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    Setting the wheel alignment

    I'd like to know how everybody goes about setting their toe in/out. There sseems to be quite an effect on quad handling when ddone right or wrong.

    I do it by sight from the rear of the quad, but it always seems to change when the suspension starts movin. I know some people go as far as to have it computer aligned, but that seems a little much.

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    I use a set of wheels with no tires on them front and rear. I run a straight edge against the rear wheels to the front and make sure there is a 3/16th inch toe-in on each side. The hard part is making sure the handlebars are straight.
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    i was thinkin something along the lines of that, but my rear is a little (3") wider than the rear... I was thinkin about running two yard sticks down the sides of the front wheels and measuring the front and rear difference......

    3/16's, huh?? I guess by the denomination of the figure that you didnt just come to this answer on your own, right??

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    Quote Originally Posted by biggixxerjim View Post
    ... I was thinkin about running two yard sticks down the sides of the front wheels and measuring the front and rear difference......
    That's how I do it. I have two metal yard sticks, I tape them to the front tires in the middle and as close to horizontal as I can eye-ball. Then I pile my whole family on the quad, wife, and all three daughters to try to come close to my weight. I use a measuring tape, straighten the handlebars and measure the distance front to back of the tires. I always set mine about 1/4" less on the front. I always also check the back of the tire to a point on the frame, should be the same for both sides. It's not enough to just get the toe-in right, the tires still both need to be pointed straight ahead, this last measure ensures that.

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    I used thiss. The best thing for keeping the sttering straight is too use some ratchet straps from the bars to the grab bar.



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    Ratchet straps are an idea but still not a surefire way to center the handlebars. Eyeballing is still required.
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    It makes it even tougher when your front frame is tweaked by 1/4 inch...oh i know

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimelessR1 View Post
    It makes it even tougher when your front frame is tweaked by 1/4 inch...oh i know
    let me guessss clipped a tree with aftermarket "no break away" a arms and u bent the frame, huh??

    did the same thing 1 year ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by biggixxerjim View Post
    let me guessss clipped a tree with aftermarket "no break away" a arms and u bent the frame, huh??

    did the same thing 1 year ago
    Yep...houser arms and tie rods and houser steering stem are pretty damn strong..too strong!! during the race i was wondering why the quad turned to the left too easy and was tougher on right hand turns after the "clip"

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    Hey so this thread is old but my oppinion the best way to get your bars strait is to measure off the lower steering column thing. Its exactly ine inch from left to right of the stopper thing.. Sorry my explanation sucks but stick your face under there and stare at it and u'll get the idea. Do this with the front raised up.

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