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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-10-2012, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Roadsmith tire wear

The rear tires on my Roadsmith wear on the inside 3" and not on the outside. Does anyone know how to adjust the camber on these VW axles? Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-10-2012, 01:40 AM
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I would contact Road Smith because this doesn't sound right. I'm sure they can help you.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-10-2012, 07:19 PM
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Sounds like to much squat in the rear...Jack the rear end up (STABLE) at the rearend allowing the axles to hang. The rear shocks are adjustable with a progressive shock wrench, if they are set on the first or second notch they're to loose, just turn the shock body to make the shock more stable. Lower it back down and check the footprint by rolling it thru a patch of water and look at the foot print. If your installer hooked up your dash shock adjuster (I use 20 setting) that will adjust the stiffness of the stabilizer bar under the bike....also make sure you have 25 PSI in those rears. Once I got all of this adjusted I no longer have roll of the body, 25 PSI keeps the patch square on the ground and after I stiffened the Stabilizer bar up what a difference. Squating will make it seem stable to ride unless you push it then it could roll up.....Make sure everything is tight while your under there..good luck...a better ride is ahead!!

Go to here and download the installation instructions for your year model:

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-12-2012, 11:55 PM
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Solidbob hit it on the head for my tire wear issue. I have a Roadsmith kit also and was experiencing the exact same tire wear pattern. It turn out that I was running too much pressure in the rear tires (not run 25 lbs.), the shocks were set too stiff, and the load adjuster was being run too low (now 25). It took me a set of tires to figure it out. Thought it was my tire size at first (225-40-ZR18 ) but I now have almost 30K on this set of tires and still have many more miles left on the tread.

I don't think there's a way to adjust the camber/caster on the rear wheels on the Roadsmith kits.

Good luck and ride safe!
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