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post #1 of 18 Old 05-13-2014, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Checking rear sprocket for wheel alignment

After adjusting the chain for a little more tension, my friend says to look at the sprocket teethplacement inside the chain for rear wheel alignment. After all is tightened up and the wheel is rotated a few times, the sprocket teeth should be centered in the center of the chain. Unfortunately, the rear sprocket on mine wanted to ride the side of the chain toward thw wheel.

Anyone else check their alignment this way?

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I use that method to get it close. Then, to get it exact, I just take the bike out on some level pavement at medium speed and take my hands off the bars. If my rear tire is in perfect alignment, the bike will stay in line. If not, the bike will start to lean one way or another. If you can ride hands-off then your rear tire is in alignment.

One other point... look at where the chain is just meeting the rear sprocket when the tire is turned (i.e. when it first begins to touch the sprocket). This is where it should be centered. Once it is on the sprocket for a partial revolution, it will tend to center itself.

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Thanks for the response Jarlaxle. Is there a preferred speed to test alignment?

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Thanks for the response Jarlaxle. Is there a preferred speed to test alignment?

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I do it at normal highway speeds of 55-70mph. That way the bike is very stable. Going no-hands at slow speed is a good way to dump it. Some others will chime in with other ways to align the rear tire, but I still prefer this way.

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Be mindful of freeway lanes that slop to the right or left for drainage.
I'll find a good two lane road that's level and test about 35-40 mph.

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Awesome. I have a wonderful two-laner near home.

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After adjusting the chain for a little more tension
0.8" to 1.2" of slack, not tension, right? With the bike on the sidestand, lifting easy on the chain, not pressing it up.

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Chain was too loose. Had to tighten a little.

Thanks for checking though.

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Ok. At about 50mph, the bike leans right after a sec or two. It's not a hard lean; but lean it does.

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On a VEE this is everyday

The rear carrier assembly is week and the sprocket is pulled out of alignment

Usual cure is modified spacer

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