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Hey any of you guys have any problem with front wheel alignment?
My Foreman is only about a month old and my front tires definely do not point straight when the handlebars are straight. The left seems to be the worst. I haven't hit anything. Just curious if any of yall have had simular issues with front end.

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mine has been like that since we got ours. honda sets them from the factory with the wheels alinegnment offset. why? i have no clue.
i'm not sure of the offset but they are definatlly suppossed to be toed out. i can look up measurement if you want, but i only eyeball it and do it slightly. just loosen up you tie rod adjustments and you can even them up.
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I had to bring my bike back after a week with one tire toed in alot. It was just a loose tie rod nut so they just tighten it up for me. Now I just got new mudlites and it seems they are both turned inward slightly.
mine does the same thing, seems to be a common thing with the honda's
specs do call for a slight toe out, i think i also remember that the bigger the tires the less the toe in called for.
i was having the same problem with my alignment, seemed after i adjusted the toe in a few rides later it would be out to lunch again, i bought a set of aftermarket tie rods off of ebay and haven't had the problem since
Honda has the toe out set like this because, at high speeds ( faster than 5 MPH) it helps to stablize the bike. Keeps it from darting all over the road. Yes it does look funny and you may be ok with setting the toe a little more in with little noticable darting. Also I was told that it helps when in 4 wheel drive and going uphill it performs better with the toe out set per Honda Specs. To each his own. I left mine at factory specs.
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i just installed a HL lift and the front of my tires were pulled in about 2-3inches on both sides... i need to adjust my tie rods now. HL says this is common.
so I set mine for factory spec like 1 and 1/2 inch out and it is wearing the crap out of my tires. any ides?????
I set my 2006 Foreman at ~1/2" to 3/4" out. This is much less than spec but I think the steering is more reponsive and steers very easily.
after i installed my highlifter lift kit, my toe in was really noticeable and the bike darted everywhere(on pavement). i adjusted the toe, to where it was barely out, and now, she handles like a 'vette!
NOTE:-Check wheel bearings and ball joints for wear & measure from inside rear rim to handlebar tip until even on both sides before alignment (make square)
Have just spent 3 days on HONDA 500 Foreman that has been into ditch that needed a front alignment (TOE IN )and camber (front tilt angle) setting .
The Quad had a tendency to want to tip when turning a hard right (had an inward tilt on bottom) which was assessed as a bent frame and we plan to get A bottom a frame and cut both sides and insert some neatly fitting round and fit to bottom right then adjust the bottom of wheel out until it matches the left wheel tilt exactly then tack with a welder,check and weld permanently
Alignment was done by placing a straight edge accross rear wheel and loosen tie rods on both ends on both sides and adjusting the gap at the front of each front wheel to about 1/4"-1/2" but even on both sides
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My toe changes with rider weight so it looks off a touch if no one is sitting on the bike.
I have a 2009 Honda foreman 500,I have 27 inch tires and 2 inch lift. if i am reading this right it needs to be toed out?Not sure how much for the bike. would appreciate any help tks
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