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post #5441 of 11690 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 02:02 PM
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packed up my stock seat, drove across the border, shipped it off to spencer's. Looking forward to going for a long ride to test the results when the weather rights itself...next year. Also - now selling, one scrambler gel seat .
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post #5442 of 11690 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 12:31 PM
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Looked over the rear wheel alignment, wiped the windshield. Will go for spin after lunch.

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I've found the string method is only truly accurate when the front wheel sits dead centre between the forks.

Mine came off the showroom floor about 1.5mm off centre. A 0.75mm shim was needed to move it across and centralise it.

I'm guessing I had an undersize spacer between the wheel bearing and the left hand fork leg.


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Good to know. What points should I reference? Eyeballing a ruler between the rim and inside fork leg it looks like 2mm difference.

The alignment question surfaced when finding I needed to lean significantly left to continue straight down the highway with no hands on the bars.

Never the less,... back from a 75 mile check ride, much better now.

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I used a pair of internal calipers between the rim and fork leg.

Obviously the rim needs to be fairly true or an average figure obtained from various points around it to obtain a figure to work with.

What gave me the clue that something was wrong was that no matter how many times I tried (prior to shimming) to correctly align the rear wheel I couldn't obtain a matched pair of measurements at the front and rear of both sides of the front rim.


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I just go out to the shed to look at it till my seat gets back. I do that a lot. It's the best looking bike I've ever seen
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Aligning the rear wheel: on my T100, I found it worked well to remove the chain cover, place the long edge of a framing square across the rear wheel tire, and line it up to the chain. This method is just something I came up with, but the alignment seems to be on.
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Greetings,

Yesterday I finished installing my new light bar on my 2011 America that I started Wednesday night. It would have taken much less time if I hadn't heeded the directions: 1. "Remove The Gas Tank".

It is not necessary in any way shape or form to remove the tank to run a small jumble of wires down the left side, through the frame and over to the right hand side of the bike. Loosening the tank and lifting is quite sufficient.

Now I can say I've removed the gas tank. And the big triumph light bar is so ugly it's cool. I'm on my way to looking like a freight train coming down the road in traffic. :-)

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