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    Default Frequency of Getting Laser Alignment?

    Shortly after purchasing my 2016 F3-T two years ago, I got it laser aligned. I've now put about 10-11K miles on it since then and am wondering whether I should have it aligned again.

    How frequently do you get your spyder laser aligned?

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    You should have the front end realigned after any modifications that alter the vehicles front end ride height. This would include new shocks, adding Baja Ron preload adjusters, adding spring rubbers, or on older vehicles the shock mount brackets.

    With your machine, if aligned when new, there may have been some slight settling of the springs. Likely the alignment remains acceptable, however it would not be out of tne question to have it checked / realigned.

    There is differing opinions on if the alignment needs to be redone after a rear tire change. My opinion is that if the tire was changed and the belt tracking was proper prior to the tire change, no adjustments were made to the belt, and belt tracking remained as before, then no alignment is needed. Others believe alignments are required any time the rear wheel is removed or belt tension is adjusted.

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    Not necessary unless you hit a huge pothole, have a wreck, or run over a large rock or log.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKMSPYDER View Post
    Not necessary unless you hit a huge pothole, have a wreck, or run over a large rock or log.
    With no adjustments possible to caster or camber, the pothole, wreck or running over debris would have had to bend the frame, suspension arm or possibly a tie rod. Simply, there is nothing to move on impact to alter the alignment.

    With that said, Charlenes Spyder did hit a hole, the handlebars went out of alignment to the wheels, the shop stated the alignment was correct, somehow the bars had turned, and the steering sensor was not aligned correctly.

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    Curious? what is the average cost for this alignment?? newbie here...

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    Squared Away does it for $125 ( that was 2.5 years ago).
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    Squared Away charges $130 and we recommend that you have it done weekly. Just kidding, PMK gave good info though.

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    Where can I get a laser alignment in Southern California?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thopper View Post
    Where can I get a laser alignment in Southern California?
    You could buy a couple of laser levels and DIY it. Save the money and spend it on beer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PMK View Post
    Simply, there is nothing to move on impact to alter the alignment.
    Quote Originally Posted by PMK View Post
    ...Charlenes Spyder did hit a hole..... somehow the bars had turned, and the steering sensor was not aligned correctly.
    Are you sure that's rational PMK!?

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    Laser alignments have been known to cause cancer in the state of California.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge View Post
    Laser alignments have been known to cause cancer in the state of California.
    Why is that funny? I don't get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbert View Post
    Shortly after purchasing my 2016 F3-T two years ago, I got it laser aligned. I've now put about 10-11K miles on it since then and am wondering whether I should have it aligned again.

    How frequently do you get your spyder laser aligned?

    Thanks!
    When it needs it, just like cars.

    I have 23k on mine and never done it. My wife's has been done twice with 3k fewer miles. No idea why.

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    Why's that funny..


    It's obviously funny if you're from Yanceyville, NC...that's why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperG View Post
    Why's that funny..


    It's obviously funny if you're from Yanceyville, NC...that's why.
    Sounds political....and unrelated to the topic of the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UtahPete View Post
    Why is that funny? I don't get it.
    It's funny because EVERYTHING in California causes Cancer according to the Democrat Hypochondriacs that run the state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Revalden View Post
    It's funny because EVERYTHING in California causes Cancer according to the Democrat Hypochondriacs that run the state.
    Okay, this is provocative political horse puckey that doesn't belong here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UtahPete View Post
    Okay, this is provocative political horse puckey that doesn't belong here.
    As the OP of this thread, I agree with you, Pete. Sometimes it seems like you just can't ask a simple question anymore without someone injecting politics into it......
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