Rear tire wear

Discussion in 'Wheels' started by cowpoke, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. cowpoke

    cowpoke Member

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    Noticed a little more tire wear on the left side of the rear tire, not the extreme left , but the left just past center of the tire.
    I have several K mile on it so whatever it is it isn't extremely wrong.

    My first guess is that the rear axle might need some adjusting. Just trying to determine which way to go with it.
     
  2. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    Have you checked that rear wheel alignment is proper in swing arm?
     
  3. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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  4. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    It could be normal for the area in which you live/ride. Most roads have a crown, Northern roads more so than Southern roads.
    The crown can make a tire wear slightly more on the left.
     
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  5. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    How true Pete, we are called flat landers now LOL, I try to find sweeping country roads to even out my tire wear
     
  6. cowpoke

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    Thanks for the info/tips

    Just to double check, if it weren't anything else (bad road, not aligned with front tire)
    then I assume it would be the rear adjustment of the tire ie. left to right (some bikes have notches or other method to
    keep left and right side at the same # of turns etc.) but not this one 1999 Softail custom.

    Back to my original ?
    My first guess is that the rear axle might need some adjusting. Just trying to determine which way to go with it.
     
  7. dolt

    dolt Senior Member Contributor

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    If the wheel is not aligned, it will show when you measure from the center of the pivot shaft to the center of the axle; the distance should be the same on both sides. If it is, axle adjustment is not the problem. Could be you just got a bad tire.:eek:

    Get the service manual for your bike; best tool in the box.;)