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Chain Adjustment / Side Stand vs. Center

I've read through some posts on the site re: chain adjustments and it seems clear the owners manual calls out using the side stand vs. center stand when adjusting the chain. Not sure if it calls out using the side stand since this is "standard" on all bikes or if it there is a technical reason why it should always be side stand. Either way, adjusted my chain on 2006 DL 650 using the hashmarks as a guide on either side but I am hearing a sound "catching sound" when the bike is in gear on the center stand where it catches for a split second everytime the chain makes one revolution. Taking off the cover near the front spocket, and watching the chain move around the rear spocket it clearly appears the chain is making that "catching sound" along the top of the chain just in front of the rear sprocket.

Also, I adjusted the chain whereas it has about 1" play in it within specs. When putting the bike in gear, then out of gear and rechecking the play of the chain sometimes it has the 1" play and other times it is tight as a snare drum.

Is this a classic "chain is out of alignment" case and go back to start and try again or am I missing something else? thanx

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Chains wear unevenly. The first thing to do is to establish the tightest position of the run. Then adjust the slack there. Highly variable chain runs mean the chain needs to be replaced.

Center isn't much different from the side but can loosen a bit more so stay on the wide end of spec if using the center stand. A too loose chain can be a bit noisy but a too tight chain causes faster wear, can be a problem for sprocket shaft bearings and can lead to chain failure. A broken chain while riding tends to break things, including engine cases.

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Greywolf, (if y'all don't mind me using this thread) would you explain how to adjust the chain on the centerstand? I saw your "how to" write-up in another thread awhile back but am damned if I can find it... even with using google Strom search.

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To add: I am barking with delight since I installed the SW Motech centerstand! I cleaned the chain last week and it was the easiest drive chain clean-up on any bike I've owned, street or dirt (none of the others had a centerstand). Go figure lol



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I pretty much said it already. Put the bike on the center stand, rotate the rear wheel until you find the tightest part of the run. Adjust the chain for 1" or a little more of slack.

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Sorry GW. I didn't quite get it the first time. Like peoples names, I usually forget the first time, but ask once more and I'll remember it forever.

Thanks! It's now in my 'Strom log.


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On the centerstand, I keep slack in my chain 'tween 1.5 - 2" ... oil level 1/2 to almost full in the window.
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Chains wear unevenly. The first thing to do is to establish the tightest position of the run. Then adjust the slack there. Highly variable chain runs mean the chain needs to be replaced.

Center isn't much different from the side but can loosen a bit more so stay on the wide end of spec if using the center stand. A too loose chain can be a bit noisy but a too tight chain causes faster wear, can be a problem for sprocket shaft bearings and can lead to chain failure. A broken chain while riding tends to break things, including engine cases.
Thank you Greywolf, much appreciated.

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On the centerstand, I keep slack in my chain 'tween 1.5 - 2" ... oil level 1/2 to almost full in the window.
Me also, 1 inch on the center stand is tight...even on the sidestand its tight. The center stand is easier but you need to add 1/4 inch to the adjustment. I set mine at 1.25 to 1.5 inches using side stand. Then readjust when it gets near 2 inches.

Its easy to check for 2 inches on the road. Just press up on lower run of chain in middle while parked on sidestand. If chain contacts bottom of swing arm you are very close to 2 inches of play. If it touches swingarm bottom and chain has a little play on top of swingarm at the slider it is over 2 inches loose.

As GW said, look for tightest spot and set chain play there. Too tight is bad for many reasons.

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And, don't trust the adjusting marks on the swing arm. Start with them, then sight down the chain to be sure the chain is running straight off the sprockets.

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And, don't trust the adjusting marks on the swing arm. Start with them, then sight down the chain to be sure the chain is running straight off the sprockets.
That's what I do... Another tip I also use is to check if the teeth on the rear sprocket (when spinning the wheel by hand) are not rubbing up against one or the other side plates of the chain... In other words the chain runs centre on the sprocket...

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