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Default Front hub/ fork spacing.

First, hello to forum members, I've used the forum extensively for troubleshooting and solving issues putting my 1980 xlh back together. I've never needed to start a thread because most issues I've encountered have been previously addressed!

I'm unable to find anything about the following issue:

I'm nut and bolting and finishing a few details, and I just noticed the right side brake rotor is really close to the right fork leg... So close that I can't believe it isn't rubbing. the left side is about 3/32" away from the fork leg. Is there a spacer I missed? I have a factory repair manual and the hardware it shows for my bike is all there and in the right place... no right side spacer shown. I have the speedo drive on there....

I'd appreciate any input.

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Leave the axle bolt loose...spin the wheel whilst tightening the nut.
If it binds, find which side and smack axle in the opposite direction with rubber mallet.

Continue process until nut is torqued appropriately and wheel spins with slight drag from pads.
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I believe I have it figgered. the space can be adjusted somewhat using the axle clamp on the right side, since the axle shaft has a shoulder on it.
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Thanks Ireeman.

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Leave the axle bolt loose...spin the wheel whilst tightening the nut.
If it binds, find which side and smack axle in the opposite direction with rubber mallet.

Continue process until nut is torqued appropriately and wheel spins with slight drag from pads.
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... the right side brake rotor is really close to the right fork leg... So close that I can't believe it isn't rubbing. the left side is about 3/32" away from the fork leg ...
This is the correct setup.
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