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The rear tire on my 650 seems to stick out to the right side of the rear fender. In other words, the rear fender does not line up with the middle of the rear tire. I'm not sure if I noticed this before or after the only accident the bike's ever had... It was dropped in the sand at 25-35 mph, but there was no noticable damage. The bike also seems to track straight. I don't notice any alignment issues other than it looks like the tire is sticking too far over to the right... the fender seems to line up with the seat correctly, and the tire seems to point forward correctly. It's like the tire is offset a bit.

Is this normal? Anything I can do to diagnose/fix this?

TIA!

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Make sure your chain adjuster cams are set to the same number and that the cams are pushed tight against the little post that they seat on. Other than that maybe the subframe that the rear fender moutns to is tweaked? Having someone ride behind you will tell you if the bike's wheels are aligned

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Yep, same number of marks showing on the chain adjusters. Nothing looks like it's pointing in the wrong direction, just looks like the wheel is offset too far to the right? Perhaps to make room for the chain, etc.... I'm really just hoping someone will tell me this is normal :thumbsup:

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Nobody else has this problem?

I can't figure it out for the life of me. I was out in the garage looking at it again tonight.... looks like the wheel is just offset too far to the right. Is the spacer supposed to go on the right side of the wheel rather than the lift? Right now, the spacer is on the chain side, not the brake caliper side, which I suspect is right, but I'm just grasping at straws here....

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When I was shopping for my DR, one dealer I went to was closing them out because they had been damaged in shipping. He said a couple fell off the back of the truck while they were in the crates and a couple of them had bent subframes. Needless to say, I figured I'd spend the extra 600 bucks and get one that was showroom perfect. I'm not sure if you can try to bend or tweak it yourself to see if that makes a difference.

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Good call Joe...also, check if the rear fender mounting points are cracked. Usually, the high school drop outs that put the bikes together squash the crap out of them.

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I beat mine straight with a 2lb sledge. Took everything off the rear of the bike and supported the bike with wood blocking so the suspension wouldn't absorb the hit. It's straight now. Used a block of oak to protect the frame where I hit it with the hammer.

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Well... after a lot of worrying, mulling it over, etc... I finally straightened it out this weekend. The subframe was definitely not in line with the rest of the bike, and appeared that it was indeed twisted a bit. Probably damaged during shipping, but there are no other signs of damage.

I took it over to my friend's shop at his farm and secured it with tie downs to the back of a tractor. then we used a come-along to straighten it back out. It ended up taking 4 people total. 3 to secure the bike, as it kept wanting to slide off its tires. We tried it several times but the subframe kept "springing" back out-of-whack. So, eventually, we cranked the bejeezus out of it and pulled it way out of whack on the other side. When we released the come-along, it finally lined back up (almost) perfectly.

Bike seems good as new. And I'm not panicked anymore... best part is, I didn't have to worry the crap out of my dealer (a friend) and possibly be without a bike for awhile.

Hopefully it won't slowly spring back... so far so good....

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Ah, the elasticity of steel. When we toque a bolt properly we are in the elastic range of the material. Rebending stuff is an art form.

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