the axle one way or another. This has then become a 2 person job.

Sometimes the part of the axle that is clamped gets a mark on it that wears a mating surface into the fork leg, and when this happens if the legs are out of line they can stay that way. Some dressing of the axle can fix this.

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