Question about 2004 Harley Davidson FXSTD - FXSTDI Softail Deuce

2 Answers

Rear Wheel Alignment

What do you find to be the easyway to realign the rear wheel (without going to the dealer?) Thanks

Posted by on

2 Answers

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 2,336 Answers

In regards to the front wheel, there is little or no adjustment to align it to the frame assuming that the fork tubes and triple trees are not tweaked/bent or loose and that things are torqued to specks. The unit in the bottom pic gets installed on the rear wheel, in other words the rear wheel is between the two plates in that pic. The dowel with the black sleeve goes through the spokes while the lower one goes beneath the tire to hold it in place.The yellow velcro strap holds the two halves tight to the wheel once installed. The brake pedal is applied to hold the wheel from rotating when it is in proper position.The two rods slide into the ends of those plates and extend forward to the front wheel to center the rear wheel using the adjusters on the rear wheel/axle. You can also use a wire like a wire coat hanger to make a jig to measure to the center of the rear axle forward to the swing arm bolt center. Take a straightened out piece of hanger and put a small "L" on the end of the wire about 1 1/2 " that would go into the center/indentation in the swing arm bolt. Use a small "O" ring or the like as a slider on the wire and slide it to the center of the axle once the forward end is in place in the center of the swing arm. Measure both sides and adjust accordingly to get them even. This is done also keeping the belt tension in mind too. This system works for most but using the setup that I have, the measurement is much more fine/accurate in that you are extending the rods to the front wheel and turning the rear axle adjusters 1/2 turn will see a big difference when extended 8' or so to the front wheel. I think you can see where I'm going here. Your best bet is to look in the factory manual, it describes the procedure pretty well.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

Run a long straight edge or taut line/ a glass cutting rule at your local glass shop will due if they'll let you, simpl place on front of front tire and and back nof tire then adjust at rear swing arm till all 4 point of the 2 tires touch perfect allignment, i mean absolute or use a lazer rule.

Posted on Apr 12, 2009

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

What would make chain come off 82 honda nighthawk 650 while going about 40 and bike not say anything now


Badly worn chain and/or sprockets.

Chain tension incorrect - too loose.

Chain alignment wrong. Careless chain adjustment can result in the chain/rear sprocket (rear wheel) alignment to be out. The rear wheel and the chain centre lines should be exactly parallel.

Oct 17, 2016 | Honda Motorcycles

1 Answer

Fork alignment


Hi, Anonymous for this situation I would call my local dealer or reputable shop's service/parts department and inquire about any possible quick fix, answers, or parts inquiry. If necessary transport your vehicle to the dealer or shop and have a professional technician take it for a test drive, if it is in running condition, and give you a written estimate of repairs and answer any specific questions you may have about your issue. For more information about your issue please visit the website below. Good luck and have a nice day.
Delboy Garage How To Re align motorcycle forks the easy way
Motorcycle Wheel Alignment Demonstration
MOT Prepare Pass Wheel alignment
How To Align Your Motorcycle Wheels
Peachy Place How to realign motorcycle forks




Mar 07, 2014 | Bajaj Motorcycles

1 Answer

2006 Custom Sportster 1200, 19inch Harley Mag on the front. the Front End Wobbles at 90mph or above. Do I need a racing front end? This Harley is not slow... I am considering putting a CAM in it. It needs...


First, remove the front wheel and take it to a shop and have it computer balanced. On a mag wheel, the lead weights simply stick on and are notorious for coming off after a while. Make sure the wheel is balanced correctly and the "run out" of the wheel and tire is acceptable.

When you put the wheel back on the bike, check the wheel bearing end play. The book says that it should be between 0.004 - 0.018". I'd try to keep it below 0.010" in your case. Check the adjustment and "fall away" of the front end, tension on the steering head bearings. Since I don't have a manual for your year model Sportster, I must refer you to a dealer or authorized shop for this information.

Also. check the alignment of the rear wheel in the swing arm. The book shows the use of a straight edge place along side one edge of the front wheel to check the alignment of the rear wheel with the front wheel. Use a piece of straight angle aluminum.

Also, check your rear shock settings. A stiffer setting my help. If all else fails, there are places you can take your bike and they will check it on a frame jig to optimize the entire bike for proper alignment.

Good Luck
Steve

Dec 21, 2010 | Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster Custom...

1 Answer

What is the wheel alignment on the flsts?


The wheel alignment is fixed and cannot be changed between the front wheel and the rear wheel. Also, different models of bikes may or may not have an offset between the front and rear wheels.

The only alignment that you have any control over is the alignment of the rear wheel inside the swingarm. It must run parallel to the swingarm. The way you get this is by adjusting the rear wheel to where the length of the adjuster bolts are the same on both sides of the swingarm when the belt is at the proper tension.

Good Luck
steve

Sep 15, 2010 | 2000 Harley Davidson FLSTS Heritage...

1 Answer

I have a 2004 1100 classic when coasting or decelerating there is a noise like something rubbing coming from rear wheel that goes away as you accelerate


It sounds like the rear wheel is out of alignment, or loose. Could be a worn bearing. Torque is applied to the rear wheel as you accelerate, and lost when left off. If I am not mistaken, the rearend is set with a dyno machine at the dealer. Try putting the bike on a lift to get the rear wheel off the ground. Grip the rear wheel on opposite sides with both hands and lightly alternate pull right and left, and top and bottom. If you get any movement from the wheel, it is time for service as this is an indication of the bearings wearing out. If you recently had the rear end serviced, they may not have gotten everything tightened properly, or misaligned the rear wheel.

Jul 24, 2010 | 2006 Yamaha V Star 1100 Custom

1 Answer

Sportster wheel alignment


There is only one wheel you can align.The back one.If the front wheel is correctly assembled and sitting in it,s correct place,the back one is the place to look.On the end of the swingarm is the rear wheel,the axle for the rear wheel and the adjuster.The axle has marks on it to determine the adjustment of the rear axle/chain/belt.If both are the same and the drive belt/chain is correct,then the alignment is correct.Nothing more you can do.Both sides have marks or notches.Make sure they are the same and all is good.Dont overtighten the chain/belt.Hope this helps

Jan 21, 2010 | 2004 Harley Davidson XL 1200 R Sporster...

1 Answer

Rear wheel not centre of frame on harley davidson 09 low rider (dyna) have checked with manual and had to adjust top engine mount, fixed slightly still out by over 10 mm after loosening front and rear...


The easiest way to check rear wheel alignment on a Dyna is by the two little "witness marks" on the rear swing arm. These two marks are just forward of the axle. One on each side of the swingarm. Measure from the mark back to the center of the axle on each side. The distance should be the same with the proper final drive belt tension.

As for the rear wheel being "centered" with the frame, the only way to check that is to take the fuel tank and rear fender off, stretch a string from the center of the steering head along the frame on back across the rear wheel. Simply looking at the way the wheel is positioned in the swingarm may be deceptive. The swingarm may not be symetrical due to the necessity to clear the final drive pulley and such. The engine alignment shouldn't have anything to do with the rear wheel alignment.

For something as serious as wheel alignment within the frame, I'd take the bike to a dealer somewhere and have them check it out. On some bikes, there is supposed to be an offset betweent he front wheel and the rear wheel. Use a piece of straight piece of square aluminum tubing to check wheel alignment.

Nov 02, 2009 | 2003 Harley Davidson FXDL Dyna Low Rider

1 Answer

2003 rear brake caliper lock up on a harley sportster


Check your pads to make sure they are in the right position and haven't started to wear too thin and move.
Check the operation of the pads is real smooth when you apply pressure on the lever (might need someone else to operate it while you look ).
Witth the rear wheel raised off the ground and the bike not running turn the wheel slowly and check to see if it warped. (I used to do this on my sportster by using a couple of car axle stands under the footpeg brackets and raising the bike up on an old hydraulic car jack - might not be the best way but it worked enough for me to get the rear wheel off to change tyres without spending a fortune-an extra pair of hands is really handy(!) here).
Look down the rear caliper and check that no **** from the road has got stuck in there anywhere.
check your wheel alignment - have you adjusted the belt lately or latered the set-up?
Hope something here helps!

Mar 08, 2009 | 2003 Harley Davidson XLH 883 Sportster

1 Answer

MOT Test


a) Sitting on machine check:1. All controls switches and horn 2. Front suspension forks handlebars and head bearings. b) At the front of the machine check: 1. Front lights and indicators 2. Front brake master cylinder (if fitted) c) Place the machine on its stand and raise front wheel check: 1. Steering, front forks and head bearings 2. Front brake and wheel bearings 3. Wheel and tyre condition. d) Lower front wheel and go to right side of vehicle and check: 1. Frame, VIN, seat and foot rest 2. Exhaust system 3. Final drive (if fitted to RHS of machine) 4. Rear wheel, tyre and brake e) Raise the rear wheel and check: 1. Rear wheel, rear brake/components and tyre condition. 2. Rear suspension and final drive f) At the rear check: 1. Rear position lamp(s)/stop lamp(s)/reflectors and indicators. 2. Rear suspension. 3. Registration Plate g) On the left of the machine check: 1. Frame and foot rest 2. Exhaust system 3. Final drive (if fitted to LHS of machine) 4. Rear wheel, tyre and brake. h) At the front of the machine check: 1. Wheel alignment 2. Headlamp aim 3. Brake performance,,,

Nov 10, 2008 | 2003 Hyosung GT 600 Comet

Not finding what you are looking for?
2004 Harley Davidson FXSTD - FXSTDI Softail Deuce Logo

1,595 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Harley Davidson Experts

Arnie Burke
Arnie Burke

Level 3 Expert

4497 Answers

Gills Lango

Level 2 Expert

195 Answers

Mike

Level 3 Expert

4332 Answers

Are you a Harley Davidson Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...