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String method? Rear wheel alignment?
« on: June 07, 2006, 01:33:56 pm »
Ok, so I've heard of this "string method" for aligning the rear wheel. Can someone explain this to me? I used to always go by the marks and I know people say they can be off, but now I don't have marks to go by so I guess I have to figure this out. If someone could layout the steps I would greatly appreciate it.
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Re: String method? Rear wheel alignment?
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2006, 05:12:47 pm »
it's complicated.  You take the string, wrap it around the tire, stub your shins on the rearsets, break the string, start over, knock bike off the stand.  Fix your broken levers, wrap the string once more.  Give up, throw the string away and use the marks...
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Re: String method? Rear wheel alignment?
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2006, 05:26:49 pm »
 Gonna be at BHF this weekend? I'll show you a great way a Noob just taught me. It is incredibly fast and accurate.   
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Re: String method? Rear wheel alignment?
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2006, 11:19:03 pm »
Gonna be at BHF this weekend? I'll show you a great way a Noob just taught me. It is incredibly fast and accurate.   

I will be at Blackhawk this weekend, pitted out by turn 6 red tanked Mille with white race plastics #724.

For now I did just use the marks.
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Re: String method? Rear wheel alignment?
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2006, 06:12:56 am »
I will be at Blackhawk this weekend, pitted out by turn 6 red tanked Mille with white race plastics #724.

For now I did just use the marks.

  Cool, I'll come find you with the tool. You'll like it. A Mille? You run STwins?
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Re: String method? Rear wheel alignment?
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2006, 05:11:03 pm »
Ok, so I've heard of this "string method" for aligning the rear wheel. Can someone explain this to me? I used to always go by the marks and I know people say they can be off, but now I don't have marks to go by so I guess I have to figure this out. If someone could layout the steps I would greatly appreciate it.

Dave its simple. You measure from the centre of the swingarm pivot to the centre of the rear axle. Should be the same on both sides. I've seen some peopel have a string tied to a wooden dowel rod thay can slide into teh swingarm pivot and have measurement marks on the string.
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Re: String method? Rear wheel alignment?
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2006, 05:15:11 pm »
It's easier with two metal bars and a clamp.

I use 1 inch aluminum square tubes about 6 feet long.  Clamp the bars to each side of the rear tire. point the front wheel forward, and measure from the rim edge to the bar on each side.

The string method works the same way.  But if it's windy it's hopeless.
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Re: String method? Rear wheel alignment?
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2006, 12:08:28 am »
I've used the string method.  The thing I like about it is that it aligns your rear wheel with the front wheel.  Most of the tools and gadgets I've seen are just checking to see that the sprockets are aligned with each other.  That doesn't guarantee that the bike tracks straight.

It is a PITA though and I don't do it often.  I like the metal bar idea though, might just have to rig something like that up.  If I'm changing gearing at the track and need to adjust the axle to accomodate, I'll usually just cheat and make sure I turn both adjusters the same amount.
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Re: String method? Rear wheel alignment?
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2006, 01:13:16 am »
Maybe someone can answer this....How can the string method be accurate if the front wheel is a movable object...meaning how do you know if the steering is centered.  Would this not give a false reading?
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Re: String method? Rear wheel alignment?
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2006, 04:46:24 am »
String should touch the rear wheel at front and rear (just BARELY, string should be perfectly straight, not bent at front of rear wheel), adjust the front wheel position so that the measurements are equal from the string to the rear of the front wheel on both sides and also equal from the string to the front of the front wheel on both sides if you can't get equal at both the front and rear of the front wheel then you are not aligned.
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Re: String method? Rear wheel alignment?
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2006, 05:30:40 pm »
String should touch the rear wheel at front and rear (just BARELY, string should be perfectly straight, not bent at front of rear wheel), adjust the front wheel position so that the measurements are equal from the string to the rear of the front wheel on both sides and also equal from the string to the front of the front wheel on both sides if you can't get equal at both the front and rear of the front wheel then you are not aligned.
Do people actually do this?  I usually just do what Jeff said, use the marks.  And as far as I can tell my bike still goes straight most of the time; even sometimes in T7 and T1 when it's not supposed to.   :lmao:
« Last Edit: July 22, 2006, 09:46:37 am by SuperSpud »
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Re: String method? Rear wheel alignment?
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2006, 07:13:17 pm »
Depending on what your alignment objective is; there is a tool available to align the REAR wheel in perspective to the engine. All things being equal (and square), the tool clamps to the your rear sprocket with the chain on it and has about a 8" guide that floats directly over the the top of your chain. This is a VISUAL guide and can give you an indication if the rear wheel is square, relative to the counter shaft sprocket and engine.
I'm sure you can make one of these up using a hobbie type "C" clamp and a HD piece of stainless (of course!) welding rod.
Until then, the best method is the tape measure from center of swing arm pivot to rear axle pivot.
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