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left wheel leaning

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The top of my foreman 500 left front wheel leans towards the inside (Right) about 3/8 of an inch. The right front wheel is straight up and down, it doesn't lean at all. Can anyone tell me how to take care of this. I assumed it is some kind of assembly line problem. I bought the service manual and it doesn't say anything about the up and down. The manual says that the toe out should be about 1and 1/4 of an inch. It seems a little too much.
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How are you checking this with a level..?.. A few years ago the TRX350FE/FM were breaking the "A" arm mounting lugs off the frame and Honda came out with a kit to make the front lugs stronger .. Since then we've had 2 TRX500FA's do the same thing .. If the top "A" arm mounting lugs move just a little it will throw the top of the wheel out far enough that it can be easilly seen from the front of the bike ..

First check the frame around where the "A" arm bolts on for any crack or paint cracked or chipped off that looks like the mounting lugs have moved..
Leaning left front wheel

The way I measure it is I hold a level up and down beside the rim and measure the bottom and then measure the top of the rim. On my left side the top leans inside (towards the right) about 3/8 of an inch. The right side is straight up and down when I put a level on it and measure top and bottom of the rim about the same. The right wheel might be leaning to the outside 1/8, but it is not noticeable. The left side is real noticeable leaning towards the inside. If I have bent something, I wonder what would be the best way to fix it. The Foreman 500 is just a couple of months old and I might have hit it hard enough to do some damage, but don't think so.
have seen this on an '05 500fe. the rear mounting tab for the right upper a-arm was bent in causing the top of the tire to lean in. about 20 different people ride this particular machine on a daily basis and the owner brought it to us not knowing what was causing it (no one said anything so he doesn't know what the atv hit). like honda mechanic said, look for chipped paint to find a bent part.
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