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post #1 of 30 Old 04-20-2010, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Chain adjuster cap loose

07' Wee. When I loosen the axel nut, the right chain adjuster screw and cap become loose and slides partway out, allowing the right side of the axel to slide back. The adjuster screw functions properly, moving the axel forward and back. The left side cap stays snug. Any ideas?
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07' Wee. When I loosen the axel nut, the right chain adjuster screw and cap become loose and slides partway out, allowing the right side of the axel to slide back. The adjuster screw functions properly, moving the axel forward and back. The left side cap stays snug. Any ideas?
Mine did the same thing Sunday when I changed the rear tire.....I can't remember if it's done it before or not.

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I put a small round object, like a screwdriver shaft in the chain and roll the wheel so the round object is between the chain and sprocket. This will pull the wheel and chain adjuster tight until you tighten the axle nut. Just remember to remove the round object.
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Loosen axle nut, kick the back of the tire to move it forward, readjust chain tension.

When you adjust the chain ONLY tighten the screws. If you have to loosen them, loosen them more than necessary, take all the slack out (kick the rear of the tire), and then tighten them to the desired position. When you loosen the adjusters there is no spring or anything to hold tension.

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Thanks Scraig. That was my thinking. That I had to "reset" them to snug.

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Well. That didn't work/I didn't do it right. I just don't understand why there is play in the first place, while on the left side there is none. Without taking it apart, I don't know how these type of adjusters function. I'm use to the tradional lock nut and bolt. The factory service manual is no help. I'm thinking it has to be removed and adjusted. I've ridden 16,000 miles and haven't had a problem.
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They pull the axle to the rear. They're not actually rigidly linked to the axle. In other words, when you loosen one, it just moves its "pulling mechanism" forward, the axle stays as is. It sounds like you have one loose and one tight. I'd loosen both a bunch, pushing/kicking the rear tire forward until you see they both grab. Then, retighten them together to spec tension. Hope this helps.

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Yep, I've noticed this....after thousands of miles....

The chain side adjuster has all the load on it pulling the chain tight. That actually unloads the muffler side adjuster. I think the axle "walks" slightly as you apply the big torque on the axle nut. The axle and nut hold everything together, so the loose adjuster isn't a problem by itself. You can get some misalignment, though, which is more of a problem.

I'd suggest double checking the alignment after the axle is tight. If alignment is good I think you're good to go.

My experience is that good alignment makes for even greater handling. Mine came aligned by the marks and that isn't good at all. I rode it thousands of miles that way before trying something else.


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Well. That didn't work/I didn't do it right. I just don't understand why there is play in the first place, while on the left side there is none. Without taking it apart, I don't know how these type of adjusters function. I'm use to the tradional lock nut and bolt. The factory service manual is no help. I'm thinking it has to be removed and adjusted. I've ridden 16,000 miles and haven't had a problem.
If one side is tight and the other is loose you've got something out of alignment.

Here Is A Parts Breakdown

The adjuster bolts simply go through threads on the adjuster. When you TIGHTEN the adjuster bolt it pulls the adjuster to the rear toward the cap and puts tension on everything. When you LOOSEN the adjuster bolt it does nothing but loosen the adjuster bolt and allow the cap to get loose, the adjuster itself does not move. You have to loosen both sides more than necessary, physically push everything forward, and then tighten the adjusters to pull everything together.

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