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Took the 900 out for a 2 hour ride and 30 miles from home heard three clanging noises from the front than the front tire starts to rub against something and than hum. First I thought it was a flat but than realized something else was wrong so i pulled over and it looks like something fell off from the front tire. On the right side where the axle sticks through the shock, the axle has a hole in it indicating that something is supposed to go in there. I assume this is what is causing my problem. First I thought it was a cotter pin but the hole is probably 1/2 inch in diameter. Anyone have an idea what is supposed to go in there? My guess is that it is supposed to keep the wheel in place.
 

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That hole is open on my 900 as well. That is normal. Not sure what you may have gong on, but possibly a bearing issue? Loose axle nut? not the greatest pictures, but these are straight out of the service manual, and one of my 900.
 

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Thanks deputy, I'm going to check the axle nuts and fender bolts but when i looked at them they looked to be intact but I hadn't done a full inspection
 

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I actually had to pull my front tire off this weekend to get the inner tube changed out. I don't see anything that could make the tire rub unless your fender is broke, or your bearing went out. But I think even if the bearing was bad the hub would keep the axle in place. I would check over your forks and triple trees very carefully too. I guess it's possible that a fork could be knocked out of whack, although highly unlikely. Good luck and keep us posted!
 

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I checked the fender and surrounding bolts and did not notice anything out of place. I looked under the triple tree and the bolts were in place. Guess I have to get to the shop so the front can be lifted and may
be than can see what is going on
 

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Probably your best bet if you don't have the right equipment. Really should be fairly straight forward. How about some pics?
 

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I guess the bearings have to be checked which i don't know how to do. Should oil be leaking from that area or something? I'm thinking of buying a front end lift to check as it may be cheaper if I can see what is going on before having the dealer charge me
 

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I guess the bearings have to be checked which i don't know how to do. Should oil be leaking from that area or something? I'm thinking of buying a front end lift to check as it may be cheaper if I can see what is going on before having the dealer charge me
Have you taken your fender off yet? I would do that before you worry about lifting the bike. Might tell you what you need to know. If you could take some pics of the front of the tire looking back directly towards the motor. And some pics all around with the fender off and post them here for us to help you further.
 

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Took the 900 out for a 2 hour ride and 30 miles from home heard three clanging noises from the front than the front tire starts to rub against something and than hum. First I thought it was a flat but than realized something else was wrong so i pulled over and it looks like something fell off from the front tire. On the right side where the axle sticks through the shock, the axle has a hole in it indicating that something is supposed to go in there. I assume this is what is causing my problem. First I thought it was a cotter pin but the hole is probably 1/2 inch in diameter. Anyone have an idea what is supposed to go in there? My guess is that it is supposed to keep the wheel in place.
I believe that hole in the front axle is actually an anchor point for 2 reasons. 1) To help when pulling axle out, and 2) To use when torqueing down the axle nut. I actually put the allen wrench in there needed for the fork axle clamp while torqueing the nut. Then tightened the fork clamp last.
 

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Thanks will check the brakes. What's the average miles on a set of pads anyway?

I took the bike to the shop and they didn't notice anything on the rubbing , they put on a lift and checked the forks to see if they were bent or out of alignment, checked bearings and fender clearance but found nothing. Oddly one mechanic said i needed it aligned and the other said i didn't the alignment was fine. Go figure. Checked the triple trees and nothing there. Oh well, I'm just going to ride it but i still hear the rubbing. Since all appears safe , I'm tossing logic to the wind and taking her out.
 

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I believe that hole in the front axle is actually an anchor point for 2 reasons. 1) To help when pulling axle out, and 2) To use when torqueing down the axle nut. I actually put the allen wrench in there needed for the fork axle clamp while torqueing the nut. Then tightened the fork clamp last.
amen!!!! that hole is a lifesaver when torquing the nut back on. i use a broken screw driver. i know everything is in tact, but grab yourself a wrench and make sure the 4 bolts holding the fender on are tight. seen some tight clearance and all it takes is loose bolts to "adjust" your fender out of whack. plus 1 on the rock issue too. if its not that id be apt to say fork issues... seeing how that's where the fender bolts to. when my forks let go i used to get tire rub while hitting front brakes due to too much fork travel. good luck and let us know
 

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i bet you that left fender bracket got tweaked just a little bit. looking at the picture of the front of the bike (imo) looks like the fenders off a little bit towards the (passenger side) it may be the side of the tire thats rubbing and not the top.
 

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Thanks for the responses, i've visually checked the fenders but haven't put a wrench to the bolts to check that they are secure. I'll do that this week
 
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