The $6 Wheel Alignment Jig

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Written by Keith owner of BlackMagic   
Friday, 11 June 2004

Reprinted by Permission from Mr Tidy's Tech Tips

With 20,000 miles on BlackMagic I'll bet I have screwed around with the rear wheel alignment 40 times in 2 years. I just could not get it right since having new tires installed and losing the factory alignment pre-sets.

I tried every suggested method of aligning the belts and tires and nothing worked right. Either the belt squeaked or the bike pulled to one direction or the other when I took my hands off the handlebars.

That was until I discovered the $6.00 cure. I figured that the way the factory aligns the bikes is to clamp the two wheels in a jig until the back tire is aligned with the front, then they tighten up the back tires alignment bolts. A foolproof assembly line procedure. (This procedure depends on the type of bike stand or jack you use also)

So I invented a way to (almost) duplicate that procedure for short money. I bought two 3/4" by 10' pieces of straight electrical conduit at the hardware store. With the rear of the bike jacked up and the bike in gear I zip-tied the conduit to the rear tires. (You possibly could use bungee cords substitute for zip ties)

With this arrangement a very small adjustment on the rear adjustment bolts shows up as a very large movement of the conduit as it straddles the front tire.

Fiddle with your adjustment bolts until the conduit is the same distance on either side of the front tires and your wheels are now in perfect alignment!
 

 



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Written by vf99, on 11-05-2012 08:03
Very new to this great site. I'm was getting readdy to build a wood stand as described in another article, but am interested in what you have used in the picture. I'd be grateful of any information regarding source of this stand. Jon
Written by emma12, on 08-26-2010 10:19
(sorry) let me try this again,. I did try tis and it worked great!!!!!!!!!! :grin
Written by emma12, on 08-26-2010 10:14
tryed this and it worked liea champ :grin  
Vernon
changing that back tire
Written by 06 midnight, on 04-26-2008 14:09
i am getting ready to chang the back tire on my bike it is my baby so i ready as much as i can so i do it right any help that you can give me on how to do this it would be great and also when do i need to change the belt how many miles can you put on the belt before you need to change it thanks for the help and keep you ride sunny side up and we will see you on the road.
Written by fastjohnny, on 03-26-2008 17:06
where did you get that stand?

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