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Sep 28th 2016, 03:28 PM   #1
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  Apr 2016

IENATSCH TUESDAY: How to “String” a Motorcycle

I need to try this alignment method at some point, just to see how bad the swingarm marks actually are. I normally just take the ruler I'm using to check chain tension, hold it against the sprocket, and check that the chain is mostly even over the length of the ruler. I already judge how much adjustment is needed by the number of flats I move the adjustment nuts. Most adjustments are only one or two flats to take out 1/4 - 1/2" of slack.

IENATSCH TUESDAY: How to Align Your Motorcycle Wheels with "String" | Cycle World
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Sep 28th 2016, 08:07 PM   #2
  May 2016

I almost lost my mind trying this string method. I bought a $60 laser alignment tool from sprocket center and have been very satisfied.
Sep 28th 2016, 10:58 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016

I have an 8' straight edge I use against the rear tire (both sides) then run the bike in top gear (running on the stands at idle) for a little bit then check for sprocket/chain alignment (should be centered) at the back and at the top and at the bottom of the rear sprocket. After that I keep track how many flats I adjust each side and keep them even so I don't have to go through the alignment procedure each time.
String method drove me crazy as well...
Sep 29th 2016, 02:23 PM   #4
  Jul 2016

  2017 KLR650
I use the string method, have a dedicated string, and just use two jack stands for tensioners.

My marks are on. Last adjust I just did equal turns on the adjusters, no string. Would like a straight edge (some use an 8' shop light bulb) or laser set up.

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