How to Align an ATV Front End

All the rough trails, rocks, holes, and hauling people do with off-road vehicles take a serious toll on ATV front end alignment. Thankfully, this is a repair job you can do yourself. Read this post to learn how to align an ATV front end.

When You Need to Align an ATV Front End

The owner's manual will have recommended times to align the front end of your ATV.

You should also do a front-end alignment if you need to replace your tie rods.

You can tell that the front-end alignment is off at any time if:

  • the front end is visibly asymmetrical
  • the ATV starts pulling to the side while you're riding
  • there's a shaking or wobbly feeling in the handlebars while you're riding
  • the handlebars don't want to be centered

Why You Need to Align an ATV Front End

Front end alignment protects the tires from uneven wear and early replacement and protects you from poor steering that can lead to unsafe riding conditions.

How to Align an ATV Front End

atv in garage.jpg

What you'll need to align an ATV front end

  • two wrenches
  • a tape measure
  • chalk
  • a ratchet strap

Get it level

The first thing to do is get your ATV level. It doesn't have to be exact, but the more level it is, the more accurate your work will be. If your working space isn't level, you can compensate with jacks, and jack stands for support.

Off-road waders are the core piece of riding gear for ATV & UTV riders
Find out the best look for you

Tire pressure

Check your tire pressure. Make sure they are all filled to the optimum pressure and equal to each other. I mean, why not fill them now? If nothing else, the two front tires need to match so you can accurately judge their imbalance.

Straighten the handlebars

Climb on the ATV and get the handlebars straight. You can have someone sit on the ATV and hold the handlebars in position or tie the handlebars in place with a ratchet strap. Hook one end of the strap to each of the handlebars and run it through the grab bar. Tie it just strong enough to hold it steady. If it's too tight, it can cause damage while you're adjusting underneath.

Weight

You may choose to or the owner's manual may recommend that the ATV be weighted while you align the front end to simulate riding conditions. If someone will be sitting on it to hold the handlebars, this is already taken care of. If not, you can place something heavy on the seat.

atv tires alignment.jpg

Measure the difference between the tires

Draw a chalk line on the center of both front tires at axle height and use a tape measure to measure from one chalk line to the other.

Write that down as measurement A.

Draw a chalk line on the back of the front tires just like you did before and measure just like you did before.

Write that down as measurement B.

Subtract measurement A from measurement B. If the answer is positive, you are in a toe-in situation. If it is negative, you have a toe-out situation.

You want the wheels to be just slightly toe-in, to an exact amount: 1/4 inch.

atv wheels adjustment.jpg

Adjust the tie-rods

Grab your two wrenches. One to grip the flat notch to hold the tie-rods. One to turn the lock nuts.

The owner's manual may have unique specifications for your tie-rods so check that out before tackling this step to avoid wasted time and potentially breaking your tie-rods.

The outer rods have left hand threads. Be careful to turn the nut in the right direction so you don't damage the threads.

Loosen the nuts on the tie-rods to give yourself some play. Then adjust the tie-rods by turning the flat notch.

You'll have to work the rods and re-measure bit by bit until you make it so that measurement A is 1/4 inch less than measurement B. In other words, the front of the tires are just that amount turning inward.

If you leave it with too much toe-in, the ATV will be slower and twitchy in corners. If you leave it with too much toe-out, it won't turn precisely.

The tie-ins must be evenly aligned when you're done adjusting them. If not, you need to keep adjusting until they are or take the ATV to a professional.

Finished

Tighten the lock nuts on the tie-rods, and that's it. You're finished. Have fun on your aligned ATV!

HIT
ENDURO
the most durable
Article
SET
Size
To Be Discussed
Подкатегория товара
Set
687 USD
HIT
ENDURO LIGHT
the most durable
Article
SET
Size
To Be Discussed
Подкатегория товара
Set
478 USD
AQUAMASTER LIGHT
reliability & comfort
Article
SET
Size
To Be Discussed
Подкатегория товара
Set
498 USD
NEODRY
Article
3200
Size
Medium / Large / X-Large / XX-Large
Подкатегория товара
Neoprene socks
15 USD
AQUAMASTER
reliability & comfort
Article
SET
Size
To Be Discussed
Подкатегория товара
Set
687 USD
BELT
Article
8100
Size
-
Подкатегория товара
Accessories
10 USD
ENDURO BF
bootfoot waders
Article
SET
Size
To Be Discussed
Подкатегория товара
Set
558 USD
ALL SEASON
Article
6205
Size
S-M / L-XL / XXL-XXXL
Подкатегория товара
Thermal underwear
71 USD
ENDURO BF
bootfoot waders
Article
5280
Size
10M / 10MK / 10L / 10ML / 10XL / 11LL / 11XL / 12XL / 12XXL / 13XXL / 14XXXL / 11L / 7S / 8S / 8M / 9M / 9L
349 USD
ENDURO
Article
2760
Size
19 / 20 / 21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26
Подкатегория товара
Gloves
17 USD
NEW
TRACE 30L
Article
1711
Size
-
Подкатегория товара
Waterproof backpack
79 USD
TARGET 20L
Article
1716
Size
-
Подкатегория товара
Waterproof backpack
49 USD
-30%
MUDRIDER
Article
5310
Size
Small / Medium / Large / X-Large / XX-Large / XXX-Large
Подкатегория товара
Jacket
259 USD
181.30 USD
NEW
EAGLE
Article
2840
Подкатегория товара
Gloves
19 USD
HIT
MUDWAY NEW
Article
2010
Size
X-Small / Small / Medium / Large / X-Large / XX-Large / XXX-Large
Подкатегория товара
Jacket
209 USD
URBAN
Article
5090
Size
6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14
Подкатегория товара
Wading boots
99 USD
SPORTSMAN
Article
5198
Size
6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14
Подкатегория товара
Wading boots
179 USD
0
Loved it
0
Not bad
0
Not my thing
Go Up
Follow us on social media:
Sign up for more content like this:
Subscribe to our blog
Enter a valid email
I agree to the Privacy Policy.
Share this Article:
Main
Shop
0
Cart
Offers
Categories
Continue shopping
Your basket is empty