Center stand install and chain alignment
I thought i would take a second and go over my center stand install and following chain adjustment.
Center stand, not much to say. It works great. Im amazed how easy it props up. Worth getting one yes, worth the $250, way overpriced.
The job is so much easier and safer if you have a brake spring tool. They are invaluable, especially if you have a vehicle with drum brakes.
Now, the main reason i wanted to have a center stand is its much easier do a proper chain adjustment and subsequent lube. It also lets you rotate the tire and feel and hear for rubbing, etc.
I initially performed the chain adjustment according the manual. As far as tension, i will continue to do it on the side stand/under load. However, in conjunction with that, you can prop it on the center stand and also check chain alignment. In my case, the adjustment marks on the swingarm are a little off. I could see the chain off to one side of the sprocket, and a slight bend in the chain, very slight. After a few different trials and once i was confident it was inline, i found that the measurement from the end of the swingarm to the adjustment plate was exact on both sides. That will be my reference for now on. Your vehicle may vary.
How much does it make a difference in tire wear, chain wear, etc? Well, i dont know. But my tire rotated a little better once i adjusted the alignment. It doesn't take much adjustment to throw it out. I also have a brand new chain, so the spinning resistance is amplified.
Again, just my experience, but if you take maintenance and adjustment to the nth degree like me, food for thought.