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Sidecar Rig Pulls to the Right

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I have a 2007 HD Ultra with a 2009 HD sidecar. It has always pulled to the right. I consider an excessive pull. Two Harley shops tell me I have to live with it. I'm looking for a shop in the Kansas City area that can look at the rig and see if anything can be done to lessen the issue.

Have you checked the toe-in of the sidecar wheel? If its toed out it will cause a pull to the right. Also, check the bike lean, if its leaning into the sidecar, it will cause a pull to the right. The bike should be vertical or leaned away from the sidecar a little (maybe one degree). I can't help with the selection of a shop but these two things are fairly easy to check at home if you have a level garage floor or driveway.

You are on the right track looking for a different shop! The rig can only be set up not to pull at a given speed due to aerodynamic drag, set it up for the speed you usually travel at, highway speed for most people. Lower speeds it may pull to the left. But yes, your alignment is wrong, the Harley shop should know this.
Jay G
DMC sidecars
866-638-1793

There is a member in the KC area with a similar rig. Give Frank a call 816 694-5448. I know he has been to every Harley shop there and for sure can give you a heads up on a sidecar friendly shop or maybe he can even help you.

Forget the Harley advice. Set the rig up with at least 1 degree of lean out (not lean in as they recommend).
That will take care of it.

Lonnie

I live north of the river (way north, about 70 miles). If you don't get anywhere with the locals in KC, I can help you out. You'd be surprised how well they drive when aligned with lasers instead of 2x4s's and string.

The alignment method is much more important than the choice of straightedge implements.

Lonnie

You may want to check and see if the sidecar wheel is dragging. Maybe the wheel bearing needs grease, or adjustment, or the brake is dragging. Happened to one of my rigs once and nearly drove me nuts trying to get to go down the road without pulling to the right. Good luck with it.

When I bought my 2011 ultra with an 09 sidecar it pulled hard right. My dealer set the toe in at 3/4". A foot behind the rear wheel and a foot in front the rear wheel. Then we straightened the bike up. It had been leaned in. Now it is perfect.

I find the Harley Glides work better with 1 degree of lean-out.

Lonnie

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