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Rear wheel seems more to the left - 1993 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883 Hugger

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I had the same problem with my 03 ultra classic, i did a vehicle aligment and that took care of it, very simple to do

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As in "cocked" to one side, or "offset" to one side within the swingarm? If the vehicle rear wheel hasn't been replace or removed recently and there are no driveability issues then i wouldn't worry too much. If the problem is that the wheel is not exactly in the center of the rear fender? this phenomenom is prefectly normal as there are production "tolerances" during the manufacturing process.

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This is typical and nothing to worry about. If you were to take the rear fender, the seat, and the fuel tank off, stretch a string from the steering head down along the center of the top tube of the bike, you'd find that the rear wheel is indeed aligned with the center of the frame.

Now, there is the possibility that your rear wheel is not aligned with the swingarm. If the rear wheel is not adjusted correctly, the wheel could be sitting "crossways" within the swingarm. The way to check for this is to measure the adjuster bolts sticking out of each end of the swingarm at the rear of the bike. These two adjuster bolts should be the same length. If not, one end of the axle is back farther than the other end resulting in the wheel not being properly aligned. Loosen the axle and readjust the tension on the drive belt while keeping the axle at 90° to the centerline of the bike. You do this by making sure the two "draw bolts" are the same length.

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