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    Rear alignment question:

    Adjusted the slack on my chain and was setting the rear wheel alignment; I read through the thread on the string method and got it as accurate as I could without an assistant

    I read a couple other threads mentioning that you can measure on both sides of the swingarm and set the measurements equal. I thought I would do this to check but im not sure which measurements im taking;

    Do you measure from the center of the swing arm bolt to the end of the swingarm itself? Or to the end of the swing arm cap, or to the adjusting nut, or all the way to the end of the adjusting screw? Or does it matter which one?

    I also read somewhere that a member just counted the remaining threads on the swingarm screw until they were equal, does that work too? If thats true I need to readjust I have 7 threads on the left and 9 on the right.

    I did slightly adjust after getting it close with the string so that the measurements from the center of the axle bolt to the end of the swingarm are equal, but as I just mentioned Im not sure if this is the correct measurement. When I do it the threads arent equal, and the hash marks arent exactly equal either (though these are notoriously inaccurate anyway)

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    Re: Rear alignment question:

    You will find the hash marks are accurate. You don't mention if you have an S1 or an S2.

    On my '05 (S1), I use a caliper to measure the length of the stud that protrudes from the end cap, and adjust until they are equal. If that does not yield an accurate result, then your swingarm is bent.
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    Re: Rear alignment question:

    I have always just used the hash marks and never had an issue of instability or uneven tire wear. That's what they're there for.

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    Re: Rear alignment question:

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcelor73 View Post
    I have always just used the hash marks and never had an issue of instability or uneven tire wear.
    +1 ^^ at least for my S2.

    You can look at the rollers on the chain and see the wear is DEAD CENTER on the roller, (confirming it's straight).

    Should you wish to measure, the swing arm bolt (anywhere as long as you measure the same on each side) to the AXLE (again, same location on each side)
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    Re: Rear alignment question:

    ok thanks for the replies; its a 2004 S1

    measuring the length of the protusion from the swing arm cap makes sense, im certainly off here so I will adjust accordingly


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    Re: Rear alignment question:

    Ok I just set it. That was way less complicated than I was making it....


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    Re: Rear alignment question:

    Since you're worried about it, you can do a string alignment and check to see if the markings are accurate. Only takes 10 minutes and a bit of string.

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    Re: Rear alignment question:

    I use a Motion Pro alignment tool.
    It works well for me when I eye down the chain using the rod.
    If you can't fix it by hitting it with a hammer, it's electrical!

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    Re: Rear alignment question:

    If you can't fix it by hitting it with a hammer, it's electrical!

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    Re: Rear alignment question:

    Quote Originally Posted by Motogiro View Post
    I use a Motion Pro alignment tool.
    It works well for me when I eye down the chain using the rod.
    How close are your Suzuki marks compared to using the above tool?
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