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TRX300FW Front-end rebuild - what have I done wrong?

So as part of my project bike I needed to fit a new steering rod bearing. The out ring of the bearing wasn't going to be removed without a struggle (that's a story for a different time) so I had to remove the wheels, the front brake assembly, suspension trusses, shock, drive shaft and front diff to be able to get at the bearing.
Any way I have come to put it back together (lost the photos that I took beforehand) and something isn't right. The rims of the wheels are just touching the shocks in a straight line, when you turn the steering the wheels are hitting the shock.

I've tried to the take photos as best that I can.
Anybody care to suggest what is wrong? Have I put something on the wrong side, back to front, upside down?
Any suggestions gratefully received!
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first thing I must say, your atv is NOT a 1988'ish !!..lol. second thing is, I know this for a fact, as I am rebuilding a 1988 trx300fw right now. on the plate in your 3rd pic, from left to right, read us the 10th digit in the vin number, then we can tell you what year you have !. third: your pics are too damn close, its hard to see what you got wrong with the pics so big..lol.

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10th digit looks like an X, which would be 1999, right?
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Occording to my vin yep 1999
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FWIW here’s a pic of my 93

Is it just the right side?

I’d have to wonder if the lower and or upper A arms were swapped. compare lower knuckle tab positions. Are you using the manual?

Your lower right A Arm has a roached crossmember—is it bent?
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The more closely i looked, the more i thot it was a good assembly.

Also suspect the wheels—maybe they are off another rig—wrong offset?

The lower right A arm badly corroded tho
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I think those are the wrong offset wheels, and that's the problem that's causing them to hit.
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first thing I must say, your atv is NOT a 1988'ish !!
Yeah, sorry. That was my original quad. Must update my signature.

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Also suspect the wheels—maybe they are off another rig—wrong offset?
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I think those are the wrong offset wheels, and that's the problem that's causing them to hit.
Well I never!
The front wheels are similar condition as the struts and the front of the frame (i.e. rotten) so it didn't cross my mind that the wheels might have been swapped at some point.

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Looking at the Rear Wheel, looks like that might be off a different model as well?

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Wow those wheels are about gone!

The rear offset is supposed to be different than the front offset on a 300. Those look like original wheels, but odd that they would sit so close to the upper a-arm.

Don't you have another 300? Swap the wheels, see if the fitment is the same.
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The rear offset is supposed to be different than the front offset on a 300. Those look like original wheels, but odd that they would sit so close to the upper a-arm.

Don't you have another 300? Swap the wheels, see if the fitment is the same.
My main 300 is several miles away so it won't be easy to swap them around. I've attached a pic of my main 300 and the wheels do look different.

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The only thing that is making me question it, is that the condition of the front wheels just kinda looks right in comparison with the rest of the front end.

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