Question about 2003 Harley Davidson FLHTCUI Electra Glide Ultra Classic

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My rear wheel is off set to the left, it is real close to the fender and the belt is almost touching the tire, i check to make sure the spacers were on the right sides and they are, what else could it be?

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    Jeff Ward Feb 01, 2013

    After doing a vehicle alignment on my 03 ultra classic, it moved my rear wheel about a 1/4 in, to the right, the rear wheel is very close to being centered

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Check the belt adjustment . An easy make it yourself tool is to use a wire coat hanger and bend it to the shape of a L. put a piece of tape or use a rubber band wrapped around the long end so you can slide it up and down. Use the pivot shaft ( center of where the swing arm attaches to the frame ) as your center point and make sure the rear axle has the same adjustment on both sides.

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Take great care on reassembly ,as the spacers may be of diffrent lenghts which will if put back wrongly will throw the wheel off its true running centre .and cause problems .Allway remember to mark parts or do a drawing when removing and stripping down for repair or servicing ..It saves a great deal of problems .Try and assemble the spacers and look to see if the wheel is in line with the belt drives .

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The wheel not being equally spaced under the fender is typical of all Softail motorcycles. They have an "offset" wheel stance. I don't know exactly why but they are designed this way.

The three spacers you are talking about is actually one spacer and two seal races. The two seal races go into the wheel bearing seals on either side of the wheel. This provides a smooth finish for the wheel bearing seals to ride on. The other "spacer" is a bit larger and goes on the belt side of the wheel and the rear brake caliper bracket acts as the spacer on the other side. Anytime you take the wheels off your bike, always mark and make a drawing of the positions of the spacers.

Good Luck
Steve

Posted on Oct 12, 2010

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