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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Front wheel and bars not aligned after crash.

Hit a dog and laid her down HARD last October. Just started putting her back together and have a problem. Bars are not bent but tire is turning right when bars are straight. Locating bolt on bar mount that attaches it to steering stem is fine so it is not the " loosen the mount and straighten the bars " fix I was hoping for. Anyone have a similar problem that can " steer " me in the right direction. Thanks
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I did on my Piaggio with inverted fork. Loosen the clamp bolts. Lock the wheel in place and give the bars a good twist. The top of the fork tubes will rotate allowing the handlebars to be aligned with wheel.
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Thanks. Will give this a try. Love this bike. Hate the thought of having to scrap her.
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Look for a bent fork tube.
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If both fork tube are straight, not bent, then the problem is simply that the fork tubes have twisted in the triple tee clamps. To fix, loosen the clamp bolts, upper and lower, straighten the wheel, then tightened the clamp bolts. This was very common when I did dirt riding back in the "early days". This should be a simple fix..
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If both fork tube are straight, not bent, then the problem is simply that the fork tubes have twisted in the triple tee clamps. To fix, loosen the clamp bolts, upper and lower, straighten the wheel, then tightened the clamp bolts. This was very common when I did dirt riding back in the "early days". This should be a simple fix..
Basically what I was saying above without all the detail. Doesn't take much of a twist to cause a pretty large misalignment.

Hope it works for the OP.
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Sad to say it didn't make it. I knew the dog. It belonged to my neighbor and was a good dog. I spent a week and a half of my life in the hospital, but it is gone forever.
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Look for a bent fork tube.
You beat me to it. I had a similar problem after a crash with my ZRX. It turned out the left fork tube was very slightly warped. I pulled it out and laid a straight edge against it, and it was only warped maybe one millimeter, but that was enough. I bought a used front end and replaced both forks and triple trees. All's good.

In my case, I could see it by closing one eye and slowly aligning the right fork to the left. As I did, I could see that the forks were not perfectly parallel. I don't know if that'd work in every case, though.

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