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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-10-2012, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Using caliper to check alignment

Is there any reason that checking the rear tire alignment with a caliper between the axle block and pocket in the swing arm isn't good enough?
Saw some different feed back on this method and just curious what you all think for the V.

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Been a few threads on this, and I'm no expert but I did exactly what you mentioned to check mine. Rotating the tire, the chain does wander on the sprocket; it's not pulled to one side. I guess the real question is "what are you really after"? If it's reduced chain wear, maybe a chain alignment tool from MP or some other vendor is the best solution. If it's to be aligned with the front tire, then the string method might be best. My problem with any measurement is this - there are enough differences in the bike that you have to hope you picked the one point (and has to work for both sides) that Kawi hit right on the nose. Seems to me it would be easiest to maintain quality control on one small part - like the alignment block - rather than hoping everything in the jig for welding the frame was spot on. I have more time on KLRs than the Versys, but I know there are big differences on those bikes with things like subframe alignment, etc. from one bike to another. But I'm still open to suggestions!
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How do the dealership service departments align the wheels? I recently had my rear sprocket changed out by them and it got me curious if they just line up the rear axle using the alignment lines on the swing arm.

I guess I should have asked them, but didn't think of it at the time.
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Bill that works next door used to work at the dealer I bought my bike from.

He says adjust the wheel so the chain wonders on the rear sprocket.

I do just that.

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Yeah seems the feedback Ive gotten back from other places is "Your over thinking it, just adjust so the chain wanders back and forth."

So Ill do that and then check with caliper just 'cuz

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