2001 400ex front end alignment/ - NEED HELP!!
I bought this quad about 3 weeks ago. I have noticed that it can make sharper right hand turns than left. After looking the front end over I found that the "steering stem" is bent. The original owner just adjusted the steering arms to offset the damage. Well, I bent back the steering stem as much as I could by hand. It is still bent a little - but the bars and the bottom part where the arms bolt on are pretty much aligned together now. There is a slight bend side to side in the stem that I can't get out without taking the front end apart and putting the stem in a vice to straighten. Anyway, would I just be better off buying a whole new steering stem and getting the "alingment" done from there? I also noticed that my quad seems very "skittish" - like the front wheels are not aligned and fighting each other a little. The wheels look straight - but can you actually adjust them enough by eyeballing it? Also, I noticed that the front wheels "tilt" or camber in a little. By using a framing square (quad was on level concrete) I found that one wheel has about a quarter inch more camber or tilt-in to it. I looked real hard but could see nothing else that looked bent or tweaked on the frame or a-arms. Anyway, I need some help from you experts on what I should do. I adjusted the alignment as good as I could be eyeball - but the quad still seems a little skittish side to side. Should I just take it to my local atv shop and have them get a new steering stem and look for any other probs and have them align it or should I just live with it for now? I mean, I can ride it fine the way it is, but of course I want it to be right - and I also don't want to have the poor alignment cause any other probs down the road. I realize that this isn't a car and that the alignment probably isn't as important on a quad, but I don't want to be fighting my quad all the time either. Your advice/knowledge would be greatly apprectiated!