Originally Posted by hookturn_92
Thanks for the reply. .... I was mainly trying to figure out how to get the engine/tranny aligned with the swingarm so the bike tracks straight without ...
The Harley-Davidson Service Manual has a good explanation of the alignment procedure. You should have a copy of the genuine HD manual specific for your year and model bike.
Roughly: You will need TWO, long, STRAIGHT edges that will go from behind the rear tire to in front of the front tire. (I used florescent light bulbs as they were handy).
Remove the fuel tank.
Remove the bolt through the frame/turnbuckle/head combination at the top of the motor.
With the bike vertical, and the front tire straight ahead, the straight edges are temporarily affixed to the rear tire. Measurements are taken and the front turnbuckle is adjusted to align the front tire to the rear (equal gap on each side of the front tire).
Again, DO NOT HAVE THE TOP (engine heads) TURNBUCKLE ATTACHED AT THIS POINT - If the top turnbuckle is attached at this point, then the engine will be twisted in the frame - which you will notice as excessive vibration when running.
Once the front and rear wheels are aligned, with the bike VERTICAL start and run the engine for 5-10 seconds. Stop the engine.
DO NOT LEAN THE BIKE OVER. KEEP IT VERTICAL.
Adjust the top turnbuckle so that the bolt that attaches the turnbuckle to the
frame DROPS cleanly through the frame turnbuckle combination.
DO NOT PUSH THE ENGINE SIDE-TO-SIDE TO GET THE TURNBUCKLE ALIGNED.
The bike should track straight with no excessive vibration.