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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-15-2019, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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Tie-Rod really close to tire

Not sure if this is the right place since it's steering related.

I cannot figure out why one tierod end is so close to one tire but not the other. I've checked all connections, etc and nothing on the suspension, hub or anything connect looks bent or out of place. The only thing I can think of is that one wheel is bent (I do have shake a slow speeds though).

I replaced all the steering components so they are all new and not worn out.

I swapped wheels and when I did that, there was more clearance so that makes be believe that the wheels is bent.

Here are two pictures of what I'm talking about.


If the issue is not with the wheels, what could it be? The strut?
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The one is normal. The other not so much.
Post a pic of the wheel that is so close. Are the rims OEM?
I'm not being a smart azz but it wouldn't be mounted backwards would it?
Have the hubs or struts ever been replaced?
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How are your wheel bearings?

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I bought the ATV used so I'm not sure on the wheel bearings. How can I go about testing those? Probably not a bad idea to just replace them anyways.

I'll check the wheels since these tires were on there when I bought it.

Just curious but how would the wheel bearings affect the clearance?
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I bought the ATV used so I'm not sure on the wheel bearings. How can I go about testing those? Probably not a bad idea to just replace them anyways.

I'll check the wheels since these tires were on there when I bought it.

Just curious but how would the wheel bearings affect the clearance?
If your wheel bearings are bad enough they can cause your wheel to sit at an angle. They'd have to be pretty bad though. You can check them by jacking up your quad and wiggling the wheel. There shouldn't be any play.

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My wheel bearings appear to be OK since there was no movement. I did swap the wheels and when I did that, both cleared so I'm not sure what is the issue. I'm going to replace the bearings anyways because they are likely the originals.

I compared both sides and measured random points and everything looks to be straight. If it's not the wheel bearings, I'm thinking it could be the wheels and one is slightly bent. But it's odd because it rubs on the entire rotation, not just one spot.

I'll check the hub again but it appeared straight because the wheel sits on it just fine.
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My wheel bearings appear to be OK since there was no movement. I did swap the wheels and when I did that, both cleared so I'm not sure what is the issue. I'm going to replace the bearings anyways because they are likely the originals.

I compared both sides and measured random points and everything looks to be straight. If it's not the wheel bearings, I'm thinking it could be the wheels and one is slightly bent. But it's odd because it rubs on the entire rotation, not just one spot.

I'll check the hub again but it appeared straight because the wheel sits on it just fine.
Either a wheel bearing is good or it's bad so I don't really see a need to waste your time and money on replacing them. Is it possible you have a front versus rear wheel issue? I'm not sure about your specific set up, but sometimes wheel offsets can be different.

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OP, you never did actually say what machine we're talking about??
Regardless, if the hub and/or strut has ever been replaced on that side, the PO may have used parts from a different year or model machine that has a slightly different mating surface on the hub or a different offset angle for the tie rod attachment hole on the strut which is causing that side to be a little closer than the other.
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i would take the rim u suspect is warped to a tire shop and when they mount it to their machine they will see if its warped, it could be the mounting surface that is warped. A used steel rim is very inexpensive if thats whats on ur quad.


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i would take the rim u suspect is warped to a tire shop and when they mount it to their machine they will see if its warped, it could be the mounting surface that is warped. A used steel rim is very inexpensive if thats whats on ur quad.
A simple spin on the hub would tell him that. The distance to the tie rod end would vary as it's spinning if it's warped.

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