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post #1 of 9 Old 08-09-2012, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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`08 Drivechain slack.....

Alright guys, Ive got a quick question for you.. Ive got an `08 KLR and i know what the manual says about the chain slack, but it also says we have a 6 speed transmission . So, im wondering how much slack yall are keeping in your chain? I just wanted to make sure im in the same ballpark that you guys are in. I will making a bike trip to Colorado next month and would like the assurance that my chain has the right amount of tension. I wont be doing anything extreme on it, mostly just paved roads, some side roads but not many.

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-09-2012, 10:40 PM
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Looser is better than tighter. A chain that is too tight can cause the counter shaft oil seal too leak.

That said a good check is to be able to just touch the bottom run of the chain to about the mid point of the swing arm. Right about where the screw mounts the rubber chain slider.

Here's a pic of a Gen 1 same concept


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post #3 of 9 Old 08-10-2012, 11:35 AM
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I have been following the advice in my Clymer manual: 1.38" to 1.77" of play.
I try to keep 1.5" of play. I've had no problems.

As for the transmission; I've bee trying to get my bike into 6th gear for 3 years now. Still no luck. I'll probably try again this afternoon.
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Thanks guys. That makes me feel good, I have had mine set at about 1.5'' and that's where I like to run it at. Thanks for the picture and advice Spec, also NH Thumper, let me know if you ever find that 6th gear!

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post #5 of 9 Old 08-16-2012, 09:46 AM
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Spec's suggestion works best for me. It's easier than trying to calculate the 1 1/2 inch method. I agree that looser is better than tighter. It took me a while to figure that out. Also, Spec, I appreciate your trailer.
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-16-2012, 08:06 PM
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If you are looking for a 6th gear, just install a 16 took front sprocket. Don't know about others but it sure feels like I got 6 now!

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post #7 of 9 Old 08-19-2012, 06:05 PM
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Hmmmm...

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If you are looking for a 6th gear, just install a 16 took front sprocket. Don't know about others but it sure feels like I got 6 now!
Where did Your first gear go though?
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-19-2012, 06:35 PM
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Where did Your first gear go though?
+1 But depends on individual needs.
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-19-2012, 07:42 PM
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I replaced my 15 tooth drive with a 16, it was a lot better for me, but I was curious about a 17. So I did it, and you want a 6th gear, there it is. I am shifting to 5th at normal speed at about 50-55 mph and around 4k rpm's.
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