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post #1 of 4 Old 08-01-2013, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Gonna attempt to ride to Frankfurt, KY 9 Aug. 200 mi North up hwy 127. Chain(O-ring) is dry w/ about 21/2"-3" looseness. Do I leave it that way? We loosened it the other day, 'cause, w/my 300 on it-it was pretty tight! Gonna ride from DQ-DQ ;til I get there(Oh my butt!)Rode it 100 the other day, so I know how it's gonna be....

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post #2 of 4 Old 08-01-2013, 05:58 PM
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There are two ways to adjust a chain.

If you have a lift, remove the bolt from the lower suspension toggle and allow the suspension to completely settle until the center lines of the front sprocket, swing arm pivot, and rear axle are all in the same line. Check with a yardstick. Adjust the chain so that you have a half inch of slack in the chain. The suspension in this position represents the tightest spot for the chain in the suspension travel.

Alternatively, adjust the chain so that you can just lift the chain up to touch the swing arm when the bike is on the side stand with no load on the bike, and the upper run of the chain is taut.

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Thanks, T, I'm as concerned about dry more than slack. Ill check it's temp often. Will gimme a chance to get off sittin' on that log they put on there for a seat. Really makes me want to get my Valkyrie goin' - started on it today, but don't know if it well be up by the 9th.

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post #4 of 4 Old 08-01-2013, 08:33 PM
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Dry is easy to fix. Put a drop of oil (gear, motor, chain saw bar) on each side of each roller, spin it around a couple of times to distribute, and wipe with a rag.

Or buy a can of spray lube and spray it around liberally and let it set for 20 minutes before riding.

A good job of lubing the chain will last 400-500 miles unless you're riding in the rain.

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