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post #1 of 12 Old 06-19-2008, 02:42 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Check Your Wheel Alignment Zx6r

Just checked my wheel alignment out for the first time, as i had to make a new set of straight edges up (my last set got bent). The marks on the blocks and swing arm were spot on, but in reality the front wheel was 10mm out. I have been reading on some of the forums about the need for steering dampers. If your wheels are not in a straight line then you will get all sorts of trouble and thus will need a damper. Correct wheel alignment is a lot cheaper.
I have been doing my chain tension with alignment bars for years, various bikes are differant amounts out, but my 07 zx6r is the worst one yet. I have only had one bike that had adjusters that were spot on. So be warned!
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-22-2008, 12:29 AM
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Shamus,

What did you make your straight edges out of and how did you confirm that the straight edges are true?
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Don't use the notches anyway, first time i used em i lined it up looked at the wheel and could blatantly see that the rear wheel wasn't straight, just use mk1 eyeball nowadays


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post #4 of 12 Old 06-22-2008, 06:36 AM
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Yep I agree, I did mine using eye alignment and it handles great.
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heres a good vid for those who have no idea on how to align a bike wheel

http://youtube.com/watch?v=RBxK-OQ--fg
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-23-2008, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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I got some square section aluminium extrusion from a metal suppliers (£22). I drilled them on the piller drill at work, 3mm then 10mm so you can put 10mm threaded bar through your back wheel with two nuts. Square section is usualy very straight but when you put the two together you can see if they are not straight. The method on the video on (this thread) is good. Which is cheaper.
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Yeap I use the string method and it works great!
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-02-2008, 11:56 PM
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Good post Bro.

I dont think Ive never had a Kawai with accurate marks.


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Great Post - going to double check this weekend - have been relying on swingarm marks
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I must have the one then!

Strung my bike to check the alignment and it was all fine, the marks on the swingarm are all spot on too.

It still feels as if it goes round a right hander bend better than a left hander, perhaps I'm just imagining it.

Thanks for the posts guys, came in handy.
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Yeah checked it out with the string - the alignment was ok.
Have to adjust and lube chain very soon so will use string method from now on.
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