I'm still working out the kinks perpetrated on my Rambler when it was stolen in February. Something new pops up every week. I discovered that the front wheels were out of alignment a couple of weeks ago but I waited to deal with it because I wanted to get some wear on the street tires that came with the Rambler and I planned to put knobbies on all around. So on Thursday the left front tire blew. POP! Time for the new tires.
I spent all afternoon today working on the alignment. Flipped the trike over, took the tires and tubes off, got the manual out and proceeded to measure the front and back spacings according to the manual. WHOA!!! The manual says the wheels should be aligned at the back to 28.25 inches on center at the back of the wheels. I made a little jig to the match the measurement and set it on the wheels. With the left wheel aligned to specifications for distance to the boom, the right wheel toed out radically! WTF! I thought for sure something was bent, literally. I puzzled over the problem for an hour and tried several different techniques to ferret out why the wheels wouldn't align. Then I threw out the manual and did it the way I used to do with my Tour. This is what I discovered:
The manual is wrong. The alignment measurement is 29.25 inches on rim center. Misprint or ???? I made the notation in my manual and also wrote down the measurement of the tie rod as backup.
Took her out for a ride with the new tires and aligned wheels. So smooth! Just like when she was new!