Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: J'ville, Alabama
Just make sure its not set too tight, a tight chain will go south really quick.
I like to use a stainless metric ruler to measure slack, just find the center point between sprockets. With the bike sitting on the side stand measure how much give is in the chain, how much does it move? You want to see 1" plus movement. I set mine at 37mm last time, service manual says up to 30mm. My chains are more happy between 35 to 40 mm slack. In my opinion the 30mm spec is too tight, but I'm no expert. Just noticed my chains last longer when they have more slack. My dealer agrees and sets sloppy to me, I try and find a happy medium of a bit loose. I also use the metric ruler to set my adjustment bolts, you can measure the axle position much closer for better alignment or get an alignment tool. The chain needs to track straight, Adventure Tech has an axle spacer service too for better alignment.