Harley Rear Wheel Alignment

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Bob walks us through Harley rear wheel alignment. He’ll just loosen the rear axle nut and with a homemade tool he’ll measure the proper distance and adjust accordingly.

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2 Responses to “Harley Rear Wheel Alignment”
  1. Keith

    Hi Bob, great site & video’s for top tops or if just interested! However do you have any advice for my little problem? I ride a 1998 FLSTS which I have recently fitted AVON 150/80BT16 white walls on, & naturally reaearched wheel change out & alignment tips using your vids. However, I have an issue with drive belt to tire wall clearance, in that the belt contacts the tire wall, leaving unsightly black marks on the white wall…..unless I have the wheel slightly out of align to make the belt drift towards the outer side of the pulley. If I align the wheel to be true using an alignment tool between rear axle & swing arm spindle centres, the belt tends to drift towards the inside flange of the rear pulley, which is just enough for the belt to rub against the white wall tyre. Therefore, I misalign the wheel by about 3mm, which is just enough to let the belt drift out. The bike rides fine with no noticible handling effects, so I gues I can live with it. i still end up with black rub marks, though this mainly happens when backing up the bike and the belt drifts inward due reverse wheel rotation. It’s not a big problem as the marks clean off OK, but it is a pain in the a**. I have considered offsetting the pulley with a spacer, but this may cause belt alignment issues, so have not yet gone down this road. Maybe I’ve done something wrong, but I don’t think so, however if your experience can offer a solution, I’d be glad to hear of it!

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Keith. Some Avon tires have a slightly wider profile and will not work in a stock configuration without slight modification. The way you compensated by slightly adjusting your alignment/tracking is fine. And, yes, another approach would be spacing your pulley.

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