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Just bought this 1991 King Quad and it is missing the right front axle. It runs and drives in 2 wd, would be nice to find parts or whole axle to make the 4 wd drive work again. A rebuildable axle would be fine. Any help would be great.
This is a strange question maybe. I just finished cleaning my old barn find Suzuki. I think it's a 1985. LT230 shaft drive. Started it up and other than making some carb adjustments (well, I think that's all I have to do) it runs fine.
But as I drove it around the yard I noticed that it is hard to steer. The front tires seem like they are barely touching the ground! The handle bar moves fine and the wheels turn, but the tires don't grip the grass.
When I lean forward as far as I can the tires actually bite into the grass and turn the bike. When I sit on the bike it just plows straight ahead.
Has anyone seem anything like this?
I wonder if the back tires are too small, causing the bike to lean backwards. Does anyone have the specs on what size tires I should have?
Thanks for any help provided...
Thanks for a newbie on this site !
i have grinding noise in my front differential. the front right wheel is turning and the left is try to turn but no movement and make sound like a gear broken. somebody have any idea ? not enough oil in diff ?
Here's a good article and video on the basics when it comes to ATV front end wheel alignments.
When you hear the words front end alignment what comes to mind? Automobiles and potholes may be the first thought. There are other four wheeled vehicles out there running over a lot more than potholes. ATVs and side-by-sides live hard lives crawling over rocks, hauling loads, and crossing trails no other man-made vehicle would dare.
One of the most basic services these vehicles call for is the adjustment of the toe-in of the front wheels. The Suzuki Eiger LT-F-400F calls for this to be checked initially after 100 mi. or 1 month of use, and every 600 mi. or 3 months for the rest of its operational life. Be it a Yamaha Banshee, 50cc mini-quad, or Kawasaki Mule this is a periodic maintenance item that is essentially the same no matter the scale of machine.
Toe-in specifically refers to the amount the front wheels are pigeon toed. At axle level the center of the front tires are closer in the front than in the back. Most ATVs and side-by-sides call for the front wheels to be slightly pigeon toed to parallel.
Keeping the toe-in aliment in specification and adjusted correctly is important for performance, safety, and tire wear. If the front end of the vehicle is in a toe-out position, duck footed, the tires will wear more rapidly and the vehicle will be inherently unstable. In addition, if the toe-in adjustment is in specification but it has been improperly adjusted it may put excess strain on the steering components.
The first step in checking the toe-in is to check the tire pressure. Make sure the tire pressure set correctly in all four tires. The air pressure in the front tires should be as close to the same as possible. Place the vehicle on a level surface and position the steering straight ahead. Be sure to check with the appropriate service manual to see if there are any extra specifics for the vehicle. The Suzuki Eiger for example calls for the vehicle to be weighted as to simulate the rider.
Make a chalk mark on the front, center of each front tire at the height of the front axle. If available set up a toe gauge so that the pointers line up with the chalk marks.
Measure the distance between the front chalk marks. Record this measurement as A. Rotate the front wheels 180° so the marks remain at axle height, but are now facing to the rear. Record the distance between the marks on the backside of the tires as B.
Subtract the front measurement A from the rear measurement B to calculate the toe-in. If the number is negative you have a toe-out condition. Compare your toe-in figure with the factory specification found in the vehicles service manual.
To adjust the toe-in loosen the lock nuts on the tie-rods. The outer tie-rod lock nuts often have left hand threads.
Turn the tie rods with a wrench at the flats to change the toe-in. Be sure to evenly adjust the left and right tie-rods for proper alignment. Check with the service manual to see if there are any specifications for the length of the tire rods or the amount of threads that should be showing. If the tie-rods are not adjusted according to the OEM specifications the proper toe-in may be achieved, but the vehicle will not steer correctly and it could be at risk of breaking a tie-rod.
When the adjustment is correct hold the tie-rod flats and tighten the lock nuts to specification against each side of the tie-rod. Take a slow test ride to make sure the steering functions correctly.
Check out this additional video on ATV wheel alignments:
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My Stable is LEAN these days. You will be happy to know that I bought a Quad in 08. A Raptor 700R. I put a weekend on it and it has been parked ever since. Worst purchase Ive ever made!!! My Yamaha shop even tried to talk me out of it.. About 8 Hrs total. My son wont let me sell it as he wants it in a few yrs. LOL..I still have one Trike. My trusty Tri-Z. I havent ridden it since 07? Just bought a 2014 RZR 800s a few months ago. With AGE comes a CAGE is a very true statement. I will enjoy this until I retire in a few yrs then get a bigger one!!!
PCI Race Radios, Inc. acquires the Solder Joint and opens up second store in Orange, California!
Signal Hill, CA (December 1, 2008) PCI Race Radios, the leading supplier of Communications to the Powersports Industry has acquired The Solder Joint, of Orange, California. Mark Foster, founder of The Solder Joint relocated to Indiana and PCI Race Radios took advantage of the opportunity to open a second, more convenient location for our Racing customers and expand into the Marine and Public Safety Industry.
PCI Race Radios, Inc. has hired Mark "Hollywood" Lowman, and he will continue to manage the Solder Joint, a DBA of PCI Race Radios, Inc. "I'm excited about The Solder Joint's now expanded line of products and increased inventory levels, this is exactly what we needed to service our customers better," commented Mark Lowman, Manager of the Solder Joint.
In the purchase of the business, PCI also acquired a new 20 ft. trailer to better support our racers in the desert. We are now able to be at two places at one time, like the upcoming January 22nd, 2008 weekend. Our 40 ft. trailer will be at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge race, while our 20 ft. service trailer will be at the MORE Barstow race.
In addition to our new boating packages, The Solder Joint offers full custom installations in all types of vehicles, trucks and boats. The Solder Joint also has full CB Sales and Service at their Orange location. The Solder Joint is conveniently located in Orange where the 22, 55 and 57 Freeways meet, we have stocked the shelves with inventory and done some renovations to the store, stop by and check it out! The Solder Joint offers full custom Installations and CB sales and service.
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