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Over the last few days I've been going over my new to me FXR. Here's a pic:





Anyway, after removing crap I don't need or like and checking all the fluids and pressures and whatnot I discovered something that concerns me. Why the hell is the belt so damn close to the tire? It appears to be a stock belt, and a stock Dunslop 130 size tire. Is this normal?
 

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Some things that can effect that include, wheel alignment, swingarm bushings, engine mounts and engine alignment.

Even when everything is right it can be close.
 

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Axle's aligned, used the bent coat hanger and o-ring to check. Bike tracks straight, although the handlebars are kicked a bit right when going straight. It can't be more than 1/16"
 

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Mine is about 3/8 inch from tire. If there are no signs of anything rubbing anywhere, I'd not worry much. Tolerances are pretty close on a lot of things on my bike. FXR's are pretty compact machines.

Nice Bike. Welcome to the group. These guys have been great to share knowledge and experience and have helped me out several times.
 

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'91 FXRT .... Dunlop E3 ... belt/tire clearance 1/4"
'92 FXRS .... Dunlop 401 ... belt/tire clearance 5/16"

Both bikes are aligned, with new swingarm guts....
 

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If using the stock cast rim....measurement should be taken from the belt to the rim.....compensates for the different tire profiles....nice bike, and welcome. FXR folks have a 'secret' handshake and wave......your instructions are in the mail....:)
 

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I ridden bikes that the belt touched rolling it backwards and was OK going forward...if it ain't touching your good :clap:
 

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How does THAT work?

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Belts will usually try to track to the inside when the bike is rolled back. I had a friend that insisted that I squeeze a 160 tire on the back of his fxdx. Same deal. rubbed going backwards, about 1/16 going forward.
 

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Coz on most FXRs you'll find that the back wheel is often spaced a little to the left on teh axle irrespective of alignment. To be certain check the clearance between the edge of the top of the tyre (tire) and the guard using your fingers.
 

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Belts will usually try to track to the inside when the bike is rolled back. I had a friend that insisted that I squeeze a 160 tire on the back of his fxdx. Same deal. rubbed going backwards, about 1/16 going forward.


we have a winner....I wouldn't recommend it but it worked for me on that particular bike
 
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