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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-28-2010, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Rear wheel in alignment?

I was out in the garage today looking over my 09 zx6r and noticed something that seemed just slightly odd. The bike still has not been ridden since still winter and roads are bad. Anyway, the notches on the swing arm do not match each other. On the left side it is at the 2nd mark and on the right side its at the 3rd mark. Anyone else ever notice this or did it cause an issue? Thanks
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-28-2010, 09:40 PM
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It sounds like you need to re-adjust your chain. Make sure that both axle blocks are in the same location. Best to measure both sides of the swingarm to make sure you are exactly in the same location.

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the lines on swingarm arnt 100% accurate, however that seems off by way to much. their not that unaccurate. you should probably readjust them.

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I have an alignment tool , my notches are off quite a bit as well . You don't even need to look at the notches if you use an alignment tool . Amazon.com: CHAIN ALIGNMENT TOOL Motion Pro Tools CR XS KZ CB YZ: Automotive

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Bike on a rear stand, and two straight edges down the front and rear wheels - one each side. Have them about 4" off the ground and look for equal spacing between the edges and the front wheel - the space is there because the rear tyre is wider than the front. The straight edges should be in contact with the rear tyre at two points, before and behind the axle.

Do it once and you can put your own marks on the swing arm for future reference.

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I have an alignment tool , my notches are off quite a bit as well . You don't even need to look at the notches if you use an alignment tool . Amazon.com: CHAIN ALIGNMENT TOOL Motion Pro Tools CR XS KZ CB YZ: Automotive
or you can use a tape measure and measure from the center of the swingarm pivot to the center of the axle.

or for like 20cents go get a piece of small gauge steel rod and bend a hook on the end and wrap a zip tie around it that you slide up and down to record length

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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-01-2010, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies. This bike is brand new as it came from the factory. Would the factory mess this alignment up? It could even be possible that maybe the factory uses an alignment tool and not the swingarm notches?
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Thanks for the replies. This bike is brand new as it came from the factory. Would the factory mess this alignment up? It could even be possible that maybe the factory uses an alignment tool and not the swingarm notches?

Yes on the first one, probably not on the second. The factory checks for proper operation, it's up to the dealer/assembler that uncrates the thing to set everything up, and they rarely do. As for alignment tools, they're there to get it accurate. If you want it precise, do it yourself.

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Yes on the first one, probably not on the second. The factory checks for proper operation, it's up to the dealer/assembler that uncrates the thing to set everything up, and they rarely do. As for alignment tools, they're there to get it accurate. If you want it precise, do it yourself.
including (almost every time) headlights...soooo many people bitch about the headlights on their bike when all they really need is to be adjusted.
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Yes on the first one, probably not on the second. The factory checks for proper operation, it's up to the dealer/assembler that uncrates the thing to set everything up, and they rarely do. As for alignment tools, they're there to get it accurate. If you want it precise, do it yourself.
These bikes all ship from the factory with the wheels already assembled by the factory and on the bike which is in the crate. It seems odd that the dealer would have to do what the factory should have done.
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