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    Scuffing tyre

    Has anyone added a spacer to their rear axle ? I am considering this as a solution to my new tyre catching the debris guard. It's just clear when the tyre is cold but after 10-20 miles it starts to bind. I thought perhaps a 1mm washer will keep it clear without affecting the wheel alignment too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipe n Slippers View Post
    Has anyone added a spacer to their rear axle ? I am considering this as a solution to my new tyre catching the debris guard. It's just clear when the tyre is cold but after 10-20 miles it starts to bind. I thought perhaps a 1mm washer will keep it clear without affecting the wheel alignment too much.

    Looking forward to your wisdom/advice...
    Why not space your Debris Guard instead?

    I would rather do that than altering the Rear Axle spacing.

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    Thanks bluenose. You mean shave a bit off? Could do that with my Dremmel tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipe n Slippers View Post
    Thanks bluenose. You mean shave a bit off? Could do that with my Dremmel tool.

    I wasn't thinking of anything that drastic, just spacing the Guard with a washer or two.

    Is that possible?

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    I think that would bring it closer to the tyre if I understand you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipe n Slippers View Post
    I think that would bring it closer to the tyre if I understand you.
    I was thinking of the washers going between the frame and the back of the Guard, that would bring it further away from the tyre, wouldn't it?



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    Stick a photo up for clarity.


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    OK I will put up pics tomorrow after the wheel is back in...have just stripped out the rear calliper to give it an overhaul. Can't get the new seal kit until then. Stand by
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    I think you can see that the debris guard, that covers the bottom run of the belt, is fixed to the swing arm on the inside. Adding washers would put it nearer to the tyre.
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    Ok Pipe n Slippers.

    Thank you for the photos, I now see what you mean.

    The Debris Guard is on the inside of the Softail frame, so it can't move any further out. If it had been a conventional Swinging Arm frame the Debris Guard, it would be possible to move the Guard further out with washers.

    Have you fitted a wider tyre, or is it because the Avon Cobra has a thicker tread than the Dunlop that's causing the tyre to catch the Guard?

    You might end up having to get brutal with the Dremel.

    Best of luck,

    Dave.

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