KC...thanks for helping me out on the other thread, but rather than hijacking more, I thought I'd start a new thread.
Since building my 68 Lightning from boxes, I've always had problems lining up the front end. The wheel always wanted to go East, and the handlebars wanting to go West. Also, whenever putting the front wheel on, I noticed that the slots in the axles didn't line up with the slot for the screws in the lower trees. I can't remember if they are too wide or too narrow, I'll check this afternoon. Finally, I recall a good friend Adam M (and fellow bb.com
member) mentioning that my front wheel was a 69 and not correct for my bike.
Now...putting one and one and one together, and what you mentioned in another posting...I believe now I know what my front end problem is. The axle is either 1/4" too short, or 1/4" too long.
Here is a summary of what was posted on the other topic.
Be aware that the TLS brake forks came in 2 widths. Most people mistakenly think the '68 was the 1st year for the wide fork, but it was '69 - '70. Why care? if you have '68 Trees, the axel is 1/4" shorter. Vs / Vs, The '69 & '70 RH lower leg has a bigger brake "key", to make up the distance to the backing plate.
KC...thanks for posting those details. So if I hear you correctly, the 68 trees and a 69 front wheel won't fit well...it will be out 1/4". I guess the easiest way to fix this would be to buy 69 trees. Is that right?
center to center on the trees 6 3/4 wide are wide
center to center 6 1/2" are narrow trees