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    Front tire rotation question

    With the bike off the ground, how much free rotation should a front wheel have? I get about 1/4 of rotation. Just feels real tight.

    Now, this week I am going to replace my brake pads and give a good cleaning to the calipers. I am also going to inspect the rotors and other various parts. I am just curious because I just feel other bikes I've owned had more free spin.

    This bike is a 2000 GSXR 600.

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    That's pretty tight, yeah. With a good spin, you should see around a half to a full rotation. Brakes are the most likely culprit, but wheel bearings or just an overly-tight axle could cause that behavior too.

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    Carter,

    Thanks! I am going to get in to it this week and hopefully its something simple.

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    Loosen axle pinch bolts and bounce the front suspension. Any misalignment in the forks can also cause binding and brake drag.
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    I had a teammate who will go unnamed, lets call him Chad Churley, who was obsessed with making the front wheel as free as possible. I once saw him get 4 turns out of an RS125 wheel. :-)
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    It’s the left caliper causing the friction. Going to do a good cleaning this week. Thanks for the tips all. @Michael, I don’t have access to that drive. Couldn’t view whatever it is.

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    Sorry about that. First time I’ve tried using iDrive. I opened up for viewing. Try again and please let me know if it works. Youtube is too much trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Roden View Post
    Sorry about that. First time I’ve tried using iDrive. I opened up for viewing. Try again and please let me know if it works. Youtube is too much trouble.
    worked for me.. smooth as butter! We used to run ceramic bearings and it was always fun to spin them and get similar results. Its just making sure everything is clean and aligned properly.
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    Second time I tried opening up the link and it worked. Thats crazy! Mine is 1/4 rotation with both calipers on, 3/4 rotation with just one on and like 1 1/2 or 2 with no calipers on.

    No wonder I get passed in the straights...my front wheel has too much drag!!! lol

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