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    Champion of the Low End Primitive Don's Avatar
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    replaced rear axle, now frame spacing is off

    Hi,

    I replaced a broken QR axle from a 90s Trek 800 with a new replacement part. Now when I attempt to reinstall the wheel, the wheel seems way out of alignment with the frame, to the point where the wheel is sitting to the left of the frame centerline and preventing the wheel from spinning entirely.

    I have tried installing the wheel in about 3 different locations on the axle, but keep running into the same problem.

    Any insights you can share?

    Thanks,

    PD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Primitive Don View Post
    Hi,

    I replaced a broken QR axle from a 90s Trek 800 with a new replacement part. Now when I attempt to reinstall the wheel, the wheel seems way out of alignment with the frame, to the point where the wheel is sitting to the left of the frame centerline and preventing the wheel from spinning entirely.

    I have tried installing the wheel in about 3 different locations on the axle, but keep running into the same problem.

    Any insights you can share?

    Thanks,

    PD
    It sounds like you moved a spacer from the left side of the hub to the right. When assembled, the small sprocket should barely clear the chainstay on the right side, under the derailleur.

    It would help to know what brand of hub this is.
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    When removing axle parts, I like to draw a line on a piece of paper to represent the axle. Then removed locknuts & spacers are placed on the paper in the position they were on the axle. This prevents parts from getting mixed up and also helps with order of operations in getting things back together.

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    Champion of the Low End Primitive Don's Avatar
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    thanks guys!

    The suggestion to move the spacer to the opposite side got me closer to having the wheel centered, or at least moving again. I will definitely draw out the axle parts next time as Danno suggested. This was a bit confusing b/c I was using a new axle and a cone/dustcover that goes with the hub, so I think I got things a bit mixed up.

    Things are still a bit funky though, not quite in the center. I'll try taking a pic in a day or two to get your thoughts.

    PD
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