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post #1 of 16 Old 08-04-2016, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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Chain Tension

When checking chain tension is it best to do on th center stand, or with someone sitting on the bike?
It seems to make a big difference.

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MOM sez check it while the bike is on its side stand. variation is .08-1.2". mine's a hair over an inch at the tightest point. it hasn't been adjusted the last few clean/lube services (every 500 miles).

well, ok, i disregarded your handle. i'm referring to the 650 v-strom.

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doing it on the center stand makes it slightly tighter than if you use the side stand ( recommended way). I use the center stand and make it slightly looser than recommended and then a last check on the side stand. At 27000 KM the only time I NEEDED to adjust my chain is when I change the rear tire.

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Side stand if you go by the manual (which most agree is too tight of a spec).

1.5"-1.75" on the center stand is GTG, easy peasy.
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The first time you do it, not a bad check to have someone (or a couple of someones) sit on the bike and sag the rear suspension, so you can verify that there is still just a little slack in the chain. Just to back up your actual process. Once you know your system works, no further need. But a too-tight chain can cause major problems, so maybe worth doing the backup check once. And, of course (even with new chains) sometimes a good idea to check the slack at several points on the chain , to see if any part is tighter than any other.
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Better to think of CORRECT CHAIN SLACK. Tension sounds tight. Your chain doesn't like tight.

On the sidestand, 1" to 1-1/8" of slack in the middle of the bottom run of the chain is fine.

Sight the chain running straight off the rear sprocket or use a chain alignment tool. Do not trust the alignment marks on the swingarm.

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A slappy chain is a happy chain... well, not really, but people used to pure streetbikes have to be re-trained a bit. The DL needs a good bit more chain slack than a typical streetbike. Too tight can be VERY bad, while a little too loose is no big deal at all.

Make sure you triple-check this if you have a shop do any work -- they often set it like a streetbike chain.
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Make sure you triple-check this if you have a shop do any work -- they often set it like a streetbike chain.
yeah, i had to remind my indie tire-replacer guy about proper chain slack on my former bike, an 09 ninja 650.

i'l need to remind him again when my zuki gets new shoes.

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Any bike I get, I always remove the suspension linkage and rotate the wheel to get the tightest chain & adjust from there - I found the dl has relatively little variation compated to other d/s bikes and the stock settings quite accurate.
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So I'm curious why several of y'all make note not to trust the marks.
Seems if the manufacturer can drill holes that match so the bike can be bolted together should surely be able to make marks that match.
What do you use if not trusting the marks?

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