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I am about due for new tires. I was looking at the front tire today and noticed the tread wear was definitely uneven with noticeably more wear on the left side of the tire (left if sitting on bike). Then I noticed that the forks were not quite parallel with each other. I suppose they have been like that since the tires were replaced, probably about 8000 miles ago. I never noticed this before. I assume that those forks can be adjusted so that they are parallel and even again. I have never been in an accident or done anything to cause trauma to the front end. On my previous tires have never noticed uneven tread wear like this.

Do any of you guys or gals have any experience with uneven forks, and can they be adjusted? I am going to take it in soon for tires, valve adjustment, oil change, etc.

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You can loosen the trees and set the fork tubes even.

front tire on most of the VTX have more left side wear and many theories on how it happens.
I feel that most of the wear is due to not installing the front tire per the manual since I started following it to the letter my tires have 60% less wear on the left side.
You should learn how to do your own maint it will save you a whole lot of $$$
 

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Like Charlie said, loosen the pinch bolts and set the top of the fork tube, not the end cap, even with the top of the top tree. Run 38-40 PSI, replace the steering stem bearings with roller bearings (All Balls mod) and add Progressive springs. Cured it for me. I already had roller bearings on the 18, but serviced them. They were bone dry.
 

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You can loosen the trees and set the fork tubes even.

front tire on most of the VTX have more left side wear and many theories on how it happens.
I feel that most of the wear is due to not installing the front tire per the manual since I started following it to the letter my tires have 60% less wear on the left side.
You should learn how to do your own maint it will save you a whole lot of $$$
There's the answer, don't just slap it back together - follow the procedure and you'll get much better results, AND longer tire life!
 

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Y'all forgot how much the bike leans to the left when on the kickstand... :rolleyes:



A service manual is the most useful tool you can buy!
 

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Another thing to check if you have spoked wheels, sometimes when the rim is trued over time they can actually shift. I had this problem with my 2nd bike and I first thought the forks were uneven, but in fact it just happened to be that the rim needed to be retrued.
 

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tire wear

Due to knowledge gleaned from this site, I've benn running 50/50 in both tires instead of the receommended tire pressure, since my bike was new. Also replaced the front bearing with tapered roller bearing from All Balls the first season.(stock bearing is close to bicyle bearing). Both of these have gotten me 14,000 miles on the stock Dunnys and can probably make it through the summer. The bike also doesn't feel as 'floaty' over bumps.
I did the same to my wife's bike, and she instantly knows when she needs to air up to 50.
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Up the tire pressure - less wear. You should have gotten over 18k out of those tires (I got over 18k out of mine). 38- 40 front 40 rear.
 
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