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post #1 of 11 Old 09-01-2012, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Question Front end alignment

My commander has about 650 miles on it and it seems to be tracking differently. I have checked tire pressure and all seems good. It's a 2012: 1000xt.
Does anyone know what the alignment procedure is and what the toe end should be. I need this to track straight and stop wandering. Any other ideas would be appreciated!



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post #2 of 11 Old 12-28-2012, 09:45 AM
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same here. what's the procedure?
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-28-2012, 10:57 AM
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better check the control arm bushings in the front (upper and lower) and also the outer tierod ends and lift the thing in the air and wiggle the tires to see if the inner tierods show movement within the steering rack
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-28-2012, 11:45 AM
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Alignment

Well what we did on sandrails to get alighnment was to measure across the front of the tire to the other front tire. Then measure the back across to both back tires and adjust the arm unitl u get the front tire measurement an 1/8 of an inch smaller. That way the tires are closer in the front than in the rear, im sure there might be another way.
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That is the easyest way to set toe. Also toe "in" is better than toe "out" for stability. You should use both tie rods to adjust, if not you will lose some turning radius on one or the other direction ansd your steering wheel will be cocked to one side. It is however easy to re center by popping out the plastic center and removing the hold down nut and rotating on the splines. BTW check for a bent tie rod as it is fairly common.

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I have found this is the best way to align front ends on Atv/Utv! Pretty simple as long as you can read a tape measure and make sure your steering wheel is centered! It is more accurate than trying to measure across the front tires.

Check out this video on YouTube:

http://youtu.be/AQZpY2SyvUE

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Yeah like he said
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post #8 of 11 Old 12-31-2012, 03:55 PM
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i wrap a piece of yarn around machine measure up equal at all wheels. then measure gaps at front you can get it perfect doing it this way.
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post #9 of 11 Old 12-31-2012, 05:14 PM
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how do you make sure steering wheel is absolutely straight? do you jack the vehicle off the wheels or no?

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I have found this is the best way to align front ends on Atv/Utv! Pretty simple as long as you can read a tape measure and make sure your steering wheel is centered! It is more accurate than trying to measure across the front tires.

Check out this video on YouTube:

ATV / UTV Alignment - YouTube
I would follow this video with one exception. I would not let the string touch the back tires as there is some variation in their sidewalks. I set up two jack stands to stretch the string along the side of the vehicle. Then I set it parallel with the rear wheel not the tire. Measuring the same distance from the front and back lip of the wheel. Once parallel ill set my front wheel with 1\8" toe in.
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