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post #1 of 6 Old 07-28-2019, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Yet another chain adjust question

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-28-2019, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Yet another chain adjust question

I just changed my sprocket, and got to the chain adjust part. Just for giggles, after reading my Shop Manual (the 8 1/2 x 11, by 1 1/2" thick book) i read a bunch of threads here.

My Shop Manual for my 2013 DL650 says, "Support the motorcycle on a jack". There follows a caution note to make sure it is securely supported.
Then I can adjust the chain to have 20 to 30mm of slack per their diagram (slack is midpoint on bottom chain).

Threads here say to adjust the chain with the bike on the side stand (someone quoted his 'Manual'), another says on the center stand.

I cannot find my owners manual right now to see what that says.

So, what is it?

BTW, I have a stand that will pick up the rear of the bike by spools on the swingarm. This will load the shock absorber while allowing me to turn the rear wheel and slide it fore and aft. My correct question should therefore be should the suspension be loaded (weight on the wheels) when I begin the chain adjustment?

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-28-2019, 10:54 PM
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Leave it on the sidestand and check the slack roughly just ahead of the rear peg mount. Aim for about an inch but remember, chains are like valves in that both are happy when slappy.

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I don't even measure, just see if I can fit two fingers between the chain and the top of the swingarm, if I can just fit them then it's close enough

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I keep mine on the loose side, don't want any trouble with the output shaft bearing.
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Can I assume that you now have a 2014-16 DL1000?

Below is an excerpt from the 2019 DL1000 Owners Manual.

The difference in suspension sag between on the side stand and on a swingarm spool stand would be negligible enough to be irrelevant. I guess like me you find it so much easier to measure at different places along the chain when the rear wheel is off the deck.

Like most others, I prefer to adjust the chain to its maximum recommended slack. That is far safer, especially on an older chain which may have tight spots along its length.
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