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    Unhappy rear wheel alignment ?

    I was going over the wifes 05 883 custom when I noticed the belt is rideing up aginst the outside edge of the pully. I figured the rear wheel needed to be strightened up so I got out my shop manual and proceeded to align the wheel. !#^*# the damn thing just keeps running over aginst the outside edge! has anyone had this happen? any ideas? other than the belt position everything seems to be correct.

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    Have you had any service to the rear wheel done?Hobbit is definetly the resident sportster expert.I'd be checking all of the suspension mounting points as well as the pulleys.
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    I have found when bike goes foward it rubs to outside of pully & when u roll bike back it runs to inside...
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    Well 06, some quik research shows that this is common with sporties.You can try raising the bike and adjusting the wheel so the belt tracks centered.But it's far more important to have the wheel correctly aligned.As long as the belt is not so misaligned that it is wearing the edge, I'd stick with the properly aligned wheel.

    Beyond that, you are looking at the possibility that the motor itself is misaligned on the frame.Hope this helps.
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    I have gone thru the wheel alignment 2 or 3 times now. its not rubbing the pully yet just wanted to head off a future problem. neithier my rd king or softail belts run that far out of center so I was thinking there was a problem brewing. thanks all.

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    How long has it been doing that? It could be that it just tracks there and there is no problem. I hope so.
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    there hasent been any work done. I guess the belt has always traveled over on the outside edge. the belt dosent actually rub anywhere, just thought it should be moe centered. thanks fellas. guess I will take it out and do a pre-summer run and just keep a close eye on it and see.

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    What you are seeing is perfectly okay. In fact, that is the way the belt is supposed to ride, it's in the design. Just adjust the wheel position using the coat hanger method (I'm assuming you don't have the HD tool) to assure you're tracking right, and don't sweat it.

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    +1 to what Poor said (welcome to the forum by the way)... What your seeing is normal but you do want to make sure your wheel is centered in the swingarm by checking the distance from the center of the swingarm pivot shaft to the center of your rear axle... The distance needs to be the same on both sides... Once you've assured that the wheel is aligned in the swingarm then you can check the alignment from the rear to the front... Take care... T
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    looks like everyone has beat me to it +1 to poor and T (welcome to the forum Poor) post up a welcome when you get chance
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