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Is it normal for the rear wheel to be off center?
07/14/19 at 11:41:24
 
I have a 1995 Savage I have just begun to ride. When I was searching for a bike to buy I stumbled across a spare rear wheel so I bought figuring it's always good to have spare parts.

When I got the wheel I noticed that the left side had a quite nasty groove that looks like it came from a bolt or something in the rear fender. I have a similar but more shallow groove in the tire that sits on my bike and when I stand behind the bike it looks like the rear tire should actually be shifted a couple of millimeters to the right. Is the offset normal/common?
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Reply #1 - 07/14/19 at 11:41:58
 
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Reply #2 - 07/14/19 at 11:42:40
 
View of pulley and tire
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Reply #3 - 07/14/19 at 12:30:46
 
age crack in the sidewall, replace immediately.
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Re: Is it normal for the rear wheel to be off cent
Reply #4 - 07/14/19 at 12:32:53
 
the nasty grooves are probably due to the bolt heads on the inside of the fender and the tire getting bottomed out.

You can replace the bolts with button or truss head bolts and it won't do that.
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Reply #5 - 07/14/19 at 13:43:14
 
Definitely shouldn't do that.
What size is that tire?
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Reply #6 - 07/14/19 at 14:02:58
 
If the tire is off center ,you should be aware that the spacers on each side are different sizes.
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Reply #7 - 07/14/19 at 23:51:44
 
Thank you all for valuable input.

The tire on the spare wheel will of course be discarded. It was never intended to be used.

The dimensions of both the "spare" tire and the one that sits on my bike is 140/90-15. I plan to change to 130/90-15 when it is time to change the one I ride at the moment. I have read a few threads about the tire dimensions and I feel 130 in the rear will probably be better. I have double checked the width of my front and rear rim and they are stamped 2.75 rear and 2.15 front so I know that the rims I have are 2.75" wide and 2.15" wide.

I will check the spacers on both sides on the spare tire but it is difficult to check the one that currently sits on my bike. I think I will leave it as it is for now but take extra care when I replace the tire to make sure the wheel is properly centered and I also plan to modify the spare I have to use a double row ball bearing as suggested in another thread to take care of any pulley wobble.
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Reply #8 - 07/15/19 at 06:55:42
 
The check is easy, the spacer on the left is fat and fits the seal.
The one on the right is skinny and fits the flat on the hub.
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Reply #9 - 07/15/19 at 13:57:03
 
Order of rear axle parts left to right (as viewed from the rear)
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Reply #10 - 07/15/19 at 14:01:24
 
Excellent pic stewmills! I will check on both my spare and the wheel that is mounted on my bike
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Reply #11 - 08/04/19 at 05:08:57
 
I have double checked the rear axle of my bike and the spacers are installed correctly.

Both the tire on my bike and a spare I bought from another guy show grooves on the left side wall of the tire so it feels like this is a common issue, that the rear tire is slightly off center and should be shifted slightly to the right side of the bike.

If you stand directly behind your bikes, will the rear tire sit in the center if the fender or slightly to the left?
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Reply #12 - 08/05/19 at 08:42:45
 
Looked at mine and the rear wheel is dead center to the rear fender.

I have the larger 140/90/15 and stock shocks and also have my rear wheel pretty much full forward (due to the larger front pulley upgrade) and I have no rubbing issues at all. I have replaced the pillion hex head bolts under the rear fender with button cap allen bolts just as a safeguard, but even before that I still had no rubbing.

Either that "temporary" tire is jacked up, your used wheel has an oversized bearing in once side or undersized bearing in the other, or someone lost one of the stock spacers and replaced it with something not quite the right size.

Sump'n isn't right.
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Re: Is it normal for the rear wheel to be off cent
Reply #13 - 08/05/19 at 09:59:10
 
verslagen1 wrote on 07/14/19 at 12:32:53:
the nasty grooves are probably due to the bolt heads on the inside of the fender and the tire getting bottomed out.

You can replace the bolts with button or truss head bolts and it won't do that.
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That's where I'd be looking.
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Re: Is it normal for the rear wheel to be off cent
Reply #14 - 08/05/19 at 11:00:36
 
Since the problem is on one side, I'd be feeling the bolt heads on both sides and see if there isn't one on the left side that is taller than the ones on the right.
It's not a new bike and nobody has a clue what someone might have done. Heck, maybe one has backed out a bit.
If everything is stock, bolts, etc. and you have checked the spacers and they are right, then you should be getting grooves on both sides, so, I'd be checking out how far out those bolt heads are on the left, and compare them to the right, fershure.
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