VF700F Front wheel alignment

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  1. Jimbob

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    Hi all!!

    Build is coming along nicely and I was just putting my front wheel back into the shocks when I noticed a problem. The wheel sits to one side more than the other, as you look at it from the front it sits all the way over to the left, which means the disk touches the fork. If I really put some pressure on the shock I can move it over slightly but this isn't right is it? What am I missing?

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    Sounds like a spacer issue. Are the spacers on the axle correctly installed?
     
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    Verify the right side of the axle "collar" is all the way against the fork bottom. On some VFs (with everything straight and properly assembled) I have had to manipulate the left fork slightly before tightening the lower fork axle holder, but not like what you describe. Also on an unrelated topic, be sure to note the arrow on the bottom of the axle holders and point them forward, always tightening the front nuts first.
     
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    Captain, if I remember correctly that wheel has two "collars" ...... maybe the collars are reversed or the wheel is installed"backwards"...just a thought
     
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    It sounded to me like he never removed the axle. But you are correct, it could have been assembled in the wrong order. The "nut" collar needs to be opposite of the speedo drive.
     
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    Well I give up, this wheel came off this bike and these forks. I’m absolutely buggered if I can work out why I won’t go back in A: straight and B: without hitting the fender
     
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    99% sure your axle is in backwards. The side that can take the 22mm wrench (with the lip) should be on the right. I can verify when I get home.
     
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    I just looked at my 84 VF750F. Your axle is backwards.

    Flanged side (which is actually the nut), goes on right side with spacer. Axle end on left side, and the speedo drive is the spacer. Tighten right side clamp nuts first with flange against fork lower and clamp (verifying the spacing of rotor and caliper bracket). Verify spacing on left rotor (adjust as needed by manipulating fork), then tighten left clamp nuts (always with clamp arrows forward and tightening forward nuts first).

    As to why it seemed ok when you got it...? They might have had it installed really poorly to make it work?
     
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    Madness, the bike rolled into my garage, I pulled the front wheel off, didn’t touch the axel and now the bike pixies have put it in backwards?? I’ll give it a try, it’s an excuse to change the front bearings anyway
     
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    Nope! Flipped the axel, now does not fit at all
     
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    On the bit side should there be some sort of spacer? I’ve just changed the bearings and dust shields and reassembled this front axel for about the 7th time.
     
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    Balls and arse, think I need one of these:

    44311410000 Collar
     
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    If you don't have one... then I would agree.

    "Flanged side (which is actually the nut), goes on right side with spacer."

    This shouldn't be this hard. Look around your shop floor maybe.
     
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    The strange thing is the bike didn't have one to start. God only knows how the front wheel was on the bike before I took it off. £16 for a new one
     
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