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post #21 of 69 Old 08-01-2018, 09:53 AM
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another way to check alignment (and one I've used for years) is to sight down the top of the chain whilst pushing up on the bottom to remove slack; any misalignment will be obvious and show as a curve.


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post #22 of 69 Old 08-01-2018, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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another way to check alignment (and one I've used for years) is to sight down the top of the chain whilst pushing up on the bottom to remove slack; any misalignment will be obvious and show as a curve.


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I already tried to see from above the chain but the chain guard does not allow me to see vertically. Should I remove the chain cover or where do I look?
Sorry if I do not understand well and thanks for the way to do it. English is not my native language.
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I already tried to see from above the chain but the chain guard does not allow me to see vertically. Should I remove the chain cover or where do I look?
Sorry if I do not understand well and thanks for the way to do it. English is not my native language.
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Yes, just remove it.


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I have always assumed that the chain tensioner marks were approximately correct but the test that I give it is by locking the throttle at cruising speed on the highway (level roadway and no crosswind) and seeing if the motorcycle pulls to the right or the left. To me that's more important than a minor misalignment on the sprocket.
My bike spends about 50% of its time on dirt and using WD-40 to clean the chain while everything is warm, seems to produce about 15000 miles before another X chain is needed.
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To me, your chain looks a little tight.

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Dicky, I concur with Toms comment.

Can you lift the bottom run of chain up & just lightly touch the rear tip of the rubber under-slider? If not, when you set on the bike, the chain may be bow-string tight. Which causes quicker wearing of the chain, sprockets, transmission bearing & sprocket carrier bearing. And the suspension can't readily use full stroke either.

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It seems that the chain not touch it. I have to slacken the chain a little.
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To add, when checking chain slack, the rear suspension should be fully extended up.

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Just another thought, Dicky. If you have lowering links installed on the rear suspension, that 6 mm clearance is probably about perfect!

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