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Sidecar Rig Pulls to the Right

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Lonnie
Do you recommend adding weight to both the sidecar and the bike equal to the rider and the car's passenger while doing the alignment, or do you just do the alignment with the empty weight?

As Harley never got around to adding suspension to the sidecar, adding weight to the sidecar before alignment makes little difference. If this were a sidecar with suspension like pretty much every other brand of sidecar for the last 70 plus years has had then you would want the sidecar loaded as it is usually used. So if most of the time you have a passenger then yes add the weight of the passenger. Lean out is set as you are more then likely working on a level floor, the road has a crown to it and you wan the bike up right out in the real world.
Harley goes with lean in as they do so with no weight on the bike, when you sit on the bike, your weight compresses the bikes suspension such that you end up with lean out if you start with lean in and an unloaded bike. How much depends on how heavy you are and how much air you have in your suspension assuming you have air shocks on the bike. Pull can be fine tuned with your air suspension however doing this your suspension will not be set ideal to work as suspension.
Jay G
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I set it up with an empty rig on the Harleys with Harley sidecars.
With sidecars with suspension I preload the bike and sidecar.

Lonnie

Good to know, thanks.

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