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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-14-2005, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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i'm mechanically stupid

OK, one more question. i looked at my chain's slack length (it's supposed to be 1.0 to 1.4 inches according to user manual) tonight. I didn't know I had to worry about adjusting it until today. I can't tell exactly how much slack it has right now - so my first question, is there an easy way to tell.

Second thing, is adjusting the chain really easy? If not, I'll probably have to take it to the dealer.
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-14-2005, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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oh yeah, I've ridden 3300 miles w/o adjusting it. is this bad?
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post #3 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-14-2005, 06:31 PM
 
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I am probably not the right guy to answer this question but...

I only:

1. Lube and Clean My Chain
2. Change my Oil (every 2000 miles)
3. Adjust tire pressure

The rest of the stuff is done at a once-a-year dealer service. I usually do this at the begining of the riding season (spring).

Other than that, I just ride.
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post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-14-2005, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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that sounds good to me
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post #5 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-14-2005, 06:42 PM
 
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Hi ESanders2-

You'll find a detailed description of the chain tension procedure in your owner's manual.

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post #6 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-14-2005, 06:58 PM
 
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oh yeah, I've ridden 3300 miles w/o adjusting it. is this bad?
That's not necessarily bad, but you should be checking the slack regularly. You shouldn't have to adjust it every time, but you want to take good care of your chain! Although that doesn't always prevent it from being thrown!
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post #7 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-14-2005, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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unas--

I checked, and the slack seems to be about 2.0 inches

I'm gonna have to adjust it, don't know if i can do it myself or not.

One question I had for you- do you lube the chain each time you wash the bike? Or can washing and dealing with the chain be done seperately?
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post #8 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-14-2005, 08:45 PM
 
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Hi ESanders2-

It is virtually impossible to over-lubricate your chain. It is subjected to incredible amounts of mechanical stress, so the more frequently you are able to show it some T.L.C., the better. Lubrication is cheap insurance.

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post #9 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-14-2005, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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so lubing the chain isn't just rust protection?
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post #10 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-15-2005, 04:38 AM
 
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Adjusting the chain is pretty streight forward. It helps to have a stand, but its not required.

Remove the cotter pin from the rear axle nut (Try not to mutalate it too much)
Loosen the rear axle nut (Its on there TIGHT)
Use the two adjuster bolts to tighten the chain
Make sure that the axle is even on both sides (there are marks on the swing arm)
Tighten the rear axle nut (about 150ft/lbs+however much you need to put the cotter pin in there) If you dont have a torque wrench, turn it untill it wont turn anymore, and then turn it some more.

Lubing the chain is not just for rust prevention. It helps the chain not wear out as much. You should lube it every 500 miles or so...



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