rear wheel slanted

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by noeld, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. noeld

    noeld Member

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    my rear wheel is not straight up & down ????? on my 80 xls
    the tire is hitting the fender on the rite side & has wore a big straight slice in it
    I have never had this problem before & don't know where to start looking at what??????
    I don't have it on the lift yet but when I took the axle not loose I could knock it more straighter
    this bike from heck was a basket case when I got it & has been fighting me tooth & nail the whole time also I have no other ironheads to look at in person
    any help I can get would be great
    thx noel
     
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  2. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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  3. noeld

    noeld Member

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    I think that the pivot bolt has backed out
     
  4. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    Is the swing arm and rear wheel properly aligned???????
     
  5. geezer

    geezer Senior Member Contributor

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    Have you checked the wheel bearings?
     
  6. DFHarley19

    DFHarley19 Active Member

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    That is what I thought... Saw somewhere with bad bearings in swing arm...
     
  7. noeld

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    the pivot bolt had backed out,was a real bear to get it lined up again, tightened it up now seems all good
    was my bad for not checking it just slipped my mind with all the other junk I had going on
     
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  8. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    I'm always trying to learn something new. Can you tell me what and where a pivot bolt is. Thanks Don
     
  9. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    If that indeed is the swing arm mounting bolt, I would be checking the bushings and thinking why it backed out in the first place?
     
  10. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member

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    HDDON the Pivot bolt goes thru the frame and swing arm to hold them together. On earlier models the had timken bearings and not bushings like the newer ones have. There should of been a Locking tab for the on the pivot bolt. It may not be there or last one to put nut on didn't use Locktite.
    tourbox