Proper chain adjustment

2 replies to this topic
  • tp3dxf

Posted March 10, 2002 - 06:45 PM


I know this is a rookie question. But how can I tell if my chain is adjusted properly? How much slack should I have with a rider on board? I am trying to figure out if my swingarm is wearing under the chain guide because of inproper chain adjustment or just bad design. I gotta fix it soon. It's eating away at my swingarm. I just hate to have to spend a lotta time and money to fix something that shouldn't be broken. I wonder if I could warranty this.

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  • skthom2320

Posted March 11, 2002 - 11:04 AM


Your chain should be adjusted with the rear wheel off the ground. The manual say to allow 1.6-2" slack when measuring directly above the rearmost chain slider bolt.

I run mine at 2".

The wear underneath the slider is from the slider moving back and forth due to a bad design. I glued old inner tube to the bottom of the slider then bent the "hat" portion of those silly washers down a little bit with a socket. Once that was done the chain slider does not move back and forth.



  • Bill

Posted March 11, 2002 - 03:18 PM


To loose is way better than to tight. If the chain is to tight, the rear hub could grenade :)

I use three fingers width at the end of the slider. Course three fingers of a good scotch ain't bad either :D



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