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Father in law took my 82’ XR200 out for a spin and said he noticed the handle bars were off. 
ive never crashed hard on the bike, don’t know it’s full history, I’ve only had it a few months. 
Got it up on the stand and loosened everything, but still unable to get the wheel lined up with the bars. The fork uppers are very tight in the clamps. Even after loosened the steer tube bearings, the forks were very difficult to slide out of the clamps. 
Should they be that tight? No tapping was required, I was still able to twist them out. 
 

I figure if I can get both tubes back in, there is no reason I can’t align the wheel. 
 

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Sounds like a case of bent fork tubes from what you describe.  This is very common with 200 forks.  A bent steering stem or bars can cause a alignment problem sometimes as well.

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