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Need help installing front wheel

As I'm double and triple checking everything before I take it out for a spin, I was hesitant on the front wheel. I was following instructions according to the manual, but everytime I would torque the axle bolt, the axle would slide right and the alignment marks on the left would no longer line up. As I'm digging deeper, I notice I do not have the left and right collars that are listed in the diagram. I honestly don't remember if I had them or not when I pulled the wheels off to get new tires. I'm taking a wild guess here in thinking that they are a necessity and can't be installed without them? This blows because I'm guessing the local motorcycle dealership won't stock these items. There goes another week without riding =\
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Yep, you need those spacers. You looked all around the area where you took the wheel off, right? Hurry up and find them, then I'll meet you halfway for a Berryessa ride.

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When EVER I remove either wheel... 1st thing I do is grab the spacers from each side and put them in a plastic baggie in my tool box labeled. Had this happen before on other bikes.... lost one side on the way to have tires change... never did find it.

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Yep, you need those spacers. You looked all around the area where you took the wheel off, right? Hurry up and find them, then I'll meet you halfway for a Berryessa ride.
yessir looked everywhere. gonna call cyclegear when they open hoping they have it. if so, beryessa ride sounds fun. ;P
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When EVER I remove either wheel... 1st thing I do is grab the spacers from each side and put them in a plastic baggie in my tool box labeled. Had this happen before on other bikes.... lost one side on the way to have tires change... never did find it.
im learning my lesson for the next time. i hope they do have it, i hate waiting for parts to come in. lol
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Cycle gear may have them but I kinda doubt it. Honda dealer may be your only chance of walking in a buying them. You could try ben at rc51parts.com for used spacers...

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Might have some

It is possible I may have a set I could send out. Might be quicker then over the counter by a day or two.
I'll look thru the spares box.

Confirmed, I have a set here I could send out.
PM your address and i could get them out today.

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Cycle gear may have them but I kinda doubt it. Honda dealer may be your only chance of walking in a buying them. You could try ben at rc51parts.com for used spacers...
Yea cyclegear didn't have it and local dealership would have it in next Wednesday. They only get special orders on wed and cut off day to order is Saturday. Sux
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It is possible I may have a set I could send out. Might be quicker then over the counter by a day or two.
I'll look thru the spares box.

Confirmed, I have a set here I could send out.
PM your address and i could get them out today.
PM sent. You sir are much appreciated by this fella! I can't thank you enough!
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^That's cool.

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While both collars/spacers are essential for operation, the right collar/spacer (left if looking at the front of the bike) is the one that properly positions the wheel centrally.
The other collar/spacer provides proper positioning of the other fork leg.

So don't accidentally swap the collars/spacers during reinstall.
If the axle mark doesn't properly align with the left fork leg (right if looking at the front), the stop immediately and determine why.
If properly installed, the fork legs should never be pulled inwards when tightening.
This will put them in a bind and will never work properly (actually, quite the opposite).

Also, while you have the wheel off, use a clean shop towel to clean any road grime from around the seal areas and apply some fresh grease to the seal lips, plus clean the collars/spacers as well.

With the wheel off, this can provide an opportunity to allow grit into the seal area.
So make sure the seals and collars/spacers are nice and clean during assembly.
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