Recently purchased a hardtail frame from the factory metal works for my 1968 triumph t120. Really nice frame and quality work.
So i mounted it to the frame (bolt on) and ran into no issues. It wasnt until i began installing the rear wheel where i noticed a gap between wheel and axle plates. Took the wheel off and the gap from axle plate to axle plate measures 8 inches. On the stock swing arm the gap measures 7 5/8. So i decided to just install the wheel and tighten the up the axle. The gap closed up and everything appears to be normal. My only concern is will the stress from tightening the axle have an effect on wheel alignment or on the hardtail itself? I double checked the axle and made sure all spacers are correctly orientated, which i can confirm since i did a test fit on the stock swing arm.